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Richard A. LaFleur

Richard A. LaFleur received the B.A. and M.A. in Latin from the University of Virginia and the Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Duke. He taught from 1972-2012 at the University of Georgia, where he served for 21 years as head of one of the largest Classics programs in North America and was appointed in 1998 to the chair of Franklin Professor of Classics. 

He has numerous publications in Latin language, literature, and pedagogy, including the books The Teaching of Latin in American Schools: A Profession in CrisisLatin Poetry for the Beginning StudentLove and Transformation: An Ovid ReaderLatin for the 21st Century: From Concept to ClassroomA Song of War: Readings from Vergil's Aeneid (with Alexander G. McKay), Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes, as well as the revised editions of Wheelock's LatinWheelock's Latin Reader, and (with Paul Comeau) Workbook for Wheelock's Latin. Professor LaFleur served as editor of The Classical Outlook for nearly 25 years and is a past President of the American Classical League. He has been recipient of more than a million dollars in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other funding agencies, and of state, regional, and national awards for teaching and professional service, including the American Philological Association's award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics and the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

He has three children (Jean-Paul, Caroline, and Kimberley), two step-children (Sara and Tip) and eight grandchildren (Zachary, Jackson, Lucas, Anna Caroline, Charlotte, Olivia, Dylan, and Matthew), and joyfully resides with his wife Alice in the home she designed for them on the banks of Lake Oglethorpe, near Athens, Georgia.