Department of Classics
410 Blegen Library
PO Box 210226
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0226
Phone | (513) 556-3050
Fax | (513) 556-4366
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.
“The Failure of Fides in the Octavia”
“Early Iron Age Knossos and the Development of the City of the Historical Period”
“Not Sloppy but Hasty: Late Athenian Black-Figure”
"Xenophon and the unequal phalanx: a 4th century view on political egalitarianism”
"Violating the City: Plutarch’s Use of Religious Landscape in the Life of Sulla”
"Dialect and Poetic Self-Fashioning in Hellenistic Book Epigram"
“The Chaîne-Opératoire of Professional Butchery in the Archaic to Classical Athenian Agora: Changing Foodways in an Urban Context”
“The Purpose-Built Workspaces of the Classical Agora and Scales of Urban Production”
"Making rhetoric Roman in the first preface of Cicero’s de Inventione (1.1–5)"
“Exploring the Beginning of the Kerameikos of Pella in the Hellenistic period: Evidence from a Deposit East of the Agora”
“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"
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.
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.
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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.
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.
The 2014-15 year saw three prestigious fellowships awarded to members of UC’s Classics Department. Lauren Donovan Ginsberg and Peter van Minnen won research grants from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and Steven Ellis won the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the ACLS Foundation.
Lauren Donovan Ginsberg will use her Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship to work on a monograph on the Octavia, a historical drama on the court of Nero and the tragedy of Nero’s first wife. Combining intertextual analysis with cultural memory theory, her book examines (1) how the Octavia, as a work of ‘history,’ intervenes in and rewrite the history of the Julio-Claudian dynasty in light of that dynasty’s destruction, and (2) how, as a work of literature, it actively reinterprets the often regime-celebrating literary canon that the Julio-Claudian age left behind. The Octavia offers a unique opportunity to explore the memory culture of the early empire: it is the sole surviving historical drama from ancient Rome, and it is also likely the earliest surviving literary representation of the Julio-Claudians from the post-Julio-Claudian period. Through its investigation of this fascinating yet understudied text, Ginsberg’s book will offer a new perspective on literature’s role in shaping the way Nero and his family would be remembered.
Steven Ellis will use his Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship to return to the American Academy in Rome for the 2015-16 academic year. His project will be the publication of his archaeological excavations of a large, sub-elite neighborhood of Pompeii. The excavations and publication program are of an unprecedented scale for the study of Pompeii, and aim to chart the socio-economic developments of a series of houses, shops, and workshops over centuries of occupation. The results are contributing a new understanding of the connections between urban infrastructure (especially waste management) and the construction of cities, while also revealing the structural and social relationships over time between Pompeian households of variable economic portfolios, determining the role that sub-elites played in the shaping of Roman urban networks, and registering their response to city- and Mediterranean-wide historical, political, and economic developments.
Peter van Minnen will use his Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship to work on a monograph entitled: Alexandria in the Age of Augustus. This is an in-depth study of about 120 Greek papyrus documents from Alexandria (found elsewhere in Egypt) that deal with loans, leases, and sales; marriage and divorce; and wet nursing and other labor arrangements between hundreds of private individuals in early Roman Alexandria, including Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, and Romans. The documents graphically illustrate the occurrence side by side of various strands of Egyptian, Greek, Jewish, and Roman law. There is nothing like it for any other major city in the ancient world. Alexandria in the Age of Augustus adds yet another papyrological project to the Classics department (we also edit the journal of the American Society of Papyrologists); exemplifies a corpus-based analysis of a society, its legal system, and its language; and highlights the roles of non-elite women, minors, and slaves in history.
Several UC Classics Undergraduates have won nationally competitive awards in the 2014-15 academic year. Michelle Martinez (Classics ’15) has placed amongst the top five students nationally in the 2014-2015 Advanced Level College Latin Translation Examination sponsored by the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS). 30 different colleges participated with over 200 students competing. Michelle will soon join the MA program in Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an Illinois Distinguished Fellowship from their Graduate College.
Semple Scholars Connor Ginty, Michelle Martinez, Lindsay Taylor, and Jack Barendt
Lindsay Taylor (Classics ’16) has earned a spot in the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program in Italy for the summer of 2015. The program focuses on architectural survey and restoration, traditional methods of painting, conservation of archaeological ceramics, and the restoration of books and works of art on paper. Field projects involve the survey and restoration of medieval buildings, the archaeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, as well as work on local archival material. (http://sangeministudies.org/)
Jack Barendt (Classics ’17) will also be abroad this summer. He has won a full scholarship to attend the Paideia Institute, a living Latin program set in the heart in Rome which combines intensive study of Latin with topography and visits to important archaeological sites. Jack will be UC’s first student to participate in this prestigious program. (http://www.paideiainstitute.org/programs/living-latin-in-rome)
Professor Kathleen Lynch was awarded the Mrs. A.B. “Dolly” Cohen award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014. Candidates for this award are nominated by steudents, who referred to her teaching style as "innovative and inspiring" and "exciting and dynamic." For more information on this award see: http://magazine.uc.edu/favorites/web-only/faculty_awards_2014.html about 1/2. This is the second Cohen award for the department (Diane Harris Cline, 1999).
Jack Davis, Kathleen Lynch, and Ann Santen at the Excellence in Teaching award banquet
Kathleen also recieved the Excellence in Teaching award from the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities (GCCCU), recognizing outstanding performance among the city's 17 colleges and Universities. For more information see: http://www.uc.edu/profiles/profile.asp?id=20871