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Dr. Judith de Luce

Dr. Judith De Luce

Dr. Judith de Luce
Professor Emeritae


  • Ph.D. Classics Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison 1974
    Dissertation: “Mutatae Formae: Studies in Ovid’s Metamorphoses” Director: Herbert M. Howe
  • MA Latin, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1971
  • BA Latin, Colby College 1968


  • Aging in the ancient world
  • Latin Literature of the Late Republic and early Empire (Cicero, Ovid)
  • Women's studies
  • Animal behavior
  • Ancient law
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Dramatic literature in performance
  • Technology in the classroom



  • Intermediate level (Euripides, Homer's Iliad)


  • Elementary
  • Intensive elementary
  • Intermediate (Cicero's speeches, Cicero's letters, Catullus, Pliny's letters, Livy, Ovid's Metamorphoses)
  • Advanced reading of special authors
  • Cicero (speeches)
  • Catullus and Horace
  • Satire (Lucilius, Horace, Juvenal)
  • Ovid (Metamorphoses)
  • Lucretius
  • Livy
  • Pliny


  • Introduction to Greek literature
  • Introduction to Latin literature
  • Introduction to Classical mythology
  • Introduction to Classical humanities
  • Greek and Latin epic
  • Justice and the law in antiquity
  • Classical influences in the American Republic (team-taught)
  • Women in antiquity
  • Age of Augustus;
  • Old age in antiquity
  • Race and ethnicity in the ancient world


  • Greek and Roman sculpture
  • Greek and Roman painting.


  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Business ethics (team-taught)
  • Honors seminar "Talking Animals and Being Human" (study of animal language experiments)
  • Elderhostel (primate language studies and their implications)
  • Governor's Institute for Gifted and Talented Students (ages 14-16)
  • Coordinator and member of instructional staff for institute on oral tradition.


  • Feminist Revisions of Classical Mythology, Roman Law.


  • The Ancient World


Edited Books

  • Beyond Preservation: Restoring and Inventing Landscapes, co-edited, with A. Dwight Baldwin, Jr. and Carl Pletsch, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.
  • Old Age in Greek and Latin Literature, co-edited, with an introduction by Thomas Falkner and Judith de Luce, SUNY press, 1989.
  • Language in Primates: Perspectives and Implications, co-edited, with an introductory essay by Judith de Luce and Hugh T. Wilder, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1983.

Edited Journal Issue

  • Co-editor with Suzanne Bonefas and Susan Bonvallet, "Classics and Technology", special issue of the CALICO Journal, volume 18, number 2, January 2001.


  • "Reconsidering the Riddle of the Sphinx in Oedipus at Colonus and I'm Not Rappaport," in Qui Miscuit Utile Dulci:Festschrift Essays for Paul Lachlan MacKendrick, ed. Gareth Schmeling, Bolchazy Carducci, 1998.
  • "Reading and Re-Reading the Helpful Princess," in Compromising Traditions, ed. Judith P. Hallett andThomas Van Nortwick, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • "In the Beginning: Creation, Restoration, and Turner's Genesis," in Beyond Preservation: Restoring and Inventing Landscapes.
  • "Quod temptabam scribere versus erat: From the Despair of Old Age to the Confidence of the Artist" in Creativity, Aging and Gender in Literature of the Life Cycle, ed. Anne Wyatt-Brown and Janice Rossen, University Press of Virginia, 1993.
  • "O, For A Thousand Tongues to Sing": A Footnote on Metamorphosis, Silence, and Power", in Woman's Power, Man's Game: Essays on Classical Antiquity in Honor of Joy K. King, ed. Mary DeForest, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 1993.
  • "A view from Antiquity: Greece, Rome, and Elders", co-authored with T. Falkner, in Handbook of Humanities and Aging, ed. T. Cole, et al, Springer Publishing, 1992.
  • "Ovid as an Idiographic Study of Creativity in Old Age" in Old Age in Greek and Latin Literature.


  • "Silence at the Newsstands", Generations, volume 25 no. 3, 2001, 39-43
  • "Roles for Technology in Collaborative Teaching" co-authored with Susan Bonvallet, in CALICO Journal, volume 18, number 2, 2001, 295-303
  • "Figures of Speech and Their Effects: Cicero and the First Catiliarian", Teacher's Guide AP Latin, 2001.
  • "The Blackboard or Virtual Reality: Suggestions and Caveats" Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, volume 21, Numbers 1 and 2, 2000, 49-66
  • Review essay, Odes of Horace, tr. David Ferry, Archaeology Odyssey, Fall, 1998, 63-66.
  • "Aging and Mythology," in Encyclopedia of Aging, 1996.
  • "Stage Performance in the Age of Virtual Reality: Part One", in "How Is It Played? Genre, Performance and Meaning", Didaskalia, Supplement 1, May, 1995.
  • Editor of special collection of essays on Cicero's De Senectute, "Reading Cicero on Aging"; author of introductory essay,"Continuity and Change: Four Disciplinary Perspectives on Reading Cicero's De Senectute" (335-338), author of article,"Theme and Variations in the De Senectute" (361-371) Journal of Aging Studies, 7(1994), 333-381.
  • "Genesis: An Epic Poem: Inventionist Ecology in Iambic Pentameter", Humanist 53(1994) 19-22.
  • "Ancient Images of Aging: Did Ageism Exist in Greco-Roman Antiquity?", in "Changing Perceptions of Aging and the Aged", Generations 17 (1993), 41-45.
  • "Metamorphosis as Mourning: Pathological Grief in Ovid's Metamorphoses," Helios, N.S. 9 (1982) 77-90.
  • "Teaching Ancient Law," Classical World, 71 (1978), 449-453.
  • "Cygnus: Diversity and Unity in Ovid's Metamorphoses," Classical Outlook 54 (1977), 52-54.
  • "Ancient Law for Undergraduates," American Legal Studies Association Forum 2 (1977) 13-19. Co-author John R. More.


  • Horace Ode 4.7, Classical Outlook 52 (1975), 110-111.


  • "Packaging Womanhood: the Language of Advertising and Images of Women," for the Marcum Conference Center "Informal Miami" Video Library, 1982.


  • Zenobia, co-authored with Darlene Brooks Hedstrom; a web site sponsored by the American Classical League and dedicated to teaching race and ethnicity in the Classics classroom. July, 2000.
  • Virtual Sculpture Gallery co-authored with Eric B. Case, June, 1999.
  • Baucis and Philemon: Resources for the Study of Ovid's Metamorphoses Book 8.614-724 1998.
  • Commentary to Plautus' Aulularia, 1998.
    (NB This is the collaborative product of the VRoma course on Plautus' Aulularia ( which I taught with Susan Bonvallet at The Wellington School in Columbus, OH. Our students worked on joint projects ( including projects completed on the VRoma MOO); instructors and students contributed to this in-line commentary which remains unfinished. Subsequent classes will continue to add to the commentary. I contributed essays on old age and on the family, as well as supervising my students own contributions.


  • Outstanding University Woman, 1981
  • Omicron Delta Kappa , 1982
  • Nominee, Effective Educator Award, 1986, 1988, 1991
  • American Philological Association Outstanding College Teacher Award
  • International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women