In response to the recent and ongoing violence against persons of color and the renewed struggle against inequality in which this country is now engaged, Princeton’s Department of Classics reaffirms its commitment to diversity, equity, and justice within our field. We add our voices to those calling for an anti-racist, inclusive society for ourselves, our students and, indeed, for all. We affirm our belief that Black Lives Matter as do the lives of all those who suffer from discrimination (whether based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, or religious affiliation). We pledge ourselves to defend, in word and deed, the oppressed and vulnerable within our society.
Froma I. Zeitlin retired from Princeton University in 2010, where she was the Charles Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature in the Department of Classics and Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. In this interview for the Society for Classical Studies she talks about her experience as a woman in Classics in the 1970s and after.
Marina Di Bartolo, M.D., works as a primary care practitioner in Camden, New Jersey, where she treats patients in the crosshairs of the coronavirus. On the latest episode of Princeton's “We Roar” podcast, she shares her journey from Venezuela to Princeton University to last week’s ruling that protected the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — at least for now.
In the 25 years since the Humanities Sequence was established at Princeton, those who have taught and studied the course have singled out its close-knit community for its transformative power. With this sense of community so strongly part of the HUM Sequence experience, how would the isolation of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic affect the teaching and the discussions that are the lifeblood of the course?
Princeton’s seniors were honored last month at a virtual commencement ceremony that marked the end of their time as undergraduates. As the Class of 2020 prepare for the next stages of their lives and careers, we asked some of those who chose to major in Classics about their work and plans for the future.
Three classics majors have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa: Leina Thurn, Christopher Howard and Kirsten Traudt. Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and generally includes the highest-ranking tenth of each graduating class.
Erika Valdivieso will join the Department of Classics as a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton. She and fifteen other scholars across several disciplines will join the twelve fellows selected last year with the aim of enhancing diversity in the professoriate.
Princeton has named Nicholas Johnson, an operations research and financial engineering student from Montreal, valedictorian for the Class of 2020. Grace Sommers, a physics student from Bridgewater, New Jersey, has been named the Latin salutatorian.
Seminars, language classes and office hours are now being held over video conferencing software, with assignments and tests carried out remotely. Staff and faculty are organizing team meetings from home to discuss administrative and academic matters. Here, members of the department share their experiences of life online.
Princeton University has launched a new podcast series to share the personal stories and expertise of students, faculty, staff and alumni during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second episode comes from a Classics major, who talks about her experiences of online learning and shares lessons from a 2000-year old letter about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The department's annual newsletter is now available online and paper copies have been mailed. Inside you can find updates from faculty and students, an article by alumnus Rosa Andújar, Ph.D. ’11, and the story of last summer's Dolia/Pithoi in the Mediterranean study by Professor Caroline Cheung.
Kirsten Traudt, a senior studying Classics at Princeton, has been awarded the Keasbey Scholarship to study in the UK. Traudt, who is from Morristown, New Jersey, will pursue an M.Phil. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford.
Roger Bagnall, distinguished papyrologist and Emeritus Professor of History at NYU, delivered a lucid and thought-provoking Prentice Lecture in Princeton on Thursday, November 21st, entitled 'Roman Names and Roman Citizenship in Egypt.’
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?”
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 promising cohort of Classical scholars of the class of 2021 – or rather, to allow them to introduce themselves.
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.
Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University and is a contributing editor to two literary journals.
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!
We are pleased to announce that Joonho Jo, Class of 2021, is the winner of the Stinnecke Prize in 2019. It is given to the sophomore or junior who passes the best examination based on the Odes of Horace, Eclogues of Vergil, and the Latin Grammar and Prosody, as well as the Anabasis of Xenophon or Plato’s Euthyphro, Crito, Apology and Phaedo and the Greek Grammar. The winner receives a one-time stipend of $5,000. Sophomores and juniors in all departments are eligible to compete.
Sommers is a physics major from Bridgewater, New Jersey, and is also pursuing a certificate in Roman language and culture among others. She has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, an annual award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. See also a longer article in the Prince.
Zoulis, a classics major from Athens, says his experience of the events in Greece’s recent history has had a powerful impact on his intellectual and personal growth. “The most important element from this period was growing up during the financial crisis and the migration movements,” he said, giving him a particular interest in “transnational political and administrative units as well as a celebration of diversity.” Zoulis brings this current-day awareness to his studies of the past. You may read his address here.
The AAACC is a professional organization that fosters the interests of students and scholars of classical antiquity who identify as Asian and Asian American by promoting scholarship that explores issues of classical reception in Asian and Asian American culture, and striving to bring together the vibrant community of Asian and Asian American classicists. Founding member Caroline Cheung serves as a faculty liaison.