Honora Maureen Howell Chapman, Ph.D.

Sabbatical Leave Fall 2014

Professor (Classics and Humanities)

Office: Peters Business Building, Room 433
Phone: (559) 278-4757 | FAX: (559) 278-7878
email: hchapman@csufresno.edu

Coordinator, Classical Studies Program
Classical Studies Program Faculty
MCLL Faculty Resident 


Honora Howell Chapman was born and raised in Pasadena, California; her family has roots in the San Joaquin Valley reaching back to the 1870s. She attended James A. Garfield Elementary and Mayfield Junior and Senior Schools. After studying abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and at the Stanford Villa in Florence, she received her B.A. and Ph.D. in Classics at Stanford University. Besides serving as a lecturer at Stanford, she lectured at Santa Clara University for six years. In 2002, she came to CSU, Fresno and became Coordinator of Classics. She received the Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty and tenure in 2006. From 2000-2008 she served as the co-chair of the Josephus Seminar/Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, and she is the co-author with Steve Mason of Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, ed. Steve Mason, vol. 1a: Judean War 2, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008. She helped organize the CSU, Fresno College of Arts and Humanities Honors Program and taught its first cohort in 2006; she also serves on the faculty of the Smittcamp Family Honors College and was promoted to Director in Spring 2009. She has appeared on the History Channel and local radio and television broadcasts.



Doctor of Philosophy 
Stanford University, Classics, 1998
"Spectacle and Theater in Josephus’s Bellum Judaicum"

Fellowships and Grants
College of Arts and Humanities Research Awards, CSU, Fresno, 2003-06
Whiting Fellowship, 1991-1992 
Stanford University Doctoral Fellowship, 1984-1988

January-May, 2008


  • Provost’s Award for Promising New Scholar, CSU, Fresno, 2006
  • Nominated by provost in 2006 and 2007 for CASE U.S.
    Professor of the Year award
  • Nominated by students in 2004 and 2005 for
    Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, CSU, Fresno
  • Awarded Fairclough Prize for outstanding senior in Classics,Stanford University
  • Bank of America Achievement Award, Liberal Arts, 1980

Bachelor of Arts

  • Stanford University, Classics, with distinction, 1984
  • Stanford Overseas Study (Italian Studies), Florence, 1982
  • Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, 1981


California State University, Fresno

Associate Professor, Classics and Humanities, 2006-present
Assistant Professor, Classics and Humanities, 2002-2006

Administrative Duties

  • Coordinator of Classics Program: Mentor and advise students in undergraduate and graduate studies in ancient languages and history, prepare students for master’s and doctoral applications
  • Administrator of scholarships from McClatchy endowment fund for Classics
  • Organizer of endowed Phebe McClatchy Conley annual lectures (scheduled in co-ordination with the Smittcamp Colloquium and given by prominent ancient historians, archaeologists, and philologists), 2002-present
  • Administrator of scholarships for Classics minors funded by annual grant from the Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation, 2005-present

Honors Duties

  • Faculty member in Smittcamp Family Honors College, 2005-present
  • MCLL departmental faculty representative for Smittcamp recruitment orientations, 2004-present
  • Co-designer of College of Arts and Humanities Honors Program, 2005
  • Designer of first Arts and Humanities Honors Seminar and Colloquium, 2006-7
  • Member of College of Arts and Humanities Honors Program Committee, 2005-present
  • Thesis advisor of seven Arts and Humanities Honors students, 2006-present
  • Founder of new chapter of the national honorary collegiate society for Classics, Eta Sigma Phi, at CSU, Fresno, 2003

Committee Duties

  • Provost’s Research Awards Review Committee, 2009-
  • Academic Senator representing Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, 2004-2007
  • Representative of CSUF Senate to CSU system-wide meeting on Rank, Tenure, and Promotion in Los Angeles, 2/06
  • Member of six faculty search committees (in Classics/Humanities, History, Spanish, French), 2002-present
  • Member of Review Team for History Department, CSU, Fresno, 3/05
  • Member of the Review Team for the Dean of Student Affairs, 2006-07
  • Member of Q-Dogs Committee on undergraduate education, 5/06-2/07
  • Panelist for Rank, Tenure, and Promotion Workshops, 2006-07
  • Member of Provost’s Awards Selection Committee, 2007
  • Member of College of Arts and Humanities Outreach Committee, 2005-07
  • Department representative on Curriculum Committee, College of Arts and Humanities, 2002-2004

