Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

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Left to right: Amanda Hatch, Michelle Martinez, David Eichert, Sarah Evans, Daniel Markovic (undergraduate advisor), Lindsay Taylor, Connor Ginty

Classics undergraduate and graduate students received a bumper crop of awards and recognitions this spring. 

UNDERGRAD: Classics Club Certaminators, Emily Blatz, David Eichert, Connor Ginty, and Michelle Martinez, won the first place in the Certamen at the Eta Sigma Phi Centennial Convention in Chicago. Michelle Martinez has won the APA's Minority Summer Fellowship in Classics and Classical Archaeology; she has been elected the President of the Ohio Senior Classical League. Michelle also won the AIA Jace C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field Scholarship for 2014. Amanda Hatch has won the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship for the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages program (for the Turkish language); David Eichert has won the Phi Beta Kappa Live Your Language Prize, and the second place in the Eta Sigma Phi M. D. Watkins Annual Translation Competition for his Koine Greek translation. 

At UC, Jack Barendt won the Outstanding Beginning German Student Award; Amanda Hatch won the Outstanding Upper-Level German Student award, the Poll Prize (the Outstanding Graduating Senior), and the Max Kade Fellowship for next year.

In the Classics Department, the Capstone Prize went to Amanda Hatch for her paper on “More than Servi filia Sulpicia: Examining the Female, Feminine, and Feminist Perspectives in Sulpicia’s Love Elegies,” written for LATN 4004 Latin Elegy. The Classical Civilization Paper Prize went to Sarah Evans for her paper on “Women as Warrior Queens,” written for CLAS 2011 Classics and Cinema.Translation prizes were also awarded: Greek Senior Translation Prize: Michelle Martinez; Latin Senior Translation Prize: David Eichert; Greek Junior Translation Prize: Connor Ginty; Latin Junior Translation Prize: Lindsay Taylor. 

GRAD:  Dr. Natalie Abell (Ph.D. '14) won the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Ph.D. student award; Kristina Neumann won the UC Isabel and Mary Neff Fellowship; Emily Egan won a Dean's Fellowship for dissertation completion; Catherine Baker was named an alternate for the Fulbright to Italy and she has been appointed Instructor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Study (the Centro) for next year; Taylor Coughlan was named an alternate for the Fulbright to Greece;Amanda Pavlick won a University Research Council Graduate Student Summer Research Grant; Emilia Oddo won a Richard Seager grant for study at the East Crete Study Center; Chris Motz, received an ASCSA Summer Session fellowship.

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Congratulations to Emily Egan who has received a Dean's Fellowship for 2014-2015.

The Graduate School Dean's Fellowship, formerly known as the Distinguished Dissertation Completion Fellowship, awards up to five fellowships annually to doctoral students in the final year of degree work to support superior scholarship that enhances the reputation of their program, department and the University of Cincinnati.

This is an incredible honor as only five of these are awarded across the entire campus--including doctoral students in the sciences and medicine.

This is the second in a row that a student from Classics has won, and fourth in the six years of the award's existence.

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At the 2014 annual meetings, Holt Parker was given the Paul Rehak Award from the Lambda Classical Caucus, 2014, for the article, "Sex, Popular Beliefs, and Culture," in A Cultural History of Sexuality In the Classical World, ed. Peter Toohey and Mark Golden. Oxford: Berg. 125-44. The article explores widely-held beliefs about sex and the body in Greece and Rome, using out of the way materials such as graffiti and magic spells.

From the website:
The Rehak Award, named in memory of former LCC co-chair Paul Rehak (1954-2004), honors the excellence of a publication relating to the LCC's mission, including, but not limited to, homosocial and homoerotic relationships and environments, ancient sexuality and gender roles, and representation of the gendered body. The range of eligible work covers the breadth of ancient Mediterranean society, from prehistory to late antiquity, and the various approaches of classicists drawing on textual and material culture.

This award is only one of several won by members of the Department in the "edgier" parts of classics. Two of our graduate students, Taylor Coughlan and Alison Fields have won the John J. Winkler Memorial Essay Prize for "the best undergraduate or graduate essay in any risky or marginal field of classical studies.

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Junior Classics major Michelle Martinez, one of the department's outstanding Semple Scholars, was recently awarded the prestigious Minority Summer Fellowship in Classics and Classical Archaeology by the American Philological Association.

Michelle will be using this fellowship to fund her participation in the Kea Archaeological Research Survey (KARS) on the island of Kea in Greece. This project is run by UC Classics Ph.D. Joanne Murphy of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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In partnership with CCM and the Department of Drama, UC Classicist Lauren Ginsberg will give a talk on the Metamorphoses of Ovid and Mary Zimmerman. Passion and power, divine wrath and disguise. Come and take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Ovid and myth that inspired Zimmerman's award winning drama.

