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Spring 2024

A chinese newspaper on which is clearly visible a picture of the Capitoline Wolf
Lunch Talk
May 3, 2024
The She-Wolf goes, and stays, in China: Thoughts on the Development of Western Classical Studies
Sven Günther, Northeast Normal University (东北师范大学)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
161 East Pyne
Lecture
April 30, 2024
Computing the Difference Greece-Near-East
Jacobo Myerston, University of California at San Diego
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
A black and white photograph of Martha Graham in a long dress leaning forward at a right angle with one leg kicked high up behind her.
Lecture
April 17, 2024
Cosmopoetics: Three Lecture on the Ecologies of Nature, Poetry, and Ethics – No. 3

Poetry without Redemption (Rachel Bespaloff)

James Porter, University of California, Berkeley
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
105 Chancellor Green

Organized by the Bain-Swiggett Fund (Department of English), and cosponsored by the Classics and English Departments.

Artus Wolffort. The Four Elements, before 1641. Oil on canvas. 158 x 200 cm, framed.
Lecture
April 16, 2024
Cosmopoetics: Three Lecture on the Ecologies of Nature, Poetry, and Ethics – No. 2

Love, Strife, and the Roots of All Things (Empedocles)

James Porter, University of California, Berkeley
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne

Organized by the Bain-Swiggett Fund (Department of English), and cosponsored by the Classics and English Departments.

Bronze Figurine of a Kitharode (lyre player). Geometric Period 900-800 BC. Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Heraklion – Crete, Greece.
Lecture
April 15, 2024
Cosmopoetics: Three Lecture on the Ecologies of Nature, Poetry, and Ethics – No. 1

Introduction: Kosmopoiia + Biorhythms: The Bow and the Lyre (Heraclitus)

James Porter, University of California, Berkeley
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
105 Chancellor Green

Organized by the Bain-Swiggett Fund (Department of English), and cosponsored by the Classics and English Departments.

A painting of Pygmalion, garbed in Renaissance orange, speaking animatedly to the statue of a seated marble woman
Lecture
April 9, 2024
Pygmalion's Poetics: Nature, Gender, and the Critic
Alessandro Schiesaro, Short-Term Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Classics
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne

Sponsored by the Humanities Council and Department of Classics

A bronze relief of two Centaurs battling Kaineus
Lecture
April 4, 2024
Antinoos on the risks of getting too drunk
Philomen Probert, University of Oxford
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
161 East Pyne
Terence in manuscript illumination
Lecture
April 1, 2024
Reading Against the Grain: Vulnerability Dynamics in Terence's Phormio
Susan Lape, University of Southern California
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
A stone relief carving of a Roman school
Lecture
March 19, 2024
Competing Visions of Paideia in Imperial Greece
Kenneth Yu, University of Toronto
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Course Lecture
February 27, 2024
Recovering the Roman Garum: From Pompeii & Baelo Claudia to Experimental Archaeology
Darío Bernal-Casasola, Universidad de Cádiz
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
A71 Louis A. Simpson Building

Hosted by "The Science of Roman History," co-taught by Caroline Cheung and Leigh A. Lieberman

Fall 2023

Lecture
October 30, 2023
Declamatory Fictions & the Maiestas Trials: Seneca, Controversiae 9.2
Matthew Leigh, University of Oxford
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
161 East Pyne
Lecture
September 21, 2023
The Plataian Community in Athens: An Enclave?
Naomi Campa, University of Texas at Austin
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
An image of William S. Scarborough, perhaps the first known African American classicist, is superimposed on the title page of his book "First Lessons in Greek."
Lecture
September 18, 2023
African Americans and Xenophon, c. 1800–1910
John W.I. Lee, University of California at Santa Barbara
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Kent Monkman (Cree), Welcoming the Newcomers. 2019. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lecture
April 20, 2023
"Our Muses Are Our Ancestors": Contemporary Indigenous Writers of North America and Greco-Roman Antiquity.
Craig Williams,Short-Term Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Classics
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
A71 Louis Simpson and Zoom

Co-sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Princeton

 

archival material, which come from the Gildersleeve papers at Johns Hopkins
Lecture
April 4, 2023
American Classical Scholarship, Comedy, and Disorientation
Constanze Güthenke, University of Oxford
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
a section from one of Winckelmann’s manuscripts and a portrait of him writing
Lecture
March 28, 2023
Winckelmann’s Epistolary Art
Katherine Harloe, University of London
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
A domestic scene on a red figure pelike (BM E 396) superimposed on a fourth-century stele (Ag. I.6524/ IG II3 1 320)
Lecture
February 7, 2023
RESCHEDULED TO FALL 2023 "The Structure of Power in Classical Athens: From Oikos to Polis"

