News & Events

  • The temporary relocation to Dewey Field Road has given us the impetus to sort through many things that have been squirreled away in Reed Hall. One of the biggest jobs has been the Classics Library in Reed 322. Aided by Classics majors Zach Wang ’20 and Matt Nolan ’21, faculty members have been organizing and dividing our collection of several thousand books, some of which go back to the earliest days of the College. We found many things, from a volume on Chicken Farming in Ancient Rome to a...

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  • From Jupiter to Jesus
    Ulrich/Bradley @ 10 hour
    WCult/W
    No Prerequisites!

    In Winter 2020, we consider the ways that Rome and its citizens were transformed during the 2nd–6th centuries by an array of forces that seems strikingly familiar today: social stratification, the centralization of power, codified military and legal systems, shifting definitions of personal identity, and the conflict between traditional public obligations and private spiritual aspirations...

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  • Classics is now the proud owner of this bee pendant designed and made by Nelly Mendoza-Mendoza '19 as her final project for Roman Technology and Engineering in Spring of 2019. The design of the piece incorporates the ancient technique of gold granulation. When gold flakes are subjected to intense heat, the surface tension of the molten gold causes them to coalesce into a perfectly round bead, which is then transferred onto the base with fine tweezers. This difficult technique was known...

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  • Beginning in December 2019, the Classics Department will move temporarily to new quarters at the north end of Campus. Reed Hall has to be completely vacated this winter to allow for extensive renovations including the addition of an elevator and accessibility ramp, new sprinkler and heating/cooling systems, new floor and wall treatments, and much else. Until September of next year, Classics faculty will have their offices in the big building called 37 Dewey Field Road, between Dick's House...

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  • Petsas House, Mycenae: pottery, production, and the palatial economy of the 14thc. BCE
    Kim Shelton,University of California at Berkeley
    October 10, 2019, 4:30 pm, Rockefeller 002*

    The lecture will present material from the recent excavations at Mycenae which provides insight into the production of pottery in a late bronze age workshop, the reconstructed demographics and decision-making process, and the role of Petsas House in the socio-economic life of the palatial...

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  • A new face in Reed Hall this year is Simone Oppen, who will be joining us as a Visiting Professor in 2019-20 and 2020-21. A specialist in Classical literature and historiography, she will be teaching both Classical Mythology and Literature and the Romans this fall.

    Professor Oppen specializes in Greek drama and historiography, in particular literary production under the Athenian Empire and its later reception. Simone received her BA in Classical Languages and Comparative Literature (a...

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  • May 23 was a special day for the Classics Department as we gathered for the presentation of a Senior Honors Thesis by Grace Caldwell ’19 and to recognize our 2019 recipients for awards and prizes in Classics, Latin, and Greek.

    Grace’s thesis is entitled "Gorgias' Encomium of Helen and the Logos - a Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard." In her presentation, she told us about the unusual work of literature on which her work is based. Gorgias, an orator and teacher of ancient...

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  • The department is proud to congratulate eighteen members of the class of 2019 who have now received their degrees with majors or minors in Classics.

    Two students graduated with majors in Classical Archaeology: Grace C. Caldwell and Victoria L. Corwin; and two others completed the minor: Joshua L. Wende and Andrew J. Wright. Seven people graduated in Classical Languages and Literature: Grace C. Caldwell, Julia C. Feinstein, Daniel S. Gridley, Zachary Quayle, Danielle M. Lee Ramsay,...

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  • Visitors to the main Dartmouth Library are being treated this month to a fascinating exhibit on ancient technology and engineering. Students in Prof. Kramer’s CLST 12 course attempted to reproduce some of the most notable achievements of the Greek and Roman world, from engineering feats to the techniques of artisanship. The exhibit will be up through the first part of the summer term.

    Items on display were in several different categories. Some illustrate ways of solving practical...

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  • In Winter and Spring quarters, Latin 3 classes visited the recently-reopened Hood Museum's Bernstein Center for Object Study to investigate a selection of the Museum's collection of Roman coins. Each small group of students was given a coin or group of coins to work with. Students weighed and measured their coins and attempted to read the writing on the coins. Each group then presented their findings to the rest of...

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