Martha W. Habash, BA, PhD
Martha W. Habash, BA, PhD

Martha W. Habash, BA, PhD

Associate Professor
Program Director, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Coordinator, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Petronius
  • Aristophanes
  • Satire
  • Greek Inscriptions in Jordan

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Fine & Performing Arts

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Ancient Greek and Latin, Greek and Roman literature

Biography

Dr. Habash has been teaching at Creighton since 1994.  She came to Omaha from Virginia via Greece and still misses the mountains and the ocean.  

Her research interests focus on the portrayal of religion in humorous authors, such as Aristophanes, Petronius, and Horace.  Other research projects include Greek Inscriptions in Jordan and the classical tradition in film.  

Dr. Habash teaches a wide array of courses including all levels of Ancient Greek and Latin, "War in Literature" ( A CIHI course), and "Make 'Em Laugh" (a literature course).   

She serves as Creighton's liaison to Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins, where she recruits faculty to teach in the online diploma program, teaches in the online diploma program, assembles teams to rate essays from prospectives students, and participates in interviews of candidates.  
 

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.A. University of Virginia
  • M.H. University of Richmond
  • B.A. College of William and Mary

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • "Duo Syri in Petronius' Satyrica" forthcoming, Latomus, 2017
  • “Introducing Characters in Petronius’ Satyrica”, in Historiography, Culture and Religion in Classical Antiquity: Papers in Honor of Carin M.C. Green, ed. by S. Bell and L. Holland., 2017
  • "Following the Threads: Showtime's Dexter and Oedipus", 2017
  • “Searching for His Identity: Aristotle, Oedipus the King, and Dexter “, 2015
  • Review of E. Finkelpearl’s An Apuleius Reader: Selections from the Metamorphoses, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2013
  • “A Greek Epitaph from Jordan”, Martha Habash & Nabil Bader, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 184 (2013) , 235-237, 2013
  • Bader, Nabil; Habash, Martha. A Greek, Funerary Inscription from Jordan., Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy, 23, 99-104, 2012
  • Bader, Nabil, Habash, Martha A New Greek Inscription from Northern Jordan, College of Archaeology and Anthropology, Yarmouk University Newsletter, 31, 9-10, 2011
  • “Petronius’ Satyrica 24.7: Quartilla’s asellus,”, Ancient Narrative, 5, 24-30, 2006
  • "Greek Funerary Inscriptions from Northern Jordan",, 82, 189-197, 2005
  • "Dionysos' Roles in Aristophanes' Frogs.", Mnemosyne 65, 55, 1-17, 2002
  • "Priapus: Horace in Disguise?", The Classical Journal, 94.3, 285-297, 1999
  • "The Odd Thesmophoria in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazousai.", Greek, Roman, & Byzantine Studies, 38.1, 19-40, 1997
  • "Two Complementary Dionysiac Festivals in the Acharnians.", American Journal of Philology, 116.4, 559-577, 1995

General

  • “Priapic Punishments in Petronius’ Satyrica 16-26",, Syllecta Classica, 18 (2007, 213-224, 2007

Presentations

  • "A World Transformed: Jesuit Higher Education and the Global Migration Crisis," AJCU conference entitled, "Through the Eye of the Needle: Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education,", 2017
  • "Identity and Belonging in Sophocles' Oedipus Trannus and Showtime's Dexter," Film and History conference, Milwaukee, 2017, 2017
  • “Searching for His Identity: Aristotle, Oedipus the King, and Dexter “, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 2015, 2016
  • "Introducing Characters in Petronius' Satyrica", Classical Association of the Middle West and South annual meeting, 2016, 2016
  • “Duo Syri in Petronius’ Satyrica,” Classical Association of the Middle West & South-Southern Section,, 2014
  • “The Religious Roles of Women in 5th century BC. Athens”, The Friends of Archaeology and Heritage, Amman, Jordan, 2011
  • Assisted in the “Workshop for the Preservation & Appreciation of Jordan’s Archaeological Heritage”, 2011
  • “Introducing Characters in Petronius’ Satyrica”, Classical Association of the Middle West and South annual meeting, 2016

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • The portrayal of religion in humorous Greek and Roman authors; Petronius; and Greek Inscriptions in Jordan

Current Research Projects

  • A comparison of Oedipus the King with Showtime's Dexter;
    "On Bended Knee": an examination of a religious passage in Petronius.  

Grant Funding Received

  • Magis Core Proposal: Money granted for the online development of a critical issues course, “War in Literature.”
  • Magis Core Proposal: Money granted for the development of a new course for the magis core entitled, “Make ‘Em Laugh: serious topics in ancient humorous literature”.
  • Magis Core Proposal: Money granted for the development of a new course for the magis core entitled, “War in Literature”.
  • Lectures, Films, & Concerts awarded $1,00.00 to sponsor a lecturer for the local AIA chapter meeting
  • President’s Faculty Research Fund: to begin work on a book about Roman Popular Religion
  • Creighton Global Initiative award: Money granted to develop an online course entitled “Global Perspectives in Liberal Arts” for Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins.
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar (Post-Doctoral) Grant for Research at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Research was conducted on unpublished Latin and Greek inscriptions found in Northern Jordan. 2003
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar (Post-Doctoral) Grant for Research at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. Research was conducted on unpublished Latin and Greek inscriptions found in Northern Jordan. 2010-2011
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad award for the study of Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. U.S. Government grant with matching funds provided by the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Creighton University.
  • Creighton University Global Initiative award for a project that provides degree completion for graduates of the Jesuit Worldwide Learning diploma.

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan, 2010