Department News Archive


Prof. Joshua Smith Awarded Two Prestigious Fellowships

Prof. Joshua Smith has received two highly regarded fellowships to support his sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year. The Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship and the Non-Residential Fellowship in Hellenic Studies will support his work on his monograph.


Prof. Butler Delivers “Ghost Machines” Lecture in Berlin

Shane Butler

On May 18, Shane Butler, Chair of Classics and Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities, delivered a lecture entitled “Ghost Machines” at the Freie Universität in Berlin, at the Collaborative Research Center “Episteme in Motion.” Listen to the full lecture to learn more.


Liam Egan Wins Evangelia Davos Prize

Congratulations to Liam Egan, recipient of the 2018 Evangelia Davos Prize. Each year the Department of Classics awards the prize to the undergraduate major or minor in classics whose work in Greek studies has been outstanding. This cash prize was established in 2007 by a gift from Peter Davos ’00 and is named in honor of his aunt.


New Faculty Member Joins Department

Christopher Cannon, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and Classics, comes to Johns Hopkins after teaching at NYU, Cambridge, Oxford, and UCLA. Dr. Cannon works on medieval literature and, in particular, the emergence of ‘English literature’ as a meaningful category.


Searching for Etruscan Children

When Marie Nicole Coscolluela ’13 first heard that very young children were absent from Etruscan cemeteries, she was mystified. What does that tell us about how Etruscans viewed infants and young children? Did they consider them less human than adults? If so, what was it like to be a child ca. 10th–3rd centuries B.C.?

The classics and archaeology major decided to find out.


Up from the Rubble

A temple collapsed at the Panhellenic sanctuary of Nemea, Greece, sometime between 425–400 BCE. Its destruction was left unexamined until 1980, when a team of archaeologists began digging up the foundations of the site. They found heavy deposits of carbon—suggesting a large fire—structural rubble, and bronze and iron weaponry.


The Archaeology of Daily Life

Students in Prof. Hérica Valladares’ Spring 2011 seminar, The Archaeology of Daily Life, create online catalog based on objects in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. Read more on the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum site.


Worshiping Women

Classics’ Alan Shapiro curates Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens at the Onassis Cultural Center. Read more in Arts & Sciences Magazine.