Archived Lectures & Events
The Southeast Coast of Crete: A View from the Sea
In search of the sea-related archaeological and geoarchaeological
evidence (Early Minoan to Roman period)
Lecture by Tatiana Fragkopoulou (Ph.D), Independent Researcher
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 12 noon
Film Screening: The Diplomat
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:30 pm
The Fletcher School, Mugar Auditorium, Room 200
Followed by Q & A with David Holbrooke
Producer and son of Richard Holbrooke
By Students in the Department of Classics
Monday, October 23, 2017 |12 noon
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12 noon
Classics Educators Open House
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 3:30-5:30pm
Classical Persian Digital Humanities
Lecture by Matthew Thomas Miller
Wednesday October 18, 2017 | 12 noon
Lecture by Professor Xenophon Moussas
Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 12 noon
Terrace room, Paige Hall
Commencement, Phase I Ceremony
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 9:00-11:00am
The Green between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall
Department of Classics Commencement, Phase II Ceremony
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 11:30am-1:00pm
Ceremony in the tent on Ellis Oval
19th Annual Graduate Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 3:45pm
Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 8:00pm
Balch Arena Theatre Aidekman Arts Center
Undergraduate Medical History Seminar Lecture Series 2017
Ancient Medicine and its Transmission
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 1:00-4:30pm | Eaton 206
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 9:00am-5:00pm | Eaton 206
Undergraduate Academic Awards Night
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:30pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00pm | Barnum 104
Majors Week Screening of: Gladiator
Introduction by Kathleen Coleman,
James Loeb Professor of the Classics,
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6:00pm | Barnum 104
Matthew Landauer, University of Chicago
Open Initiative & Democratic Control in Ancient Greece.
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Friday, February 3, 2017
3:30pm | Eaton 201
Tufts' first Middle School Latin Teachers workshop and discussion
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
1:30-2:30pm | Granoff 251
Akira Yatsuhashi's lecture: "Touches of the Classical World in Nishiwaki
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
12:00-1:20pm | Eaton 203
Shirley Lowe: "Teaching Latin/Ancient Languages to All Students"
Friday, October 28, 2016
3:30-5:00pm | Eaton 203
"Survival Tips" Open House: Teachers of Latin, Greek, and Classical
Humanities. Returning new teachers, prospective teachers, prospective
licensure graduate students.
Friday, October 14, 2016
12:00pm | Eaton 201
All are invited to a presentation of the Summer 2016 Concordia projects.
Second-year MA candidates in Archaeology, Chelsea Bright and James
Prosser will regale us with tales of their work with The Caere
Excavation in Cerveteri, and The Gabii Project in Rome, respectively.
Lunch will be provided.
Come for lunch and to see the kinds of project in which our students are
Opportunities and funding are available for both graduate and
undergraduate students through the Concordia and Witherby
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00pm | Olin Center 007
Tufts Classics Department welcomes a guest lecture by Prof. Dag
Nikolaus Hasse (Würzburg): "Identifying anonymous translators from
Arabic into Latin. Solving problems of philology and computational
Ancient Comic literature
Lecture by Matthew Farmer, University of Missouri
The Odyssey - Performed as contemporary, abridged musical
Thursday, April 14, 2016
6:00pm | Eaton Hall 201
Matthew Farmer received his BA in Greek and Latin from Tufts University,
an MA in Classics from Bryn Mawr College, and his PhD from the
University of Pennsylvania. His research examines ancient comic
literature of all sorts, from archaic iambos to the Roman novel.
Currently he is working on projects related to parodies of tragedy in
5th and 4th century Athenian comedy, both in the extant plays by
Aristophanes and in the fragmentary plays of his competitors.
By Joe Goodkin
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 6:00pm
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Joe Goodkin's Odyssey is a 30 minute original musical
composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice.
Drawing on his years of writing and recording original rock music
and his Bachelor's Degree in Classics/Ancient Greek from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Joe's performance represents in a
contemporary musical mode both the abridged plot and the performance
circumstances of Homer's original oral composition of The
Odyssey. Part lecture, part musical performance, and part
interactive discussion, the centerpiece of Joe's program is a 30
minute continuous performance of 24 original songs with lyrics
inspired by Odysseus' famous exploits. Often performed without
amplification, Joe's Odyssey is an oasis of simplicity and
substance in our modern desert of technology and style.
