Posted by Philip Poole on 2012-04-04

By Tully Taylor

Steven Epley, associate professor in Samford University's Department of English, was on the program at the Association of Core Texts and Courses conference March 29-April 1 in Milwaukee, Wisc.               

Epley presented "The Most Lamentable Tragedy of Aristagoras: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Book Five of Herodotus' Histories." Epley showed how the particular section can been seen as a " sort of mini-Greek-tragedy." The approach could help students in core texts classes understand why Herodotus placed emphasis on the protagonist's strengths and weaknesses opposed to geopolitics, he noted.

Epley joined Samford's faculty in 1992.


Tully Taylor is a senior journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in Samford University's office of marketing and communication.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.