Through consideration of topics reflecting the entire range of Classical studies, papers and discussions in this seminar will examine Greek and Roman literature, philology, history, religion, archaeology, and philosophy; the application of literary and cultural theory to classical texts; and various other aspects of classical literature and culture, including its reception by and intersections with other related fields.

Upcoming Events

Timothy Joseph, College of the Holy Cross
Lucan on the Beginnings and Ends of Latin Epic
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 5:00pm

Tim Joseph graduated from Holy Cross with a B.A. in Classics in 1998 and then taught Latin at Cresskill Junior-Senior High School in New Jersey from 1998 to 2001. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University. Tim has been back at Holy Cross teaching on Fenwick 4 since the fall of 2006. He has taught several years in the Montserrat first-year seminar program and is serving as the director of Montserrat’s Divine Cluster in 2019–20 and 2020-21. Tim’s research concentrates on Latin historiography and epic poetry. Current projects focus on eyewitness reporting in the historical works of the Roman Empire and on the poet Lucan’s figuring of space and time in his epic poem “Pharsalia.” For more, see his profile at: On occasion Tim writes for The Conversation about topics such as ancient and modern standards of reporting and Martin Luther's King's lived engagement with the Classics. In 2017 and 2018 he served as the director of the Classical Association of New England's Summer Institute at Brown University.

Leni Ribeiro Leite, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil
New worlds through Classical lenses: Classical epideictic tropes in Maffei's Historiarum Indicarum Libri XVI
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 5:30pm
Location TBA

Past Events 2019 - 20

Krešimir Vuković, Catholic University of Croatia
The River and the City: Myths of the Tiber in Roman Space and Literature

Past Events 2018 - 19

Christopher Star, Middlebury College
The Final Age Has Come: Nero, Seneca, and the End of the World
Mirte Liebregts, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Behind the Red and the Green: The Planning and Execution of the Early Loeb Classical Library
Bernard Frischer, Indiana University
3D Reconstructions as Tools for Scientific Discovery: The Example of Rome Reborn

Past Events 2017 - 18

Antonios Thodis, Harvard University
The Origins of the Corinthian Order: the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae
Emily Wilson, University of Pennsylvania
Translating the Odyssey: Why and How
Emily Greenwood, Yale University
Aristotle's Slave and Reconstructive Philology
Leah Kronenberg, Boston University
In Praise of Diana? Catullus 34 and the _Diana_ of Valerius Cato

Past Events 2016 - 17

Mirko Canevaro, University of Edinburgh
Majority Rule vs. Consensus: The Practice of Deliberation in the Greek Poleis
Joel Christensen, Brandeis University
The Therapy of Oblivion: The Odyssey’s Open End
Johanna Hanink, Brown University
The Personified State in Classical Athens
Susanne Gaensicke, J. Paul Getty Museum
Stefan Hagel, Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Hellenistic Music in Africa, 10 BCE: Reconstructing the Instruments from Queen Amanishakheto’s Pyramid

Past Events 2015 - 16

James Uden, Boston University
Satire and Superstition in Second-Century Rome
Maria Emilia Cairo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-Conicet
Roman Identity and Religion in Cicero: A Reading of De divinatione
Judith Mossman, University of Nottingham
Plutarch, Lucian, and the Sixth Century BC
Andrew Laird, Warwick University
Classical Literature and Millenarian Madness in Post-Conquest Mexico: The Ecstasis of Fray Cristóbal Cabrera (1548)
Stephen Heyworth, Oxford University
Segmentation and Interpretation: Horace, Odes 2
AJ Woodman, University of Virginia
Vinous Voices: Horace, Epode 9

Past Events 2014 - 15

Armand D'Angour, Jesus College, Oxford University
What Do We Mean by Ancient Greek Music?
Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham
Obesity, Corpulence, and Emaciation in Roman Art
Stephen Harrison, Oxford University
Horace's Hymn to Bacchus (Odes 2.19): Poetics and Politics
Damian Valdez, University of Cambridge
German Philhellenism: The Pathos of the Historical Imagination from Winckelmann to Goethe

Past Events 2013 - 14

Stephen Scully, Boston University
Aeschylus’ Oresteia in Light of Hesiod’s Theogony
Ewen Bowie, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
A Land Without Priests? Religion in Longus, Daphnis, and Chloe
Irene Peirano, Yale University
The Orator in the Storm: Rhetoric and Roman Epic
Deborah Lyons, Miami University
How (Not) to Become Immortal in Early Greek Poetry
J. D. Reed, Brown University
Love’s Bargain: Virgil and Garcilaso de la Vega
David Bouvier, University of Lausanne
How Much Does the Odyssey Know about Odysseus’ Dark Side?: Odysseus’ Hubris in Demodokos’ Song

Past Events 2012 - 13

Richard Hunter, Trinity College, The University of Cambridge
“Sweet Stesichorus: ‘Theocritus 18’ and the ‘Helen’ Revisited”
Jan Felix Gaertner, Harvard University
"Caesar rediscovered? The Bellum Alexandrinum and its Language(s) and Historiographical Style(s)"
Yannis Hamilakis, University of Southhampton
Talk title to be announced.
Jan Bremmer, University of Groningen, Netherlands
"Did the Ancient Mysteries Influence Early Christianity?"

Past Events 2011 - 12

William Johnson, Duke University
"Publishing without Publishers: Books, Publication, and Community in Rome and Today"
Richard Rutherford, Christ Church, Oxford
"Decorum and Sexuality in Greek Tragedy"
Simon Goldhill, King's College
"The Lyric Voice of Sophocles"
Eric Moormann, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
"Christians Saved at Pompeii? Examples of Literary Evocations of Pompeii in A.D. 79"
Benjamin Isaacs, Tel Aviv University
“Romans and Nomads”

Past Events 2010 - 11

Stephan Heilen, Universität Osnabrück
"Astrological concilia deorum in Late Medieval and Early Modern Latin Poetry"
Adriaan Lanni, Harvard Law School
"Law and Order in Classical Athens"
Anna Chahoud, Trinity College, Dublin
"Sermo, Style & Satire: Lucilius' Language"
Jonas Grethlein, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
"Futures Past in Ancient Historiography: Xenophon's Anabasis"
Giuseppe La Bua, University of Rome, La Sapienza
"Between Poetry and Politics: Horace and the East"