Department of Classics
410 Blegen Library
PO Box 210226
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0226
Phone | (513) 556-3050
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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.
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!
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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.
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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