Syllecta Classica

About the Journal

From Volume I:

Archie Bush joined the Classics Department at the University of Iowa in the fall of 1969 and completed his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo the following year. He had earned the M.A.at the University of Virginia and the B.A. degree at St. Bonaventure University. He rose to full professor and at the time of his death was acting chairman of the department. After his appointment he began the fundamental research that brought him international recognition, namely, his investigation in the social structure of Republican families and office holders; who held offices and why and what effect magistracy had on the magistrate's family and ultimately on Roman republican society. At the time of his death he was pursuing similar research on the Roman empire.

In addition to being an innovative scholar; Archie was active in promoting courses in translation. His favorite and most popular course was on the status of women in the ancient world.

His interest in religion, both ancient and modern, led him to the Anglican Church. In 1981, after becoming a priest in the Anglican Catholic Church, he founded and served All Saints Parish in Iowa City. He practiced his faith in every aspect of his life and never more so than in his forbearance and endurance during the sixteen months of his painful illness.

Archie will be missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.


The idea for this journal belongs to Archie Bush (1940-1989).

In the spring of 1987, he formulated plans for a new journal that would give preference to research that is interdisciplinary and not mainstream in classics. He felt strongly that there should be a journal devoted to work of this nature because of his own work in the field. (Today his concern for interdisciplinary work is being maintained—see, e.g., Volume 10 in extenso—but the range of interests has been broadened to include all major areas of classics, the sub-disciplines of epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology and textual criticism included.) Despite his debilitating illness, Archie spent countless hours on details of finance and production at the early stages of the project. Without his persistence, there would be no Syllecta Classica.

Archie Bush photo

Archie Bush
In Memoriam
1940-1989