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ancient curse tablet in Aramaic from Antioch
May 29, 2018
Prof. Alex Hollmann is working with Robert Daniel of the University of Cologne on a two-volume edition, translation, and commentary of lead curse tablets in Ancient Greek from ancient Antioch and Caesarea. So far all of the tablets have been in Greek, but when one of the tablets from the circus in Antioch was opened a few years ago, Prof. Hollmann was surprised to find that it was written in Hebrew script. Although Jews certainly practiced magic, as did most peoples living around the ancient... Read more
April 10, 2018
Congratulations to Grace Funsten, winner of the 2018 CAMWS Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for “A Learned Dog: Roman Elegy and the Epitaph for Margarita”! In this paper, Grace convincingly shows that CIL 6.29896 (a Latin epitaph for a dog named Margarita) draws on elegiac language and themes, suggesting that it may have been intended as a parody of elegy. An abstract of this paper, which draws on the paper Grace wrote for Prof. Sarah Levin-Richardson’s... Read more
Alan Chen reorganizes the Classics Seminar room Collection
April 9, 2018
One of the challenges of the beautiful Denny Hall renovation was the return of Classics' fine study collection of texts and commentaries to the Meg Greenfield Room - especially since there are slightly fewer bookshelves in the new version of this lovely room. Since early 2018, intern Alan Chen has worked wonders bringing order to the collection and its cataloguing. Alan carried out the work under the auspices of Project Search, a national initiative focused on providing school-to-work... Read more
March 2, 2018
Prof. Levin-Richardson, known on campus for her courses on Roman Art & Archaeology and Pompeii and in the field of Classics for her research into ancient Roman sexuality, is the featured faculty member in this week's The Whole U: Faculty Friday. Drawing upon her roots in Political Science, Women's Studies, and Classics, Levin-Richardson's recent scholarship has sought to recover the voices of marginalized groups in antiquity, including male and female prostitutes. In her research and... Read more
February 25, 2018
Megan O'Donald, a Ph.D. student in Classics, has recently had her article "The ROTAS 'Wheel': Form and Content in a Pompeian Graffito" published in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (ZPE 205 [2018] 77-91). Megan conducted the work for this article for Prof. Sarah Levin-Richardson's graduate seminar on Approaches to Latin Inscriptions and Graffiti last spring. In Prof. Levin-Richardson's words, "O'Donald's... Read more
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February 1, 2018
Congratulations to Brad Cook, PhD '96, who has received a Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities to spend Spring 2018 researching Greek inscriptions. Brad is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Mississippi, and his particular focus is to be on two inscriptions held in the David M. Robinson Memorial Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the ... Read more
student made wax tablet ancient writing system
December 6, 2017
Over the past year, ancient Greek and Roman technology has become a visible presence in Classics' Denny Hall offices. Professor Sarah Stroup has been exploring STEM in Antiquity in Classics 314, her popular new course for undergraduates. Students from across the university study the ancient practioners of science and the ancient history of technological innovation across the fields of science, engineering, technology, mathematics and medicine. In addition, over the course of the term students... Read more
drawing of magical inscription with crocodile
December 6, 2017
Alex Hollmann spent Autumn Quarter 2016 as an NEH Fellow at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem where with Associate Fellow Robert Daniel of the University of Cologne he worked on deciphering a fascinating collection of curse tablets from Caesarea in northern Israel.  These tablets are thin sheets of lead of inscribed in Ancient Greek. The decipherment is part of the Magica Levantina Project affiliated with the... Read more
Eunice Kim, Adriana Vazquez, Matthew Gorey
December 6, 2017
Matthew Gorey, Eunice Kim, and Adriana Vazquez completed their PhDs in 2017.  In Atomism in the Aeneid: Physics, Politicas and Cosmological Disorder, Matthew Gorey combines philosophical and literary studies in his examination of the ways that Virgil responds to and transforms Epicurean ideas about a physical world made of atoms: "Virgil’s appropriation of Lucretian material conflates poetic, political, and cosmic narratives and blurs the boundaries between their respective modes of... Read more
Students pose in front of the Roman colosseum
December 6, 2017
"today has been one of many incredible days"  "something I am eternally grateful for" "embraced by the city's rich past" " suddenly the mental map of Pompeii that I’d formed in a class last year came to life"  These words made their way back to us from students who had the opportunity to participate in the spring 2017 quarter-long Rome Program. While in years past most participants have been majors in the Department with some... Read more