Latin Students Celebrate A New Publication

Students, alumni, and friends will gather on April 13 to celebrate the publication of Lives of the Popes: Paul II, a book that was co-authored by ten students in Latin 28 with their professor Thomas Hendrickson. The book is a commentary on Platina's biography of his nemesis, Pope Paul II. Its aim is to enable intermediate-level students of Latin to read the text in its original language by providing a running glossary and grammatical commentary on every page, as well as background information on fifteenth-century Rome and on Latin in the Renaissance.

The work began two years ago, with each student in the class taking responsibility for a portion of the text. The student and alumni  co-authors are Aki Berman, Pascal Croak, Daniel Gridley, Sebastian Herrera, Jinmyoung Lee, Graham Rigby, John Robinson, Gabriela Sommer, Kent Ueno, and James Whittemore.

The book launch party will take place Friday, April 13 in Bartlett 201, the space known to many as AHRC, from 4:30 to 6:00. Prof. Hendrickson will be there and we hope that many friends of Classics will come by to toast this wonderful achievement.

From the publisher’s website:

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

'Homer Can Help You': War Veterans Use Ancient Epics to Cope

Professor Roberta Stewart’s course, in which veterans read Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, is spreading to other colleges. Reading Homer can help veterans cope with their own struggles, says Stewart.  Reading Homer can help veterans cope with their own struggles, says Stewart.

A small group of military veterans has been meeting weekly in a classroom at the University of Vermont to discuss "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" for college credit — and to give meaning to their own experiences, equating the close-order discipline of men who fought with spears, swords and shields to that of men and women who do battle these days with laser-guided munitions.

Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart, who is now hoping for a grant that will allow her to expand the idea nationwide. The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding.

The Ancient Stage: Space, Masks, Movement and Music

New Directions in understanding the Ancient Stage: Space, Masks, Movement and Music
Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:45 pm, Carson Hall, room 60
Professor Peter Meineck, New York University

In this illustrated talk Professor Peter Meineck will outline the new research findings which are changing the way we think about the ancient stage. He will also demonstrate how he has combined research from the fields of cognitive theory, the affective sciences and neuroscience with classical studies to understand more about how the ancient Greek theatre was so successful at communicating emotions and generating empathy.

Classics Professor Wins 2017 Outreach Prize

The Society for Classical Studies has awarded the 2017 Outreach Prize to Professor Roberta Stewart of Dartmouth College for her work in developing book discussion groups on the Homeric poems with military veterans. Professor Stewart's long-running initiative is now a major collaborative project of Dartmouth College and New Hampshire Humanities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Spotlight on Teaching with Museum Collections

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 is intended to foster intra-and inter-institutional collaboration and expand opportunities for Dartmouth faculty from all disciplines to teach from works of art. Central to the initiative is a program of strategic loans from Yale’s encyclopedic collection, comprising nearly 200,000 works, to six “partner museums” for use in specially developed projects and related coursework. The program was created based on the belief that while technologies have increased access to museum collections, there is no substitute for the experience of learning from original works of art.