The Summer Newsletter has been published on our website. Check out what...
The Summer Newsletter has been published on our website. Check out what the faculty, graduates students, and alumni have been up to this year. A special thank you to everyone who contributed. The Newsletter can be found here.
A supplement to the Newsletter, including many pictures from the annual Aristophanes play can also be found on our website, here.
Exploring the Margins: Enhancing the Teaching of Ancient Greek Drama at Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana
Stephen Scully (Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies) and Michele Valerie Ronnick (BU PhD ’90; Professor of Classics and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Wayne State University) teamed up to lead seminars on ancient Greek tragedy and the history of black Classics educators at the NEH-funded seminar at Grambling State University from May 26 to June 13. According to Dr. Hugh Wilson, one of the principal investigators, the institute’s goal is to “explore the continuing relevance of Greek drama to society at large,” as well as “foster a greater awareness of the black literature and drama influenced by the Greeks.”
The 15 faculty fellows, all of whom hold faculty appointments at historically black colleges and universities across the United States, studied the works of Aeschylus (with Scully leading the seminars), Sophocles (led by Professor Rush Rehm of Stanford University), and Euripides (led by Professor Ruth Scodel from the University of Michigan). Professor Ronnick led seminars examining the history of black classicism in the United States and discussing the influences of the Graeco-Roman heritage upon the work of African and African-American intellectuals, writers and artists here and abroad.
The Gaia Project for a new museum complex at the archaeological site of the ancient Greek Eleusinian Mysteries, to become the International Center for the Study of Mankind’s Relationship to our Planet Earth.
The project envisages the renewal of our testament or covenant with our planet and seeks to restore the Rarian plain to fertility, incorporating environmentally friendly modes of industrialism, and will offer opportunities to experience though meditation, art workshops, and spiritual exercise the origins of religious cognition, predating the dogma of established and identifiable sects.
For more information, please visit our webpage.
Congratulations to graduate student Becky Wysocki who has received a 2014 Summer Research Fellowship from GRS. The Fellowship is a non-service stipend to allow advanced PhD students spend the summer pursuing research.
Congratulations to graduate student Dustin Dixon, who has won one of the first-ever Graduate Dissertation Fellowships from the BU Center for the Humanities! Link
A big congratulations to our graduate student Colin Pang, who won the Humanities Award at Scholars Day, a celebration of graduate research at BU!
The Boston University Classics Department is proud to announce a research symposium in which speakers will examine the editorial decisions that shape Homeric epic. We welcome two guest speakers, Professors Neel Smith (College of the Holy Cross) and Michael Haslam (University of California, Los Angeles), as well as six BU undergraduates who will speak to this unprecedented topic of Homeric scholarship. A team of classics undergraduates working under Professor Stephen Scully will analyze paragraphing decisions that various editors and translators of the Iliad have made from the 10th century to the present, including the Venetus A manuscript, Chalcondyles’ editio princeps, and Spondanus, as well as the English translations of George Chapman, Alexander Pope, Richmond Lattimore, Martin West, and Stanley Lombardo.
Check out some photos from the event on our Facebook.
On the occasion of the National Day of Greece, the Consul General, Mrs. Ifigenia Kanara, the Department of Classical Studies and the Boston University Philhellenes invite you to a discussion of MODERN PHILHELLENISM on Friday March 28th at 6:00pm.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A PHILHELLENE? Stop and ask yourself this question. Is it an appreciation of Hellenic culture? A deep intellectual fascination with Greek history? Empathy? A cash donation? How has the definition changed over time? Join us on March 28th to reflect with us and a group of experts on Greek history and culture.
Announcing the Department of Classical Studies and the Core Curriculum’s annual “Aristophanes” production: Plautus’ Mostellaria (“The Haunted House”). That’s right, for the first time ever, the annual “Aristophanes” play will actually be a Roman Comedy! There will be clever slaves, foolish young men, and prostitutes with complicated backstories! They will get mixed up in hair-brained schemes involving love, lust, living large and, yes, ghosts!
Visit the event page for more information.
For a behind-the-scenes look at the production, read an interview with Professor Klein.
Photos are up on Facebook!
Four of our graduate students will present papers at CANE (Classical Association of New England) Annual Meeting, St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire March 7-8, 2014
March 7 Paper Session II (10:10-11:25)
Amanda Jarvis, “Visual Perception and the Graspable Image in Ovid”
Karen Mower, “Circe’s Understanding of Rape Victims in Ovid”
March 8 Paper Session VII (10:00-11:20)
Emily Austin, “Grief as Pothos: Understanding the Anger of Achilles”
Laurie Hutcheson, “Thetis Tells Achilles’ Story: A Personal History Re-Imagined”
Abstracts of these papers are published in New England Classical Journal 41 (2014).