Teaching Duties

Professor of eight courses (majority in General Education or Honors programs) per year:

Honors 101: Emerging Voices Within the Latin Church (Spring 2009)
Honors 101: History of Early Christianity (Fall 2008)
Honors Humanities 10: Ancient and Medieval (every Fall since 2005)
Arts and Humanities Honors Seminar 101
Arts and Humanities Honors Colloquium 101
Greek 1A and 1B
Greek 131T: Greek Prose Composition
Greek 131T: Epic
Greek 131TT: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
Greek 131T: Xenophon’s Anabasis
Greek 131T: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex
Greek 131T: Euripides’ Bacchae
Greek 131T: New Testament/Koine (individual Gospels, Luke-Acts, Paul in separate courses)
Humanities 101: History of Early Christianity
Humanities 108: Greek Humanities
Humanities 110: Roman Humanities
Latin 1A
Latin 131T: Latin Prose Composition
Latin 131T: Ovid and Livy
Latin 132: Classical Mythology (in translation)
Independent study sessions with undergraduate and graduate students: Ancient Memory Techniques, History of the Roman Empire, Historical Jesus, Greek Tragedy—and also comparison with Sanskrit Tragedy, comparison of Greek and Chinese language and culture, Mother goddesses, Myth
Guest lecturer on Homer at Madden Library lunch series, 2004
Special weekly tutorials teaching most classes to a Classics student with Asperger’s Syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder), 2003-2005

Academic Mentoring and Advising

  • Adviser and mentor for Smittcamp Honors students in Classics and other fields
  • University mentor for first-generation students, 2005-present
  • Mentor for three students in Ronald McNair Program, 2003-present
  • Faculty speaker at McNair orientations and workshops on recommendations, 2004-present
  • Mentor for student with Sally Casanova Scholarship, 2004-5
  • Reader for five History MA theses (on mos maiorum during the Punic Wars, prosopography of the late Roman Republic, the Virgin Mary in 15th-century Spain and the New World, battle trophies in Greek and Roman warfare, the Athenian navy), 2005-present
  • Lecturer and participant in History Graduate Student Association events: guest lecturer (2003 and 2004) and annual symposium (2003-present)
  • Mentor for Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship winner for 2008-9

Work with High School Students at CSUF

  • Educate University High School students in Greek, Latin, and Humanities courses, 2002-present
  • Advise UHS students about college and write letters of recommendation, 2003-present

Club Advising

  • Faculty mentor for CSU, Fresno College Bowl/Brain Trust team, 2005-present
  • Faculty mentor and presenter for Central Valley Veritas Forum, 2006-present; panel moderator for Veritas, 2005-present

Academic Conference Designed to engage our MCLL students (and others)

  • Co-organizer and panel chair for “Don Quixote at 400” Conference at CSU, Fresno, 4/05
Santa Clara University
  • Full-time Lecturer (199-2002) and Adjunct Lecturer (1994-1997) in History, Classics, English, and Religious Studies Faculty Fellow in Campisi and Alpha Learning Communities: attended weekly functions, including orientations
  • Taught up to eight core curriculum courses on quarter system each year: Survey of Ancient Western History (History and Classics), Medieval and Renaissance History (History), History of Early Christianity (History, Classics, and Religious Studies), History of the Roman Empire (History and Classics), The World of St. Augustine (History and Religious Studies), Classical Literature (English and Classics), Classical Tragedy (Classics, English, and Theatre; writing intensive), Women in Ancient Rome (Classics, English, and Women and Gender Studies), Cicero: Oratory and Rhetoric, Second Year Latin, First Year Greek
  • Co-advisor and Reader for Senior Honors Theses: Daniel Jost, “The Fragments of Church Unity: Indications of Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in the Greek Inscriptions of Late Antique Athens and Crete,” Classics, Stanford University, 2000; Mary Nuxoll, “Tracing Penelope,” Classics, Santa Clara University, 2000; Steven Ickes (with T. Patel, J. Ziel, R. Rai, J. Yue, and J. Cymerys), “Robosoccer,” Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University, 2002; David Chiesa, “Euripides and Thucydides,” Classics, Santa Clara University, 2003
  • Participated in student enrichment, including visiting museum exhibits, attending ancient plays, giving lectures, and interacting with visiting scholars
Stanford University
  • Lecturer (9/97-6/99) and Teaching Fellow, Department of Classics: Origins of Christianity (Continuing Studies), First Year Greek, Intensive First Year Greek, New Testament Greek (new course for department), First Year Latin, Third Year Latin: Tacitus, Third Year Latin: Augustine, Second Year Latin: Ovid and Livy, Second Year Latin: Cicero: Philosophy and Politics
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics: History of the Roman Empire, Classical Politics (writing intensive), Classical Athletics, Intensive First Year Latin
  • Guest Lecturer: History of the Roman Empire (Undergraduate, Continuing Studies), Classical Politics, Structured Liberal Education; Humanities 61: Ancient, Humanities 302: Ancient (Graduate Level)
  • Department Representative to the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Creator of Teaching Library for Department of Classics (wrote the $2,000 grant, bought all the books, organized half-day meeting of all graduate students in order to assemble binders of useful teaching materials)

