Presenting new archaeological studies from recent fieldwork, this volume throws new light on the archaeology and history of the Pavllas River Valley, the Mediterranean alluvial plain in the territory of Butrint, ancient Buthrotum, in southwestern Albania. It gives prominence for the first time to two important sites, Kalivo and Çuka e Aitoit, which are here reinterpreted and shown to have played major roles in the early history of Butrint as it evolved in the later first millennium BC to emerge as the key city of Chaonia in Epirus. Butrint 7 also presents the full excavation report of the Late Bronze Age and Hellenistic fortified site of Mursi, in addition to other archaeological surveys and excavations in the hinterland of Butrint, including the Roman villa maritima at Diaporit, the villa suburbana on the Vrina Plain, and Roman sites on Alinura Bay and at the Customs House, as well as new surveys of the early modern Triangular Fortress and a survey to locate the lost Venetian village of Zarópulo. It also includes a new study of the Hellenistic bronze statuette of Pan found on Mount Mile and of his sanctuary at Butrint. The volume concludes with a comprehensive reassessment of the Pavllas River Valley in relation to Butrint, from the Palaeolithic to the modern eras, examining how dominion, territory, environment and the ‘corrupting sea’ reshaped Butrint and its fluvial corridor diachronically and particularly brought profound territorial, economic and social alterations under the Roman Empire.
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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).…
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…
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. …
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. …
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."…
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, …
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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.
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.…
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…
"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."
"For all of those who may think that Chemistry and Classics have nothing to do with each other, we hope to change your mind!"
"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."
"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 conducts research at the British Library.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 '16 spent eight months in Europe on three different ventures all funded and accessed through the Department of Classics and Notre Dame.
"I love classics because it is such a versatile subject."
Ann Gallagher is a senior classics and PLS double major who has had some amazing experiences abroad.
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.
“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.
“Studying ancient Greek and Roman civilizations has opened up a lot of doors for me and I think that it’s also made me a lot more well-rounded.”
From Epic Literature to epic travels, Tori has had a legendary experience majoring in Classics.