Fall 2018

December 7, 2018

Sara Magrin, associate professor of Classics at UC Berkeley, spoke on Princeton’s campus on Tuesday, December 4th, delivering a lecture entitled “Being of Two Minds: Plotinus’ Account of Psychological Conflict in Ennead 4.3.31.”

Students in rehearsal for Miles Gloriosus
November 26, 2018

Program in Theater senior Jack Busche directs his new English translation of the classic Roman comedy Miles Gloriosus by Plautus, featuring senior Justin Ramos in the lead role of Palaestrio, in a performative staging that emphasizes the play’s physical comedy. Miles Gloriosus was an inspiration for the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. An audience talkback led by Yelena Baraz will follow the November 30th performance.

Photograph of Pantheon floor
November 19, 2018

Update: the recording is now available.

On the evening of Thursday, November 15th, Christopher B. Krebs, associate professor of Classics at Stanford, spoke on Princeton’s campus, delivering an engaging and energizing Prentice Lecture entitled “Classics As Crime Fiction: A Conversation with Caesar, Labienus, and Polybius.” Despite mother nature’s best efforts, the event was well-attended, and the Q&A period produced an…

Nicolette D'Angelo
November 18, 2018

“Nicolette is able to combine a commitment to understanding the ancient world on its own terms with making it speak to contemporary concerns,” said Yelena Baraz, associate professor of classics. “All the work Nicolette does, academic and creative, is personally meaningful. From her first day in the Humanities Sequence she has intensely engaged with the tradition we were teaching and, in her engagement, she was both transforming it and preparing to add to it.”

Painting of figures holding musical instruments
September 28, 2018

We are delighted to pass on the good news that our colleague Harriet Flower has won a Goodwin Award from the Society for Classical Studies for her book The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner. Only three of these awards are given annually, and they are recognized as the highest honor for books published in our field. Congratulations too to our alumna Amy Richlin (Class of ’73, and last year’s Faber Lecturer) who received the same prize.

Michael Flower lecturing
September 20, 2018

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the ancient Spartans is not that they defeated the more adventurous and far wealthier Athenians in the Peloponnesian War, the catastrophic civil war that las

Vase painting of Achilles
September 14, 2018

Professor Barbara Graziosi recently discussed The Iliad with host Melvyn Bragg and other panelists on the iconic BBC Radio 4 program In Our Time. A recording of the broadcast, along with lists of related recordings and readings, is now available online.

2018 opening exercises undergraduate prize winners
September 10, 2018

This prize is awarded each year to juniors in recognition of exceptional academic achievement. Sommers is a physics major and is also pursuing certificates in applications of computing and Roman language and culture. She has a passion for tutoring and mentorship and worked as a physics tutor in the McGraw Center, was an undergraduate grader for Computer Science, and volunteered at Princeton’s climbing wall to help children with special needs.

Medieval Manuscripts from the Mainz Charterhouse in the Bodleian Library
August 28, 2018

The Bodleian Library in Oxford is one of the few libraries outside Germany with a substantial number of medieval manuscripts from the German-speaking lands. These manuscripts, most of which were acquired by Archbishop Laud in the 1630s, during the Thirty Years’ War, mainly consist of major groups of codices from ecclesiastical houses in the Rhine-Main area, that is Würzburg, Mainz…

Spring 2018

East Pyne seminar room
August 13, 2018

Arum Park at the Society for Classical Studies conducted a brief interview with two faculty members, Michael Flower and Dan-el Padilla Peralta, about the pre-doctoral fellowship program.

Ivy climbing East Pyne building
August 8, 2018

The Department of Classics is offering a one-year, fully funded pre-doctoral Fellowship. Members of groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the academy (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities and individuals from low income backgrounds), and those who have made active contributions to enhancing access, diversity, and inclusion in the field of Classics are especially encouraged to apply.

