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Prof. Samons on the Radio

November 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hear an interview (here) with our own Professor Jay Samons on the recent discovery of the Tomb of Amphipolis!

BUPh in the Daily Free Press

November 12th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

Check out the article in the Daily Free Press about the BU Philhellenes Project and an event the group is hosting tonight!


Alumni Weekend at BU

September 30th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

Alumni traveled from near and far to join Classics faculty at the Core-Classics Reception on September 20th. We hope to see more familiar faces next year!

Professors Esposito, Nelson, and Vasaly visited alumna Emily (Klaser) Bassett on her battleship, the USS Arlington. Check it out here.

From left:  Michael Maguire (BA 1993), Ashley McIntosh (BA 2006), Prof. James Uden, Prof. Ann Vasaly, Prof. Stephanie Nelson, Ms. Sophie Klein (PhD 2013), Beth Beriau Jacquet (BA 1993)

From left: Michael Maguire (BA 1993), Ashley McIntosh (BA 2006), Prof. James Uden, Prof. Ann Vasaly, Prof. Stephanie Nelson, Ms. Sophie Klein (PhD 2013), Beth Beriau Jacquet (BA 1993)






















Alumni Weekend with the Classics Department!

September 15th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

College of Arts & Sciences Core & Classics Reception

Core and the Classics Department are hosting a reception for all alumni in the Core office, CAS 119. Faculty from both Core and Classics will join the alumni for excellent refreshments and even better conversation. A wonderful chance to catch up with your fellow alumni and former professors.

  • Date: Saturday, September 20
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • Location: Core Office, CAS 119, 685 Commonwealth Avenue

International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) Conference Announced

September 10th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

The second annual conference of the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) will convene on the campus of Boston University on November 14-15, 2014. The theme of the conference is High and Low Literature in Late Antiquity. Can and should we separate the two categories? What areas of late antique literature confirm or problematize this distinction? How did late antique authors think about the high and the low? How did they use the categories rhetorically? How, historically, have critics brought those categories to bear on the reception of late antique literature?

The conference is free for the general public, and we welcome all to attend (please RSVP for the lectures on the Facebook page). There will be a conference dinner for speakers. Please send queries about conference particulars to James Uden ( General queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the steering committee: Scott McGill (, Joseph Pucci (, and David Bright (

For dinner registration and additional information, please visit

Dustin Dixon, graduate student, wins Dissertation Fellowship

May 12th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

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

Colin Pang, graduate student, wins Humanities Award

April 24th, 2014 in General News, Uncategorized

A big congratulations to our graduate student Colin Pang, who won the Humanities Award at Scholars Day, a celebration of graduate research at BU!

Alexander Nikolaev joins the Department

April 3rd, 2013 in General News, Uncategorized

nikolaev-smWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Alexander Nikolaev will join the department as Assistant Professor of Classical Studies as of July 2013. He completed his dissertation, “Historical Poetics and Language History: Studies in Archaic Greek Poetry,” at Harvard University in 2012.

Professor Nikolaev is both a classicist and a linguist, and he is most interested in where language and literature meet. As a historian of literature, he works on archaic Greek poetry (Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, etc.). As a linguist, he is primarily interested in Greek historical linguistics and etymology, but he has also done work on the reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European and on the history of other Indo-European languages and language families, including Hittite, Sanskrit, Old Persian and Avestan, Old Irish, Tocharian and Balto-Slavic.

This fall, he will teach two undergraduate courses: CL 104, Greek and Latin Roots of the English Language, and CL 261, Intermediate Greek 1 (Prose).

CL 104 will look at the historical development of English with the focus on its Greek and Latin borrowings, including the vocabulary of medicine, law, and the humanities, and discuss the meaning of words which shape our perception of the world.  Through this course you will expand your knowledge of English vocabulary and understand the ways in which words and their history shape our perception of the world.

CL 261 is a reading of selections from Greek prose. Authors read may include Plato and Lysias, as well as selections from the New Testament.

Samons Announced as New NEH Distinguished Teaching Fellow

May 17th, 2011 in Uncategorized

Jay Samons has received the Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (DTP) from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Professorship was established in 1993 by the NEH with a challenge grant that matched funds from alumni and friends of CAS/GRS and the Division of General Education. The Professorship recognizes excellence in teaching by a prominent teacher-scholar associated with the Core Curriculum, and it funds undergraduate enrichment programs in the humanities generally.

Please visit for additional information.

Jeffrey Henderson elected to AAAS

April 29th, 2011 in Uncategorized

Jeffrey Henderson, the University’s William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature and a world-renowned classics scholar, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS).  For full details, please visit