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LAUDATIO We dedicate volume 2 oí Syllecta Classica to Roger A. Hornsby. Roger Hornsby graduated magna cum laude from Adelbert College Western Reserve University in 1949 and earned a PhJD. in Classics at Princeton University in 1952. He began his career by joining the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa in 1954. He served as chairman of the Department from 1966-1981. He has been a visiting professor at Trinity College (Summer, 1967), UCLA (Spring, 1976), Mount Mary College (Summer, 1980), and Resident in Classics at the American Academy in Rome (January-June, 1983). He was secretary of the AIA, Iowa Chapter, in 19611962 , and served as president twice, in 1967-1968 and 1984-1985. He was secretary of the Humanities Society at the University of Iowa in 1961-1962 and president in 1966-1967. He was president of CAMWS in 1968-1969. He also was president of the Advisory Council of the American Academy in Rome from 19771979 , and has been second vice-president on the Council of the American Numismatic Society since 1984. He served on the Board of Directors of the APA from 1973 to 1976, and he was editor of the textbook series for the APA from 1976 to 198 1. He currently is serving as an Advisory Trustee of the American Academy in Rome and is a delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies. He was honored with an ovatio from CAMWS in 1980. He has received fellowships both within and outside the University. Roger Homsby's scholarly publications chiefly concern Latin poetry of the first century B.C. His Patterns ofAction in the Aeneid offered a modem approach to the interpretation of Vergil's epic similes by showing how they form a part of larger patterns. In Reading Latin Poetry Hornsby promoted the (then radical) idea of reading Latin poetry as poetry. This college text enjoyed long and deserved popularity. As he approached retirement, his scholarship took a new direction. He has now completed a book on the city of Rome entitled The Building of Rome: Tradition and Innovation. In addition to all these accomplishments, Roger Homsby has been an inspiring and dedicated teacher. Throughout his nearly forty years at the University of Iowa, he has encouraged students to be widely read not only in Classics but in all aspects of the liberal arts. As advisor and instructor, he has done more than merely serve as mentor to undergraduate and graduate students alike, for he has often taken a deep personal interest in their welfare and success. Qualities such as these have made Roger Hornsby an outstanding and memorable teacher. ...


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