6:00 PM18:00

2020 Play Interest Meeting

  • Columbia University, 617 Hamilton Hall New York United States (map)
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The Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group is staging Euripides' Andromache next year! Haven't read the play? Curious about what we're planning to do with it? Come to our first interest meeting next Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm in Hamilton 618. We'll have some snacks, talk about what makes this play interesting and relevant, the ideas we want to put forward with the staging, and the workshop process we want to have in the Fall. 

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6:15 PM18:15

New Books in the Arts & Sciences: Celebrating Recent Work by Professor James Zetzel

  • The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room (map)
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Critics, Compilers, and Commentators: An Introduction to Roman Philology, 200 BCE-800 CE
By: James E.G. Zetzel

"To teach correct Latin and to explain the poets" were the two standard duties of Roman teachers. Not only was a command of literary Latin a prerequisite for political and social advancement, but a sense of Latin's history and importance contributed to the Romans' understanding of their own cultural identity. Put plainly, philology-the study of language and texts-was important at Rome. Critics, Compilers, and Commentators is the first comprehensive introduction to the history, forms, and texts of Roman philology. James Zetzel traces the changing role and status of Latin as revealed in the ways it was explained and taught by the Romans themselves. In addition, he provides a descriptive bibliography of hundreds of scholarly texts from antiquity, listing editions, translations, and secondary literature. Recovering a neglected but crucial area of Roman intellectual life, this book will be an essential resource for students of Roman literature and intellectual history, medievalists, and historians of education and language science.

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New York Classical Clubs Contests 2019: Oral Reading of Greek and Latin
3:00 PM15:00

New York Classical Clubs Contests 2019: Oral Reading of Greek and Latin

  • 417 Mathematics Building Columbia University (map)
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Can you rhapsodize like Homer or orate like Cicero?  Come and compete against other Greek and Latin enthusiasts and win these prizes offered by the New York Classical Club:

Prizes for the Oral Reading of Greek: 1st: $300; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100.

Prizes for the Oral Reading of Latin: 1st: $300; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Any student of Greek or Latin (elementary or secondary school, college or graduate level) is eligible to compete.  Contestants may compete for both the Greek and Latin prizes, or for either one.

 Format of the Contests

1. One set passage for all contestants:

a) Greek: Iliad, Book 3, lines 191-202

b) Latin: Aeneid, Book 4, lines 345-61

 2. One passage of ancient Greek/Latin literature chosen by the individual contestant (poetry or prose, ca. 15 lines).  Contestants are requested to supply three photocopies of this passage for the judges.

NB: Memorization is not required.  Most contestants read from a script.

To enter, e-mail Professor Katharina Volk ( by April 6th.

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OVIDIVS PHILOSOPHVS:  An International Conference on Philosophy in Ovid and Ovid as a Philosopher
to Mar 30

OVIDIVS PHILOSOPHVS: An International Conference on Philosophy in Ovid and Ovid as a Philosopher

Conference Program

Friday, March 29th

from 9:30 Coffee and pastries

10:00-10:15am                         Introduction (Katharina Volk and Gareth Williams)

10:15am-12:30pm                   Session 1 (Chair: Katharina Volk)

10:15-11:00am                         Francesca Romano Berno (Università di Roma, La Sapienza)
Ovidius sapiens: The Learned Man in Ovid's Work 

11:00-11:45am                        Gareth Williams (Columbia University)
The End(s) of Philosophy in Tomis: Empedoclean Traces in Ovid’s Exilic Poetry

11:45am-12:30pm                  Laurel Fulkerson (Florida State University)
Elegy, Tragedy, and the Choice of Ovid (Amores 3.1)

12:30-2:00pm                          Lunch break

2:00-4:15pm                            Session 2 (Chair: Matthew McGowan)

2:00-2:45pm                          Roy Gibson (Durham University)
Ovid’s Amatory Poetry and the Hedonic Calculus

2:45-3:30pm                          Erin Hanses (Pennsylvania State University)
Criticizing Love's Critic: Epicurean parrhesia as an Instructional Mode in Ovidian Love Elegy

3:30-4:15pm                         Katharina Volk (Columbia University)
Ovid’s Art of Life

4:15-4:45pm                          Coffee break

4:45-6:15pm                            Session 3 (Chair: Darcy Krasne)

4:45-5:30pm                          Del Maticic (New York University)
The Makeup of the World: The Ars Amatoria and Ovid's Theory of Kosmos

5:30-6:15pm                         Alison Keith (University of Toronto)
Labor and pestis in Ovid’s Metamorphoses         

6:15pm                                    Reception in the Stronach Center, Schermerhorn 8th

Saturday, March 30th

from 9:45am Coffee and pastries

10:15am-12:30pm                    Session 4 (Chair: Alessandro Barchiesi)

10:15-11:00am                         Alessandro Schiesaro (University of Manchester)
Intimations of Mortality: Ovid and the End(s) of the World

11:00-11:45am                         Peter Kelly (University of Oregon)
Cognitive and Textual Imprints: The Wax-Metaphor in Ovid’s Speech of Pythagoras and Plato's Theaetetus 

