Ancient Narrative: Sad news


Dear readers,

I have some sad news to share: Saiichiro Nakatani and Hugh Mason, authors of Ancient Narrative, have passed away.

I quote Prof. Keiko Kurata (Keio University), Prof. John Morgan (Swansea University), and Prof. Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University) in the Classicists mailing list: 

"Dear Colleagues,

"It is our unspeakably sad duty to inform you about the unexpected, tragic passing of our dear colleague and friend Prof. Saiichiro Nakatani in Ghent (Belgium) on 13 March 2023.

"Saiichiro Nakatani (PhD Swansea University 2006) was Professor of Greek at Keio University in Tokyo and had been a visiting scholar at Ghent University since August 2022 during his sabbatical leave. He was 50 years old.

"Our deepest sympathy goes to his parents and family. Our thoughts are also with his colleagues and friends. This is also a tragic loss for our discipline. His work on the reception of the ancient Greek novels (several of which he translated into Japanese) is of major importance, and he was heading a collaborative research project on the reception of the Greek and Latin classics in Japan. Colleagues at Keio, Swansea and Ghent will always remember Prof. Nakatani with the greatest affection, admiration and love.

"There is an online condolence page for those friends and colleagues ( who would like to leave a message for Prof. Nakatani’s family. All messages will be conveyed to his parents."

Victoria Wohl, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, says: 

"I am deeply saddened to inform the Classics community that Hugh Mason, emeritus Associate Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics at the University of Toronto, passed away on March 27, 2023."

The full In memoriam can be found here: