Ryan Seaberg

    Mr. Seaberg joins Grayson after extensive teaching experience in Latin and Classical Greek at the University of Minnesota, where he is a Ph.D. candidate. With all exams and dissertation credits completed, he is ABD (“all but dissertation”) at the university; his doctoral research, “Lexical Blends in Greek and Latin Comedic Idiom,” is in progress, and he is also pursuing a minor in Germanic Studies. He has recently returned from a term as a guest researcher at the University of Freiberg in Germany, which post also allowed him to present professionally at a Classics conference in Murano, Italy. He holds both a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Iowa.

    Mr. Seaberg brings to our faculty a deep knowledge of classical languages and literature, having taught a wide range of courses at the college level at both the University of Minnesota’s Classical and Near Eastern Studies Department and the University of Iowa’s Department of Rhetoric. Courses he has taught at the college level include Latin I and II, Latin poetry (Vergil) and prose (Cicero and Caesar); Rhetoric; Classical Greek I & II and Greek poetry (Homer) and prose (Lysias); Greek and Roman Mythology; and Introduction to Comparative Religions in America. Additionally, he is a published author whose scholarly work on the Greek comic playwright Cratinus offers a translation and commentary on 205 of the author’s 514 known fragments and dubia.

    Mr. Seaberg feels that gifted students deserve, and benefit from, the challenges presented by classical languages, which are complex and detailed, and he is very pleased to be able to join a school whose aim is to foster student potential by teaching critical thinking. His own linguistic pursuits are an excellent model for how students can channel and immerse themselves in an intellectual passion, as he has mastered a truly remarkable repertoire of languages: in addition to Greek and Latin, he knows French, German, Old Norse, Middle High German, Gothic, Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Czech, and Portuguese.

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