A discipline only has a place in the modern academy if it can articulate its contemporary relevance. The onus is on each scholar to build these connections, beyond platitudes of history repeating itself. This is a slide show of posters of events I’ve organized to bring Classics into contemporary conversations on global issues at Brooklyn… Continue reading Living Classics
One of the things I find most curious about private Roman art is how images correspond across vast distances of time and space. We often talk about this in relation to Roman ‘copies’ of original Greek statues, but less so for 2 dimensional art. Interestingly in 2D works the composition often echo rather than copy.… Continue reading Semi-Static Compositions
From the ad Herennium, a sample piece of rhetoric that articulates gender differences with regard to motivating passions: When our ancestors condemned a woman for one crime, they considered that by this single judgement she was convicted of many transgressions. How so? Judged unchaste, she was also deemed guilty of poisoning.Why? Because, having sold her… Continue reading Adultery and Poisoning
This portion of the ad Herrenium (a rhetorical handbook and one of our early substantial Latin prose works, pre dating the Ciceronian corpus) is often quoted in books about Memory. Not so much by historians of the republic. One of the most read authors on Memory, Yates, speculates that the scene may have been witnessed… Continue reading Do Orators Make Up History? Poetry?
It’s the first real work day of a new period of research leave. I’m not wholly free from university and college commitments, but mostly so, from now through next February and then I am only teaching a graduate seminar “History from/in the Arts” – An investigation into how and why we today use literary and… Continue reading Beginning Again
Why does it feel like I don’t have anytime for research as a CUNY full-time faculty member? We’re contractually obligated for 21 teaching hours. According to our contract 8 weeks of parental leave is the equivalent of 6 hours reassigned time. 8 x 40 (assuming a standard 40-hour work week) = 320 work hours This… Continue reading Happy Summer!
I’m teaching 320 students this coming semester in two mega sections. This is double last semester. I’m loving the way large classes are challenging my pedagogic approach and make the time I invest in teaching prep feel much more meaningful and important. For other professional reasons I’m going to need to produce a new Educational… Continue reading Educational Philosophies
I love teaching the prophecy of Jupiter in book 1 of Vergil’s Aeneid in my general education classes, but I’m not working on that right now. Instead, I’m thinking about the iconography of supplication. Hence, I stumbled on this gem above. The detail that’s blog worthy is this: That’s a little bit of the zodiac… Continue reading When did Jupiter foretell the greatness of Rome?
There is a significant literature on constructions of race and ethnicity and their intersections with ancient slavery and the body of scholarship continues to grow. (One can read Eric Gruen on this subject, but I’d recommend the work of Emily Greenwood and keep an eye on the future work of Sarah Derbew). I’m no expert… Continue reading Autolecythus: A Case Study for Race in Antiquity
There are two coins in the Roman republican coin series and one from Teanum from the time of the First Punic War that display a triga, a three horse chariot. All have Victory (Nike) as the driver. I’ve always found this a rather weird design as opposed to the biga or quadriga (2 and 4… Continue reading Trigas