300 – Film Screening as part of Majors week
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 6:00PM | Barnum 008
Pizza and a movie!! All are welcome.
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Majors Week (February 22-26, 2016)
"To Kill a King: Continuity and Change in Hellenistic Cyprus"
Classics Meet & Greet for
prospective Major and Minors
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 12:00PM | Eaton 207
LECTURE by Prof. Paul Keen
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 6:00pm
"Challenges and Rewards"
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Paul Keen, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell,
conducts research focused on models of hegemonic control and state formation in the
Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean. He is currently at work on a book project examining
Ptolemaic power in Hellenistic Cyprus. In this talk, Prof. Keen will focus on the
effects on the Cypriot political landscape created by the Ptolemaic elimination of
the city-kings, a political institution that had characterized Cypriot political
life since the Late Bronze Age. He has excavated at a variety of sites in Cyprus
and Greece and is currently the site numismatist for the Kourion Urban Space Project.
Keen's work has been supported in recent years by the American School of Classical
Studies at Athens, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Foundation.
Sponsored by Classics Department & Eta Sigma Phi — Classical Studies Honor Society
An Open House/Reunion for Educators and Prospective Educators in Latin,
Greek, and Classics
Friday, October 30, 2015 |3:30-5:00pm
Workshop "Teaching Latin to All Students"
Join us for a gathering of local Tufts Teacher-Alumni and
prospective educators. Learn more about the challenges and rewards
of being a first-year teacher, survival techniques to make it
through the year, the challenges and rewards of an experienced
teacher, and some teaching "bloopers." This is a chance to ask
questions and talk with teachers at various stages of their careers.
Guests include: Mary Elizabeth DeCamp (Winchester High School,
Winchester, MA), Daphne Francois (Boston Latin Academy, Boston, MA),
Erin Cummins (Ursuline Academy, Dedham, MA), Daniel Orazio (Newton
North and Newton South High Schools, MA), Michael Howard (Boston
Latin School, Boston, MA), Molly Duncan (The Pike School, Andover,
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 12:00-1:15pm
Workshops on graduate school and the job market in Classics
Workshop "Teaching Latin to All Students" by Shirley Lowe, veteran Latin
teacher grades 7-12 (The Rivers School, Wayland Public Schools,
Bernardsville NJ Public Schools), who developed and implemented a Latin
program for students with diverse learning styles. Intended for
prospective educators in Latin and Classical Humanities. Shirley Lowe
has participated in training and mentoring new teachers for many years
and has been a leader in local and national professional Classical
organizations such as C.A.N.E., C.A.M., ACTFL, etc. She has also
participated in rewriting the national foreign language standards and
the MTEL Exam.
Mondays, September 14, 21, and Wednesday 23, 12:00-1:00pm
Statesman and Demagogue: Was Plutarch Right about Pericles?
Profs. Beaulieu, Harrington, and Hitchner we will be holding workshops
on graduate school and the job market in Classics and Archaeology from
12-1 in Eaton 201.
On the 14th, we will discuss planning and expectations for entry into a
PhD program (what to expect from such programs, procedure to apply,
On the 21st, we will discuss the academic job market and career
On the 23rd, a representative of the Academic Resource Center will hold
a workshop on time management strategies for graduate school. All
graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any
undergraduates (especially juniors and seniors) who are considering PhD
programs and academic careers. Lunch will be provided.
Monday, September 21, 2015 | 6:00-7:00pm
Loren J. Samons, Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University,
will be discussing his most recent book (2015), Pericles and the
Conquest of History. Professor Samons specializes in the history of
Greece in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C., with particular interests
in Athenian politics and imperialism. His current research focuses on
the figures of Perikles and Kimon, Athenian foreign policy, and the
composition of Herodotus' and Thucydides' histories.
The 109th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association
of New England (CANE)
Friday March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2015
Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA
Information Session for Prospective Educators in Latin, Greek, and Classics
Friday, February 20, 2015
Eaton Hall, Room 202
September 15, 22 & 24, 2014
We will be holding workshops on graduate school and the job market in
Classics (and Archaeology) on Monday, Sept 15, Monday, September
22, and Wednesday, September 24, from 12-1 in Eaton 207. The
workshops will be led by Profs. Beaulieu and Harrington. All graduate
students are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any undergraduates
(especially juniors and seniors) who are considering PhD programs and
academic careers. Lunch will be provided!
