Gregory A. Staley, Professor of Classics, has been teaching at the University of Maryland at College Park since 1979. His work at Maryland constitutes a return of sorts, since he first began his study of Latin at North Hagerstown High School here in Maryland. Professor Staley earned his A.B. in Latin at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where he received the Filler Prize in Classics. He was a Proctor Fellow at Princeton University, receiving there both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics. He did postgraduate work in 1983-84 as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
Professor Staley's research focuses on the Roman writer Seneca and on the American reception of the Classics. His book Seneca and the Idea of Tragedy was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He has edited American Women and Classical Myths, a series of essays by various scholars on American women and their reactions to classical myths in a book published by Baylor University Press in 2008; he contributed the introduction and a chapter titled "Wonder Women in America" on the myth of the Amazons. He has recently published articles in The Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome ("Juvenal's Third Satire: Umbricius' Rome, Vergil's Troy"), The Classical Outlook ("Vergil's Daedalus") and a chapter ("'Beyond Glorious Ocean': Myth, America and Feminism") in Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought (Oxford 2006). His article, "Rip Van Winkle's Odyssey," is forthcoming in Greece and Rome and a chapter titled "Freud's Vergil" is forthcoming in Myth and Psychoanalysis, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is currently at work on "T. S. Eliot's Seneca," to appear in the Brill Companion to Roman Tragedy. His next book project is to be titledClassical Myth and the American Experience.
Professor Staley has regularly been honored for his teaching. In 1999 he won an award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Philological Association, the national organization of professors of Classics. He has served as a Lilly Fellow and been elected to the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland. He regularly teaches courses in Classics (Classics 170, Greek and Roman Mythology; Classics 370, Classical Myth in America; Classics 470, Approaches to Greek Mythology; Classics 419A, The Classical Tradition in America) and in Latin (Latin 415, Vergil's Aeneid; Latin 405, Lucretius; Latin 303, Petronius).
When he first came to Maryland, Professor Staley was asked to take charge of the department's annual Latin Day. He won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Latin Day for three years and to develop in connection with it new teaching materials which assisted teachers in using Latin to teach about Roman culture. These materials have been published in a collection titled Speculum Romanum. He continued his work with teachers through a second grant funded by NEH, which supported a summer institute titled "The Songs of the Muses: Approaches to Classical Mythology" in 1990, and a third, which supported a series of seminars for teachers titled "Novus Ordo Seclorum: America's Classical Traditions," held in 2005.