Quintilian Podcast

A podcast about classical language and culture, the teaching of classical language and culture, and the challenges faced by those who endeavor to bring the ancient world to the 21st-century classroom. 


Hosted by Ryan Sellers


Quintilian: The Latin Teacher Podcast is a long-form interview program that showcases people who have done interesting, important, and innovative work related to the field of classical studies. We have profiled middle school teachers, high school teachers, and university professors. We have done episodes on the National Latin Exam, the American Academy in Rome, Latin pedagogy, educational technology, the Advanced Placement Latin Exam, and community outreach. We have featured a novelist, a poet, a translator, an archaeologist, a high school principal, a textbook designer, a Vatican linguist, a filmmaker, and a musician. Quintilian endeavors to represent a wide variety of perspectives and experiences, and the program would not be possible without the distinguished guests who are willing to share their personal stories with the audience.


⁠⁠Quintilian⁠⁠ is supported by a Bridge Initiative Grant from the Committee for the Promotion of Latin and Greek, a division of the ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Classical Association of the Middle West and South⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.

Quintilian Guests

Sierra Mannie


About Mississippi, the National Spelling Bee, and leaving the field of journalism to become a Latin teacher.

Phuc Tran


About tattoos, great books, and the dark side of the subjunctive.

ACL Merens Award Recipients


About Ronnie Ancona, Nava Cohen, 

John Gruber-Miller, and Mark Pearsall.

Nathalie Roy Returns


About Vindolanda, the Via Caledonia, and the fusion of Classics and STEM.


Thomas Strunk


About Cincinnati, Bob Dylan and the classical tradition, and lessons from the fall of the Roman Republic for the American people.

Parkview High School

Rachel Ash


About MovieTalks, detoxing from the textbook, and the challenges involved in coordinating a large program with multiple teachers.

Parkview High School

Keith Toda


About MovieTalks, detoxing from the textbook, and the challenges involved in coordinating a large program with multiple teachers.

About Hawaii, community outreach initiatives, and using hip-hop rhythms to teach grammatical forms.

About Pindar, stealth Latin, and the collection of demographic data about diversity in Classics.

About archaeology, the Villa of the Mysteries, and four seasons at the American Academy in Rome.

About Australia, the ramifications of ChatGPT, and the intersection of the Latin language and LEGO® products.

About movement, building a family atmosphere in the classroom, and being recognized as the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year.

About ekphrasis, Latin in western North Carolina, and making the transition from classroom teacher to school administrator.

About REDI, leisure on the Bay of Naples, and leadership initiatives for the American Classical League.

About Maine, the term "Classics," and the creation of the Latin Tutorial series.

About Juvenal, the Nashville Parthenon, and animated representations of the classical world.

About Sewanee, a new translation of Ovid, and the importance of seizing the day.

About Atalanta, approaches to translation, and reflections on life in both Athens, Georgia and Athens, Greece.

About Detroit, Ovid and the Art of Love, and the challenges involved in making a movie about an ancient Roman poet.

About Roman Britain, the pressure of following a legendary teacher, and the importance of giving students in under-resourced schools the opportunity to study Latin.

About declamation, IB Latin, and the benefits and challenges of having a four-year Latin requirement.

About canonization, Reginald Foster, and ten years of service in the Vatican's Office of Latin Letters.

About Marius, Isola Sacra, and a reinterpretation of Ovid's "Daphne and Apollo."

About Sulpicia, active Latin, and the importance of not excluding women Latinists from the curriculum.

About Cleopatra, macrons on the AP Latin Exam, and the benefits of teaching courses outside of your natural comfort zone.

About Syria, Si vis pacem, para bellum, and using music to engage students in the Latin classroom.

About comprehensible input, the prevention of teacher burnout, and strategies for improving diversity in the field of classical studies.

About Suburani, Latin in the United Kingdom, and the challenge of bringing the 99% of ancient Romans out of the shadows.

About AP Latin, the American Classical League Institute, and strategies for responding to the appropriation of classical antiquity by hate groups.

About the National Latin Exam, the encouragement of new teachers, and the importance of making connections with colleagues.

About Certamen, Parnassus Books, and a creative twist on the choice of Achilles.

About Cicero, the University of Tennessee, and a top-ten list of practical suggestions for effective teaching.

About mosaic hammers, an upcoming meeting with President Joe Biden, and the challenge of bringing more students into the field of classical studies.

About adapting to technological change, building bridges with modern languages, and reacting to a surprise announcement from the College Board.


About basketball, a memorable letter to the editor, and being an educational technology pioneer.