Professional Service

  • Co-chair of Josephus Group (with James McLaren, 2005-2008; with Steve Mason as Co-chair of Josephus Seminar, 1999-2004), at annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which involved leading diverse group of international scholars dedicated to Brill Josephus Project (dedicated to producing the first comprehensive translation and commentary of all the works of Josephus), organizing panels of international scholars and students from various fields and backgrounds on themes we chose, mentoring young scholars, and chairing the sessions each year; see http://pace.cns.yorku.ca/York/york/index.htm for most of the papers
  • Member of Managing Committee, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2007-present
  • Member of Editorial Board, Pacific Journal, 2/07-present (latest issue focused on the environment)
  • Chair of Religion and Cultural Identity in Ancient and Medieval Europe Panel at the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Annual Meeting, 8/03
  • Outside reader of articles on Josephus submitted for publication in books and journals
  • Grant Reviewer for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2008

Publications and Select Papers

  • Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, ed. Steve Mason, vol. 1a: Judean War 2, Steve Mason with Honora Chapman, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008
  • “Josephus,” in A, Feldherr, Cambridge Companion to Roman Historians, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2009
  • “Josephus,” in Blackwell Companion of Ancient History, forthcoming in 2010
  • “What Josephus Sees: The Temple of Peace and the Jerusalem Temple as Spectacle in Text and Art,” an invited paper presented at the Craven Seminar on Josephus, Cambridge, 2007, and Loyola College in Maryland, 10/08, forthcoming in Phoenix (2009)
  • “Homer’s Trees in Life and Death,” Pacific Journal 3 (2008) 1-15; originally a paper presented at the Living Well conference of the CSU, Fresno Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, Yosemite, 4/04
  • “‘Rachel weeping for her children’: Ancient and Modern Interpretations of Non-Combatant Children Killed in Warfare,” paper at PAMLA annual meeting, 11/08
  • Review of Valerie Warrior, Roman Religion, New York: Cambridge University Press, Review of Biblical Literature, August 2008, 4 pages on-line
  • "Josephus and the Cannibalism of Mary (BJ 6.199-219)," in ed. J. Marincola, A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, Blackwell, 2007, 419-426
  • "Masada in the 1st and 21st Centuries," in Making History: Josephus and Historical Method, ed. Z. Rodgers, Leiden: Brill, 2007, 82-102; originally a paper presented at the International Josephus Colloquium: Josephus and Archaeology, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland, 9/04
  • "Paul, Josephus, and the Judean Nationalistic and Imperialistic Policy of Forced Circumcision," in ’Ilu, Revista de Ciencias de las religiones 11 (2006), 131T-155; originally a paper presented to the Religion and Cultural Identity in Ancient and Medieval Europe Panel at the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Annual Meeting, 8/03
  • "Spectacle in Josephus’s Bellum Judaicum," in Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome, J. Edmondson, S. Mason, and J. Rives, eds., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2005, 289-313; originally a paper presented at York University, 5/01
  • "By the Waters of Babylon: Josephus and Greek Poetry,"in Josephus and Jewish History in Flavian Rome and Beyond, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism series, G. Lembi and J. Sievers, eds., Brill, 2005, 121-146; originally a paper presented at the International Josephus Colloquium, Rome, 9/03
  • Spectacle and Theater in Josephus’s Bellum Judaicum, 2005 electronic publication on PACE (Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement) web site: http://pace.cns.yorku.ca/York/york/index.htm (a more accessible, 21st-century way of making my dissertation available to scholarly and general audience)
  • Review of Valerie Warrior, Roman Religion (Cambridge, 2007) in Review of Biblical Literature, August 2008.
  • Review of David Goodblatt, Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism (Cambridge, 2006) in Hebrew Studies 48 (2007) 386-390
  • "Reading the Aftermath of the Judean War in Martial’s Liber spectaculorum," article submitted
