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.
We were delighted to learn that Daniel Mendelsohn, who received his doctorate in Classics in 1994, has been awarded one of the two most distinguished honors Princeton bestows on alumni, the Madison Medal. Daniel’s accomplishments as a writer, critic, and scholar inspire pride and gratitude in equal measure. We are very fortunate that someone with his gifts has demonstrated the many ways in which classical texts transform the lives of their readers.
With a critical and engaging introduction to the reception studies of Victorian Classical reception studies, Shane Butler’s November 9, 2017 lecture, “The Youth of Antiquity,” kicked off a workshop on Classics in Queer Time, where students and scholars discussed queer temporality and its place in Classical reception.
Prof. Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis Publishes New Book
Not Composed in a Chance Manner: The Epitaphios for Manuel I Komnenos by Eustathios of Thessalonike is now out in hardcover. This edition and study of one of the longest and most ambitious political eulogies of the Byzantine era illustrates the potential of neglected medieval Greek texts to shed light on the elusive poetics of Byzantine literature.
Professor Harriet Flower’s book, The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner, is now available in hardcover.