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  • When Classics Professor Roberta Stewart began reading war stories with veterans, it was less a professional undertaking than a passion project she’d dreamt up during a reflective moment in her career. She had been teaching Latin, Greek, and ancient history at Dartmouth for 18 years when she decided in 2008 to embark on what she has since called ...

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  • Friday, May 25, 2017, Reed Hall, room 108, 4:00 pm

    Reception to follow in Reed Hall, room 322

    The Theme You Left in Death": Between Euripides and Heidegger

    In my honors thesis I consider the philosophical ramifications of death and dying in Euripides’ Alcestis. What is the status of a life when death is imminent? How do senses of ambiguity, necessity, and obligation complicate this question? What does it mean to die for another, and how does Alcestis’ resurrection at the...

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  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
    4:45 pm, Silsby 028
    Reception to follow in Reed Hall 322

    Leah R. Alpern
    Choosing to be grateful: ethical reasoning in Seneca’s On Benefits
    Her presentation includes a short performance component with student actors

  • During the first week of May, the department welcomes Sean McConnell of the University of Otago. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Prof. McConnell specializes in Roman philosophy, with a particular interest in the interface of philosophy and politics at Rome during the decline and fall of the Roman republic. His book Philosophical Life in Cicero's Letters appeared from Cambridge University Press in 2014.

    During his visit, Prof. McConnell will lead a session for...

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  • Prof. Patrick Glauthier joins the Classics Department in Fall of 2017 as an Assistant Professor specializing in Latin literature. A graduate of Columbia University, Prof. Glauthier has worked especially on the emergence and development of scientific theory in Rome, concentrating on such works as Vergil’s Georgics, Manilius’s Astronomica, and Pliny’s Natural History. His current book project is called The Scientific Sublime in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Seneca,...

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  • Julie Hruby has been honored with one of the highly competitive CompX Faculty Grants from the Neukom Institute. Prof. Hruby will be funded for a project she is pursuing jointly with Mark McPeek of the Biology Department. Titled "Associating Fingerprint Patterns with Age and Sex: A Quantifiable Approach," the project is described as follows:

    "Hundreds of thousands of archaeological artifacts from around the world...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • “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...

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