  • "Response to Zenebe Abebe’s The Two Faces of Racism," Pacific Journal 2 (2007) 51-56
  • "María Magdalena y las tradiciones del Santo Grial,” in ed. Isabel Gómez-Acebo, María Magdalena: De apóstol a prostituta y amante, Madrid: Desclée De Brouwer, 2007; public lecture based on this research for the Veritas Forum, CSU, Fresno 2/07
  • "Cedere maiori": Flavian Monuments and the Jews,” a paper presented at the joint session of the Hellenistic Judaism Section and the Josephus Group at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D.C., 11/06
  • " Romanes Eunt Domus: Monty Python’s Reading of Josephus,” a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA 11/06
  • "The Passion of Pentheus: Other Possible Sources Reflecting the End of Euripides’ Bacchae," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association, Montreal, 1/06
  • "'‘Slaughter of the Innocents': Children in Ancient and Modern War,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, 11/05
  • "The Catechesis of a Herodian King," a paper presented at the Formation of Luke-Acts session at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 11/04; revised and submitted as an article, “Luke-Acts: Instruction for a Herodian King?"
  • "Excavating Josephus for Jesus: Review of Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts, by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed," Review of Biblical Literature 5 (2003), 32-37, a paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, 3/02
  • "Josephus and Historiography in Flavian Rome: A Response to Jonathan Price, ‘Josephus and Hellenistic Historiography,’” paper presented at Josephus Seminar at Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 11/03
  • “‘We have conquered the world with our buildings, too’: Perspectives on Flavian Rome,” paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in Rome, 7/01
  • " A Myth for the World: Early Christian Reception of Infanticide and Cannibalism in Josephus, Bellum Judaicum 6.199-219," Society of Biblical Literature 2000 Seminar Papers, Atlanta, 2000, 359-378; a paper delivered in the Josephus Seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 11/00
  • "Choosing Not to Hang His Harp: Josephus at Rome," paper presented at the Workshop in Ancient Societies, organized by Erich Gruen at the Stanford Humanities Center, 2/00
  • "Playing the Roman Game of Death: Masada in Josephus, Bellum Judaicum 7," paper presented at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Instituto Universitario de Ciencias de las Religiones, 6/99, and at the University of Rochester, NY, 2/99
  • "Fiction and History: Human Sacrifice and Cannibalism in the Novels and Josephus’s Bellum Judaicum and Contra Apionem," paper presented at the American Philological Association Annual Meeting, 12/97
  • "Josephus and His Audience: Reading the Temple in the Antiquitates Judaicae," paper delivered for the Crossing Cultural Frontiers in Roman Historiography panel at American Historical Association Annual Meeting, 1/96
  • Review of Steve Mason, Josephus and the New Testament, Hendrickson, 1992, Critical Review of Books in Religion, 1994, 231-235
  • "Josephus and His Readers: The Roman Triumph in Bellum Judaicum 7.118-162," paper delivered in the Hellenistic Judaism section at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, 11/92

Television, Radio, Print Interviews, and Popular Articles

  • Commentator for two-hour documentary on Masada, first aired on History Channel, both nationally and internationally, 12/02 and in re-runs
  • Television show on Josephus. “Yesterday, Today, and Forever” television show, KNXT, 2/08
  • Television interview on “Jesus Family Tomb” controversy, CBS 47, 3/07
  • Panelist on seven “Forum for a Better Understanding” ( Da Vinci Code, Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Judas, the Incarnation, Good Friday prayer for the Jews, myths in world religions) television shows, KNXT, 6/06-5/08
  • Interviews for stories in Fresno Alumni Magazine, 2004 and 2006
  • Radio interview (half hour) on KFSR on Alexander the Great, 11/04
  • Radio interview on KMJ (half hour) on Ancient Olympics and John the Baptist Cave Discovery, 8/20/04
  • Radio interview (half hour) on KFSR on Ancient Olympics, 8/15/04
  • Education, popular culture, and religion articles on victorhanson.com, 5/04-present
  • Opinion articles on Virginia Tech Massacre, Fresno Bee, 4/07, and Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” Fresno Bee, 3/04

