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Dr. Hilary Becker named UM’s Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year

Posted on: October 13th, 2015 by mpranger

CLA_Humanites_2015posterJoin us for a public lecture celebrating Dr. Becker well-deserved honor on October 28 at 7:00 in Bryant 209.

Dr. Becker will talk about one aspect of her wide-ranging research in Etruscan and Roman archaeology and economic history in this “case study” focused on the trade in pigments in ancient Roman.

A reception will follow in the Farrington Gallery on the first floor of Bryant Hall.

Lecture on 10/15: Imperial Ideology and Distributional Politics under Severus Alexander

Posted on: October 13th, 2015 by mpranger

Norena headshotDr. Carlos Noreña, Chair of Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, will present a multimedia look at the public image of the emperor and the allocation of material resources under the Roman emperor Severus Alexander.   Join us Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 in Bryant 209.

The lecture is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics For information about accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger at and 662/915.7097.


Classics Class Explores ‘Who Owns The Past?’

Posted on: March 31st, 2015 by erabadie

classics class studying antiquities took an educational trip to New York over spring break.







A University of Mississippi class focusing on “Who Owns the Past?: Ethics in Archaeology” recently traveled to New York to learn about the financial, legal and political considerations in the ongoing international battle to properly preserve ancient artifacts.

Hilary Becker, assistant professor of classics, teaches the 300-level class made up of Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College students. Over spring break, the class visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art, and Christie’s Department of Ancient Art and Antiquities, among other educational attractions in New York.

“This is an opportunity to look at ethical dilemmas, using current events and case studies involving antiquities and ancient sites,” Becker said. “There are cases like the famous Elgin Marbles that once graced the Parthenon, but they’re in London now. The fact that they’re in London means millions of people can see them each year, but the Greeks think they should be in Athens because they would attract people there, and the marbles are also part of their heritage.”

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Lecture: Preserving the Past—The Path to the Future

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by erabadie

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 2.30.07 PMProfessor Nancy Wilkie from Carleton College on Looting, Repatriation and Archaeology in War Zones
Wednesday, March 25, 5:30PM
209 Bryant Hall.

Professor Wilkie, a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, is president of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.

The lecture is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Mississippi/Memphis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. For information about accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger at and 662/915.7097.


Dr. Aileen Ajootian Named ASCSA Whitehead Professor

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by erabadie

Dr. Aileen Ajootian, professor of classics and art, 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.

Classics lecture: Dr. Malcolm Bell

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by woodward

agoraWednesday, February 25, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Location: Oxford Campus, Bryant Room 209 (Auditorium)

Please join the Department of Classics for a public lecture on Greek archaeology. See flier for details!
Open to the Public.

Article on Dr. Lucy Turnbull in View From Ventress

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by mpranger

Dr. Lucy Turnbull

Retired Professor of Classics Dr. Lucy Turnbull is featured in the 2012 View from Ventress, a publication of the College of Liberal Arts.

Retired classics professor known for bravery and ‘rare talent’ in teaching — View From Ventress.

VIDEOCAST – “David Moore Robinson: The Archaeologist as Collector” / News / The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by mpranger

Alan Shapiro speaking at ASCSA

The American School of Classical Studies in Athens has posted a videocast of Whitehead Professor Alan Shapiro’s lecture on David Moore Robinson, former UM Professor of Classics and the source of much of the University Museums’ Robinson collection.

VIDEOCAST – “David Moore Robinson: The Archaeologist as Collector” / News / The American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

40 years of the Riace Bronzes

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by mpranger
One of the bronzes with divers who brought it out of the sea.

The warriors emerge from the sea.

The Riace bronzes were discovered August 16, 1972– 40 years ago today!  The classical Greek statues were spotted partly buried in the sand by a snorkeler, Stefano Mariottini, about 300 meters off the cost of Riace, near Reggio Calabria, Italy.  They came out of the sea four days later, and are housed in the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, Italy.  Check the video below (a clip from the BBC’s How Art Made the World .  More Human than Human) for gushing praise of the bronzes from art historian Nigel Spivey.

Riace Bronzes (Bronzi di Riace) – YouTube.

Cleopatra at the Super Bowl!

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 by mpranger

Cleopatra and Greco-Roman imagery all over last night’s half time show!

Madonna – Half Time Show Super Bowl 2012 HD 720p – YouTube.