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Middle School Latin Teachers Workshop
Friday, February 7, 2020
4:00-5:30 p.m. in Eaton 201
Games and the Arts in the Middle School Latin classroom
Light refreshments | contact: susan.setnik@tufts.edu

Please join us for: J-Term Mediterranean Basin Traveling Seminar December 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020
This program is currently run through the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence but is co-taught by Professor R. Bruce Hitchner and Dr. Matthew Harrington in the Classical Studies Department here at Tufts. They have both taught this course for six years. It will almost certainly be a Tufts program next year. Interested students should apply directly through the Institute. Students then apply to the Department of Classical Studies for Transfer Credit.
Currently this is not a Tufts program, there is no Tufts financial aid available.

Lecture: Lisa Maurizio PhD., Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies
When the Gods Stopped Speaking: Written Laws and Written Oracles in 4th c. Athens
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Terrace Room

Prospective and Current Latin/Greek/Classics Educators Workshop
Friday, October 18, 2019
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Eaton 201


Undergraduate Information Session
Q & A with Classical Studies Faculty and Students!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Open Block, 12 noon to 1:15 pm
Eaton 202
Pizza will be provided!
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Medical History Capstone (Final Exam) Presentations Lecture Series
Friday, April 19, 2019 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Eaton 206

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Eaton 206

Medical History Capstone (Final Exam) Presentations Program & Reception
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cabot Asean Auditorium, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Lecture: The Poetics of Epic Embrace and the Construction of the Epic Catalogue in Ovid's Metamorphoses
Dr. Sophia Papaioannou
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Location: Eaton 202

Lecture: The Digital is Not Neutral: Thoughts on the Digitization of Threatened Cultural Heritage
Erin Thompson, Associate Professor John Jay College (CUNY)
Professor of Art Crime 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30 pm | Granoff Music Center Room 155
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Art History, Classical Studies & Program in Digital Humanities

Lecture: The Digital is Not Neutral: Thoughts on the Digitization of Threatened Cultural Heritage
Erin Thompson, Associate Professor John Jay College (CUNY)
Professor of Art Crime 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30 pm | Granoff Music Center Room 155
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Art History, Classics & Program in Digital Humanities

The Evolution of A Teaching Career: Ideals Into Reality
For prospective Educators & Teacher-Alumni Latin, Ancient Greek and Classics
Friday, October 19, 2018 | 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Eaton 201

Lecture: Writing Back to Homer: Circe and the Song of Achilles
Author Madeline Miller
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 3:00 pm
Eaton 202

Concordia Presentations
Presentations by: Meredith Millar, Glen Maur and Joshua Ginzberg
Monday, October 15, 2018 | 12 noon
Eaton 201


Conference on Greek and Roman Painting and the Digital Humanities
Hosted by Tufts University, Department of Classics
Conference dates: August 6-8, 2018
Location: Tufts University | Alumnae Lounge | 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
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Medical History Capstone Presentations Program & Reception
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm
Cabot Asean Auditorium

Medical History Capstone Presentations Lecture Series
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 1:00-6:00pm
Eaton 206
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 9:00am-6:00pm
Eaton 206

Lecture: Herodotus Is Not From Here: History Looking In a Different Direction
Carolyn J. Dewald, Professor Emerita of History and Classics, Bard College
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 5:30pm
Eaton 201

Lecture: The Worst Day in the History of Athens: Cognitive Dissonance and the Deification of Demetrius Poliorcetes in 307 BCE
Prof. Tom Martin, College of the Holy Cross
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 6:00pm
Barnum 114

Lecture: Late-Classical Pebble Mosaics
Prof. Hallie Franks, NYU Gallatin School
Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm
Braker 001

Movie and Q&A: Wonder Woman
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 6:00-10:00pm
Barnum 104
Come find out about being a Classics or International Relations major. Pizza will be provided.
Co-sponsored with the International Relations program

Majors Week
Monday, February 26-Friday, March 2, 2018

Lecture: Lysistrata through the Ages
Prof. Jeff Henderson
Thursday, February 8, 2018 | 5:00pm
Aidekman 11
Co-sponsored with the Department of Drama & Dance

Middle School Latin Teachers Workshop
Friday, February 2, 2018 | 3:30-5:30pm
Eaton 201

Nabataean Seafaring, Trade Routes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Dolphin Motif
Lecture by Zaraza Friedman
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 6:00pm
Barnum 008

Tufts Ornithology Society
Prof. Beaulieu presents her research on birds
Friday, November 14, 2017 | 4:00pm
Eaton 202

The Southeast Coast of Crete: A View from the Sea
In search of the sea-related archaeological and geoarchaeological evidence (Early Minoan to Roman period)
Lecture by Tatiana Fragkopoulou (Ph.D), Independent Researcher
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 12 noon
Eaton 201

Film Screening: The Diplomat
Followed by Q & A with David Holbrooke (producer and son of Richard Holbrooke)
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:30 pm
The Fletcher School, Mugar Auditorium, Room 200

Concordia Presentations
By Students in the Department of Classics
Monday, October 23, 2017 |12 noon
Eaton 201
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12 noon
Eaton 201

