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In Memoriam: Karl Maurer, Ph.D.

Memorials established in Dr. Maurer's name:

Graduate Tuition Scholarships for Students in Our M.A. Program
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor the Classics Department is able to offer partial tuition scholarships to graduate students enrolled in the M.A. program in Classics. While the funds last, the amount awarded is typically $500 per course. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please contact the chairman of the department, Dr. David Sweet at

The Karl Maurer Translation Contest
When our beloved colleague, mentor, and professor of Classics, Dr. Karl Maurer, passed away in the Spring of 2015, alumni and faculty wanted to establish an annual celebration of his life in some way. Because Dr. Maurer was fond of good translations of poetry and was himself working on a translation of Vergil's Georgics in his final years, we created the annual Karl Maurer Translation Prize for the best translation of a chosen piece of Classical poetry by an undergraduate at the University of Dallas.

This second year of the prize we have selected Horace's Ode 4.7 for translation.

To participate in this year's contest, please submit your original translation and a title page in pdf to Place your full name, class, and major on a separate title page along with the edition you used for the Latin text. Your name should not appear anywhere on the translation itself. Several copies of the text with commentaries can be found on reserve in the UD library under Dr. Danze, though you are welcome to use a text from any edition not located in the library provided the edition is published.Translations will be accepted from October 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019. The prize of $250 and a book of poetry will be granted to the winning translator near the end of the Spring semester. For more info contact Dr. Teresa Danze at

A Karl Maurer Memorial Lecture by Dr. Gwenda-lin Grewal of Sarah Lawrence College


MA, Ph.D. Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania

AB Classics, Dartmouth College

Literae Humaniores, Oriel College, Oxford

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Classics. University of Dallas (2004-2015)

Assistant Professor of Classics. University of Dallas (1998-2004)

T.A., Instructor, Lecturer, in Classical Studies. University of Pennsylvania (1988-1998)

Instructor of English. Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina (1985) 

Selected Publications

Interpolation in Thucydides. Leiden: E.J. Brill (Mnemosyne Supplement 150), 1995.

*"Greek and Roman Lyric", in The Prospect of Lyric, edd. Bainard and Louise Cowan, Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture Press (2010).

*"Notiora Fallaciora. Exact Non-Allusive Echoes in Latin Verse" in Carl Deroux (ed.), Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History: Tome XI, Collection Latomus 272 (Brussells, 2003) 121-156.

*"Thucydides 7.63.3 on the Sailors 'Considered Athenian'", in Oikistes: Studies in Constitutions, Colonies, and Military Power in the Ancient World. Offered in Honor of A. J. Graham, edd. Vanessa Gorman and Eric Robinson (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002) 271-284.

*"Thucydides, Lorenzo Valla and Vat. lat. 1801," Latomus 58 (1999) 885-889 (on the MS tradition of Valla's Latin translation of Thucydides).

*" Gallus' Parthian Bow," Latomus 57 (Juillet-Septembre 1998) 578-588 (on Vergil and Parthia; on Vergil's self-repetitions).

*"Notes on Carlos German Belli," Plaza: Revista de Literatura 12 (Spring 1987) 39-46 (On the neoclassicism of a contemporary Peruvian poet).