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1984 Speaker - Dr. Rick M. Newton

Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Kent State University

Dr. Rick M. Newton is the chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies at Kent State University. The recipient of a doctorate in Classics from the University of Michigan in 1975, Dr. Newton’s specialties include ancient Greek epic and tragedy, Greek literary translation, Latin poetry, and modern Greek language and literature. As a professor, Dr. Newton is interested in educating everyone from undergraduates to high school teachers about the classics. He offers several courses in his specialties, as well as elementary and intermediate Greek courses.

Dr. Newton is well-published and has served as an author, editor, and translator. Some of his notable works include:

  • "The Rebirth of Odysseus," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 25 (1984)
  • "Homer and the Death of Kazantzakis' Odysseus," Classical and Modern Literature 9 (1989)
  • Yannis Ritsos, 3 x 111 Tristichs (translated, 1990)
  • "Bacalusias: A Transitional Hapax in Petronius," Classical Philology 87 (1992)
  • "Cloak and Shield in Odyssey 14," Classical Journal 93 (1997)
  • “Yannis Ritsos: Poet of Romiosini,” Journal of Modern Hellenism 17-18 (2001)

Dr. Newton has also served as editor of The Charioteer: An Annual Review of Modern Greek Culture, and is presently working on a book, entitled The Shadow of Odysseus: Human Suffering and Cosmic Justice in Homer's Odyssey.

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