11:45am-12:30pm                  Charles Ham (Grand Valley State University)
Calliope in Metamorphoses 5 (341-661): An Empedocleo-Lucretian Muse

12:30-2:00                               Lunch break

2:00-4:15pm                            Session 5 (Chair: James Zetzel) 

2:00-2:45pm                           Darcy Krasne (Columbia University)
Some Say the World Will End in Fire: Philosophizing Phaethon and the Memnonides in Ovid and His Readers

2:45-3:30pm                          Sara Myers (University of Virginia)
Ovid against the Elements: Natural Philosophy, Paradoxography, and Ethnography in Ovid’s Exile Poetry

3:30-4:15pm                            Donncha O'Rourke (University of Edinburgh)
Akrasia and Agency in Ovidian Elegy

4:15-4:45pm                            Coffee break

4:45-6:15pm                            Session 6 (Chair: Gareth Williams)

4:45-5:30pm                          Myrto Garani (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Keep up the Good Work: (Don't) Do it like Ovid (Sen. Nat. Quaest. 3.27-30)

5:30-6:15pm                          Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge)
Philosophizing Reincarnations of Ovid: Lucan to Alexander Pope

6:15pm                                    Reception in the Stronach Center, Schermerhorn 8th floor

Co-sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, the Heyman Center and Society of Fellows in the Humanities, and the University Seminar in Classical Civilization.

For more information, please contact Katharina Volk ( or Gareth Wlliams (

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1:15 PM13:15

Advanced Certificate in Classics Information Session

Title: Advanced Certificate in Classics Information Session

Time: 11/30/2018 at 1:15 PM (updated)

Format: Virtual

Speakers: Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics, and Juliana Driever, Director of Academic Administration and Finance, Department of Classics.

Prospective students interested in the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about admissions requirements and curricular offerings. Representatives of the department faculty and administration will be in attendance to answer questions.

Register for the event here:

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Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics Information Session

Title: Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics Information Session

Time: 11/16/2018 at 2:15PM

Format: Virtual

Speakers: Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics, and Juliana Driever, Director of Academic Administration and Finance, Department of Classics.

Prospective students interested in the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about admissions requirements and curricular offerings. Representatives of the department faculty and administration will be in attendance to answer questions.

Register for the event:

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Aesthetics Roundtable II: Subjectivities, Senses, Surrounds
to Nov 10

Aesthetics Roundtable II: Subjectivities, Senses, Surrounds

Verity Platt, Caleb Simone, and Nancy Worman, organizers

This Roundtable aims to advance some of the work of the 2013 conference hosted at Barnard, which focused on politics and aesthetics in ancient Greek literature and culture. This time around we are seeking to expand the scope to include perspectives on sensory aspects of art and performance and the cultural practices that inform them, as well as their reception, and to highlight work that focuses on affect, materialities, orientations, and post-human engagements with embodiment and the environment. A further expansion looks to work on the theory and philosophy of media, particularly the relationship between processes of transmission, aesthetics, and the senses. Another considers the subjective dimension of aesthetics but goes beyond questions of personal perspective, taste, or style to ponder (with Aristotle) the soul as a sensorium, which also invites questions about the relation between aesthetics and psychology and perception and epistemology.

Aesthetics Roundtable II: Subjectivities, Senses, Surrounds

November 9-10, 2018– Barnard College, Columbia University

Verity Platt, Caleb Simone, and Nancy Worman, organizers

Sulzberger Parlor (3rd Floor), Barnard Hall




9:30 AM: BREAKFAST (Sulzberger Parlor)

10:00 AM: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION (Nancy, Verity, Caleb)


Seeing and Hearing in Tragedy

Chair: Helene Foley (Barnard College)

Paper: Naomi Weiss (Harvard University), "This is That: Seeing Theater in Fifth-Century


Respondent: Anna Conser (Columbia University)

Paper: Ella Haselswerdt (Cornell University), "Sound and the Sublime in Oedipus at

Colonus: The Limits of Representation"

Respondent: Bridget Murnaghan (University of Pennsylvania)

Paper: Maria Combatti (Columbia University), "Landscape and Affects in Euripides'


Respondent: Alex Purves (UCLA)

1:00 PM: LUNCH (James Room)


Tragic Embodiments

Chair: Elizabeth Scharffenberger (Columbia University)

Paper: Caitlin Morgan (Columbia University), "Medea and the Post-Human”

Respondent: Athena Kirk (Cornell University)

Paper: Cristina Perez (Columbia University), "Hermione's Womb in Euripides'


Respondent: Katherine Hsu (Brooklyn College)

Paper: Nancy Worman (Barnard College), "Clytemnestra's Bodies"

Respondent: Mary Danisi (Cornell University)

5:00 PM: RECEPTION (Sulzberger Parlor)

Caleb Simone: aulos demonstration and Heracles discussion

7:00 PM: DINNER DIANA CENTER (Millicent Carey MacIntosh Student Dining Room)


8:30 AM: BREAKFAST (Sulzberger Parlor)


Perceiving, Reflecting, Hearing

Chair: Josh Billings (Princeton University)

