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The Department of Classics wants to congratulate three of our PhD candidates on defending their dissertations. On December 6th, 2018, Konrad Weeda presented their dissertation titled 'IMAGINED LANGUAGES AND FORMS OF LIFE: HORACE READS VIRGIL', on December 7th, 2018, Natalie Trevino presented her work titled 'INSPIRATION AND NARRATIVE IN THE HOMERIC ODYSSEY', and on February 5th 2019, Luke Parker presented his titled 'LISTENING TO LOGOS: A PROSE POETICS IN HERACLITUS'.

Professor Edith Hall from King's College London will give a workshop titled "Goddesses, a Whore-Wife and a Slave: Euripides' Hippolytus and Epistemic Injustice towards Women" on January 15th from 12:30pm to 2pm in Classics 21. Lunch will be provided.

What is a hero? What is a superhero? Do heroes always behave heroically, and if not, are they still heroes? Classicist Emily Austin talks about the sometimes-exasperating heroes in the Iliad, while film scholar Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, AM’93, PhD’99, discusses the superhero Black Panther and day-to-day heroism.

On Friday 1st June, the latest instalment of the Hellenists vs Latinists soccer game took place on the Midway, with both teams made up of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members of the Department. The match was finely poised at 3-3 with a few minutes to go, but the Hellenists scored a late flurry of goals to win 6-3 and retain the title they claimed in Autumn 2017.


The Department is delighted that Thomas Gallant, Professor at the University of California at San Diego, will be delivering the 2018-2019 Modern Greek Culture Lecture on Friday 26 October 2018. Professor Gallant will be speaking on "Greece's Two Fins-de-Siècles."


Michèle Lowrie (Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Classics and the College) delivered the 2018 J. H. Gray Lectures in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Cambridge on the on the idea of security in Roman thought and literature, which is related to her upcoming work during her National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Professor Lowrie's lectures and seminars may be viewed or listened to at the following links:

Lecture, 5/8: Salus: hierarchy, reciprocity and embodied safety.

Lecture, 5/10: Securitas: emperor and citizen.

Seminar, 5/9: Cura: anxiety and tending in Vergil and Horace.



The University of Chicago hosted the following conference, for which Alain Bresson (Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and History) was a joint organiser:

Coin Circulation in the Ancient Greek World: Mapping and Networks
The University of Chicago Paris Center
May 17-18, 2018

For further details, please click here.


The 2018 George B. Walsh Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Andrew Riggsby on Friday 20th April. For information, please click here.


Alain Bresson (Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and History) has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2018-19. During his fellowshop, Professor Bresson will be working on his project "Why Coinage? Money, Society and Economy in the Ancient Greek World."

The Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the most prestigious positions in the humanities and social sciences, and the Department is delighted to be able to congratulate Professer Bresson on his richly-deserved recognition.

For more information, please click here.


Christopher Faraone (Frank and Gertrude Springer Professor in the Humanities and the College) has published his new monograph, The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times. In celebration, the Classics Department and the Ancient Socities Workshop hosted a book seminar featuring discussion by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty and students: Joshua R. Vera (PhD, History), Bruce Lincoln (Professor Emeritus, Divinity), and Kelly Holob (PhD, Divinity). The Department warmly congratulates Professor Faraone!