These pages, though they will not be updated, will remain on the web in tribute to Alison Barker (who died in December 2004), a gifted classicist, extraordinary teacher, and highly valued colleague.
ALISON WILLARD BARKER
A.B. Wellesley College, 1966. Greek.
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1967. Classical Studies.
Teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek, St. Paul's School, 1995-2004.
I count myself among the very fortunate because I have been able to make my living as a teacher of Classics in a variety of independent secondary schools for more than thirty years. Since graduate school, where Greek was my area of interest, I have enjoyed broadening my background in the Roman and Greek authors that are the subjects of my courses, in classical archaeology and history, and in Latin and Greek paedagogy, by participating in summer courses and attending regional and national conferences. Most recently, my focus has been on Vergil, Lucretius, and Homer.
I was the director of the Classical Honors Program at St. Paul's, where I held the Cochran Mastership in Greek. In the fall of 2004, I will teach Latin 202 (Lyric Poetry) and Greek 102 at St. Joseph's College of Maine while on a leave of absence from St. Paul's.
Although I have an enormous amount to learn about web technology, I find it fascinating and I believe that it has tremendous potential for applications to the teaching of Latin and Greek. Thanks to the VRoma Project, I have been able to incorporate more web-based materials into my teaching each year since 1998.
Latin 202 (Review Grammar and Lyric Poetry) and Greek 102 (Beginning)
Greek 201 (Plato's Apology) and Classical Art and Archaeology
Latin IV Honors. A study of Vergil's Aeneid in preparation for the Advanced Placement examination.
Latin V. Roman Philosophy. Readings from Cicero, Lucretius and Horace. Production of the annual Latin play.
Greek I. Introduction to Attic Greek through Thrasymachus.
Greek III. Introduction to Homer. Readings from Homer's Iliad.
On-line supplement to Thrasymachus, by Peckett and Munday (Brisol Classical Press, 1990). Ann Thomas Wilkins of Duquesne University and I have developed materials aimed especially at Latinless students to help them learn beginning Greek using this superb text. A detailed introduction outlines our approach. I have finished the basic format for all thirty-two chapters, including answer keys for exercises. Links have been added to each chapter for further information on mythological characters as they are encountered in the text. Students have added some of their own pages on these characters, and have begun to supply Greek sayings for each page.
For the year 2003-2004, I served as President of the Classical Asociation of New England. Our Annual Meeting and conference took place March 12-13, 2004, at Brooks School, North Andover, MA.
Making images available through the VRoma Image Archive. I enjoy scanning and refining my photos from travels in Greece, Italy, France, and Britain. I am currently working on phoyographing vase paintings and other classical works in museums and in my own environment.. I hope to enter some of them into this ever-increasing archive of images of the ancient world. Some favorites pictures appear below:
Black figure Amazon, Tampa Museum of Art
Black figure octopus and dolphins, Tampa Museum of Art
Black figure with name, Tampa Museum of Art
Caper flowers on the Aurelian Wall, Rome, 2002
|The Italian language and Italian literature. After completing the two-year sequence of Italian courses offered at Merrimack College many years ago, I have continued to study and read on my own. Authors whose works I have enjoyed include Maraini, Ginzburg, Primo Levi, Carlo Levi, Fogazzaro, Tabucchi, and Morante.|
|Modern Greek language, particularly its development from Attic and Koine Greek. When they are available, I attend lessons at the local Greek Orthodox church.|
Simple living on an island on the coast of Maine. I spend those weeks of the summer, which are not committed to formal course work or travel, swimming in the cold water, reading, kayaking, and enjoying time with family and friends. We use bottled gas or solar panels for power. We collect rain and hand-pumped well water.
Recent paintings and painting fragments by Eleanor Pyle