THIS TALK WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN THE FALL OF 2023

Naomi Campa, The University of Texas at Austin
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne

Fall 2022

Greek Magical Papyri
Lecture
December 13, 2022
Compiling Magic: the Scribe at Work
Sofía Torallas Tovar, University of Chicago
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
East Pyne 010 and via Zoom
Marzuolo Archaeological Project_Copyright
Lecture
October 3, 2022
Roman failure: inequality in practice
Astrid Van Oyen, Radboud University Nijmegen
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne and Zoom

 

 

symbols of the three political parties that Timpanaro, was part of over his life
Lecture
September 20, 2022
Major Corrections: the Materialist Philology of Sebastiano Timpanaro

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Face masks are required for in-person attendance

Tom Geue, University of St. Andrews
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne and Zoom
Picture of Sarah Derbew
Lecture
September 13, 2022
Doublespeak in ancient Greek and modern Ethiopian satire
Sarah Derbew, Stanford University
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Zoom

Spring 2022

Artus Quellinus the Elder - Aeneas carrying his father Anchises away from the burning Troy
Lecture
April 5, 2022
"Epic Vulnerability: Anchises in the Aeneid"

This event is open to Princeton faculty, staff and students.

In person attendance requires on-site registration and face coverings.

To attend virtually click here for the zoom registration link.

 

James Uden, Boston University
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
East Pyne 010 and via Zoom
Athens Acropolis Museum frieze
Lecture
March 29, 2022
"After Happiness: Middle Platonist Ethics"

This event is open to Princeton faculty, staff and students.

In person attendance requires on-site registration and face coverings.

To attend virtually click here for the zoom registration link.

George Boys-Stones, University of Toronto
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
East Pyne 010 and via Zoom
Shamsie image
The Robert Fagles Lecture For Classics In The Contemporary Arts and the 17th Annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture
March 21, 2022
"Antigone of Pakistan: narrative violence and the impossibility of homecoming"

Reception to follow in Chancellor Green Rotunda
 
This event is open to Princeton faculty, staff and students.
Please RSVP by March 16th to [email protected]
 
In person attendance requires on-site registration and face coverings.
To attend virtually click here for the zoom registration link.
  

Kamila Shamsie
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Robertson Hall - Bowl 2

Support for this project has been provided in part by Princeton's Departments of Classics, English and Comparative Literature, Humanities Council, Humanistic Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, the Program in Humanistic Studies, the Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture Fund and the Princeton Committee on Palestine
 

Uprooting_Medea
Lecture
February 24, 2022
Uprooting Medea

Buffet reception to follow.  Please RSVP for reception by Tuesday, February 22 to [email protected]

In person attendance requires on-site registration and face covering.

 

To attend virtually click here for the Zoom registration link.

Shivaike Shah, Khameleon Productions
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
East Pyne 010 and via Zoom

Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Brown Arts Institute at Brown University

Photograph of the upper torso of Artemis of Ephesus in the Naples Archaeological Museum. Black skin with cream adornments, including a tower-shaped headdress and rows of breast-like protuberances.
Lecture
January 27, 2022
"Breasts and Bees: An Excerpt from the Seven Wonders Project"

This event is open to Princeton faculty, staff and students.

In person attendance requires on-site registration and face coverings.

To attend virtually click here for the zoom registration link.

Clara Bosak-Schroeder, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219
and via Zoom

Fall 2021

image from the Tomb of the Haterii
Lecture
December 9, 2021
"Getting Lost and Finding Yourself in Ancient Rome."

This event is open to Princeton faculty, staff and students.

In person attendance requires on-site registration and face coverings.

To attend virtually click here for the zoom registration link.

Evan Jewell, Rutgers University-Camden
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Betts Auditorium and via Zoom
Fortson Image
Lecture
September 23, 2021
"A Festan Fest"
Ben Fortson, University of Michigan
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Via Zoom
Photo of Carolina Lopez-Ruiz
Lecture
September 9, 2021
Phoenician Horizons and the Other Mediterranean

In person attendance requires on-site registration and face coverings.

To attend virtually click here for the zoom link.

Carolina Lopez-Ruiz, Ohio State University
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Co-sponsored by Near Eastern Studies

Spring 2021

Labyrinth Flyer
Lecture
May 20, 2021
DIVINE INSTITUTIONS: RELIGIONS AND COMMUNITY IN THE MIDDLE ROMAN REPUBLIC

To register, click here.

DAN-EL PADILLA PERALTA, HANNAH CULÍK-BAIRD & LIV MARIAH YARROW
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
via Zoom