Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A New Recruit

From Laura:

Hi, this is Laura, "reporting for duty."

Mark G. has invited me to join War Historian as an occasional contributor concerning ancient military history.

I think that will be fun. But first I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself.

I'm 22 years old and a senior at Ohio State University. Around my second year in college, I decided I wanted to be a history major--just your average undergraduate you might say, where drinking beer and playing Halo ranked above that research paper on the role of women in World War II.

Things changed during Winter Quarter 2003 when I took Mark Grimsley’s History of War class. For the first time I was engaged in history. I began taking academics and my own scholarship more seriously. Mark and I have have discussed many issues involving military history and we collaborated to organize two educational forums concerning the war with Iraq, the first a few weeks before the war began and the other in May of last year.

After finishing History of War, I went on to take numerous courses in ancient history, including War in the Ancient Mediterranean World taught by my academic advisor and mentor, Nathan Rosenstein (whose new book Rome at War: Farms, Families, and Death in the Middle Republic is terrific).

My main interest lies in classical archaeology as I am fascinated by what scant remains tell us about the past, including Greek and Roman warfare. This past fall, I traveled to Greece to conduct my own archaeological research in the Eastern Corinthia. My senior honors thesis, “Data Collection and Methodological Consistency in Intensive Survey” will present the data and conclusions from my trip to Greece. This trip was possible because of Professor Timothy E. Gregory and his ongoing project in the Corinthia and the OSU Excavations at Isthmia. I also keep a personal blog on Xanga. There you can view many of my pictures from my trip to Greece.

More soon.


Anthony said...

Good stuff! I've only fairly recently begun to develop an interest in ancient military history myself, having been relentlessly modern for years.

In spite of the fact that I spend a lot of my time criticising Victor Davis Hanson's NRO output, I have to say that the credit for this must go entirely to him. I picked up his "Wars of the Ancient Greeks" in a bargain bookshop and was pretty much hooked immediately.

Strangely, I'd always imagined that if I got into ancient warfare I'd be mad for the Romans, as when I was a very small child I was nuts for the Romans (and dinosaurs and the A-Team), but no.

Laura said...

Thanks for this Anthony. I also have an interest in Victor Davis Hanson's work. I have read two of his books and have written one book review myself on Carnage and Culture. I will have things to say about his work in a coming post. Stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

Hey Laura, this is Johnny! I figure that you probably won't read this, but if you do, I'm just here to say good luck with the blog. I think the whole project is a great idea, and I'll be checking back often for updates from you and Professor Grimsley.

I look forward to hearing more from the both of you!