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New! Winter Session 2021

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Minding the gap with Greek Prose and Slide to the next Latin level

1. Minding the gap with Greek Prose, 2 credits
Come, enjoy some great Greek prose with Prof. Baron and Prof. Tagliabue and get ready for taking advanced Greek in the spring.

We'll read Greek passages from Plato, Xenophon, Lysias and Lucian. The class will meet for 15 sessions over 4 weeks. Sessions will last 100 minutes (15x100 = 1500 contact minutes = 2 credit hours) and will consist of live instruction – translating Greek texts, reviewing grammar and syntax, discussing stylistic features.…

Augustinus, Enarrationes in Psalmos 61-70, edited by Hildegund Müller

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Enarrationes

Augustine’s commentaries on Psalm 61-70 are mostly based on sermons. In this edition, a special emphasis was laid on the adequate presentation of Augustine’s expressive and nuanced oral style. Each commentary is accompanied by an introduction, in which the known facts on time, date and liturgical circumstances are presented, as well as a precisely reconstructed version of the text of Augustine’s Psalter(s).…

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, awarded to Dr. Aldo Tagliabue

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Author: Sherry Reichold

The Department of Classics extends its congratulations to Dr. Aldo Tagliabue, assistant professor, for his recent award of a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.  This is a 12-month-long fellowship based at the University of Giessen (Germany).

In Gießen, Dr. Tagliabue will be hosted by Professor Peter Von Möllendorff and will

Award for Excellence in Classics

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Author: Sherry Reichold

Congratulations to Joshua Anthony, recipient of the Award for Excellence in Classical Studies for 2020 in the Department of Classics!  Well done.…

CAMWS Award

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This years CAMWS award (Classical Association of the Middle West and South) was bestowed upon Connor Reilly in the Department of Classics. This award is given to a graduating senior for outstanding accomplishment in undergraduate classical studies.  Congratulations, Connor!…

New Course, Fall 2020: Eternal Rome: Archaeology Fulfills the History Requirement

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Author: Department of Classics

Two thousand years ago, Rome was the capital of an empire stretching across the Mediterranean, from England, Spain and North Africa to Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Built from the wealth of its expansive dominion, it was the greatest metropolis on earth, at the center of a vast web of interconnected regions and cultures. The city has remained the focus of the Catholic Church and Christianity in Europe for more than 1500 years.

New Course, Fall 2020: Rebels in Myth: from Antigone to the Joker: it fulfills the Literature Requirement

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Author: Sherry Reichold

This class will explore the myths of famous rebels, from Prometheus who challenges the divine order, to Antigone and Medea, both of whom publicly blame the male-centric Athenian society for not giving voice to women and foreigners, and, finally, to Socrates and Plato, who condemn the contemporary world for its contentment with appearances and disinterest in the truth. Since these rebels are still relevant to our society, the discussion of their stories will be combined with modern, contemporary renderings of the same myths, and with the study of rebels in contemporary superheroes stories, such as The Joker and Green Goblin. 

Dale Parker, Alumnus

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Dale Parker, Classics Alumnus (2013), is currently in his first year of his ecclesiastical doctorate in Theology at Pontifica Università della Santa Croce in Rome.  …

Aequora Program Featured on ABC57

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

The Notre Dame Aequora Program was recently featured on ABC57. A reporter with the network observed Notre Dame Classics students as they taught their fifth grade students about mythology, history, and Latin at Clay International Academy. Clay International students were given a chance to talk to the reporter and excitedly tell her what they were learning about, while Notre Dame students and program director Professor Elizabeth Mazurek expressed their motivations for joining the program and the value it holds. …

Classics Department Trip To See Oedipus Rex

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This past weekend, the Classics Department traveled to Chicago to see a performance of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre. Students and faculty began the day at the Oriental Institute, which displays the history, art, and architecture of the ancient Near East. After lunch and some time to explore the city, the group reconvened at the theatre to enjoy the performance. When asked what he thought of the performance, junior Classics major Will Lamara said, "Seeing the play performed on a modern stage really gave me a different perspective on the story. Reading the text of an ancient play can make it seem stoic and serious, but watching it actually be performed shows that it is just as lively and full of emotion as any modern work."…

New Course, Spring 2020: Democracy Ancient and Modern

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

This course examines the theory, practice, and development of ancient Greco-Roman democracy. Particular attention is devoted to comparing ancient with modern forms of self-rule. Among the special topics studied are the origins of Greek democracy, its advantages and disadvantages as a form of government, alternatives to democracy, and democracy as an abiding legacy of classical civilization for the modern world. Familiarity with ancient Greco-Roman history is recommended, but not required.…

New Course, Spring 2020: History of Rome II: The Empire

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

This course examines the history of the Roman Empire, from the establishment of a veiled monarchy under Augustus to the Christianization of the empire following the reign of Constantine (ca. 1st century B.C. to 5th century A.D). Throughout the course, we will analyze and interpret ancient textual and archaeological evidence, from both Italy and the provinces, to assess the multi-faceted institutions and cultures of the Roman people. This body of material includes the writings of emperors (Augustus, Marcus Aurelius) and ancient historians (Tacitus, Suetonius, Ammianus Marcellinus), as well as the personal letters of Pliny to the emperor Trajan. Major themes discussed in the course include the nature of despotism, dynasties and the problem of succession; imperial governance of the Mediterranean (central, provincial, and local); cultural diversity and acculturation (so-called "Romanization"); religions and the imperial cult (worship of the Roman emperor); citizenship; urbanism, politics, and the economy; mortality and ecology; and the discrepant identities of women, children, slaves, freedmen, and freeborn under the imperial system of Rome.…

New Course, Spring 2020: Latin Pedagogy and Aequora

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

In this service-learning course, students who are participating in the Aequora program have the opportunity to earn academic credit by supplementing their teaching experience with critical study of current methods and theory in Latin language pedagogy.  In addition to teaching once per week at either Clay International Academy or Saint Joseph Elementary, students will meet as a class once a week to discuss assigned readings and to share perspectives.  Students will come away from the course with a better understanding of Aequora’s teaching philosophy and how it relates to larger developments in foreign language pedagogy.  Students will be graded on the basis of: 1) class participation; 2) short summaries of articles and book chapters; 3) a research paper on a topic related to current developments in foreign language pedagogy.  …

Classics Department Chair Coins New Scientific Term

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

Associate professor and chair of the Classics Department, Luca Grillo, working with a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, has developed a new scientific term: in fimo. The term refers to excrement that has been examined experimentally. In developing the term, Professor Grillo analyzed the histories and connotations of four different Latin words- laetamen, merda, stercus, 

Job Opening

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We cordially invite applications for the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Professorship in Classics at the University of Notre Dame, to begin July 1, 2020. We welcome applications from Hellenists to be hired at the rank of Associate or Full Professor (with tenure), particularly those who specialize in Greek poetry of the Archaic or Classical periods or who would otherwise complement existing departmental strengths. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent and should already have significant records of publication, teaching, and service. Strong applications from candidates currently at the rank of Assistant Professor will also be considered. Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Greek language and literature, and to offer courses in classical literature and culture in translation. The teaching load is two courses per semester.…

Notre Dame student volunteers introduce South Bend fifth-graders to Latin through tutoring program

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Author: Erin Blasko

Led by students from the University of Notre Dame, a group of 45 fifth-graders from Clay International Academy in South Bend gathered in adjacent classrooms recently to learn Latin as part of a pilot Aequora program sponsored by the Department of Classics. The program introduces K-8 students to the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar, Roman culture and mythology and the connections between Latin, English, and Spanish with specially designed lessons and activities.