As some of you know, we now have access to the excellent “Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.” Let’s celebrate with a tough quiz on Laitn poetry!
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In anticipation of flu season, the Classics Department welcomed a representative of Asklepios to our Tiber Island/hallway.
I pulled off my shelf an old student edition of Cicero’s Letters to find some sight-reading for Latin 210, and I discovered that my book has a pretty cool provenance:
There are lots of penciled notes–whether these are of Scullard or the prior owner I cannot yet say. I also have no memory of how this book came into my possession.
It’s pretty neat to come to work and see this:
Just another day on ETC 2!
The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage by ISIS (i.e. ISIL, i.e. the so-called “Islamic State”) has been in the news recently due to the group’s actions in Palmyra, but it has targeted numerous other sites as well. For those interested in keeping up with the current situation in Syria, the blog of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) has been keeping a list of recent links to news regarding ISIS’s actions with respect to cultural heritage. It makes for depressing (but important) reading.
Before driving across the country to join the Classics Department, I spent five weeks this summer on Cyprus as a fellow at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) to conduct research on the relationships between Cypriot and Egyptian burial practices during the Hellenistic Period (323 – 30 BCE). Cyprus was the major overseas territory of the Ptolemaic Empire and had always been a crossroads of the cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean. Though many (but not all) ancient Cypriots were Greek speakers, the material culture of the island exhibits influence from Anatolia, Egypt, and the Levant, as well as from the Greek cities of the Aegean. Continue reading
Here’s some stuff in French about the highlight of my summer, a conference on Apuleius in Souk Ahras (Thagaste), Algeria. You can see me speaking next to some flags.
And here is a picture of a donkey in Apuleius’ hometown Madauros (M’daourouch, Algeria):
And this article by Professor Seidman, of which some Reed Classics folks heard the beginnings, has appeared recently in Eidolon.
This blog has been lying low this summer, but that is about to change! Lots of faculty news to come soon, but for now I’m super proud to link to an article by Cecilia D’Anastasio ’13 about Lucian’s True History as the first science fiction. Ben Stevens ’99 is quoted in the article as well. Yay! (I’m teaching this text for Greek 210 in fall, as it happens!)