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.

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Post-Event Reflection

On the evening of Tuesday, October 24th, Ishion Hutchinson, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and Associate Professor at Cornell University, delivered the second in the recently inaugurated series of Fagles Lectures for Classics in the Contemporary Arts, entitled “The Classics Can Console?”

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Student News

With classes beginning this week, a new crop of Junior classics majors arrives on campus ready to embark on the next phase of studies. We are pleased to introducing the promosing cohort of Classical scholars of the class of 2021 – or rather, to allow them to introduce themselves.

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Student Award

Rising senior Grace Sommers was recognized with the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award on Sunday September 8th, at Opening Exercises.

Sommers is a physics major from Bridgewater, NJ, who is pursing a certificate in Ancient Roman language and culture.

Student Travel

As the new academic term threatens arrival, many of our undergraduate and graduate students will be returning to campus refreshed and enlightened by their experiences travelling abroad this summer.

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Student Honors

The Department of Classics is happy to share the news that four classics majors were elected to Phi Beta Kappa: Nicolette D’Angelo, Kevin Duraiswamy, Alyssa Finfer, and Rafail Zoulis. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776 and the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies, has a chapter at Princeton. Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and generally includes the highest-ranking tenth of each graduating class. Congratulations to all!

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