This seminar investigates the reception, elaboration, and revaluation of ancient and classical traditions from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to modernity and postmodernity. To this end, it welcomes a variety of theoretical approaches and innovations, including philological research, hermeneutics and poetics, and cultural criticism. 

Upcoming Events

Constanze Guthenke, Oxford University
Reading Leo Strauss Reading Aristophanes
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 3:00pm
Barker Center, Room 133

Past Events 2019 - 20

Adrian Stähli, Harvard University
The Parthenon of Makronisos: Re-educating the Greeks during the Cold War
Evina Sistakou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
A Match Made in Hell: The Encounters of Medea and Jason from Euripides to Heiner Müller
Vinzenz Brinkmann, Head of the Department of Ancient Art, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt am Main

Experimental Reconstruction of "Boxer" and "Terme Ruler": Narration versus Aesthetics

Stuart M. McManus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Empire of Eloquence: The Classical Tradition in the Hispanic World
Chloe Balla, University of Crete
Talk Title TBA

Past Events 2018 - 19

Glenn Most, Scuola Normale di Pisa, The University of Chicago
Weeping Heraclitus and Laughing Democritus
Antje Wessels, University of Leiden
Zensur und Verankerung: Antikerezeption in der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik

Past Events 2015 - 16

Nancy Gish, University of Southern Maine
“A Modern Aeneid": Eliot, Virgil, and Abandoned Women

Past Events 2014 - 15

Eckart Goebel, New York University
Chewing: Goethe’s Proserpina
Eckart Goebel, New York University
Roundtable Discussion with Professor Frauke Berndt
David Wellbery, University of Chicago
Tragic Form in Goethe’s Faust
David Wellbery, University of Chicago

Past Events 2013 - 14

Michèle Lowrie, University of Chicago
Cura and Cosmos in Virgil’s Georgics
Jennifer Gosetti-Fernencei, Fordham University
Imaginative Envisioning: Challenges in Kafka and Rilke
Amit Shilo, Harvard University
Unanimous Gods, Unanimous Athens: Thinking Political Theologies with the Oresteia

Past Events 2012 - 13

Kathrin Rosenfield, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
"Liveliness and Insight: Hölderlin's Approach to Sophocles' Tragedies"
Brooke Holmes, Princeton University
"Michel Serres' Nonmodern Lucretius and the Temporality of Reception"
Michèle Lowrie, University of Chicago and Victoria Rimell, University of Rome
"Discourses on Security"
Emily Apter, New York University
"Lexilalia: On Translating a Dictionary of Untranslatable Philosophical Terms"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Peter Pesic, St. John's College
"Persona, Law, and Divinity: The Classical Origins and Implications of the Concept of Personhood"
Jacob Soll, Rutgers University
“A Lipsian Legacy? Neo-Stoicism, Natural Law, and the Decline of Classical Prudence in Enlightenment Politics”
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
"Isaac Casaubon and the Study of Ancient History"
Craig Kallendorf, Texas A&M
"The Protean Virgil: Book History and the Reception of the Classics in the Renaissance"
Emily Greenwood, Yale University
"Theorizing Black Classicism"

Past Events 2010 - 11

John Hamilton, Harvard University
"SECVRITAS: Safety, Neglect, and Incurability--A Comparative Philological Approach to Security Studies"
Constanze Güthenke, Princeton University
"The Language of Classical Scholarship: Philology, Empathy, and Wilamowitz' Plato"
Herbert Golder, Boston University
"Medea's Afterlife in Film"
Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University
"Lorenzo Valla’s Radical Philology: Valla’s Prefaces to the Annotations to the New Testament in Context"
Luis Girón-Negrón, Harvard University
Stephanie Kameth, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Barbara Hillers, Harvard University
Richard Thomas, Harvard University
Jan Ziolkowski, Harvard University
Special Panel on Virgilian Traditions