Marston Lecture

The annual Marston Lecture at Seattle Pacific University is presented by the faculty member appointed to the C. May Marston professorship, named in honor of C. May Marston, whose influence extends back to the earliest years of Seattle Pacific. During a remarkable 45 years as a faculty member, Dr. Marston instilled a love for language through her classes in Latin, Greek, French, German and English. The quintessential scholar, Dr. Marston was a methodical drillmaster whose sharp sense of humor, deep concern for students and simplicity of faith won over many a reluctant intellect.


The 2017 C. May Marston Lecture
“Classics and Popular Music”

owen ewald 2Owen Ewald, C. May Marston Assistant Professor of Classics
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 3:15 pm, Demaray 150

Classical literature has inspired popular music of the last six decades in often surprising ways.  Four ancient genres—epic, tragedy, philosophy, and historical writing—seem to have the most influence on Anglophone popular music from Bob Dylan to Sarah Dougher.  Some examples are brief allusions or metaphors, but others rework ancient narratives or even offer creative translations set to music.

Owen Ewald, Ph.D., grew up in Washington, D.C., a city with abundant Greco-Roman-inspired architecture.  After reading historian J. David Bolter’s work Turing’s Man, he studied Latin for 17 years, Greek for 13 years, and some Sanskrit.  He received a doctorate in classics from the University of Washington in 1999, and his dissertation explored Roman historiography.  His articles on ancient funerary practices, ancient roads, and Vergil’s rhyme schemes have appeared in Athenaeum, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and Harvard Studies in Classical Philology.  Dr. Ewald has taught Latin, Greek, classical literature, ancient history, and art history at Seattle Pacific University since 2001 and was named to the C. May Marston Professorship in 2005.


To listen to past Marston Lectures please visit Digital Commons @ SPU.