Spring 2020

Lunch Lecture
March 9, 2020

CANCELLED "The Dark Side of the Nile: Nonnus of Panopolis and his world"

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 4th to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Gianfranco Agosti, Sapienza University of Roma
Lunch Lecture
March 6, 2020

"Conversations Greek and Indian: comparative work on Plato's Republic and Shantideva's Bodhicarayavatara"

Please RSVP by Monday, March 2nd to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Sara Ahbel-Rappe,Visiting Class of 1932 Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Department of Classics
Lunch Lecture
February 28, 2020

"Medieval and Early Modern Global Latin: the Eurasian Latin Archive"

Please RSVP by Monday, February 24th to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Francesco Stella, Università di Siena
February 27, 2020

“Metrical Latin lives of Mohammed”

Francesco Stella, Università di Siena
Co-sponsored by Near Eastern Studies
February 20, 2020

"Pet Animals in Roman Antiquity: Reconstructions from Archaeological Evidence"

Michael MacKinnon, The University of Winnipeg
Sponsored by The Program in Archaeology, The Department of Classics and the Humanities Council

Fall 2019

Romulus and his brother Remus from a 15th-century frieze, Certosa di Pavia
December 12, 2019

"Framing fors: anecdotal narratives in Livy's history of early Rome."

Daniel Wendt, Visiting Fellow
December 5, 2019

A World Made of Travel: Digital Approaches to the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour of Italy

While at Princeton University, Giovanna Ceserani was a member of the 2000-2003 Society of Fellows’ cohort and a lecturer in the Department of Classics. Currently Giovanna Ceserani works on the classical tradition with an emphasis on the intellectual history of classical scholarship, historiography and archaeology from the eighteenth century onwards at Stanford University’s Department of Classics.

In her talk she will discuss how digital approaches are changing our understanding of the history of travel—focusing specifically on the 18th-century Grand Tour, when tens of thousands of Northern Europeans traveled to Italy. She will ask how new technologies might help us to get beyond the best-known, largely elite Grand Tourists, whose accounts have dominated the understanding of this influential touristic phenomenon, and encourage us to pose new questions about this historically significant world of travel.

Giovanna Ceserani, Stanford University
The Society of Fellows
Lunch Lecture
November 22, 2019

"Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism in Cicero’s De officiis"

Please RSVP by Monday, November 18th to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Jed Atkins, Duke University, James Madison Program Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Politics
November 14, 2019

“The Conspiratorial Mood of Plato’s Republic.”

Demetra Kasimis, University of Chicago
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Robert Fagles Lecture for Classics in the Contemporary Arts
October 22, 2019

"The Classics Can Console?"

Ishion Hutchinson
Sponsored by the Department of Classics, Comparative Literature, Humanities Council, Humanistic Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University Public Lectures Committee, Stanley J. Seeger '52 Center for Hellenic Studies
October 3, 2019

"Early Iron Age Archaeology and the Tyranny of the Text: the Case of Athletic Nudity"

Sarah Murray, University of Toronto
September 19, 2019

"Dreams in Greek and Roman Religion: The Evidence of Inscriptions."

Gil Renberg, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by Art & Archaeology

Spring 2019

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 eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Pierre Judet de la Combe, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études and Director of Research at the CNRS
March 26, 2019

"From chaos to chaos: Janus’ Speech in Fasti 1 and the Gates of War"

Francesca Romana Berno, Sapienza University of Rome
March 7, 2019

"Musical Meaning after Aristotle"

Sean Gurd, University of Missouri
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
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Lunch Lecture
November 16, 2018

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

Christopher B. Krebs, Stanford University
By Invitation Only
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 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

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 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 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
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)
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

Fall 2017

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December 5, 2017

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

Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago)
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