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March 10, 2016

Deep Classics: Rethinking Classical Reception

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Fragmented, buried, and largely lost, the classical past presents formidable obstacles to anyone who would seek to know it. Deep Classics is the study of these obstacles and, in particular, of the way in which the contemplation of the classical past resembles—and has even provided a model for—other kinds of human endeavor. This volume offers […]

July 15, 2015

The Spell of Hypnos: Sleep and Sleeplessness in Ancient Greek Literature


Sleep was viewed as a boon by the ancient Greeks: sweet, soft, honeyed, balmy, care-loosening, as the Iliad has it. But neither was sleep straightforward, nor safe. It could be interrupted, often by a dream. It could be the site of dramatic intervention by a god or goddess. It might mark the transition in a […]

July 1, 2015

The Ancient Phonograph

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Long before the invention of the phonograph, the written word was unrivaled as a medium of the human voice. In The Ancient Phonograph, Shane Butler takes us back to an age, long before Edison, when writing itself was still relatively new. He meticulously reconstructs a series of Greek and Roman soundscapes ranging from Aristotle to […]

April 1, 2015

Machiavelli, Public Service, and the End of Jon Stewart

Classics department chair Christopher Celenza talks about Machiavelli, public service, and the end of Jon Stewart in the Huffington Post. Click to read the article.

February 24, 2015

Machiavelli: A Portrait


“Machiavellian”―used to describe the ruthless cunning of the power-obsessed and the pitiless―is never meant as a compliment. But the man whose name became shorthand for all that is ugly in politics was more engaging and nuanced than his reputation suggests. Christopher S. Celenza’s Machiavelli: A Portrait removes the varnish of centuries to reveal not only […]

October 15, 2014

AIA Lecture Series 2014-2015

Archaeological Institute of America, Baltimore Society, announces its 2014-2015 lecture series. Click here to view the schedule.

September 17, 2014

Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses

Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses

Like us, the ancient Greeks and Romans came to know and understand the world through their senses. Yet sensory experience has rarely been considered in the study of antiquity and, even when the senses are examined, sight is regularly privileged. Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses presents a radical reappraisal of antiquity’s textures, flavors, aromas, sounds […]

May 17, 2013

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.

October 30, 2012

Love and Providence: Recognition in the Ancient Novel

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From the Odyssey and King Lear to modern novels by Umberto Eco and John le Carré, the recognition scene has enjoyed a long life in Western literature. In spite of their high frequency and thematic importance, novelistic recognitions have attracted little critical attention, especially in relation to epic and tragedy. With Love and Providence, Silvia Montiglio seeks to fill this gap.

August 27, 2012

AIA Lecture Series

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Archaeological Institute of America, Baltimore Society, announces its 2012–2013 lecture series. Click here to view the schedule.