On the 15th, we will discuss planning and expectations for entry into a
PhD program - what to expect from such programs, procedure to apply,
On the 22th, we will discuss the academic job market and career
Finally, on the 24th, a representative of the Academic Resource Center
will hold a workshop on time management strategies for graduate school.
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00noon | Miner 112
Classics Majors & Minors Lunch
Friday, February 21, 2014
3:00pm | Eaton 201
Information Session for Prospective Educators
Monday, November 25, 2013
6:00pm | Barnum Hall 008
Recreating the Nile in Pompeii: Egyptianizing Iconography in the House of Publius Cornelius Tages
Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, Caitlín Barrett's
research examines cultural, religious, and trade connections between Egypt
and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world. Please join us and
Professor Barrett in exploring these connections.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
4:00pm | Barnum Hall 008
Circulating Authority: Plato, Politics, Political Theory
Plato's response to Athens' failures during the Peloponnesian War,
culminating in the death of Socrates, is to displace and replace Athens'
traditional democratic authorities -- poets, rhetors, politicians --
with the authority of philosophy. Please join in the conversation as
Jill Frank, Professor of Political Science at the University of South
Carolina, discusses the "challenges to all claims of expert authority".
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
11:00am-3:00pm | The Green in front of Eaton Hall
The Reading Marathon
Powerful Women in Greco-Roman Literature
Selections from Theodore Prodromos
Rhodanthe and Dosikles, Apollonios of Rhodes The Argonautica,
and Euripides Medea
Preregister for a 10-min. impromptu reading shift in English or Greek
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or
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Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared
A Lecture by Professor Benedetto Fontana
Monday, Nov. 24th, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5: 30 p.m.
Pearson Hall, Room 106
16 Talbot Ave.
In a discussion of the relative merits and utility of love and fear as
instruments of rule, Machiavelli seems to suggest fear as more realistic
and more reliable than love. Though ideally rule ought to be based on
both love and fear, and certainly the Prince ought to strive to gain the
love of his people, in practice one will preclude the other and so
prudence may compel the ruler to evoke fear.
Reception to follow in Laminan Lounge, Olin Center.
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Monday, April 14,
12:00 noon | Braker Hall 001 –Pizza will be served
The Department of Political Science and the Department of Classics
Present Professor Hugh Liebert, Is There a 'World Elsewhere': The
Soldier, The State, and Some Version of Coriolanus
On Monday, April 14th Hugh Liebert, Assistant Professor of American
politics, policy, and strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at
the United States Military Academy will present Is There a 'World
Elsewhere'? The Soldier, the State, and Some Versions of Coriolanus.
Coriolanus is famous for having served, abandoned, attacked, and
reprieved Rome. Since antiquity his story has illustrated how civil
orders both require and fear military men. However, the way in which
Coriolanus' story has been told has changed significantly. Liebert
examines three Coriolani: those of Plutarch's Life, Shakespeare's play,
and Fiennes' movie to consider what they can teach us about the
perennial nature and the present state of civil-military relations.
Liebert is a recent John Marshall visiting research fellow in the Jepson
School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia.
Liebert received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D.
from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His
primary areas of interest are Greek and Roman political thought and
American politics. He is the co-editor of Executive Power in Theory and
Practice, and has published articles in History of Political Thought and
The Review of Politics. His first book Plutarch's Politics, is currently
under review. A Research Guide for Liebert's work can be accessed
Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00pm | Barnum Hall 008
Interpreting the Symbols of the Cross (4th and 5th C. AD) – Tiphaine
In its origins, the cross was a polysemic and polymorphic sign: the
Greek cross, Christogram, Staurogram, victory sign, sign of the Passion,
etc. This talk provides the keys to understanding the major stages in
the development of the cross as a Christian symbol. We will see that
this was a complex and dynamic process, in which Christians, bishops,
and emperors played a role.
The Ways for Healing in Late Antiquity (4th – 6th Centuries) –
Sickness and healing become ubiquitous themes in Late Antiquity writing,
as much by the medical authors as by the Christian predicators. So too
are these themes portrayed with the rise of the saints in late antique
Churches. As such, an understanding of sickness and healing are
indispensable to understanding the rise of Christianity in Roman
society. Bertrand Lançon will expound upon this process utilizing
several case studies.
