News & Events

  • Classics is now the proud owner of this bee pendant designed and made by Nelly 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 already in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Our energetic group of Foreign Study students are entering their second month of study and travel in Greece. The weather is warm and sunny (mostly), and the sights are amazing. The students are keeping a blog of their experiences. You can see it here.

  • Thursday,  May 9, 2019
    5:00 pm, Rockefeller 003
    Melissa Mueller,  UMASS @ Amherst

    Deianeira’s Dread: Affect and Empathy in Sophocles’ Trachiniae

    Deianeira has harbored fear from the earliest days of her girlhood. In this talk, I explore how Trachiniae depicts Deianeira’s dread as both anticipating and actively generating the actions on which it is founded—an uncanny reversal of cause and effect. Oedipus Tyrannus famously traces the pollution that infects...