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Lucinda B. Alwa

I decided to become a citizen of the ancient world in 8th grade, when I began studying ancient history and Latin. Vanished civilizations fascinated me. Fortunately I had a wonderful high school Latin teacher who introduced us to Vergil, Catullus, Lucretius, Horace and St. Augustine. In college I focused on ancient Greek and spent my junior year in Greece. The profound beauty of Greece inspired me to pursue graduate studies in ancient Greek literature. Once in graduate school, I discovered the joys and frustrations of teaching Latin to undergraduates. One job led to another, and in 1989 I came to NIU. In the mid-1990s, I left for several years to attend seminary and serve as pastor of a church in rural Wisconsin. I returned to NIU in 1998.

In the world of classics, my first love is ancient Greek. It is a subtle, rich and often baffling language that leads into luminous depths and glistening landscapes. I am currently working on a study of veil imagery in the Odyssey.


Lucinda B. Alwa
Office: WH 316
P: 815-753-6464


M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Classics
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Classics
B.A., College of Wooster, Greek and Latin