News & Events

  • 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...

  • From Quintilian to Dred Scott: An Issue in the Jurisprudence of Slavery
    Matthew Leigh, St. Anne's College, Oxford University
    Thursday, April 18, 2019, Carpenter 013, 4:30 pm

    Abstract: Quintilian, Minor Declamation 340 concerns the property rights of a master over a slave whom he has temporarily represented as a free man in order to avoid paying due taxes to the port authorities. It is a test case for what should be the proper status of one who has been 'in...

  • The Navarino Fund for Modern Greek Studies at Dartmouth College

    a double feature by
    filmmaker and documentarian
    Vassilis Loules

    Monday February 25
    Thornton Hall 105
    6-6:30 pm
    «Lela Karayannis, the Fragance of a Heroine»
    2005, documentary, 30 min.

    The film focuses on the struggle and personality of Lela Karayannis, the...

  • Roberta Stewart, "PDF iconSeeing Caesar's Symbols: Religious Implements on the Coins of Julius Caesar and His Successors," in Concordia Disciplinarum: Essays in ancient coinage, history, and archaeology in honor of William...

  • The intrepid students of Latin 1 braved late-October rain and cold to learn more about the use of funerary inscriptions as a historical source. Roman funerary inscriptions, although they are often heavily abbreviated and sometimes damaged, are very formulaic and thus relatively easy for even beginning students to read. And they are particularly valuable for learning about the lives of people whose stories are often overlooked in other sources, including women, the poor, slaves, and freed...