Visiting Professor at Annapolis to Speak at UNH in Durham

Dr. Victor Hanson
Durham and Portsmouth, NH—Officials of the University of New Hampshire and members of the Advisory Board for the Professor John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series are pleased to announce that Dr.Victor Hanson, a world renowned authority on ancient warfare and agrarian history, will deliver a lecture at 7:30 PM in Durham on Monday, October 28, 2002 at the Strafford Room of the Memorial Union Building (MUB). The title of his lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Classical and Modern Warfare—the Greeks Are With Us Still.”

Although Dr. Hanson is well known throughout scholarly circles, he is especially recognized for his ground-breaking studies and theories linking agriculture, land possession with ancient military history. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis for the 2002-3 academic year, receiving an appointment to the Shifrin Chair of Military History, although he makes his permanent home on a forty-acre tree and vine farm in California and is a 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 (1991), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1992-3), Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism (2002), an Alexander Onassis Fellow (2001), and Alumnus of the year at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2002).

He has written essays, editorials, and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The New York Post, National Review, American Heritage, Policy Review, Commentary, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Daily Telegraph, and Washington Times, and has been interviewed often on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, and C-Span BookTV.

He is the also the author of some 170 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history, and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited thirteen books, including Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983); The Western Way of War (1989); Hoplites. The Ancient Greek Battle Experience (1991); The Other Greeks. The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization (1995); Fields Without Dreams. Defending the Agrarian Idea (1996); The Land Was

Everything. Letters From an American Farmer (2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (1999); The Soul of Battle (1999); Carnage and Culture (2001); Autumn of War (2002). Ripples of Battle will appear 2003. With John Heath he co-authored Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom (1998), and, with Bruce Thornton and John Heath, Bonfire of the Humanities (2001). He is currently working on a combat history of the Peloponnesian War, while contributing weekly columns for the National Review Online and serving on the editorial board of Arion, The Military History Quarterly, and City Journal.

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 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. Additional details of the upcoming lecture will be announced shortly at the official webpages of the lecture series, hosted by Hellenic Communication Service at under the Classics section. For more information about the series, contact Prof. Stephen Brunet of the Classics Program at the University of New Hampshire in Durham (603-862-2077;