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2019-2020 Spring

Heliodorus.
Lunch Lecture
May 1, 2020
VIRTUAL - "Teaching and Discussing Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism with Intentional Action in Different Classics Classrooms"

Please RSVP for Zoom meeting information to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Kelly P. Dugan, University of Georgia
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
161 East Pyne
Lecture
April 23, 2020
CANCELLED - "Reading Plautus with Frederick Douglass"
Matthew Leigh,Oxford University, Visiting Professor in the Department of Classics
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
161 East Pyne
Lunch Lecture
April 17, 2020
CANCELLED - "(Re)Constructing the Past in Imperial Greece: The Cases of Corinth and Sparta"

Please RSVP by Monday, April 13th to eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Wolfgang Havener, Visiting Fellow, Assistant Professor, Seminar for Ancient History & Epigraphy, University of Heidelberg
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne
Lecture
April 9, 2020
CANCELLED - "Bacchae in Relief: Wole Soyinka and the Greeks"
Patrice Rankine, University of Richmond
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
TBD
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
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne
Image by Eleanor Rappe, modified by Sara Rappe
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
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne
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
12:00 pm
161 East Pyne
Boundless World History
Lecture
February 27, 2020
“Metrical Latin lives of Mohammed”
Francesco Stella, Università di Siena
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Co-sponsored by Near Eastern Studies
Lecture
February 20, 2020
"Pet Animals in Roman Antiquity: Reconstructions from Archaeological Evidence"
Michael MacKinnon, The University of Winnipeg
5:00 pm
106 McCormick
Sponsored by The Program in Archaeology, The Department of Classics and the Humanities Council

2019-2020 Fall

Romulus and his brother Remus from a 15th-century frieze, Certosa di Pavia
Lecture
December 12, 2019
"Framing fors: anecdotal narratives in Livy's history of early Rome."
Daniel Wendt, Visiting Fellow
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
010 East Pyne
Lecture
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
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne

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
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
161 East Pyne
Andreas Angelidakis "Unauthorized"
Lecture
November 14, 2019
“The Conspiratorial Mood of Plato’s Republic.”
Demetra Kasimis, University of Chicago
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Image of Ishion Hutchinson
Robert Fagles Lecture for Classics in the Contemporary Arts
October 22, 2019
"The Classics Can Console?"
Ishion Hutchinson
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
101 McCormick Hall
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
Bronze Sculptures
Lecture
October 3, 2019
"Early Iron Age Archaeology and the Tyranny of the Text: the Case of Athletic Nudity"
Sarah Murray, University of Toronto
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Photo of a Greek releif
Lecture
September 19, 2019
"Dreams in Greek and Roman Religion: The Evidence of Inscriptions."
Gil Renberg, University of Michigan
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Co-sponsored by Art & Archaeology

2018-2019 Spring

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 eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

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
A drawing of the entrance to the Temple of Janus, with its doors open as in time of war
Lecture
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
Lecture
March 7, 2019
"Musical Meaning after Aristotle"
Sean Gurd, University of Missouri
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Green Hall Bowl OS6
Emily Wilson Poster
Lecture
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
Lecture
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
Manuscript and person writing
Lecture
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
Lecture
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
Lecture
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

Image of a mask
Lecture
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 eileenrobinson@princeton.edu

Kathleen Coleman (Harvard University)
12:00 pm
161 East Pyne
Image of artists
Screening
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
Image of Socrates
Lecture
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
Image of Augustus sculpture
Lecture
April 3, 2018
"Subsidia Dominationi: The Early Careers of Tiberius and Drusus Revisited"
Frederik J. Vervaet (University of Melbourne)
4:30 pm
Betts Auditorium