Whiteboard covered with words
August 6, 2018

This workshop engages scholars, curators, and artists in a response to the multimedia project “Liquid Antiquity,” commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, in order to extend further its explorations of alternative models of engaging classical antiquity and to enrich collaboration between the academic and art worlds in new forms of public engagement around the legacies of classicism. Here the participants share their final whiteboard.

Katherine Lim
May 25, 2018

A computer science major and the Class of 2018 salutatorian, Lim began studying Latin in middle school. “Somebody had said it was very formulaic and mathematical in nature and I was like, great, that sounds fantastic, I enjoy math,” she said. She expanded her Latin studies at Princeton with courses such as “Invective, Slander and Insult” with Robert Kaster, and “Introduction to Medieval Latin” with Brent Shaw.

Michael Flower
May 9, 2018

As part of this program designed to provide senior faculty additional research time and to enhance the humanities community more broadly, Prof. Flower will develop his project, “The Art of Historical Fiction in Ancient Greece”. He will also serve as a faculty fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Denis Feeney
May 9, 2018

Distinguished humanities scholars and dedicated teachers, Behrman Professors serve a three-year term both directing and teaching in the Humanities Sequence. “Future humanities students can look forward to their [Feeney’s and fellow appointee Moulie Vidas’] stellar lecturing and deep-dive seminars,” notes Esther Schor.

Harriet Flower
May 7, 2018

Says a nominating colleague, “Her wide-ranging body of scholarship … has made her one of the leading figures in the study of Roman history. She has made Roman historians recognize how their own reconstructions of the past had been shaped by assumptions about continuities and change. And she has brought the same attention both to detail and the big picture to her teaching and service to the University and all its students.”

Panel of students being interviewed
May 1, 2018

Congratulations to Jaylin Lugardo, a recently declared Classics major, for receiving a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. She was recently interviewed on “60 Minutes” and discusses the “FLI is Fly” campaign, which aims to educate Princeton students on the resources available to first-generation low-income students, and raise awareness of the challenges they face.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
April 24, 2018

Prof. Holmes has been selected for the NYPL’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers 20th class of Fellows, including scholars, academics, and creative writers. While in residence, she will be working on the project “The Tissue of the World: Sympathy and the Nature of Nature in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” which explores sympathy in the human and non-human worlds in Greco-Roman natural philosophy, medicine, natural history and pastoral poetry.

Nicolette D'Angelo
April 6, 2018

D’Angelo is a classics major who is pursuing certificates in gender and sexuality studies, humanistic studies, and creative writing. In her application for the scholarship, she wrote that her passion for classics was sparked in her first year at Princeton during the Humanities Sequence, a year-long, team-taught survey of the Western canon. The Beinecke Scholarship provides support for the graduate education of promising students.

April 5, 2018

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists, on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Brooke Holmes is among 173 selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Martin Kern and two other Princeton faculty members were also awarded.

Luuk de Boer
March 22, 2018

Congratulations to Luuk de Boer on being awarded the Donald and Mary Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowship for 2018–19. Luuk plans to use the fellowship to enter the first stage of his doctoral research in legal papyrology. He intends to study in Paris, which offers a wealth of possibilities.

Daniel Mendelsohn
February 24, 2018

“…we can circle back to James Madison and the extent to which he was molded by his deep readings in the classics as an undergraduate at college. For Madison knew that our word ‘civility’ flowers out of the Latin ‘civis,’ which means ‘citizen.’ To be civil is, therefore, literally to engage in a deeply important activity: to engage in behavior appropriate to a free citizen, to commit oneself to speech and action duly sensitive to your fellow citizens.”

Joshua Katz
January 10, 2018

Joshua Katz has received a prestigious “Chaire Internationale 2018” from the Laboratoire d’excellence “Fondaments Empiriques de la Linguistique” in Paris and will be giving a series of four seminars in January–February 2018 on the subject “Marginal Linguistic Phenomena.”

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

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.

Mendelsohn demonstrates and exemplifies 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.

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