Zimmerman has often noted how Ovid's epic of mythological transformations inspired her Tony Award winning stage production. In particular, she is fascinated by how stories removed from us in time and space can help articulate timeless truths about human nature. Ginsberg's talk will further explore the fascinating Ovidian background to Zimmerman's text. The audience will not only learn more about who Ovid was and the times in which he wrote, but will also see first hand the complexity of how Zimmerman refashioned Ovid's epic into a drama for our time. Ginsberg will focus especially on the theme of "Love Conquers All" that is central to both works and the various ways that each author confronts love's various struggles and triumphs.

The talk will begin at 1:15pm on Saturday, Feb 8th in Mary Emery Hall 3250

This talk is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve seating, contact Patti Hall at 513-556-5803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A performance of Zimmerman's Metamorphoses will follow at 2pm in the Patricia Corbett Theater (tickets available at the CCM box office).

On Saturday November 16th, the University of Cincinnati's Classics Club, Mu chapter of ΗΣΦ, and members of the Ohio Senior Classical League held a Certamen tournament for local high school Latin students in Junior Classical League in order to support the vibrant high school Latin community in Cincinnati. Certamen is an academic quiz team - but the questions focus on classical history, mythology, and art, as well as Latin grammar, vocabulary, and literature.

The schools that participated were: Summit Country Day, Wyoming, Seven Hills, Mariemont, Madeira, Sycamore, Walnut Hills, Lakota West, Indian Hill, Turpin, McAuley, St. Ursuline, and Covington Latin. The youngest participants were in 6th grade and the oldest were Seniors in high school. The competition was fierce and the questions quite challenging; there were 18 teams competing at the Novice Level, 6 teams competing at the Intermediate level, and 12 teams at the Upper level, with two to four people per team.

The day began with an address by Dr. Joana Mitro, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, who welcomed the teams to the University of Cincinnati. After several hours of competition, badges of victory and honor were handed out to the victors (pictured below) and all enjoyed pizza while Dr. Lauren Ginsberg from the Department of Classics gave students, parents, and teachers more information about studying Classics at UC.

We look forward to hosting this wonderful event again next year!

Special thanks go to the President of our UC Classics Club, Michelle Martinez, and her team of volunteers who organized the event, kept score, read the buzzer machines, set up and cleaned up the rooms, and helped distribute pizza to the hungry victors. They are: Amanda Angelo (ΗΣΦ, Classics Club) Matt Armbruster Emily Blatz (ΗΣΦ, Classics Club) Austin Chapman (Classics graduate student) Sarah Evans (Classics Club) Connor Ginty (ΗΣΦ, Classics Club) Ashley Johns (OSCL) Logan Nagel (OSCL) Mohammed Patel (OSCL, Classics Club) Alex Patterson (OSCL) Joseph Sparough (Classics Club) Lindsay Taylor (ΗΣΦ, Classics Club) Akshayaa Venkatakrishnan (Classics Club)

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The audience and participants

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The prizes

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Novice winners: 1st place: Seven Hills A (far right), 2nd place: Summit C (middle), 3rd place: Walnut Hills (far left)

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Intermediate: 1st place: Combination team of Seven Hills, Summit, and McAuley (far left) 2nd place: Turpin (middle) 3rd place: Indian Hill (far right)

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Upper: 1st place: Summit (far left) 2nd place: Combination team of St. Xavier, Indian Hill, and Sycamore (middle) 3rd place: Lakota West A (far right)

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In June 2014, Lauren Ginsberg (University of Cincinnati) and Darcy Krasne (University of Missouri-Columbia) will chair the three-day panel Writing About Civil War in Flavian Rome at the ninth biennial Celtic Conference in Classics, this year located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thirty leading scholars in the field of Flavian literature, from ten different countries, will deliver papers that examine bellum civile from a multitude of angles, in and across the works of Silius Italicus, Statius, Valerius Flaccus, Josephus, Martial, Pliny the Elder, and Frontinus. By putting disparate texts and genres of the Flavian era into dialogue, our panel aims to launch a fresh investigation of civil war's literary representation in the wake of 69 CE.

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Ann Santen, President of the Cincinnati Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, found out this week that she won the AIA's most prestigious award for commitment to the mission of the AIA, the Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. Her role in initiating and growing our Department Outreach Program formed the basis for the honor. Ann will receive her award at the AIA Annual Meeting in Chicago in early January. Ann is an inspiration to students and faculty alike, and we are lucky to have her in our community. For more on the award: http://archaeological.org/awards/joukowsky For more on the Classics Outreach Program: http://classics.uc.edu/index.php/outreach