Fall 2017

Sketches in pink and black hues
November 12, 2017

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.

Not Composed in a Chance Manner book cover
November 7, 2017

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.

November 6, 2017

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.  

Image of Mark Janse
October 23, 2017

Strabo may have called the Cappadocians Βαρβαροφωνοι (“Barbarous speakers”), but Mark Janse’s discussion on October 23, 2017 of a Late Medieval Cappadocian song made the dialect seem anything but foreign.

Alice Oswald
October 18, 2017

Alice Oswald visited Princeton on October 2–4, 2017 as the speaker for the first Robert Fagles Lecture for Classics in the Contemporary Arts. Oswald’s love of the Classics and her deft, thoughtful, and welcoming treatment of Homer’s work strike many of the same notes as Robert Fagles’ translations. By giving these works life, putting long-winged phrases back into the air, Oswald demonstrates the unbroken connection we have with the ancient world.

October 9, 2017

Greece is both a physical location and an imagined space. The gap or continuity between the two has been a pressing question since antiquity, and addressing it an urgent political, theoretical, and aesthetic issue.

Painting of figures holding musical instruments
October 4, 2017

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.

Spring 2017

Alice Oswald
July 24, 2017

The Department of Classics is pleased to announce that the poet Alice Oswald will present the inaugural Robert Fagles Lecture in Classics and the Contemporary Arts on October 2, at 4:30 in 101 McCormick, and be in residence from October 2–5, 2017. Labyrinth Books will host a public reading on October 4.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta
July 6, 2017

Whether traveling with students on a summer course, serving on the judging panel of a book contest, researching a new book or simply putting their feet up, professors — like book lovers everywhere — think carefully about what to read each summer. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, assistant professor of Classics, is one of six professors who shared their reading lists.

Arthur Edward Imperatore III
July 6, 2017

When Arthur Edward Imperatore III showed up at his adviser’s office to discuss the first draft of his senior thesis, he was anxious. He knew that the classics department encouraged, alongside traditional studies of ancient texts in their original languages and contexts, creative interpretations of the works that could cast light on their enduring relevance to the present.

Marc Domingo Gygax
June 15, 2017

Marc Domingo Gygax, professor of classics, was named joint winner of the 2017 Runciman Award for his book, Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City. Here he talks about his work in an interview by the Anglo-Hellenic League.

June 6, 2017

Congratulations to Robert Kaster, Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature, on receiving the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at commencement exercises held on June 6, 2017. Kaster, who has served on the faculty since 1997, is a widely known classicist specializing in Latin literature and language.

Nassau Hall
June 5, 2017

The Department of Classics is happy to announce that Solveig Lucia Gold, Erynn Jean-Hee Kim, Selena Nicole Kitchens, and Ayelet Gila Wenger were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Congratulations to all!

Grant Storey
May 26, 2017

It was Grant Storey’s love of languages that drew him to computer programming in middle school and Latin in high school. But it was his time at Princeton that allowed him to examine the intersections between these two seemingly unrelated fields — computer science and classics.

Handschriften und Papyri exhibit poster
May 25, 2017

A new special exhibition, Manuscripts and papyri: The routes of knowledge at the Papyrus Museum in the Austrian National Library, co-organized by Daniela Mairhofer, was launched on Thursday, May 18th in Vienna and will be on show until January 14, 2018.

Joshua Katz
May 3, 2017

Joshua Katz, Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics, has been awarded the Institute of Classical Studies' Dorothy Tarrant Fellowship for 2017–18. Commemorating the contribution of a pioneering figure in UK classics, the fellowship is awarded to senior scholars from universities outside the UK with research interests in any field of classical studies.

April 3, 2017

The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art announces the launch of “Liquid Antiquity”, a project that explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art, at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Conceived by Professor Brooke Holmes in collaboration with Polina Kosmadaki, curator at the Benaki Museum, and Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, artistic advisor to the DESTE Foundation, the project includes a book as well as a video installation.

April 3, 2017

Congratulations to Ayelet Wenger, class of 2017, on being awarded the Keasbey Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to study at selected British universities. Ayelet will pursue an M.Phil. in Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World at the University of Oxford.

March 20, 2017

Congratulations to Alicia Ejsmond-Frey on being awarded the Donald and Mary Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowship for 2017–18. Alicia plans to use the fellowship to begin her dissertation on fifth century Greek history and epigraphy at Oxford.

Illustration of the Statue of Liberty in boat facing away
March 1, 2017

We invite you to read assistant professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta’s article on immigration in The Trump Era, published in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Yelena Baraz
February 10, 2017

The Council of the Humanities has named Yelena Baraz a Behrman Professor in the Humanities, recognizing her as a distinguished humanities scholar and dedicated teacher. She will begin her three-year term in the academic year 2018–2019 teaching in the fall.

Stained glass window of Princeton shield
January 31, 2017

In a message to the Princeton community on January 27, President Chris Eisgruber responded to last Friday’s federal executive order barring entry into the US to refugees and citizens of seven nations in Africa and the Middle East.

Brooke Holmes
January 6, 2017

In the classroom, Brooke Holmes takes great joy, for example, in making the ancients’ approach to the body relevant to her students, including those who plan to study medicine after leaving Princeton. “With undergraduates, you can fundamentally help them see medicine as not just a science, but as an art that is socially and ethically embedded and constantly challenging you with questions,” she says.

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