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Introduction

Centaur Systems has been publishing educational software for the Classics (ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies) since 1984. We are probably the oldest software publisher working continuously in this field, and we pride ourselves on our quick, personalized customer service.  Our business is named after the earliest teachers in classical mythology.

Mission

Our mission is to offer our customers the best quality and most affordably priced software we possibly can, along with helpful support services and useful information on available options in our field of expertise.

Staff

Rob Latousek (Pres.) completed his B.A. in Classics at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester MA) in 1978, followed by an M.A. in Latin from Loyola University of Chicago in 1985. He was a doctoral student in Educational Technology at the University of Wisconsin--Madison from 1985 to 1988, while designing and writing software for the Classics Department there under a Project Trochos grant from the UW and IBM. Since then, he has been working full-time for Centaur Systems, which he founded in 1984 to publish the results of his own and others' programming endeavors.

For many years Latousek volunteered his time to the American Classical League to help them educate their members and the rest of the profession about all of the computer-based tools available for the Classics. Once a Latin teacher himself, he served as Chair of their Committee on Educational Computer Applications (1987-2008), wrote a semi-annual column, called "Random Access" (1989-2008) for The Classical Outlook journal (see Archives), and compiled the ACL Software Directory for the Classics (1985-2009, see Directory). In 2011 he received a Meritus Award "for distinguished service to the American Classical League and the Classics profession." In 2015 he received the Anthony J. Gradisnik Award from the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers "for outstanding contributions to world language learning and global studies."

Belle Goebel (Vice Pres.) is a retired Latin teacher, having served 16 years in the classroom at Edgewood High School in Madison, Wisconsin. She began writing computer programs for classroom use in 1980 and co-wrote the Curriculum Guide for the Latin correspondence courses at the University of Wisconsin in 1986.

Brian McCormick (Sec.-Treas.) is responsible for designing our logo and maintaining aesthetic standards in all of our graphics and packaging. He is now retired from his career as a preservation architect for the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and has returned to his original calling as a watercolor artist and prairie restorer.

Julian Morgan is the author and publisher of the J-PROGS line of software in the UK. Julian has many years' experience as Head of Classics and currently teaches full time at the European School in Karlsruhe, Germany. He has an M.Ed. in Educational Computing; and his other publications include Nero, Hadrian, Constantine, Cleopatra (Rosen Central Publishing, 2003). Julian was a Council member of JACT (Joint Association of Classical Teachers) and wrote the "Computanda" column (1995-2005), which appeared three times a year in JACT publications. He is the UK partner in CIRCE, an EU Comenius project committed to providing resources to support Classics teachers across Europe.