How to Do the History of Nature?

Annual Zarbin Lecture

Thursday, October 25, 2018 
4:30 pm
Moore Hall B03
Reception to follow!
Brooke Holmes, Princeton University

Prof. Holmes' research explores the Greco-Roman roots of Western ideas about the physical body, the natural world, matter, and the non-human. She is especially interested in the problems these ideas create for concepts of the subject, ethics, and politics. She also studies the long afterlife of these ideas, especially in twentieth and twenty-first century philosophy, in order to bring out their implications for contemporary engagements with antiquity.

In this talk, she uses her current research on ancient concepts of cosmic sympathy and Nature to discuss larger historiographical problems posed by doing the history of nature—that is, the history of a concept that is defined in large part by being universal and transhistorical—and the particular challenges and opportunities posed by going back to “the Greeks” in tracking this story.

Free and open to the public!

Sponsored by the Classics Department

Welcome Jennifer Lynn!

Prof. Lynn is joining us this fall as the Language Program Director for the entire first year's worth of courses in Greek and Latin. She comes to us from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she has taught Latin and Greek at all levels for over a decade.

She received her PhD from Columbia University, with a specialty in the poetry of Callimachus. At UCSC she was very involved in the creation of their Center for Innovative Learning, in the Academic Advising Program, and in learning technologies.

In her free time, Prof. Lynn puts her boundless energy to good use as an avid rower and distance runner. We in Classics are thrilled to have her on board and excited about contributions to the language program.

Welcome Scott Arcenas!

Please join us in welcoming Prof. Scott Arcenas, who will be teaching ancient history for the 2018-19 academic year. With a 2018 PhD from Stanford University, Prof. Arcenas is an expert in the political and economic history of the ancient Mediterranean. In addition to CLST 15 (Alexander and the Macedonian Kings), he will be teaching a special topics class this winter on Democracy, Ancient and Modern, as well as CLST 19 (Methods and Theory in Ancient History) in the spring.

His current book project examines the nature, frequency, and intensity of political violence in the c. 1,100 poleis inhabited by the ancient Greeks during the Classical and early Hellenistic periods. It also introduces new methods and new tools to overcome three of the most significant obstacles that face attempts to study Greek history on a panhellenic scale: the scarcity, ambiguity, and deep biases of the evidentiary record. 

He is also working on two articles on topics in Roman history: an examination, based on a die-study conducted over the past seven years, of Flavian minting practices; and a discussion of maritime transportation during the Roman era.


Remembering Norman Doenges

 IN MEMORIAM: Professor Norman Doenges Generations of Dartmouth students will remember the history lectures on Greece and Rome given by Professor Norman Doenges, who taught in the Classics Department for four full decades, from 1955 until his retirement in 1995.  For eleven summers, from 1984 to 1995, Professor Doenges took Dartmouth students to Spain with him to excavate at the Roman colony of Pollentia on the island of Mallorca off the south coast of Spain.  Colleagues in the Classics Department will recall the many efforts Prof.

Mythology Students Get Creative

This summer’s Classical Mythology (CLST4) students were given the option of doing a creative project to complete the class. Some students learned new skills, while others drew from experience, always in order to put a new, original spin on what they had learned about ancient Greek and Roman myths in the class.We are showcasing here the projects of all students who agreed to be included in the exhibit. This online exhibit has a counterpart in an offline exhibit in the Classics Department Library in Reed Hall 322. Please come take a look!

Classics Professor’s Book Group for Vets Goes National

Twenty-two people from across the U.S. gathered on campus recently for five days to discuss Homer’s Odyssey. Their goal: to use the epic poem to draw parallels between war hero Odysseus’ long journey home after the Trojan War and the struggles veterans face today. 

The group included a linguist, an archaeologist, a high school teacher, veteran clinicians and service providers, and Dartmouth student veterans and alumni, among others. They were there because a Dartmouth professor was inspired more than a decade ago to start a book group for veterans, focusing on the Iliad and the Odyssey.

The Classics Department Welcomes Neeltje Irene Kuin

Professor Kuin specializes in the study of ancient Greek and Roman religion and philosophy and has a particular interest in Greek imperial literature and epigraphy. She completed her Ph.D. at NYU in 2015 and then held a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Ancient History at Groningen University in the Netherlands. She is the author of Leven met de goden: Religie in de oudheid (Living With the Gods: Religion in Antiquity; Amsterdam University Press 2018) as well as several scholarly articles, and has co-edited two volumes of essays. She is currently working on a book manuscript with the tentative title of Laughing with the Gods: Lucian and the Comic in Ancient Religious Experience.

She will be co-teaching CLST 4 Mythology Seminar this summer. Fall 2018 she will teach Latin 1 Introductory Latin and Latin 15 Literature and the Romans

Classics Faculty Awarded Neukom Institute CompX awards

Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to be able to announce the recipients of this year’s Neukom Institute CompX awards. It was a very difficult
decision process with over 1M$ in total requests. I wish I could have funded many more. That said, I would like to give
special thanks to George Morris and the entire Research Computing group. Their eagerness to engage with so many diverse
computational projects has enabled the NI CompX funding to go further. I encourage all of you with computational projects
needing technical support to seek out this fine group.
Thanks again for everyone’s engagement with the process. Please get in touch if you would like some more explicit
feedback. In total $230k was awarded. The list of recipients and the titles of the funded projects is below.
All best,
Dan Rockmore
Director, Neukom Institute for Computational Science
William H. Neukom 1964 Professor of Computational Science

Please congratulate Julie Hruby as the recipient of the 2018 Neukom CompX Faculty Grants
Julie Hruby (Classics) – Associating Fingerprint Patterns with Age and Sex: A Quantifiable Approach