Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Eleven papers and one colloquium will be presented at this season's Society of Classical Studies and Archaeological Institute of America's combined conference in San Francisco, CA.

Faculty

Lauren Ginsberg
“The Failure of Fides in the Octavia”

Antonis Kotsonas
“Early Iron Age Knossos and the Development of the City of the Historical Period”

Kathleen Lynch
“Not Sloppy but Hasty: Late Athenian Black-Figure”

Doctoral Students

Simone Agrimonti
"Xenophon and the unequal phalanx: a 4th century view on political egalitarianism”

Mohammed Bhatti
"Violating the City: Plutarch’s Use of Religious Landscape in the Life of Sulla”
 
Taylor Coughlan
"Dialect and Poetic Self-Fashioning in Hellenistic Book Epigram"

Flint Dibble
“The Chaîne-Opératoire of Professional Butchery in the Archaic to Classical Athenian Agora: Changing Foodways in an Urban Context”

Alison Fields
“The Purpose-Built Workspaces of the Classical Agora and Scales of Urban Production”

Kyle Helms
"Making rhetoric Roman in the first preface of Cicero’s de Inventione (1.1–5)"

Alexandros Laftsidis
“Exploring the Beginning of the Kerameikos of Pella in the Hellenistic period: Evidence from a Deposit East of the Agora”

Bea Peruzzi
“Finding the Peucetians: Using Burial Practices to identify a South Italian Culture”

Colloquium organized by 
Emilia Oddo [UC] and Kostas Chalikias 
“Exploring a Terra Incognita: Recent Research on Bronze Age Habitation in the Southern Ierapetra Isthmus"

 

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Step into the Sherie and Len Marek Family Gallery at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and you are greeted by faces from the past -- two rows of ancient sculptures from the ancient Mediterranean and Egypt. Visible through the doorway at the other end of the room, a larger than life marble lion crouches, ready to spring off a pedestal in the Millard F. Rogers Jr. Gallery. Here, you will find the oldest piece in the museum: a red and black clay vessel from ancient Egypt's Naqada culture, decorated with an incised Barbary sheep.

On October 3, 2015, the Cincinnati Art Museum opened two new permanent galleries to display their collections of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art. This undertaking was the product of collaboration between students and faculty from UC, especially graduate students from the Department of Classics, and the Curatorial and Learning & Interpretation departments at the CAM. The partnership re-established ties between the distinguished Classics community at UC and the CAM, a fixture of the greater Cincinnati area since 1886. The invitation to be part of the re-installation of the antiquities collections was presented to Professor Kathleen Lynch by Museum Director Cameron Kitchin in February 2015, and the immediate answer was an enthusiastic yes.

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Bronze mirror with ivory handle in situ.

This summer's excavations at Pylos, lead by Jack Davis and Shari Strocker, yielded an unlooted warror grave with a full burial and over 1400 grave goods. Read about it here from the UC Magazine's article: UC team discovers rare warrior tomb filled with bronze age wealth and weapons.

This is also covered in the New York Times article: A Warrior's Grave at Pylos, Greece, Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations.

If you wish to support the conservation and study of the Grave of the Griffin Warrior, clickhere and enter Friends of Pylos in the comment box.

On Tuesday, September 29th, the University of Cincinnati's 'Life of the Mind' lecture series featured Classics professor Holt Parker. In his talk titled "Thinking with Slaves," Holt sought to "expose the historical holding pens in the foundations of modern slavery, racing through competing definitions of slaves and slavery: legal, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and above all metaphorical." Holt facilitated a lively discussion afterwards--along with panelists Professors Prentice T. Chandler, Terry Kershaw, and Deborah Meem.

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Most notably, UC president Santa Ono presented Holt with the rarely awarded Alta Petit medal for his outstanding intellectual contribution to the UC community. The Alta Petit Award takes its name from the university motto, which means "seeks the heights." The motto appears on the university seal, along with the City of Cincinnati motto's "Juncta Juvant" (united they aid). The city's seal was adopted as the university crest in 1906, according to university archivist Kevin Grace, and the university added the "Alta Petit" motto to it. The Alta Petit Award was established by President Santa Ono in August 2014 and is given at his discretion in recognition of those who exemplify this motto through their achievements and pursuits.

Holt joins an elite group of previous recipients, including Myron "Mike" Ullman, UC alumnus and former CEO of Macy's Inc., retired CEO and Chair of J.C. Penney Company; Kenneth Stein, Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, at Emory University; Henry Heimlich, physician and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver; and Juanita Abernathy, a civil rights advocate and widow of the late civil rights leader Ralph David Abernathy. Please join us in congratulating Holt on his prestigious award!

