Cicero Conference in honor of James Zetzel, Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, on the occasion of his retirement. More information to come.
Professor Robert Kaster (Princeton University), Professor Peter White (University of Chicago), Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow), and Carina de Klerk (Columbia).
A workshop in cooperation with Columbia University's Butler Library; of interest to faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.
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“Ovid the Cartographer: A Study of Place in Exile”
This project treats the subject of place in Ovid's exile poems. I argue that the poeta exclusus deliberately skews the spatial contours of his fictive universe in order to illustrate a cognitive dissonance that is endemic to the exile’s subjective experience. This topographic dysmorphia is a grim projection of the exiled subject’s addled interiority onto the site of his relegation, evincing the displacement mindset of Ovid’s carefully constructed poetic persona. The distinct ‘exilic cartography’ that can be distilled from the collection (i.e., the sustained execution of a geographic aesthetic, if you will) is peculiar to these works alone. The exile poetry is thus at its core a study in the phenomenology of trauma, of which these imaginary vistas are subtle instantiations
The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean at Columbia invites you to an all-day symposium celebrating the new Loeb Classical Library edition of Early Greek Philosophy. Please visit the CAM website for more details:
9:30-9:45am: Introductory remarks (W.V. Harris and Jeffrey Henderson)
9:45-11:00am: Discussion on the making of the new edition of Early Greek Philosophy (Glenn Most and André Laks)
11:00-11:15am: Coffee break
11:15am-12:15pm: André Laks - "How Preplatonic worlds became ensouled: an episode in the history of reception," followed by discussion.
12:15-1:00pm: David Sider - "Repetition in Empedocles," followed by discussion.
1:00-2:30pm: Lunch break
2:30-3:30pm: Glenn W. Most - "Thales and the Beginning of Philosophy," followed by discussion.
3:30-4:15pm: Christian Wildberg - "Two New Editions of the Presocratics – and What to Do With Them," followed by discussion.
4:15-4:45: Break for refreshments
4:45-5:30pm: Round-table discussion (featuring Marc Van De Mieroop, Dhananjay Jagannathan, Katja Vogt, Glenn Most, and André Laks).
“Iphigenia: Book of Change”
Iphigenia: Book of Change is a film of a live performance produced by MiShinnah Productions, written and directed by Elise Kermani. It is a collaboration between many New York and Los Angeles-based artists and incorporates puppetry, dance, video design, and music. The project uses text from Euripides’ 410 BCE play “Iphigenia at Aulis” in English as well as in ancient and modern Greek, and from Ellen McLaughlin’s 2005 play “Iphigenia at Taurus”. The film is inspired by Euripides' Iphigenia plays and by stories of contemporary women who have endured, survived and escaped captivity. A screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion with the director, Dr. Elizabeth Scharffenberger, and Ellen Mclaughlin.
Elise Kermani is a sound media artist and filmmaker and the Artistic Director of MiShinnah Productions, a flagship company focusing on collaborative, genre-bending performance and film. She teaches media art at State University of New York/Empire State College and has a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School. Kermani's film JOCASTA, a modern retelling of the Oedipus myth screened in Athens, GREECE in May 2012, and her short Agamemnon’s Daughter screened in Athens in October 2016. HerPOE[...and the museum of lost arts], developed during a 2 month residency at 3LD Art and Technology Center, screened at the Anthology Film Archives in December, 2015. In February, 2016 she presented a live performance of Iphigenia: Book of Change at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA.Her most recent performance JUSTICE was performed in Riverside Park, NYC on the summer solstice 2017 and is currently being made into a film.
Ellen McLaughlin's plays include: Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, Helen, The Persians, Penelope, Septimus and Clarissa, Pericles and Ajax in Iraq. Off Broadway: New York Theater Workshop, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Company and the Public Theater. Regional and international venues include: The Guthrie Theater, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Almeida Theater, London, Intiman, Mark Taper Forum and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As an actor she is best known for having originated the role of the Angel in Angels in America, appearing in all American productions through the original Broadway run, 1993-1994. She has taught playwriting at Barnard College since 1995.
