|The glyph 'woman' is after 'man' so why does 'sow' come before 'boar' etc?|
|de Romilly, great Thucydidean|
But we also unearthed Lusia Sigea, the 16th-century Spanish humanist who actually made a living out of teaching Latin and Greek to other women. The foremother of Dutch women classical scholars, Anna Maria van Schurman, was a leading light of the Dutch Golden Age; her wit and intelligence shine through her Latin treatise Whether a Christian Woman Should Be Educated, available online in English translation.
|Sigea, professional lecturer|
|van Schurman, prodigy of Utrecht|
Excavating these ancestral figures is fun and inspiring. I want to build a library room in which their portraits hang in the alcoves alongside the standard-issue tired clergymen and bewhiskered dons. Actually, we will be building a virtual gallery, online or in print or both, so my wish will soon enough come true.
|Carter as (Smiling) Minerva|
I had just reviewed a fine volume by her for the Times Literary Supplement on Feb. 1st and can scarcely believe she is dead. She was only thirty-eight, leaves a husband, a young child, and a painful hole in the lives of many friends and colleagues. The output from Women Classical Scholars conference will of course be dedicated to her memory.