The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, to begin on August 15, 2016. Candidates are expected to be able to teach Ancient History at the undergraduate and graduate levels and Ancient Greek and Latin and Classical Civilization at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Classics, History, or a related field by the time of the appointment is required. Tenure-track faculty are expected to make original contributions to knowledge through research and publication, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and to fulfill reasonable service obligations to the scholarly and local communities. Preliminary inquiries can be addressed to Kathleen Lynch, Chair, Ancient History Search Committee, with subject line “Ancient History Search:” This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu and search for Requisition #7601. In addition to completing the online application form, cadidates should attach a cover letter (letter of application), a curriculum vitae and a writing sample with the online application. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent via e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "Ancient History Search". The committee will review applications starting November 15, 2015, and conduct interviews at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in San Francisco, January 6-9, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.
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Life of the Mind, interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty, will return Tuesday, September 29, 3:30-5pm in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center with a lecture by Holt Parker, professor of classics in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Parker will speak about Thinking with Slaves. “Slavery still haunts the world. We will think about what slavery was, is, does,” said Parker. “My talk will expose the historical holding pens in the foundations of modern slavery, racing through competing definitions of slaves and slavery: legal, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and above all metaphorical.”

Life of the Mind is a semi-annual lecture series that features a distinguished University of Cincinnati faculty member presenting his or her work and expertise.  A panel of three responds to and discusses the lecture from diverse perspectives. The series includes intriguing insights from diverse perspectives and encourages faculty and students from across UC to engage in further discourse. The presentation is not simply a recitation of the faculty member’s work but promotes an informed point of view.

Holt Parker received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He has been awarded the Rome Prize, an NEH Fellowship, a Loeb Library Foundation Grant, the Women's Classical Caucus Prize (twice), the Paul Rehak Award and a Fowler Hamilton Fellowship from Christ Church, Oxford. He has published on Sappho, Sulpicia, sexuality, slavery, sadism and spectacle. His book, Olympia Morata: The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic (2003) won the Josephine Roberts Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Censorinus: The Birthday Book (2007), the first complete English translation, makes an attractive present. With William A. Johnson he edited Ancient Literacies (2009). His translation of Beccadelli’s notorious The Hermaphrodite is out in the I Tatti Renaissance Library (2010). He is working on an edition, translation and commentary on the Gynecology by Metrodora (c. 2d. cent CE), the earliest surviving work by a woman doctor.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and organized by the University of Cincinnati Libraries and Faculty Senate, the mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. Life of the Mind is free and open to the public and attracts a broad audience including UC students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as people from the community. More information about Life of the Mind is available online at www.libraries.uc.edu/lifeofthemind/. For those who cannot attend in person the September 29 lecture in the Alumni Center, Life of the Mind will be streamed live via the website.

The Department of Classics in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a one-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient History, to begin on August 15, 2015. Teaching duties may include a variety of undergraduate courses in Greek and Latin as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in Classical Civilization, particularly Ancient History. A Ph.D. in Classics or a related field by the time of the appointment is expected, although we will also consider advanced ABD candidates.

Candidates must apply online at https://jobs.uc.edu (Requisition ID #3001). Applicants must include a cover letter (letter of application), a curriculum vitae, and a writing sample with their completed online application. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Search Committee, Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0226 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "History" in the subject line.

Preliminary inquiries can be addressed to the Search Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The committee will start reviewing on May 15, 2015, and conduct skype interviews as warranted. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We actively seek a broad spectrum of candidates including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Every day in the Classics Department we walk into the Carl Blegen Library building. Jack Davis, first an alum of this department and later the Carl Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology here, has co-edited a new book on the life of Blegen.

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From the book description:

Carl Blegen is the most famous American archaeologist ever to work in Greece, and no American has ever had a greater impact on Greek archaeology. Yet Blegen, unlike several others of his generation, has found no biographer. In part, the explanation for this must lie in the fact that his life was so multifaceted: not only was he instrumental in creating the field of Aegean prehistory, but Blegen, his wife, and their best friends, the Hills (“the family”), were also significant forces in the social and intellectual community of Athens. Authors who have contributed to this book have each researched one aspect of Blegen’s life, drawing on copious documentation in the United States, England, and Greece. The result is a biography that sets Blegen and his closest colleagues in the social and academic milieu that gave rise to the discipline of classical archaeology in Greece.