Associate Professor Emeritus of Classics
Joined Connecticut College: 1967-2007
B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Radcliffe College; Ph.D., Harvard University
Greek and Latin language and literature
Ancient comedy, love poetry and historiography
Women in antiquity
Professor Silverberg retired from Connecticut College in 2007.
She is fascinated by language and the history of language. She focused these interests into her courses in Latin and Greek language and literature (all levels) and team-taught a course, "Language Power."
Her research and coursework dealt with gender ideology, the construction of sexuality, propaganda and myth-making, and the symbolic systems that define Greek and Roman culture. These interests were reflected in her courses "Ancient Comedy," "Greek Sexual Mythology," and the first-year student seminar "Love, Sex, and Friendship in Antiquity."
Silverberg has traveled around the world doing research.
In the spring of 1995, she received a Fulbright-Hayes grant to study at Charles University, Prague, and in the winter of 1988, she was named a Dartmouth-Dana fellow. In the spring of 1979, she went on a study tour of Mexico City and Yucatan, in 1978 she went on a Virgilian Society study tour of North Africa and Sicily, and in 1977 Silverberg received a Mellon Grant to participate in a Tufts University program on the Archaeology of Sardinia.
She presented papers at various professional meetings: "Culture Wars: Rome 56 B.C." at the International Pragmatics Association Congress in Reims, France (1998); "Livy Book One, War Peace, the Myth of Rome and the Augustan Programme" (1979) at both a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on Roman Imperialism and at a meeting of the Classical Association of New England (CANE) in 1995, and "The Idea of the City in Latin Poetry" at a Connecticut CANE meeting in 1974.
Silverberg was one of the founders of the Women's Studies program at Connecticut College. She served as an advisor for the program and served as Director of Women's Studies from 1991-92.
She has been book review editor of "Vanguard," the quarterly publication of the American Association of University Professors, Connecticut conference, and held various offices in Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of Connecticut chapter.