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2018-2019 Spring

ceramic vessel from the Attic region of Greece
Faber Lecture
April 16, 2019
“The Politics of the Swarm”
Page duBois, UC San Diego
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Sponsored by the Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Memorial Fund in the Humanities Council
April 12, 2019
"Tracing The Latin Tradition In Nonnus’ Dionysiaca"
Sophia Papaioannou, University of Athens
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
103 Scheide Caldwell House

Hellenic Studies, The Department of Classics

Pierre Judet de la Combe next to bust of Homer
Round Table Discussion
April 6, 2019
"Is Homer an Author?"

A roundtable discussion with

Pierre Judet de la Combe

on the occasion of the publication of his translation of the Iliad

Those attending the lunch are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, April 3rd to

Pierre Judet de la Combe, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études and Director of Research at the CNRS
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
161 East Pyne
Stone statue underwater
April 5, 2019 - April 13, 2019
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Phèdre, Jean Racine’s classic French play based on ancient Greek and Roman tragedies in a new English translation by Princeton alumnus Marc Decitre. The production features senior J Sansone in the title role and is directed by faculty member Suzanne Agins. Performances are April 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 at 8:00 p.m. in
Workshop Poster
March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019
The Filologos and the Antiquarius: Studying Language and Objects in Renaissance Europe
211 Dickinson Hall
Committee on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; Center for Collaborative History; Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund; Department of Classics; Department of Art and Archaeology; Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
A drawing of the entrance to the Temple of Janus, with its doors open as in time of war
March 26, 2019
"From chaos to chaos: Janus’ Speech in Fasti 1 and the Gates of War"
Francesca Romana Berno, Sapienza University of Rome
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
March 8, 2019 - March 10, 2019
Student Production of The Odyssey

Homer’s classic epic poem of a journey home is reimagined in a participatory production of The Public Theater’s PublicWorks version of The Odyssey, directed by Victoria Davidjohn, designed by Annabel Barry, and featuring Carly Maitlin, Bria McKenzie, and Justin Ramos.

8:00 pm
Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center
8:00 pm
Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center
3:00 pm
Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center
March 7, 2019
"Musical Meaning after Aristotle"
Sean Gurd, University of Missouri
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Green Hall Bowl OS6
Princeton Certamen
Student-Led Event
March 2, 2019
Princeton Certamen 2019

The Princeton Classics Club announces the second 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.

8:30 am - 6:30 pm
McCosh 50
Thermae Romae
Student-Led Event
February 22, 2019
Screening of Thermae Romae (2012)

The Classics Club is hosting a movie night. Please RSVP to Tashi Treadway.

5:00 pm
101 McCormick Hall
Emily Wilson Poster
February 4, 2019
"Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why, With Emily Wilson"
Emily R. Wilson, University of Pennsylvania
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
101 McCormick Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Classics, Princeton Public Library, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication and the Women’s Center

2018-2019 Fall

Image of 2 headed man eating and drinking
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
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Image of Caesar
Lunch Lecture
November 16, 2018
"Naked? Fortunately not. The Gallic Wars as literary texts."
Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne
By Invitation Only
Photograph of Pantheon floor
Prentice Lecture
November 15, 2018
"Classics As Crime Fiction. A Conversation with Caesar, Labienus, and Polybius"
Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
106 McCormick
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
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
October 4, 2018 - October 5, 2018
"Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept"
Betts Auditorium

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Classics

October 1, 2018
CANCELLED - Robert Fagles Lecture for Classics in the Contemporary Arts
Luis Alfaro
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
101 McCormick Hall
Evander relating to Aeneas how fauns and wild men once dwelt in the land
September 27, 2018
“Evander and the Invention of the Prehistory of Latium in Virgil’s Aeneid.”
Sergio Casali (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
106 McCormick

2017-2018 Spring

Department Event
June 4, 2018
Class Day
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chancellor Green Upper Hyphen
Department Event
June 1, 2018
Alumnae/i Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Prentice Library - East Pyne
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)
1:45 pm
Frist Campus Center
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.

5:00 pm
Taplin Auditorium - Fine Hall
Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Department of Music, and Postclassicisms.
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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)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Sculpture of a lions head
Lunch Lecture
April 27, 2018
“Commenting on the Siluae: The Visual Dimension”

Please RSVP by Monday, April 23rd to

Kathleen Coleman (Harvard University)
12:00 pm
161 East Pyne
2 figures sitting at a table having a discussion
April 20, 2018
“Women in Classics, Women on Classics”
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
106 McCormick
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
Image of artists
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.

4:30 pm
Marx Hall Room 301
Cosponsored by the Humanities Council, French and Italian, Philosophy, Music, and Classics
Painting of reclined man reading in bedroom
April 13, 2018
"How Literatures Begin: A Comparative Approach to Problems and Methods"
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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.
Image of Socrates
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)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Marx 301
Sponsored by the Department of Classics, University Center for Human Values and the Program in Classical Philosophy
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Reading Group
April 4, 2018
"The Place of Greece" Session 7
Allyson Vieira (independent artist)
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne
Image of Augustus sculpture
April 3, 2018
"Subsidia Dominationi: The Early Careers of Tiberius and Drusus Revisited"
Frederik J. Vervaet (University of Melbourne)
4:30 pm
Betts Auditorium