Established in 1990 by the estate of Katharine Lane Weems in memory of her grandfather

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library BASIL LANNEAU GILDERSLEEVE, Hopkins' first professor of Greek--and the first faculty member appointed at the newly formed university--was twice president of the American Philological Association and founder of The American Journal of Philology, which he edited for 40 years. Dr. Gildersleeve's 1878 inaugural address for the American Philological Association, titled "University Work in America and Classical Philology," is regarded as the charter of American classical scholarship.


KATHARINE LANE WEEMS, Dr. Gildersleeve's granddaughter, was a renowned sculptor specializing in animal figures. Her sculptures are on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and other New England museums. Mrs. Weems' bequest reflected the wishes of her mother, Emma Gildersleeve Lane, who died in 1954. Mrs. Lane asked that her daughter support students of the classics at Johns Hopkins and ultimately endow a professorship in honor of Dr. Gildersleeve.


SILVIA MONTIGLIO, the Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, received her doctorate from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris in 1995, and served as a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, prior to joining Johns Hopkins Department of Classics in 2010.

Primarily a Hellenist, her research and teaching interests span several authors of both Greek and Roman literature and aspects of both cultures.

Professor Montiglio is the author of three books. The first, Silence in the Land of Logos, explores the meaning of silence in a variety of areas of the archaic and classical Greek world – for instance, religion, politics, public speaking and theatrical performances. Her second book, Wandering in Ancient Greek Culture, studies the associations attached to wandering in Greek sources from the archaic to the Greco-Roman period. The third book, From Villain to Hero: Odysseus in Ancient Thought, published in 2011, examines the uses ancient philosophers have made of Odysseus. Her next book project concerns the functions and meanings of recognitions in the Greek and Roman novels.