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Thomas J. Sienkewicz

Academic Biography:
Tom Sienkewicz is interested in everything about the ancient Greek and Roman world. If you are not careful, he will talk you into studying Latin and becoming a Latin teacher. Tom grew up under the shadow of the Empire State Building in Hoboken, New Jersey. He attended The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Classics, summa cum laude. He then earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Although he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on Euripides' Trojan Women, Tom's teaching and research interests are wide ranging and he has published on Greek drama, oral epic, and Latin pedagogy.

Tom is an avid traveler and has taken many groups of Monmouth College students on short academic trips to places like Rome, Florence, Naples, Greece and Turkey. He has lived for an extended period in Paris, Edinburgh and Florence. In addition to travel in the classical world, he has also been to Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Russia, and Japan. He spends at least a portion of every summer in a lakeshore cabin in Maine and is an avid gardener.

Since 1984 Tom has been the Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. In 1992-1993 as the Visiting Director for the ACM Programs he took his family to live in Florence where all three of his children attended Italian schools. In the spring semester of 2010-2011 he and his wife returnedto Florence while he was associated with the ACM London-Florence Program and taught classes on Roman Florence and Classical Mythology in Florence.

Research Interests:
With Ken Kitchell at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Tom has published DISCE!, an elementary Latin book which is used by elementary Latin students at Monmouth. For more of his research activities, see

Courses Taught:
LATN101 Elementary Latin
CLAS230 Classical Mythology
CLAS240 Ancient Societies
CLAS200 Introduction to Classical Studies
CLAS201 Classics Seminar
LATN200 Directed Readings
GREK200 Directed Readings

B.A., Classics College of the Holy Cross 1971
M.A., Classics The Johns Hopkins University 1973
Ph.D., Classics The Johns Hopkins University 1975

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 101 Wallace Hall