7:00 PM19:00

Translating Girlhood with Karen Van Dyck and Xiaolu Guo

Join Book Culture 112th on Friday, September 27th at 7pm for Translating Girlhood: a Conversation between Karen Van Dyck and Xiaolu Guo to celebrate the publication of Margarita Liberaki's Three Summers

An NYRB Classics Original

Three Summers is the story of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a big old house surrounded by a beautiful garden are Maria, the oldest sister, as sexually bold as she is eager to settle down and have a family of her own; beautiful but distant Infanta; and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Over three summers, the girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to figure out their parents and other members of the tribe of adults, take note of the weird ways of friends and neighbors, worry about and wonder who they are. Karen Van Dyck’s translation captures all the light and warmth of this modern Greek classic.

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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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