Professor Elizabeth Vandiver, Ph.D.

Professor Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Whitman College
  • The University of Texas at Austin
I think many of the stories that we tell ourselves as a society—the stories that encode our hopes, aspirations, and fears—preserve the traces of classical culture and myth and are part of our classical legacy.

Dr. Elizabeth Vandiver is Professor of Classics and Clement Biddle Penrose Professor of Latin at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She was formerly Director of the Honors Humanities program at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also taught in the Department of Classics. She completed her undergraduate work at Shimer College and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to taking her position at Maryland, she held visiting professorships at Northwestern University, the University of Georgia, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Loyola University of New Orleans, and Utah State University.

In 1998, The American Philological Association recognized her achievements as a lecturer with its Excellence in Teaching Award, the most prestigious teaching prize given to American classicists. In 2013 she received Whitman College's G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. Her other awards include the Northwestern University Department of Classics Excellence in Teaching Award and two University of Georgia Outstanding Honors Professor Awards.

Professor Vandiver is the author of Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War and Heroes in Herodotus: The Interaction of Myth and History. She has also written numerous articles and has delivered many papers at national and international conferences.

Testimonials

"Professor Elizabeth Vandiver is truly outstanding.  I've purchased all her courses but one so far.  Please, have her produce more courses with you.  She's so clear, organized, and articulate.  It's a privilege to listen to her."

 

"Professor Vandiver electrifies my intellectual curiosity! I once found Greek Tragedy a boring subject, but after this course, I can't wait to immerse myself in it!"

 

"Dr. Vandiver is an incredible lecturer. I can't wait to go to work in the morning so I can get into the car and listen to her. She is extremely knowledgeable on the topic and it's evident ."

50 Courses and Sets

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50 Courses and Sets

  1. Classical Mythology

    Classical Mythology

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    4.7 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (152)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    From Athena to Zeus, Professor Elizabeth Vandiver leads an illuminating exploration of classical mythology and its treasure trove of unforgettable characters and stories. Classical Mythology is an introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you will study are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's...
  2. Iliad of Homer

    Iliad of Homer

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    4.8 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (128)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    From the wrath of Achilles to the machinations of Agamemnon that led to the fall of Troy, the Iliad is one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written. Take an in-depth look at Homer's epic Greek poem in The Iliad of Homer and realize why this literary masterpiece is held in such high regard. Alongside award-winning Professor Elizabeth Vandiver, examine the most important episodes in the...
  3. Odyssey of Homer

    Odyssey of Homer

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    4.9 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (110)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    Take a detailed look at Homer's ancient Greek masterpiece of adventure. Professor Elizabeth Vandiver's The Odyssey of Homer focuses on timeless themes contained in the warrior Odysseus's voyage home through strange lands and encounters with gods, witches, warriors, and monsters. Explore the cultural assumptions that lie behind Homer's lines, weigh the poem's critical and interpretative issues, and come to view the...
  4. Greek Tragedy Sale

    Greek Tragedy

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    4.9 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (56)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    The Greek tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides produced a group of plays whose grandeur and uncanny power are undiminished despite the passage of 2,500 years. Professor Elizabeth Vandiver's 24 engrossing lectures shed revealing light on both the context and the content of these stunning dramas from Athens's Golden Age.
  5. Aeneid of Virgil Sale

    Aeneid of Virgil

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    4.8 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (87)
    Save up to $120.00 Starting at $12.95 $14.95 $12.95$14.95
    With The Aeneid of Virgil, Professor Elizabeth Vandiver has crafted a masterful presentation on the great national epic of ancient Rome and one of the most important works of literature ever written. Join Aeneas on his long journey west from ruined Troy to the founding of a new nation in Italy, and see how the author Virgil weaves together a rich network of compelling human themes on duty, desire, leadership, and...
  6. Herodotus: The Father of History

    Herodotus: The Father of History

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    4.8 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (81)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    View the ancient world through the eyes of its first historian. This course addresses the most remarkable achievement of Herodotus—his narrative account of the great Persian Wars and their causes. It considers the ways his work retains a mythical world-view and discusses his influence on later Greek historians.
  7. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (13)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  8. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.6 out of 5
    55% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (27)
    Starting at $399.95 Starting at $399.95 $749.95 $399.95$749.95
    From Mesopotamia to Mississippi, from the anonymous writer of the Epic of Gilgamesh to William Faulkner, writing 3,600 years later, many of the greatest figures of Western culture have been its writers. This course is your guide to a rich sampling of their masterpieces, chosen, explained, and analyzed by five outstanding professors. In addition to novelists, poets, and dramatists, you will study historians,...
  9. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    57% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  10. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.2 out of 5
    42% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (7)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  11. (Set) Iliad/Odyssey/Aeneid Set

    (Set) Iliad/Odyssey/Aeneid

    Elizabeth Vandiver
    Starting at $269.85 Starting at $269.85 $404.85 $269.85$404.85
  12. (Set) Joyce's Ulysses/Iliad/Odyssey of Homer Set

    (Set) Joyce's Ulysses/Iliad/Odyssey of Homer

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.85 Starting at $309.85 $449.85 $309.85$449.85
  13. (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Sample brilliant literary masterpieces from around the world in The History of World Literature, which covers such vibrant works as The Epic of Gilgamesh and Things Fall Apart. Then, survey the lives and works of Western literature's masterful writers—including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf—in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  14. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.90 Starting at $799.90 $1,499.90 $799.90$1,499.90
    Now is your chance to discover more insights about the literature that has defined our lives. Study the classic stories and poems that illustrate our great nation's character in Classics of American Literature. Then, meet more than 60 of Western civilization's greatest authors and unpack their unforgettable works in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  15. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.85 Starting at $1,099.85 $2,149.85 $1,099.85$2,149.85
    Explore the greatness of Western culture with this epic three-course set that surveys the best that our civilization's intellectual, literary, and musical traditions have to offer. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Great Authors of the Western Literary...