Classics Educators Open House
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 3:30-5:30pm
Eaton 201

Classical Persian Digital Humanities
Lecture by Matthew Thomas Miller
Wednesday October 18, 2017 | 12 noon
Eaton 201

Antikythera Mechanism
Lecture by Professor Xenophon Moussas
Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 12 noon
Terrace room, Paige Hall


Commencement, Phase I Ceremony
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 9:00-11:00am
The Green between Ballou Hall and Bendetson Hall

Department of Classics Commencement, Phase II Ceremony
Sunday, May 21, 2017 | 11:30am-1:00pm
Ceremony in the tent on Ellis Oval

19th Annual Graduate Awards Ceremony

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 3:45pm
Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center

Clytemnestreia I
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 8:00pm
Balch Arena Theatre Aidekman Arts Center

Undergraduate Medical History Seminar Lecture Series 2017
Ancient Medicine and its Transmission
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 1:00-4:30pm | Eaton 206
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 9:00am-5:00pm | Eaton 206

Undergraduate Academic Awards Night
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:30pm
Cohen Auditorium

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00pm | Barnum 104
Majors Week Screening of: Gladiator
Introduction by Kathleen Coleman, James Loeb Professor of the Classics, Harvard University
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
6:00pm | Barnum 104
Matthew Landauer, University of Chicago
Open Initiative & Democratic Control in Ancient Greece.
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Friday, February 3, 2017
3:30pm | Eaton 201
Tufts' first Middle School Latin Teachers workshop and discussion

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
1:30-2:30pm | Granoff 251
Akira Yatsuhashi's lecture: "Touches of the Classical World in Nishiwaki Junzaburo's Ambavarlia"

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
12:00-1:20pm | Eaton 203
Shirley Lowe: "Teaching Latin/Ancient Languages to All Students"

Friday, October 28, 2016
3:30-5:00pm | Eaton 203
"Survival Tips" Open House: Teachers of Latin, Greek, and Classical Humanities. Returning new teachers, prospective teachers, prospective licensure graduate students.

Friday, October 14, 2016
12:00pm | Eaton 201
All are invited to a presentation of the Summer 2016 Concordia projects.  Second-year MA candidates in Archaeology, Chelsea Bright and James Prosser will regale us with tales of their work with The Caere Excavation in Cerveteri, and The Gabii Project in Rome, respectively. Lunch will be provided. Come for lunch and to see the kinds of project in which our students are involved.

Opportunities and funding are available for both graduate and undergraduate students through the Concordia and Witherby fellowships.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00pm | Olin Center 007
Tufts Classics Department welcomes a guest lecture by Prof. Dag Nikolaus Hasse (Würzburg): "Identifying anonymous translators from Arabic into Latin. Solving problems of philology and computational stylometry." Contact: Riccardo Strobino


Ancient Comic literature
Lecture by Matthew Farmer, University of Missouri

Thursday, April 14, 2016
6:00pm | Eaton Hall 201
Matthew Farmer received his BA in Greek and Latin from Tufts University, an MA in Classics from Bryn Mawr College, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines ancient comic literature of all sorts, from archaic iambos to the Roman novel. Currently he is working on projects related to parodies of tragedy in 5th and 4th century Athenian comedy, both in the extant plays by Aristophanes and in the fragmentary plays of his competitors.

The Odyssey - Performed as contemporary, abridged musical
By Joe Goodkin

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 6:00pm
Barnum 008

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Joe Goodkin's Odyssey is a 30 minute original musical composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice. Drawing on his years of writing and recording original rock music and his Bachelor's Degree in Classics/Ancient Greek from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Joe's performance represents in a contemporary musical mode both the abridged plot and the performance circumstances of Homer's original oral composition of The Odyssey. Part lecture, part musical performance, and part interactive discussion, the centerpiece of Joe's program is a 30 minute continuous performance of 24 original songs with lyrics inspired by Odysseus' famous exploits. Often performed without amplification, Joe's Odyssey is an oasis of simplicity and substance in our modern desert of technology and style. Refreshments provided

300 – Film Screening as part of Majors week
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 6:00PM | Barnum 008
Pizza and a movie!! All are welcome.
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Majors Week (February 22-26, 2016)
Classics Meet & Greet for prospective Major and Minors
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 12:00PM | Eaton 207
Refreshments provided

"To Kill a King: Continuity and Change in Hellenistic Cyprus"
LECTURE by Prof. Paul Keen
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 6:00pm
Pearson 104

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Paul Keen, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, conducts research focused on models of hegemonic control and state formation in the Hellenistic eastern Mediterranean. He is currently at work on a book project examining Ptolemaic power in Hellenistic Cyprus. In this talk, Prof. Keen will focus on the effects on the Cypriot political landscape created by the Ptolemaic elimination of the city-kings, a political institution that had characterized Cypriot political life since the Late Bronze Age. He has excavated at a variety of sites in Cyprus and Greece and is currently the site numismatist for the Kourion Urban Space Project. Keen's work has been supported in recent years by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Foundation.