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • American Philological Association
  • California Classical Association—Northern Section
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • North American Patristic Society
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature


Work with Children and Young Adults

  • Career Day at San Joaquin Memorial High School, 2/09
  • Outreach to Fresno City College (visit ancient history courses), 5/08 (while on sabbatical)
  • Academic Decathlon for Fresno County: Lecturer, 11/04; Interview Judge, 1/05
  • Guest lecturer for Social Studies at River Bluff Elementary School and Rio Vista Middle School, Fresno, Spring and Fall 2003
  • Outreach to Eastside Preparatory School, East Palo Alto, CA, 1999-2002 (conducted campus tours of Santa Clara University for high school students; participant in college nights for middle school students at EPS)
  • Mentor at Sacred Heart Community Service, San José, 1998-2001 (worked closely with Latina teenager who graduated from high school; tutored other children from inner city, ages 6-17)
  • Helped set up shelter for abused women and children, Santa Clara, 2001
  • Guest Teacher, Catechism classes at St. Simon Church, Los Altos, 2000
  • Team mom, Little League baseball, Sunnyvale, 2000
  • Classroom Volunteer (for art) and Yard Duty at West Valley Elementary School, Sunnyvale, 1995-2002

Work with Religious Communities

  • Lecture on “The Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple” at Shabbat service at Temple Beth Israel, Fresno, 12/08
  • Lecture on “New Insights into the World of Jesus” at College Community Congregational Church, 6/05
  • Supporter of Interfaith Scholar Weekend

Work with Elderly

  • Lecturer for Elderhostel at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, 2002-present
  • Lecture on “Love in Early Christianity and the ‘Problem’ of Mary Magdalene,” Osher Group at CSU, Fresno, 2/2008
  • Lecturer for FLAIR on “Josephus” and “Christmas,” CSU, Fresno, 2004 and 2005

Habitat for Humanity: helped build three houses in San José, CA, 1998

Non-Academic University Experience

  • Stanford University, Department of Public Safety, 1984-1986
  • Media Coordinator, Special Services Unit
  • Conceived, wrote, edited, and distributed first safety and security manual (Stanford Farm Almanac) that informed the entire university campus community (staff, faculty, and students at all facilities) of all safety and security issues
  • Responded to requests from departments/offices for safety material and re-keying of doors
  • Helped with security during 1984 Summer Olympics (soccer) 

Business Experience

  • Helped found Excinis, a database software testing company, San Francisco, 1986
  • Software Tester, Yates Ventures/IDC, Palo Alto, (consultant) 1985-1986
  • Bank Teller, Bank of America, Glendale, summers 1981-1983
  • New Accounts Assistant, Broadway department store, Pasadena, 1980

Other Interests

Athletics, Music, and Dance

  • Played varsity tennis, basketball, track, and softball in high school, and at Stanford continued with co-ed intramurals in these sports; pitched for the City of Florence, Italy women’s softball team
  • Sing in the Community Chorus at CSU, Fresno; Stanford Symphonic Chorus; two musicals as undergraduate; play piano
  • Ballet, Folk Dance, and Viennese Ball opener at Stanford


  • Victor Hanson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, v ictorh@csufresno.edu
  • John Heath, Professor of Classics, Santa Clara University, heathjr@comcast.net
  • Steve Mason, Professor (Humanities & Graduate History) and Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction, York University, Toronto, Canada smason@yorku.ca
  • Erich Gruen, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley gruene@socrates.berkeley.edu
  • William Greenwalt, Professor of Classics and History, head of Campisi Learning Community, Santa Clara University, wgreenwalt@scu.edu
  • Kathleen Maxwell, Chair of Art and Art History, Associate Professor Byzantine and Medieval Art, and former head of Alpha Learning Community, Santa Clara University, kmaxwell@scu.edu
  • Robert Gregg, Teresa Hihn Moore Professor in Religious Studies, Stanford University, rgregg@stanford.edu
  • Sabine G. MacCormack, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. College of Arts and Letters Chair, History and Classics, MacCormack.1@nd.edu