Dr. Elizabeth Scharffenberger is a lecturer and faculty advisor of the postbaccalaureate program in the Department of Classics at Columbia University. Her research and publications are generally focused on Athenian drama in the classical period and its reception in later eras. Look out for her paper “The Comic Refashioning of Tragedy in Strattis’ Phoenician Women” in the forthcoming volume on Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae edited by Niall Slater and Toph Marshall.
Note: The Black Sea Myths Network is holding an event at which Iphigenia, among other mythical figures, will be discussed.
BLACK SEA MYTHS AND MODERN EUROPE
October 6, 2017 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University
Edith Hall (Professor of Classics, King's College London): “Tauric Iphigenia and Crimean Identity: Pericles to Putin”
Cleo Protohristova (Professor of Comparative Literature, Plovdiv University), “The Myths of Prometheus and the Black Sea Region”
Tamta Khalvashi (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Free University of Tbilisi), “The Horizons of Medea and New Cosmologies of Dispossession in Georgia”
The "Black Sea Myths and Modern Europe" symposium addresses key ancient Black Sea myths that retain a stable presence in the Western cultural imagination—Prometheus, Medea and the Argonauts, Iphigenia, Odysseus—and aims to explore their life in the lands where these myths initially emerged. It targets especially the little-studied political mobilization of these myths in the construction of modern national, regional, and pan-European identities for various communities around the Black Sea. This symposium is the first public event of a long-term international research program, mobilizing an interdisciplinary team of scholars from the U.S., U.K., Greece, Bulgaria, and the Republic of Georgia under the umbrella of the global initiative Black Sea Networks, housed by the Slavic Department of Columbia University.
Discussant: Helene Foley (Professor of Classics, Barnard College)
Organizer: Valentina Izmirlieva (Professor of Slavic Literature, Columbia University)
Columbia University Department of Classics
President's Global Innovation Fund
The Heyman Center for the Humanities
The Harriman Institute
In collaboration with EALAC and the Department of Art History and Archaeology.
Friday, September 22
10-11 François Queyrel (EPHE/PSL), "Rendre invisible le visible : la mort des statues" (Respondent: John Ma)
11-12 Martin Szewczyk (EPHE/PSL), Viewing power? Portrait statues and social relations in the Greek City in Imperial times" (Karen Christaens)
2-3 Manon Brouillet (EHESS/PSL), "Seeing, hearing and acting with the gods. Poetry and divination in Homer" (respondent: Kate Meng Brassel)
3-4 Gloria Mugelli (EHESS/PSL), "Hiera Kala: seeing and imagining animal sacrifice in ancient Greek tragedy" (respondent: Michael Fowler)
4.30-5.30 Cléo Carastro (EHESS/PSL), Seeing phantoms : images, writing and the presence of invisible in ancient Greece (Respondent: Deborah Steiner)
Saturday, September 23
10-11 Andréas Stauder (EPHE/PSL), “Display and Withdrawal of, and in, Ancient Egyptian Writing” (Respondent: David Lurie)
11-12 Olivier Venture (EPHE/PSL), "The display of writing and the question of the spread of literacy in ancient China"— (Respondent: Li Feng)
2-3 Camille Rambourg (ENS/PSL), "Visual evocation as a rhetorical strategy in Aeschines, Against Timarchus" (Respondent: Marcus Folch)
3-4 Christophe Goddard (CNRS/PSL), Le numen Augusti. Invisibilités divines, visibilité imperiales (Respondent: Francesco de Angelis)
4.30-5.30 Stéphane Verger (EPHE/PSL), "Masquer la narration, raconter par l'abstraction: un parcours eschatologique protohistorique sur les cistes hallstattiennes de Kleinklein (Autriche)— (Francesco de Angelis).
Empire without end': Virgil, translation, nationalism and transnationalism
“Translation of high prestige texts such as Virgil’s poems has had a significant role in creating literary language in European vernaculars and hence has sometimes served nationalistic agendas. In my paper, I shall first examine some examples of the appropriation of cultural authority for the ‘writing of empire’; through translation of Virgil, for example into French and Russian; I’ll then talk more briefly about the Aeneid in Portuguese, Welsh and Ukrainian, the last of which yields a bizarre situation. Finally, I shall explore issues of transnational identity that arise in the phenomenon of translations into Hebrew (nineteenth century) and Esperanto (twentieth century).”
