News & Events

  • Suzanne Lye on Latin 1 and Dartmouth Learning Fellows

    A few minutes after class begins, I step into the Carson 61 classroom to see what’s happening. The students are already abuzz, divided into three learning teams and rapidly dissecting Latin phrases on the board. Interruptions are frequent as students yell across the room to one another with new ideas and corrections, or to flag down the instructor, Dr. Suzanne Lye, to pepper her with questions. The scene is not so much chaotic as...

  • The Classics Department is pleased to welcome Mary T. Boatwright of Duke University as our distinguished speaker for the annual Benefactors' Fund Lecture. Prof. Boatwright is a specialist in the social and political history of the Roman Empire. Her title is "God-like power?  Rome’s Imperial Women and Religion.” The lecture will take place at 4:45 pm on Tuesday, May 9, in Rockefeller 002, with a reception to follow.

    This event is free and open to the public!

  • From antiquity through the early 19th century, anyone studying the works of Plato began with a fourth-century text known as Alcibiades, says Hakan Tell, an associate professor of classics.

    In the dialogue, Socrates, much like a modern first-year faculty adviser, tries to persuade the young Alcibiades (who would grow up to be a powerful, if traitorous, general and politician in Athens) of the value of what today...

  • “I don’t expect to collect a whole lot of honorary degrees, so this was very cool,” says archaeologist Jeremy Rutter, the Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and professor emeritus of classical studies, of the honorary doctorate he recently accepted from Uppsala University in Sweden. “It’s a recognition from a peer group that is very special. I feel great about...

  • Investigations into the Ancient Mediterranean

    Between 2010 and 2012, the Hood Museum of Art took part in an innovative pilot program that enabled the Yale University Art Gallery to lend forty-seven ancient Mediterranean objects to the Hood for a two-year period beginning in December 2010. Initiated by Yale and funded by a generous grant from the Andrew E. Mellow Foundation, this collection-sharing project...

  • The first-ever Olympic games to be held in South America got underway in Rio de Janeiro last week amid athletes’ hopes and dreams (several Dartmouth competitors among them)—and concerns about the Zika virus, contaminated water, and a host of other anticipated problems. 

    But even as games begin, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) is looking to the future—and enlisting people like Paul Christesen ’88, a historian of ancient Greece, for ideas.

    For the full story please go...

  • Every year, several graduating seniors and alumni are offered the opportunity to study and teach around the world through Fulbright and Germany’s Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) scholarships. This year eight students and recent graduates have been offered scholarships to Colombia, Malaysia, the UK, Canada, and Germany—to teach English or study international relations, history, brain science, public health, or literature, and to serve as cultural ambassadors.


  • The Classics Department went on a road trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the Pompeii Show at the Museum of Fine Arts. Thanks to the student-run Dartmouth Classical Society for participation.

  • The Politics of Public Display: Archaeology, Museums and Artifacts from the Holy Land

    Monday, April 11, 2016
    4:30pm to 5:30pm

    Hood Auditorium

    Sponsored By: 

    Hood Museum of Art

    Intended Audiences: Public

    Categories: Arts , Lectures & Seminars        

    Morag M. Kersel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, DePaul University
    In 2002, the Royal Ontario Museum displayed the James Ossuary—a first-century burial box with...

  • The University of Chicago Press announced in November the publication of a new annotated edition of Seneca’s Letters on Ethics to Lucilius. The Roman philosopher’s most influential contribution to world literature, the Letters combine philosophical reflection with vivid descriptions of town and country life in Nero’s Italy. Classics professor Margaret Graver has produced the translation and notes in collaboration with A.A. Long, recently retired from the Classics Department...