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Dale Parker, Alumnus

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Author: Department of Classics

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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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

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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: 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.  …

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.…

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, 

Summer Intermediate Greek

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Author: Sherry Reichold

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Notre Dame Aequora Program Brings Latin to Local Elementary School

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

This January, the Notre Dame Aequora Program began its partnership with Clay International Academy, a South Bend elementary school. The Program, headed by Professor Luca Grillo and Professor Tadeusz Mazurek, consists of twenty Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students who go to Clay Academy once per week to teach Latin to fifth-grade students.

Aequora Program Wins Grant From Center for Social Concerns

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Author: Brigid O'Keefe

The Notre Dame Aequora Program, headed by Prof. L. Grillo and Prof. T. Mazurek, has been awarded a grant from the Center for Social Concerns that will help support our students as they bring the study of Latin to the students of Clay International Academy. Specifically, this grant will be used to cover the cost of materials from the Paideia Institute, transportation costs, and help sponsor an event for our elementary school students on Notre Dame's campus.…

Classics faculty and students attend Dr. Emily Wilson reading at Franklin College

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Author: Sherry Reichold

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Drs. Amy Pistone and Aldo Tagliabue and graduate students, Maria Ma, Allie Roos and Melody Wauke, from the Department of Classics MA program attended a talk by Dr. Emily Wilson at Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana.  Dr. Wilson teaches in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory. She is the first woman to translate Homer’s Odyssey

Anna Chang

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Author: Department of Classics

"The ability of the Greeks and Romans to innovate and create these advanced societies is so captivating, and their ancient world has influenced our own modern practices in ways that are impossible to overlook."

Hannah Naguib and Daniel O'Neill

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Author: Department of Classics

"For all of those who may think that Chemistry and Classics have nothing to do with each other, we hope to change your mind!"

Mary McNulty

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Author: Department of Classics

"In the spring of my junior year, I studied abroad at the ICCS in Rome, and I was able to put my study of Classics in its context. When I had class on site, it unified what I had learned in my Latin and archaeology courses. Nothing compares to discussing Roman topography while in the Roman forum."

Shaun Evans

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Author: Olivia May

"In addition to Classics, I’m also a major in Theology and Philosophy, and my interest in philosophically-informed theology written in Latin or Greek gives me some strong medieval interests."

Prof. T. Mazurek

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Author: Department of Classics

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Prof. T. Mazurek conducts research at the British Library.

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Tracey Schirra

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Author: Department of Classics

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"I bounced around various science majors, trying to find something that had both the rigid certitude and challenge of science, and a creative, critical thinking aspect. I took a Latin course and quickly realized I had found what I was looking for."

Caitlin Riley

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Author: Department of Classics

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"I was once told that the fact that I am a Classics major could be a 'fun fact,' even when no one else’s majors were their 'fun fact.' I think that this explains why I chose Classics."

Josef Hageman

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Author: Department of Classics

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"A Classics major helps in any field.  It starts with history and language, but the studies branch out into literature, philosophy, politics, architecture, law, science, economics, and so on.  It prepares you for any pursuit."

Marissa Ray

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Author: Department of Classics

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"I became a Greek and Roman Civilization and Pre-Health Studies major to learn more about a time period I found fascinating and prepare for medical school to become a doctor. I did not realize just how much overlap I would find and how instrumental Classics would be in my study of the sciences."

Michael Mercurio

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Author: Department of Classics

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"Classics isn’t necessarily something you just study; it’s something that can influence the very way you understand the world and live your life."

Philip Allen

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Author: Tom Hite

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"Classics molds the way you think and approach different subjects and it helps you better articulate yourself and your arguments. Just as importantly, studying classics gives you an ability to understand the historical and cultural background to Western civilization."

Andrew Shearn

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Author: Tom Hite

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"I love classics not only because it is an interesting subject to study, but also because the influence is timeless and evident everywhere still today."

Tom Hite

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Author: Department of Classics

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Tom Hite '16 spent eight months in Europe on three different ventures all funded and accessed through the Department of Classics and Notre Dame.

Kristina Techar

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Author: Tom Hite

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"I love classics because it is such a versatile subject."

Ann Gallagher

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Author: Tom Hite

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Ann Gallagher is a senior classics and PLS double major who has had some amazing experiences abroad.

Sami Burr

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Author: Tom Hite

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Sami Burr '16, a double major in classics and theology, is interested in the intricacies Greek and Latin theologians found to describe the mysteries of theology.

Brian Credo

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Author: Todd Boruff

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“Everything comes from classics. It offers a lot of different paths and a lot of interesting things to pursue,” said Brian Credo ’15, a classics major in the College of Arts and Letters. The interdisciplinary study of the ancient Mediterranean world, classics first intrigued Credo, a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors program, while studying Greek and Latin in high school.

Tori Roeck

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Author: Tom Hite

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From Epic Literature to epic travels, Tori has had a legendary experience majoring in Classics.