Alexander Hall

Associate Teaching Professor of Classical Studies & Latin


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:3118f Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


I am an Associate Teaching Professor in Classical Studies and Latin here at ISU. I received my PhD in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a research focus on early Greek literature. This research focus is reflected in the classes that I teach: Greek and Roman mythology, both face-to-face and online, where students are exposed to the fascinating stories of the ancient past and the sources that relate them; Heroes of Greece, Rome, and Today, where we take a deep dive into the stories of the Trojan War (Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid) and explore how the figure of the "hero" depicted in those works remains relevant to this day; Greek and Roman Tragedy and Comedy, where students are exposed to the influential works of early drama and learn, through reading and even some acting, about issues relating to their composition and performance; Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome, a hands-on learning experience, where students look for bird omens, conduct funerary rituals, place curses on their enemies, and offer sacrifice to the gods. (See the video here for more information!) I also teach Latin 101 and 102, which provide a helpful foundation for learning modern Romance languages and for deepening their knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary.