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May 17, 2024

Classics faculty have received several 2024–25 grants from the Humanities Council, including Collaborative Humanities Grants to Andrew Feldherr and Brooke Holmes. Respectively, their grants will support the Cortona Colloquia, a series of conferences for faculty and graduate students from Princeton and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa to pursue collective close-reading of a Latin work, and “Elasticities,” a workshop in classical reception studies, architectural theory, art history, and transdisciplinary study of the ancient Mediterranean.

Faculty affiliates Karen Emmerich, Wendy Heller, Samuel Holzman, and Marina Rustow received grants as well.

May 16, 2024

Princeton Classics congratulates concentrator Laurie Drayton '26 on winning the New York Classical Club's Greek Oral Reading Contest! In addition, prospective Classics major Noah Dorn '27 took first place in both the Greek and Latin undergraduate sight translation contests. For their accomplishments, the winners will be recognized at the Spring meeting of the New York Classical Club.

May 16, 2024

The Department of Classics is delighted to announce Renxiangyu (Jay) Su '25 as the winner of this year's Stinnecke Prize! One of the university's oldest awards, the Stinnecke Exam Prize comes with a one-time stipend of $3,000 and is given to the sophomore or junior in any department who receives the highest marks on a three hour examination involving translation of Greek and Latin passages as well as grammatical questions on both languages.

May 10, 2024

For the rest of May, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) will host Prof. Brooke Holmes as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Anthropology and the History of Ancient Worlds. While in Paris, Prof. Holmes will deliver four lectures on sympathy, cosmology, nature, and classicism in reception.

May 9, 2024

Princeton Classics is delighted to announce the promotion of faculty member Dr. Melissa Haynes to the rank of Senior Lecturer. A scholar of horror, gender, and visual culture in Imperial Latin and Greek literature, Haynes is a distinguished innovator of new courses and programs, from introductory language classes to upper-level seminars. She has taught at Princeton for nine years. 

May 6, 2024

The Humanities Council has named Daniela Mairhoferas a 2024-25 Old Dominion Research Professor. The professorship provides additional research time for Princeton faculty members and seeks to enhance the Princeton humanities community more broadly. A new medieval Latin text is at the heart of Mairhofer's two-book project as an Old Dominion professor.

April 29, 2024

Peter Heslin has been anounced as a Class of 1932 Long-Term Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Department of Classics in Spring 2025. He will teach a graduate seminar on Horace. Heslin is a scholar of Classical Latin poetry, Roman art and topography, and the digital humanities. His current research focuses on applying machine learning and Bayesian models to ancient languages, and on the poet Horace.

April 29, 2024

Princeton Classics is thrilled to congratulate graduate student Cait M. Mongrain on her appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Classics Department at Colorado College. Mongrain credits her success to "the flexibility of the Princeton Classics program and the kindness and support of my faculty mentors, which allowed me to follow a course of study reflective of my changing interests and develop a dissertation I can be proud of." 

April 23, 2024

Available for order now, Prof. Caroline Cheung's debut monograph, Dolia: The Containers That Made Rome an Empire of Wine, is the story of the Roman Empire’s enormous wine industry, told through the remarkable ceramic storage and shipping containers that made it possible. We sat down with Prof. Cheung to ask her about the book, the value of material culture, and how human history might just be the story of containers.

April 16, 2024

John Freeman, a classics major from Chicago, has been selected as the Princeton Class of 2024 salutatorian. The Princeton faculty accepted the nominations of the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing at its April 15 meeting.

April 16, 2024

"White House officials praised Camden's jail. Women incarcerated there tell a different story."

After reviewing hundreds of pages of inspections, Classics major Hope Perry '24 spoke to women incarcerated at Camden County jail for a major investigative report in the New Jersey Monitor

April 5, 2024

In what he suggested could be his “second to last ever lecture,” poet and Black Studies scholar Fred Moten opened with the query, “what is a sophist—and why’s that such a bad thing to be?” Graduate student Aditi Rao reflects on his talk.

March 25, 2024

Like most college students, I chose to study abroad for life experience and cultural exposure, not to mention scratching a few countries off my bucket list. Never did I imagine that my experience would completely revolutionize my perception of Classics, in large part because of the experiential learning that proved to be invaluable.

March 18, 2024

Scholars of ancient languages and cultures are turning to large language models to help decipher ancient texts. “Developments in AI are transforming how we reconstruct the records of antiquity,” said Barbara Graziosi, chair of the Department of Classics and the Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature. She hinted that upcoming papers, drawing from her AI-assisted work, would reveal new sides of several ancient authors. “People think that we know what Aristotle said. They’re going to be surprised!”