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MARY ANN ROSSI. Biographic details


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Translations of medieval scholars from the original Latin by Mary Ann Rossi, published on this web site:

Translations from the Italian by Mary Ann Rossi, published on this web site:

Mary Ann Rossi is listed in the twentieth edition of Who’s Who of American Women 1997-1998 and in Who’s Who in the World, 17th edition, 2000. She appeared in Newsweek: Women of the Year (December 28, 1992): “A Quiet Revolution: How Life in One Wisconsin City Has Changed Since the Beginning of the Women’s Movement.” She was selected for “Women Right Now”of Glamour Magazine (September, 1991, p. 112): “Why Can’t Women be Priests Again?” by Lucretia Marmon. She was interviewed by the BBC for the Everyman Programme “Women’s Ordination:The Hidden Tradition”, which was viewed by two million people on November 8, 1992. Rossi’s work is noted in Megatrends for Women, by Aburdene and Naisbitt (N.Y.:Villard Books, 1992), and in The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own, by Cullen Murphy (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1998). The translation “Priesthood, Precedent, and Prejudice...” was included in the new website on women priests, www.womenpriests.org in 1999, along with her translations of Latin passages from Bonaventure, Bellarmine, and Bernard, Duns Scotus, and Albertus Magnus.


  • Birkbeck College, University of London, Ph. D., Classics, 1982
  • Brown University, M.A., Classics, 1957
  • Connecticut College, D. A., Classics, 1952
  • American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Summer, 1953

M.A. Thesis (unpublished): Stoic Themes in the Dramas of Euripides and Seneca

Ph.D. Thesis (published): Theocritus’ Idyll XVII: A Stylistic Commentary (Hakkert: Amsterdam, 1989)


  • 1989-1995 Honorary Research Fellow, Women’s Studies Research Center, Univ.of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 1989-1991 Research Associate, Lawrence University.
  • 1986-1988 Honorary Research Fellow, Classics Department, Birbeck College, University of London.
  • 1986 Summer Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities, Ancient Greek Religion and Society, Stanford University.
  • 1983-86 Assistant Professor of Classics, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
  • 1983 Summer Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities, Medieval Rome, American Academy in Rome.
  • 1980-81 Lecturer, Greek and Latin languages, The City Literary Institute, London.
  • 1979 Summer Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities, Pagan and Christian in Late Antiquity, Princeton University.
  • 1976-79 Lecturer, Classics and Women’s Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
  • 1973-75 Lecturer, Greek and Latin languages, The City Literary Institute, London.
  • 1970-71Lecturer, Classics, Lawrence University Center, West Germany.
  • 1959-71 Lecturer in Classics, Italian, and Freshman Studies, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.
  • 1955-59 Lecturer in Classics and English, Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.


  • 1989-95 Honorary Research Fellow, Women’s Studies Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 1993-95 Honorary Research Fellow, Lawrence University.
  • 1986 Summer NEH Fellowship, Ancient Greek Religion & Society, Stanford University.
  • 1986-87 Honorary Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies, London, England.
  • 1984, 1989 Chair of the Latin section of a regional conference of the Educational Testing Service in Chicago.
  • 1986, 87, 88 Reader, Advanced Placement examinations in Latin for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton. ~
  • 1983-86 Keynote speaker for regional high school Latin conferences in Indiana.
  • 1983-86 Appointed by the Provost to the Women’s Studies Committee; co-founder of Women’s Week at Ball State University.


  • l989-95 Honorary Research Fellow, Women’s Study Research Center, Univ. Wis. Madison.
  • 1986 NEH Summer Fellowship, Stanford University.
  • 1983 NEH Summer Fellowship, American Academy in Rome.
  • 1979 NEH Summer Fellowship, Princeton University.
  • 1965-66 University Fellowship, Brown University.
  • 1953 Scholar of the New England Classical Association. Athens, Greece.
  • 1952-54 Wilbour Fellowship, Brown University.
  • 1948-52 Swayzee Scholarship, Connecticut College.


  • 1996 “Women’s Rights in the Labor Market” in Women and Work: A Handbook, edd. Paula J. Dubeck and Kathryn Borman (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc.).
  • 1995 “Androcentrism, Misogyny, and Presbytera”, entries in An A to Z of Feminist Theology, edd. Lisa Sherwood and Dorothy McEwan (Sheffield, U.K.: Sheffield Academic Press).
  • 1995 Translations from the Latin of Isaac Newton’s On Motion and sections from the first edition of the Principia in J.Bruce Brackenridge, The Key to Newton’s Dynamics (Berkeley: University of California Press).
  • 1993 “St. Bridget’ s Social Activism: The Rome Years,” Festschrift for the Sixth Centenary of St. Bridget’s Canonization, Studies in St. Birgitta and the Brigittine Order, ed. James Hogg, vol.I, Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik Universität Salzburg (Edwin Mellen Press, N.Y.).
  • 1991 “Priesthood, Precedent, and Prejudice: On Recovering the Women Priests of Early Christianity”, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 7, no. 1 (May).
  • 1989 Theocritus’ Idyll XVII: A Stylistic Commentary (Hakkert: Amsterdam).
  • 1988 “A Survey of Studies in Callimachus”, L’Antiquite Classiqué, vol. LVII, pp. 311-316.
  • 1987 “A Critical Bibliography of Theocritus”, L’Antiquite Classiqué, vol. LVI, pp. 290-295.
  • 1984 “A Textual Problem in Theocritus’ Idyll XVII.90", Museum Philologum Londoniense, vol. VI, pp. 89-91.
  • 1984 “The Passion of Perpetua, Everywoman of Late Antiquity”, Pagan and Christian Anxiety: A Response to E.R. Dodds, eds. Smith and Lounibos, (University Press of America: New York), pp. 53-86.
  • 1983 “The ‘Arte Allusiva’ of Theocritus’ Idyll XVII”, Corolla Londiniensis, vol. III, pp. 107- 120.
  • 1979 “Johannes Kepler’s On the More Certain Fundamentals of Astrology N, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol.123, pp. 85- 116 (translation by Mary Ann Rossi and commentary by Bruce Brackenridge).


  • 1990 M. J. Cropp (ed.), Euripides: Electra, in Classical World (forthcoming).
  • 1984 D.M.Halperin, Before Pastoral: Theocritus and the Ancient Tradition of Bucolic Poetry in Classical World, vol. 77, no. 4, pp.258-59.
  • 1968-81 Book reviews for Choice, such as: Beare, The Roman Stage; Childe, The Bronze Age; Ferguson, Callimachus; Figes, Tragedy and Social Revolution; Frankel, Early Greek Poetry and Philosophy; Friedrich, The Meaning of Aphrodite; Grant, The Birth of Western Civilization; Hainsworth, The Flexibility of the Homeric Formula, etc.


  • American Philological Association.
  • American Institute of Archaeology (President of the Appleton, WI, Chapter, for three years).
  • Alumni Association, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.
  • The Hellenic Society, London.
  • The Roman Society, London.

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