Please join the Department Monday 11/3 at 5:30 in the Tupelo Room at the Barnard Observatory for a lecture by Dr. Thomas McGinn of Vanderbilt University on the idea in Roman law of the lex imperfecta, a law without a sanction attached, and its relation to the modern theory of law’s “expressive function,” i.e., that law can make a statement or influence social norms in ways unconnected to enforcement or its consequences.
Our first AIA lecture of the year was a grand success with Dr. Steven Ellis of the University of Cincinnati speaking to a packed house about his long-running archaeological project in a working-class neighborhood in Pompeii.
Join us for a free community performance of Joe Goodkin’s Odyssey, a 30-minute original musical composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice, which tells the story of Homer’s Odyssey in a series of 24 short songs. It has been performed over 100 times for audiences of all ages and was honored in 2003, 2004, and 2012 with an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Award. Thursday, 10/2 at 5:30 in the main floor Bryant Hall Gallery. Contact Dr. Pasco-Pranger at 915-7097 if you have questions!
Dr. Aileen Ajootian of the Department of Classics has been selected to serve as Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for 2014-2015. In this prestigious position, Dr. Ajootian will reside at the American School and continue her research project treating several large but fragmentary Roman architectural sculpture programs excavated in the Forum at ancient Corinth. Upon completion, the study will be submitted to the ASCSA for publication in their series of Corinth volumes. In addition, she will teach a seminar to the Regular Members of the School, who are graduate students in Classics from US and Canadian universities. As Dr. Ajootian describes it, the seminar, Studying Ancient Sculpture: From Apotheke and Marble Pile to Publication, “is designed to encourage young scholars to focus on ancient sculpture, to help them learn current methods of analysis, to guide them through the process — from visual analysis and physical description to research, interpretation, and publication.” The University of Mississippi has been Cooperating Institution of the American School for many years, and Dr. Ajootian herself has maintained a close research relationship with the School throughout her years at the University.
We had another bumper crop of excellent Classics majors graduate this year and sent them off in style on 5/10/14. Our heartiest congratulations to Kaitlyn Barnes, Amanda Cummings, Kathryn Fowler, Megan Fowler, Amanda Griffith, Tess Hill, Ben Jacques, Vinod Kannuthurai, Alex Kitson, Jennifer Liverett, Stephen Macoy, Aaron McMillin, Charlie Pritchard, Alex Rhea, and Brandon Wehking.
This summer saw two (!) groups of University of Mississippi Classics students embark on faculty led study abroad experiences in Rome with Department of Classics faculty.
Right after graduation this May, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger set off for the Urbs Aeterna with six young women for a Maymester intensive study of Rome and its surrounding area. Covering as much ground as we could in ten “class” days made for some achy feet, but the group reports they appreciated the bodily experience that walking the city gave them and learned more than they could have imagined. Read more about their adventures at umissinrome.wordpress.com.
Just as Dr. Pasco-Pranger’s group left Rome, another seven UMiss students, along with a student from Brown University, met Dr. Hilary Becker to begin a month long archaeological field school experience centered on the excavations at S. Omobono. That group is still in the field, learning a variety archaeological tools and methods and working actively on the site. They’ve also taken field trips around the city and to Caere, Orvieto and Campania. Follow the progress of the field school at https://sites.google.com/site/umissinromefieldschool/.
We’re excited about these faculty-led opportunities for our students and hope to repeat and expand on them soon!
Please join the Department of Classics for a public lecture by Dr. Megan Drinkwater of Agnes Scott College. In this talk, “Future Imperfect: Dido and Aeneas in Ovid’s Heroides 7 and Virgil’s Aeneid,” Dr. Drinkwater explores how Ovid’s poem disrupts the national mythology of Virgil’s epic. The talk will be Wednesday, March 19th at 5:30 P.M. in Bryant 209.
Please call 662-915-7097 or 662-915-7020 if you need more information or special assistance.
We have been able to reschedule Dr. Tuck’s lecture! Please join the Department of Classics and the Mississippi/Memphis Society of the Archaeological Instititute of America for a public lecture by Dr. Steven L. Tuck of Miami University. In this lecture, “Gladiators at Pompeii: Roman Spectacle in a Small Town,” Dr. Tuck takes us to visit a gladiatorial training school and the oldest amphitheater we have from the Roman world, analyzing the ramifications of games for the city and tracing the imagery of gladiators at Pompeii. The talk will be Monday, April 14th, 5:30 p.m. in Bryant 209. Please call 662-915-7097 or 662-915-7020 if you need more information or special assistance.
The Department had a great time hosting two dozen Latin and Classical mythology students from North Panola High and their teachers during their visit to UM. The group spent some time at the University Museum to work with the Robinson Collection, ate lunch with students and faculty in Bryant Hall, and visited two classes to get a taste of being Classics students at the University of Mississippi. We hope to see them back on campus soon!
Please join the Department of Classics and the Mississippi/Memphis Society of the Archaeological Instititute of America for a public lecture by Dr. Nancy Klein, of Texas A&M University. Dr. Klein’s lecture, “Before the Parthenon: the Architecture of the Archaic Acropolis,” traces the “life-history” of the buildings on the Athenian Acropolis that predate the Periclean redesign in the 5th century. The talk will be Wednesday, November 13th at 7:30 P.M. in Bryant 209. Please call 662-915-1152 or 662-915-7020 if you need more information or special assistance.