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Friday, April 5, 2013
4:30pm, Crane Room (Paige Hall)
David Mattingly, Professor of Roman Archaeology at University of Leicester
Beyond the Roman Frontiers: the Garamantes of the Libyan Saharan
Professor David Mattingly will be visiting the Tufts Classics Department on April 5th
on his way to the University of Michigan to deliver a lecture for the famous Thomas
Spencer Jerome Lecture series (also delivered at the American Academy in Rome).
We hope you will join us in heralding Professor Mattingly's return to Tufts for
the first time since inaugurating the Balmuth Lectures in 2006.
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Friday March 8, 2013, 3:30-5:00pm, Eaton Hall 201
Information Session: Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classics Pedagogy
Guest speakers will be sharing information and experiences about
becoming an educator in Classics, Ancient Greek, and Latin.
Guests from independent and public schools:
- Dr. Deb Davies (head of Classics, The Brooks School, Andover, MA)
- Corrado "Cori" M. Russo, G12 (Lynn Classical High School, Lynn, MA)
- Stephen MacVicar (Sharon Public High School, MA)
Guests from Tufts University:
- Ryan Redmond (supervisor of student teacher placement and lecturer,
Department of Education)
- Julia Larmore, G13 (candidate completing MA in Classics plus Initial
Teacher Licensure, Department of Classics)
Refreshments will be served.
Questions, please contact: Susan E. Setnik at
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Monday, February 25, 2013 6:00pm, Barnum 104
Research on manuscripts
of the Homer Multitext project
The presentations in this panel illustrate three kinds of new
discoveries that undergraduate contributors to the Homer Multitext
project are making. We begin with a presentation on the physical
production of three manuscripts in Venice and the Escorial Monastery
that have not previously been analyzed in this way. This is followed by
a complementary pair of presentations looking at how scribes combined
Iliadic text and notes in a single layout. One presentation looks at the
page-by-page organization of the Venetus A manuscript; the next compares
the organization of material in bifolio spreads in a manuscript in the
Escorial Monastery. The final presentation analyzes the textual content
of the Venetus A's scholarly notes to suggest what kinds of sources the
scribe might have consulted, and some ways he adapted them to the
Venetus A manuscript.
Presenters from HC MID Club: Stephanie Lindeborg '13 , Nik Churik '15,
Becky Musgrave '14, Brian Clark '13, Matt Angiolillo '13, Tom Arralde
Food will be provided.
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Monday, December 3, 2012, 5:00pm, Crane Room
"Greek Oracles and Big Politics. Dodona and the 'Tearless War' in
Eutresis (368/7 BC)"
Pierre Bonnechere (PhD Louvain [Belgium], 1992) is a Professor of Greek
history at the Université de Montréal. Among many others, he has
mentored Tufts Assistant Professor Marie-Claire Beaulieu.
As a specialist of Greek religion and culture, as well as the history of
gardens, he is now working on a broad synthesis of Greek divination
(following his publication of Trophonios de Lébadée, Leyde-…,
2003 [RGRW, 150]). His current research concerns the (purported)
connections between oracles and politics and the issue of alleged
"deception" of private or public consultants through a systematic
comparison of literary and epigraphical documents. Since his
dissertation (Le sacrifice humain en Grèce ancienne,
Athènes-Liège, 1994), he has remained very interested in sacrifice, both
animal and human, and especially in issues of methodology. He is now
publishing a volume (in press) titled Human Sacrifice: Cross-Cultural
Perspectives and Representations. He has recently translated Walter
Burkert's Greek Religion into French and added significant
bibliographical updates (2011).
Friday, November 9, 2012, 4:00-6:00pm, Braker 001
"A Greek in the City or How to trace an author's influence?"
Presentation and discussion by Claudia Rammelt, PhD candidate in
Classics and Renaissance Studies at Yale University.
In her presentation Claudia will map out the manuscript diffusion of
Thucydides' text in Florence and showcase select key passages from
Florentine historiographies echoing Thucydides.
Dissertation Abstract: "A Greek in the City - Thucydides between
Leonardo Bruni and Niccolò Machiavelli" is a history of readership, of
translation, and of ideas set in 15th century Florence, Italy, a hotspot
for manuscript trade, production, and translation, and thus also for the
development of modern political thought. Following the traces of
Thucydides' text after its arrival in Florence in November 1407, it
tells the story of how and why this important ancient voice was
channeled through the historiographical works of Bruni and subsequent
authors of Florentine histories up to Machiavelli. In doing so it
provides the backstory and revelation of the intricate relation between
Machiavelli and Thucydides, still two very prominent voices in American