Julie Mebane received the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) "Presidential Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at the Annual Meeting" for her paper, "Fighting over Rome's Corpus: Competing Metaphors of the Body Politic in the Catilinarian Conspiracy."
Welcome to Chicago Classics!
The faculty of the Classics department work in literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, and philosophy. We are developing innovative approaches to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity through our collaborative work with scholars in a wide variety of fields. We belong to international research networks and we teach, publish, and host workshops and conferences with colleagues from Art History, the Committee on Social Thought, Comparative Literature, the Divinity School, English, Germanic Studies, History, the Law School, Linguistics, the Oriental Institute, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages, and Theater and Performance Studies.
In keeping with the wide ranging research agendas of our faculty, the culture of Classics at the University of Chicago is pluralistic, and the Department offers four different Ph.D. programs, each of which fosters a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity: Classical Languages and Literatures, the Ancient Mediterranean World, Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, and the joint Ph.D. in Classics and Social Thought. More information about each of these programs can be found in the program descriptions.
Stephen Greenblatt will be giving the Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr. Lecture on Thursday, May 14. His talk is entitled, "'Age is Unnecessary:' King Lear and Life Histories." Click here for more information.
Clifford Ando has written a new book, Roman Social Imaginaries: Language and Thought in the Context of Empire, which was published by the University of Toronto Press in April 2015.
From the jacket:
In an expansion of his 2012 Robson Classical Lectures, Clifford Ando examines the connection between the nature of the Latin language and Roman thinking about law, society, and empire. Drawing on innovative work in cognitive linguistics and anthropology, Roman Social Imaginaries considers how metaphor, metonymy, analogy, and ideation helped create the structures of thought that shaped the Roman Empire as a political construct.
Beginning in early Roman history, Ando shows how the expansion of the empire into new territories led the Romans to develop and exploit Latin's extraordinary capacity for abstraction. In this way, laws and institutions invented for use in a single Mediterranean city-state could be deployed across a remarkably heterogeneous empire.
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer has written a new book, Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in March 2015.
"You are what you read-so choose carefully, since the wrong kind of food for thought can cause serious mental indigestion. What may seem a mixture of metaphors was plain wisdom to the Stoic satirist Persius, and in this delightful and penetrating analysis of his alimentary, medicinal, and sexual metaphors, Bartsch shows how Persius sought to give his readers a healthier diet. Along the way, she surveys a wealth of classical texts on poisons, remedies, and the body generally. Her book is just what the doctor ordered." —David Konstan, New York University
Michèle Lowrie has been awarded fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin and the Loeb Classical Library Fellowship Foundation for her sabbatical in 2015-16.
Richard Hunter (Cambridge) will be giving the George B. Walsh Lecture on March 6, 2015. His talk is entitled, "Myth, fiction, and Homeric criticism." Click here for event information.
George B. Walsh Lecture, 2015, Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
Classics Lecture Series, 2014, Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)
Prizes and Placements
Geoffrey Benson, PhD'13, has been offered a tenure track appointment at Colgate University (April 2015).
Emily Jusino, PhD'14, has accepted a two-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester (April 2015).