What happens when researchers in carbon nanotechnology encounter some of the oldest documents in existence? In 2012, scientists, papyrologists and conservators joined forces to study writing materials thousands of years old, and the Ancient Ink Laboratory was born. Based in the Columbia Nano Initiative, the team found an ideal source of study in the Columbia University Libraries' Papyri and Ostraca Collection, one of the largest holdings of ancient writings in the United States. This talk will describe the cross-disciplinary work of the Ancient Ink Lab and explain some of its surprising discoveries, including research that may lead to new and non-destructive method for dating carbon inks from the ancient Mediterranean world. To register, please click here.
This talk stems from my current book project on Boudica and introduces one of my modes of examining Boudica as a comparative model in Tacitus’ works. I focus on Tacitus’ identification of Boudica as a dux femina and analyze this characterization in light of recent scholarship on gender and identity. The label of dux femina activates a host of literary associations and challenges the reader to contemplate Boudica’s place within a distinct literary canon: the topos originates with Vergil’s Dido, but generally functions pejoratively in Roman historiography. This is particularly true in Tacitus’ Annals, where the term is applied to women of the imperial family. I analyze Boudica’s characterization in Annals 14 as an exploration of the possibility for a non-Roman dux femina to lead an army and gain sympathy from her audience. Tacitus’ Boudica serves as a powerful internal commentator on the failures of Nero and the lack of imperial models, and her revolt offers a non-Roman parallel to ongoing conflicts of gender and power at the end of the Julio-Claudian era.
CAM seminar: Francesco Guizzi (University of Rome - La Sapienza) "Water Supply in the Lycus Valley under the Roman Empire (I-III century CE)"
Seminar attendance will be limited. Please visit the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean's website for more information on how to RSVP.
Classics Colloquium: Craige Champion (Syracuse University) "General and Priest: Scipio Africanus, the Salian Priesthood, and the Campaign against Antiochus the Great"
In this talk, Professor Champion will provide an overview of his new book titled, The Peace of the Gods: Elite Religious Practices in the Middle Roman Republic, to be published later in April by the Princeton University Press. He will then focus on a case study from the book: the religious and military demands on Scipio Africanus on campaign against Antiochus III, and what his behavior reveals about the question of Romans 'elites' "belief" in the gods during the Middle Republic.
The Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group is proud to present Seneca’s “Troades” (Trojan Women) – a resistance piece composed around the middle of the first century CE during the reign of Emperor Nero by his tutor.
Ten years wrought with bloodshed and agony of the Greek-Trojan conflict have ended. The surviving Greeks are ready to return to their homes, taking the Trojan people as their prizes and reducing the royalty to slaves. Despite the ashes of their city and compatriots scattering across the desolate plain of Ilium, the Trojan women stand together in their final moment of shared grief, rage, and strength.
“Troades” decries and protests colonial oppression. A testament to womanist thought in antiquity, the play denounces sexual slavery and the sorting of women. Trojan Women speaks to us today in surprising ways. It insists that we recognize how all humans, whether individually or collectively and often under social compulsion, perpetuate violence and cause others to suffer traumas both physical and emotional. The tragedy creates a false equivalence between the oppressor and the oppressed. In the context of a colonizing and colonized literary tradition, the play urges us to look inward also to address our own complex humanity. This spring’s production applies contemporary symbols and movement to Seneca’s protest in poetry.
Performances at the Minor Latham Playhouse, Barnard College:
– Thursday, March 30th: 8:00pm
– Friday, March 31st: 8:00pm
– Saturday, April 1st: 2:00pm matinee
– Saturday, April 1st: 8: 00pm evening
This production is in Latin with English supertitles.
Made possible by the Matthew Alan Kramer Fund.
Directed by Yujhán Claros with original choreography by Sarah Esser and music by Ediz Ozelkan.
Tickets are $10.00
Student tickets are $5.00 with ID.
Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group: Seneca’s “Troades” (Trojan Women)