Paper: John Izzo (Columbia University), "Dreams, Ghosts, and Perception in

Sophocles’ Electra"

Respondent: Victoria Wohl (University of Toronto)

Paper: Ava Shirazi (Princeton University), " Sensing the Soul: The Liver, the Mirror, and

the Psyche in Plato’s Timaeus"

Respondent: Marcus Folch (Columbia University)

Paper: Ani Chen (Cornell University), "Sound Judgment: Sweetness and the Power of

Hearing in Aristotle's Political Thought"

Respondent: Iakovos Vasiliou (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

11:30 AM: COFFEE BREAK (Sulzberger Parlor)


Temporalities and Voices

Chair: Pauline LeVen (Yale University)

Paper: Melissa Mueller (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Sappho 44:

Andromache’s 'No Future' Wedding Song and the Veil of Aphrodite"

Respondent: Charles Pletcher (Columbia University)

Paper: Sarah Nooter (University of Chicago), "The Temporalities of Touch in

Sappho, Sexton, and Olds"

Respondent: Tim Power (Rutgers University)

Paper: Emma Ianni (Columbia University), "Speaking from Without: Antigone’s Voice in

Sophocles, Woolf, and Carson"

Respondent: Helen Morales (University of Southern California)

2:00 PM: LUNCH (James Room)


Mixed Medias

Chair: Nikolas Kakkoufa (Columbia University)

Paper: Caleb Simone (Columbia University), "'Unheard Melodies Are Sweeter:' Virtual

Sound and the Phenomenology of the Greek Vase"

Respondent: Milette Gaifman (Yale University)

Paper: Cat Lambert (Columbia University), "Superficial Classics: Cavafy and the

Philology of the [Book] Worm"

Respondent: Phiroze Vasunia (University College London)

Paper: Verity Platt (Cornell University) and Pantelis Michelakis (University of Bristol),

“Aesthetics and Media Theory: Some Provocations"

Respondent: Shane Butler (Johns Hopkins University)

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to Nov 4

8th MGSA Language Workshop: The Future of Modern Greek Language Learning in Higher Education in the US: Opportunities and Challenges

We would like to invite you to participate in this event to take the opportunity to discuss the future of language learning and teaching in Higher Education in USA. 

The 8th biennial pedagogy workshop is supported by the MGSA and the Program in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University and is organised by the MGSA Undergraduate Studies committee, comprising of:

Elsa Amanatidou (chair, Brown)

Nikolas P. Kakkoufa (workshop organizer, Columbia)

Despina Margomenou (Michigan)
A warm invitation is issued to people teaching in the fields comprising Modern Greek studies, particularly Greek language and related undergraduate courses on Greece, and to those developing, directing, or coordinating undergraduate curricula that include Greek instruction at the tertiary level. 

Registration is free, but prior registration is required. 

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to Oct 27

CAM Conference in Memory of Professor Alan Cameron

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The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (CAM) at Columbia invites you to join us for "A Conference in Memory of Alan Cameron (1938-2017)" a two-day conference on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Registration is recommended, but all are welcome to attend. Please RSVP for the conference through the our website: For more information, visit the event page, or contact us directly with further questions.
Participants will include: Averil Cameron, Anne Chen, Raffaella Cribiore, Anthony Cutler, Jean-Luc Fournet, Carmela Franklin, Arianna Gullo, Gavin Kelly, Michael Kulikowski, Noel Lenski, Rita Lizzi Testa, Charlotte Roueché, and Michele Salzman.

The conference will take place on the 3rd floor of the Italian Academy, Columbia University. Please find the schedule below:
Friday, October 26

10:00-10:30: Introduction, Marc Van De Mieroop and John Ma

10:30-11:15: Arianna Gullo, “Late antique Homeric Exegesis in the Greek Anthology

11:15-12:00: Jean-Luc Fournet, "Returning to the Wandering Poets: a New Poem by Dioscorus of Aphrodite"

12:00-12:45: Gavin Kelly, “The Fragments of Rutilius Namatianus”


13:45-14:30: Michele Salzman, “Why Gibbon Was Wrong; The Case for A.D. 472 and the Fall of Rome”

14:30-15:15: Anthony Cutler, "Alan's 'Bare Basilius': when the historian and the art historian coalesce"

15:15-16:00: Anne Chen, “Late Antiquity Between East and West”


16:15-17:00: Averil Cameron, “Alan Cameron and Byzantium”

Saturday Oct 27

9:45-10:30: Rita Lizzi, “Alan Cameron and the Symmachi”

10:30-11:15: Raffaella Cribiore, “Stenographers in Late Antiquity: Villains or Victims?”


11:30-12:15: Charlotte Roueche, “Celebrity and Power: Circus Factions 40 years on”

12:15-13:00: Michael Kulikowski, “The Value of Minimalist Interpretation: The Historia Augusta”


14:00-14:45: Carmela Vircillo Franklin, “The Lost Farnesianus Manuscript: Uncial Capitals for the Bishops of Rome”

14:45-15:30: Noel Lenski, “Ambrose thinks with slavery”

15:30-16:00: Final words

We hope to see you there!

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