Ancient Rome met 21st-century game show at the second annual Princeton Certamen on March 2, organized for middle and high school students by undergraduates interested in classics. The word certamen means “contest” in Latin — an appropriate name for this quiz bowl focusing on the language, literature, culture and history of Ancient Rome. About 200 students from 13 schools traveled to Princeton’s campus to compete, some coming from as far away as Wisconsin.
Professor Michael Flower will deliver the third lecture in the Old Dominion Public Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 13th, at 4:30 pm, in 010 East Pyne.
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 Kevin Moch ’10, and stories of last summer’s “Plato’s Republic” study program in Paris.
Our colleague Dan-el Padilla Peralta has once again been the target of an attack, this time disseminated by the National Association of Scholars, that repeats at greater length the substance of the one made against him in person at the Society for Classical Studies. The author’s basic premise seems to be that the simple elimination of any ‘race consciousness’ in academics can suffice to…
Interested in speaking Latin or ancient Greek? Speaking is an excellent way to solidify your grasp of grammar and vocabulary and to learn how to understand Latin and Greek as what they are — languages and not puzzles. It's also great fun! The Latin table meets at 6:30pm on Mondays in Whitman dining hall, and the Greek table meets at 6:30pm on Thursdays. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Duraiswamy ’19.
The sculptor Allyson Vieira spoke in last year's Postclassicisms series, “The Place of Greece,” about her project interviewing marble workers working on the decades-long restoration of the Parthenon, and also took part in the panel, “The Case of Concrete.” Her book, On the Rock: The Acropolis Interviews, is being released by Soberscove Press. There will be a book launch on Feb. 27th at 7pm, at McNally-Jackson in Brooklyn, where she will be in conversation with Jarrett Earnest and Brooke Holmes.
Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, visited Princeton’s campus on the evening of Monday, February 4th, to deliver a lecture on her experiences producing a translation of the Odyssey (Norton, 2017).
At the Jan. 19 meeting of the board of trustees of Princeton University, President Eisgruber presented each attendee with a copy of Professor Barbara Graziosi's Homer (OUP 2016), signed by the author. The president has made a tradition of presenting the trustees with a recent book by a faulty member at each board meeting and selected Professor Graziosi's concise introduction to Homeric poetry for this meeting.
Earlier this year, at the national meeting of our major scholarly society, a member of this department was subjected to a racist verbal attack in a public forum. I write as chair to deplore and refute the sentiments directed against him and to commit our department to working to eliminate the conditions that make such incidents possible in the professional lives of colleagues in our, or any other, academic discipline. For other responses, please see this roundup.
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.”
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.