Spring 2019

February 4, 2019

"Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why, With Emily Wilson"

Emily R. Wilson, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Department of Classics, Princeton Public Library, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication and the Women’s Center

Fall 2018

December 4, 2018

Being of Two Minds: Plotinus’ Account of Psychological Conflict in Ennead 4.3.31

Sara Magrin, University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Program in Classical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy
Image of Caesar
Lunch Lecture
November 16, 2018

"Naked? Fortunately not. The Gallic Wars as literary texts."

Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University
By Invitation Only
Prentice Lecture
November 15, 2018

"Classics As Crime Fiction. A Conversation with Caesar, Labienus, and Polybius"

Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University
Manuscript and person writing
October 22, 2018

Fake Letters: Authors and Agendas in the Ancient World

Program in the Ancient World

Kathryn Tempest, University of Roehampton, London
October 4–5, 2018

"Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept"

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Classics
October 1, 2018

CANCELLED - Robert Fagles Lecture for Classics in the Contemporary Arts

Luis Alfaro
September 27, 2018

“Evander and the Invention of the Prehistory of Latium in Virgil’s Aeneid.”

Sergio Casali (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

Spring 2018

Department Event
June 4, 2018

Class Day

Department Event
June 1, 2018

Alumnae/i Breakfast

Erica Choi
Student Presentation
May 10, 2018

“Reading Translations of Ovid’s Rapes”

Classics major Erica Choi is speaking at Princeton Research Day, a celebration of the research and creative endeavors of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other non-faculty researchers. The event is free and open to the public.

Erica Choi (Class of 2018)
Oracle Hysterical group photo
May 6, 2018

Oracle Hysterical: “Hecuba”

“Hecuba” is a lush and experimental rock-leaning album based on Euripides’ tragedy of the same name. Written around 424 BCE in Athens, Hecuba is a savage story of revenge in which the disgraced queen of Troy, Hecuba, with her city razed and her children murdered, descends from nobility to primal violence. A week before the national release on May 13, Oracle Hysterical will debut the album at Taplin Auditorium in Princeton, with a post-performance discussion featuring Brooke Holmes and Josh Billings.


Part band, part book club, Oracle Hysterical combines eclectic musical influences with literary breadth. All members of the group perform and compose, with each project developed collectively.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Department of Music, and Postclassicisms.
May 1, 2018

“Sensing Divinity?”

Esther Eidinow (Visiting Research Scholar, Department of History and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, University of Bristol)
Lunch Lecture
April 27, 2018

“Commenting on the Siluae: The Visual Dimension”

Please RSVP by Monday, April 23rd to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Kathleen Coleman (Harvard University)
April 20, 2018

“Women in Classics, Women on Classics”

Sponsored by the Department of Classics, Humanities Council, Program in the Ancient World, Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Philosophy, Center for Human Values
April 19, 2018

“Drei Söhne / Three Sons”

Drei Söhne / Three Sons, followed by discussion with

André Laks (Visiting Lecturer in the Humanities Council and Oates Fellow in Classical Philosophy)

Thomas Trezise (Professor and Chair, French & Italian)


University Center for Human Values will host a screening of Drei Söhne / Three Sons, a 90-minute documentary by Birgit-Karin Weber that was released at the end of 2016 in Germany and was shown in various festivals last year.

Cosponsored by the Humanities Council, French and Italian, Philosophy, Music, and Classics
April 13, 2018

"How Literatures Begin: A Comparative Approach to Problems and Methods"

Organized by Denis Feeney and Joel Lande. Sponsored by the Department of German, Department of Classics, East Asian Studies, The Humanities Council, Comparative Literature, and Slavic.
April 11, 2018

"Let Us Alter And Corrupt The Maxim: Socrates And Aristodemos In The Prologue Of Plato's Symposium."

Gabriel Danzig (Bar-Ilan University)
Sponsored by the Department of Classics, University Center for Human Values and the Program in Classical Philosophy
Reading Group
April 4, 2018

"The Place of Greece" Session 7

Allyson Vieira (independent artist)
April 3, 2018

"Subsidia Dominationi: The Early Careers of Tiberius and Drusus Revisited"

Frederik J. Vervaet (University of Melbourne)
Lunch Lecture
March 30, 2018

"Ovidian Renovations And Renaissances"

RSVP by Monday, March 26th to: eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
March 27, 2018

"Choral Fabrications: Weaving, Cloth-Making and Choral Song and Dance in Archaic and Early Classical Greece"

Visiting Class of 1932 Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Department of Classics

Deborah Steiner (Columbia University)
March 16–17, 2018

"Racing the Classics"

Please RSVP by March 8, 2018 to EileenRobinson@Princeton.edu

Sponsored by Princeton University Humanities Council Global Initiative, Princeton University Department of Classics, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Postclassicisms, Brown University Department of Classics
Allegorical scene on the seven Liberal Arts.
Lunch Lecture
March 9, 2018

"Varro’s Encyclopedia"

By invitation only

Christopher Smith (University of St Andrews)
Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Humanities Council
Prentice Lecture
March 8, 2018

"The Roman Kings: Genealogies of Power"

Christopher Smith (University of St Andrews)
Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Humanities Council
Joe Goodkin seated playing the guitar
March 5, 2018

Joe's Odyssey

Drawing on his degree in the classics and years of writing and performing, Joe has created an award-winning 30 minute long composition which deconstructs the story of The Odyssey in song, invoking the spirit of the ancient Greek bards who originally brought forth the timeless stories of Odysseus and the heroes of the Trojan War, while making the poem and the circumstances of its creation accessible to modern audiences.

Joe Goodkin (Paideia Institute)
Presented by the Department of Classics and the Princeton Classics Club
Student Competition
February 24, 2018

"Princeton Certamen"

The Princeton Classics Club announces the first annual Princeton Certamen — a quiz-bowl with questions based on Roman history, culture, mythology, literature, and language. Hosting high school and middle school students from all over the country, the Club hopes to inspire passion for the Classics and the Junior Classical League (JCL) with a competitive yet friendly contest. Prof. Dan-el Padilla Peralta will deliver the keynote address.

Reading Group
February 22, 2018

"The Place of Greece" Session 5

Yannis Hamilakis (Brown University)

Fall 2017

Image of Soundwaves
December 5, 2017

"Does the Heart Beat? And Other Questions About Rhythm, Bodies and Time in Archaic Greek Poetry"

Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago)
November 10, 2017

Classics in Queer Time

This workshop will put classical reception studies in dialogue with recent work on queer temporality, exploring how queer notions of time and history that contest or complicate forms of historicism may enrich work on ancient sexualities and their receptions.

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