Elizabeth Vandiver

Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington
Elizabeth Vandiver is Clement Biddle Penrose Professor of Latin and Classics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches Latin, Greek, and courses on classical Greek and Roman culture and literature. She has published widely on the reception of classical culture in British literature of the early 20th century. She is the author of Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback, 2013) as well as various articles and book chapters on First World War poets and early modernism. She is completing a book on Richard Aldington, provisionally titled Gold Words of a Greek Long Dead: Richard Aldington’s Reception of Classics.

Dulce et Decorum Est: Wilfred Owen’s Latin

Wilfred Owen fought hard to learn Latin. He was acutely aware of the importance of the classical tradition in English poetry. In addition, he was determined to attend university if he could, and he needed Latin for the entrance examinations. … Continue reading

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