Research in Classics
Students apply what they learn about Classics at Connecticut College in papers as part of their courses (the best essays are sometimes worth consideration for publication) and in honors theses under the direction of a Classics faculty member. Some recent honors theses have been on the topics such as:
- the use of classical myths in modern film
- the development of philosophical method in Plato's dialogues
- Creation myths in Greek and Hebrew sacred tales
Connecticut College professors are active scholars whose publications and public lectures reflect their varied intellectual interests.
- Professor Darryl Phillips researches Rome in the late 1st century B.C. His interests are interdisciplinary, exploring the history, literature, laws and material culture of this pivotal period that saw dramatic changes in Roman government and great accomplishments in literature and the arts. He has published articles on aspects of Roman history and culture and the topography of ancient Rome. He is currently preparing a commentary on Suetonius’ "Life of Augustus" as well as a paper examining the function of Agrippa’s Pantheon.
- Professor Eric Adler (on sabbatical 2014-2015) is interested in parallels between ancient and modern attitudes toward power. His work focuses on Greek and Latin prose, in addition to the classical tradition. He has published a book on enemy speeches in Roman historiography. He is writing a monograph that examines the ways in which the academic culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s influenced the study of Greco-Roman antiquity in America.
- Professor Tobias Myers focuses his research on Greek and Latin literature, especially poetry. He has written a book that analyzes the gods in Homer's "Iliad" as an internal audience for the poem, providing positive, negative, and ambivalent models of response for Homer's own audience. Current projects include papers on the pastoral poetry of Vergil, late night spell-casting in Theocritus, and the adulterers' tales in the ancient novel "The Golden Ass" by Apuleius.
- Professor Nina Papathanasopoulou is interested in the staging and performance aspect of Greek drama. Her current research examines the staging of Aristophanes' comedies and explores how the treatment of space in his early comedies draws attention to consequences of the Atheno-Peloponnesian war on the Athenians' civic and domestic life. Her next project will focus on the interpretation of Greek myths in Martha Graham's choreography and modern dance.
- Professor Richard Moorton (retired in 2013) has published articles on Aristophanes, Euripides, Virgil, and Eugene O'Neill, and has edited two books. His recent work includes research and lectures on the definition and propagation of the Liberal Arts in education in the small college today and the nature of ancient tragedy and the special problems that Eugene O'Neill faced in adapting tragic drama to the cultural climate of the modern American stage. These lectures are available on http://digitalcommons.conncoll.edu/classics/.
Department of Classics
Email Darryl Phillips, Department Chair