David W. Madsen Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Classics; University of Washington M.A. in Classics; University of Washington B.A. in Classics; Seattle University
Building/Room: CASY 413
David W. Madsen, Associate Professor of History, has been teaching in the Matteo Ricci College for 34 years. He graduated from Seattle University in 1969 with a B.A. in Classics, studied Polish at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, CA before deployment in Munich, Germany where he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency as an interrogator. Upon his discharge he earned a M.A. in Classics at the University of Washington in 1974 followed by a Ph.D. in 1981. He has taught (and continues to teach) courses in University Honors, Latin, and ancienct history as well as two freshman courses in MRC )HUMT 1720 in the BAHL program and HUMT 1800 in the BAH curriculum).
Professor Madsen's particular interests in the classics are the authors Thucydides and Cicero, the ages of the Pericles, the late Roman Republic, and the reign of Augustus. He has written on ancient Greek law and the Athenian courts. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the intersection of Greek, Roman and Jewish history at the time of Christ and the rise of early Christianity. His next project will be a study of the experience in and after battle of front line infantrymen in Greece and Rome.