Classics Events

The classics department sponsors and cosponsors lectures from visiting scholars every year. The students have an opportunity both to attend the lectures and to discuss the topic informally with the visitors. Many events are organized with the help of the classics department's Latin fellow. 

See accounts of our Academic Year 2013-2014 Classics events,  including Classics Jeopardy, a holiday party, Arboretum tour and more. 

Spring 2015 Classics events

Monday, Feb. 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 1941 Room, Crozier-Williams: "Audiences and Ideologies in Depictions of Ancient Roman Sex", a talk by Prof. James Tan, Hofstra University

A talk on Roman conceptions of sexual activity through an analysis of Latin invective poetry and Roman visual depictions of sex.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 1941 Room, Crozier-Williams: "Texting the Classics: How and Why to Read Ancient Texts", a talk by Dr. David M. Ratzan, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

How did the ancients read? What was a book? Who read what and why? Why do we read the Classics today? Dr. Ratzan's presentation explores how our cultural and technological moment opens up a new perspective on the ancient experience of reading the classics, not only to understand the culture that wrote them, but also to help us understand what it means for us to read them today.

Saturday, April 4: New York City Trip - Join us for a tour of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then for a performance of Euripides' Ion.

‌For up-to-date information and final details on classics department lectures and activities and all College events, please consult the Online Calendar of Events.

Fall 2014 Events

Classics department Latin botanical tour of the Arboretum Sept. 24, 4 - 5:30 p.m.: Botanical Latin tour of the Caroline Black Garden (pictured at left)

Oct. 8, 4:45 p.m.: Join us for a guided tour of Lyman Allyn Museum's exhibition "Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World."
Information about the exhibition can be found here:

Oct. 31, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Hood Dining Room: Halloween Classics Open House!  Join Classics faculty, majors and minors to learn about Classics, Latin, and Greek courses, departmental news and events. Prize will be awarded to the best costume inspired by the Greek and Roman worlds. View the Halloween event poster.

poster for performance of Odyssey by Joe Goodkin Nov. 12, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Oliva Hall: Homer's "Odyssey" in Performance  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. View the Odyssey event poster.

Dec. 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Hood Dining Room: Classics Jeopardy Game. Categories will include classical mythology, Greek and Latin literature, Greek and Roman history, and ancient philosophy. Prize to be awarded to the best team.