Victor Hanson Speaks at University of New Hampshire

Durham and Portsmouth, NH—Dr. Victor Hanson, world-renowned authority on ancient warfare and agrarian history, delivered the sixth lecture in the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire on October 28. A much sought-after lecturer, currently filling an appointment as the Shifrin Chair of Military History at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Dr. Hanson addressed a capacity crowd in Durham. His address, "Classical and Modern Warfare—the Greeks Are With Us Still," drew a standing ovation from an enthusiastic audience made up of students, faculty, and members of the public.

Professor of Classics at California State University at Fresno, Dr. Hanson has received a plethora of awards and distinctions, among them the American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism, an Alexander Onassis Fellowship, Alumnus of the Year award at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

He has written essays, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune, New York Post, and Washington Times, among others. Interviews with him have appeared often on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, and C-Span Book TV. Currently he contributes weekly columns for the National Review Online, and serves on the editorial board of Arion, The Military History Quarterly, and City Journal. The author of some 170 articles, book reviews and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history, and essays on contemporary culture. Among his books are Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece; The Western Way of War; Hoplites. The Ancient Greek Battle Experience; The Other Greeks. The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization; Fields Without Dreams. Defending the Agrarian Idea; The Wars of the Ancient Greeks; The Soul of Battle; Carnage and Culture; Autumn of War.

The Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series at the University of New Hampshire was founded in 1997 by the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundations to promote and enhance awareness of the Classics both in New England and beyond. The endowment for the lecture series sponsors public lectures by noted international experts, talks that are free and open to the public. Previous speakers for the series have been Drs. John Silber, Bernard Knox, Brunilde Ridgway, Anna Marguerite McCann, and Dr. Stanley Lombardo. The next speaker of the series will be Lynn Sherr of ABC's 60 Minutes who will appear in Durham on April 9, 2003. Additional detail of the series and the full text of all lectures appear on the official webpages of the series, hosted by Hellenic Communication Service at under the Classics section. For more information about the series or forthcoming lecturers, contact Prof. Stephen Brunet of the Classics Program at UNH (603-862-2077;