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.
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.
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
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.