THE PRINCETON CLASSICS DEPARTMENT investigates the history, language, literature, and thought of ancient Greece and Rome. We use the perspectives of multiple disciplines to understand and imagine the diversity of these civilizations over almost two thousand years and to reflect on what the classical past has meant to later ages, and to our own.

Thermae Romae
Student-Led Event
Friday, February 22, 2019
101 McCormick Hall

Our colleague Dan-el Padilla Peralta has once again been the target of an attack, this time disseminated by the National Association of Scholars, that repeats at greater length the substance of the one made against him in person at the Society for Classical Studies.  The author’s basic premise seems to be that the simple elimination of any ‘race consciousness’ in academics can suffice to…

Post-Event Reflection

Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, visited Princeton’s campus on the evening of Monday, February 4th, to deliver a lecture on her experiences producing a translation of the Odyssey (Norton, 2017).

On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews cover
Book Launch

The sculptor Allyson Vieira spoke in last year’s Postclassicisms series, “The Place of Greece,” about her project interviewing marble workers working on the decades-long restoration of the Parthenon, and also took part in the panel, “The Case of Concrete.” Her book, On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews, is being released by Soberscove Press. There will be a book launch on Feb. 27th at 7pm, at McNally-Jackson in Brooklyn, where she will be in conversation with Jarrett Earnest and Brooke Holmes.

Photo of Sean Gurd
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Green Hall Bowl OS6

Beginning in the late 1960s Armand Schwerner (who claimed special affection for Melville’s masterpiece The Confidence Man) began to compose translations, with commentary, of no…

Students seated at dining table
Student-Led Event

Interested in speaking Latin or ancient Greek? Speaking is an excellent way to solidify your grasp of grammar and vocabulary and to learn how to understand Latin and Greek as what they are — languages and not puzzles. It’s also great fun! The Latin table meets at 6:30pm on Mondays in Whitman dining hall, and the Greek table meets at 6:30pm on Thursdays. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Duraiswamy ’19.

Faculty News

At the Jan. 19 meeting of the board of trustees of Princeton University, President Eisgruber presented each attendee with a copy of Professor Barbara Graziosi’s Homer (OUP 2016), signed by the author. The president has made a tradition of presenting the trustees with a recent book by a faulty member at each board meeting and selected Professor Graziosi’s concise introduction to Homeric poetry for this meeting.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta
Faculty Article & Interview

Assistant Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta shares his thoughts about the AIA-SCS 2019 meeting in an article on Medium and in an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

East Pyne Building

Earlier this year, at the national meeting of our major scholarly society, a member of this department was subjected to a racist verbal attack in a public forum. I write as chair to deplore and refute the sentiments directed against him and to commit our department to working to eliminate the conditions that make such incidents possible in the professional lives of colleagues in our, or any other, academic discipline. For other responses, please see this roundup.
—Andrew Feldherr

back to top