Sponsored by Classics Department & Eta Sigma Phi — Classical Studies Honor Society
"Challenges and Rewards"
An Open House/Reunion for Educators and Prospective Educators in Latin, Greek, and Classics
Friday, October 30, 2015 |3:30-5:00pm
Eaton 201

Join us for a gathering of local Tufts Teacher-Alumni and prospective educators. Learn more about the challenges and rewards of being a first-year teacher, survival techniques to make it through the year, the challenges and rewards of an experienced teacher, and some teaching "bloopers." This is a chance to ask questions and talk with teachers at various stages of their careers. Guests include: Mary Elizabeth DeCamp (Winchester High School, Winchester, MA), Daphne Francois (Boston Latin Academy, Boston, MA), Erin Cummins (Ursuline Academy, Dedham, MA), Daniel Orazio (Newton North and Newton South High Schools, MA), Michael Howard (Boston Latin School, Boston, MA), Molly Duncan (The Pike School, Andover, MA).
Workshop "Teaching Latin to All Students"
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | 12:00-1:15pm
Eaton 207

Workshop "Teaching Latin to All Students" by Shirley Lowe, veteran Latin teacher grades 7-12 (The Rivers School, Wayland Public Schools, Bernardsville NJ Public Schools), who developed and implemented a Latin program for students with diverse learning styles. Intended for prospective educators in Latin and Classical Humanities. Shirley Lowe has participated in training and mentoring new teachers for many years and has been a leader in local and national professional Classical organizations such as C.A.N.E., C.A.M., ACTFL, etc. She has also participated in rewriting the national foreign language standards and the MTEL Exam.
Workshops on graduate school and the job market in Classics
Mondays, September 14, 21, and Wednesday 23, 12:00-1:00pm
Eaton 201

Profs. Beaulieu, Harrington, and Hitchner we will be holding workshops on graduate school and the job market in Classics and Archaeology from 12-1 in Eaton 201.

On the 14th, we will discuss planning and expectations for entry into a PhD program (what to expect from such programs, procedure to apply, etc).

On the 21st, we will discuss the academic job market and career planning.

On the 23rd, a representative of the Academic Resource Center will hold a workshop on time management strategies for graduate school. All graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any undergraduates (especially juniors and seniors) who are considering PhD programs and academic careers. Lunch will be provided.
Statesman and Demagogue: Was Plutarch Right about Pericles?
Monday, September 21, 2015 | 6:00-7:00pm
Terrace Room (Paige Hall)

Loren J. Samons, Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University, will be discussing his most recent book (2015), Pericles and the Conquest of History. Professor Samons specializes in the history of Greece in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C., with particular interests in Athenian politics and imperialism. His current research focuses on the figures of Perikles and Kimon, Athenian foreign policy, and the composition of Herodotus' and Thucydides' histories.


The 109th Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of New England (CANE)
Friday March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2015
Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA

Information Session for Prospective Educators in Latin, Greek, and Classics
Friday, February 20, 2015
Eaton Hall, Room 202

September 15, 22 & 24, 2014
We will be holding workshops on graduate school and the job market in Classics (and Archaeology) on Monday, Sept 15, Monday, September 22, and Wednesday, September 24, from 12-1 in Eaton 207. The workshops will be led by Profs. Beaulieu and Harrington. All graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend as well as any undergraduates (especially juniors and seniors) who are considering PhD programs and academic careers. Lunch will be provided!

On the 15th, we will discuss planning and expectations for entry into a PhD program - what to expect from such programs, procedure to apply, etc.

On the 22th, we will discuss the academic job market and career planning.

Finally, on the 24th, a representative of the Academic Resource Center will hold a workshop on time management strategies for graduate school.

Cruelty and Mercy, and Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared
A Lecture by Professor Benedetto Fontana
Monday, Nov. 24th, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5: 30 p.m.
Pearson Hall, Room 106
16 Talbot Ave.

In a discussion of the relative merits and utility of love and fear as instruments of rule, Machiavelli seems to suggest fear as more realistic and more reliable than love. Though ideally rule ought to be based on both love and fear, and certainly the Prince ought to strive to gain the love of his people, in practice one will preclude the other and so prudence may compel the ruler to evoke fear.

Reception to follow in Laminan Lounge, Olin Center.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
12:00 noon | Braker Hall 001 –Pizza will be served | Download Flyer
The Department of Political Science and the Department of Classics Present Professor Hugh Liebert, Is There a 'World Elsewhere': The Soldier, The State, and Some Version of Coriolanus
On Monday, April 14th Hugh Liebert, Assistant Professor of American politics, policy, and strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy will present Is There a 'World Elsewhere'? The Soldier, the State, and Some Versions of Coriolanus.

Coriolanus is famous for having served, abandoned, attacked, and reprieved Rome. Since antiquity his story has illustrated how civil orders both require and fear military men. However, the way in which Coriolanus' story has been told has changed significantly. Liebert examines three Coriolani: those of Plutarch's Life, Shakespeare's play, and Fiennes' movie to consider what they can teach us about the perennial nature and the present state of civil-military relations.

Liebert is a recent John Marshall visiting research fellow in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Liebert received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His primary areas of interest are Greek and Roman political thought and American politics. He is the co-editor of Executive Power in Theory and Practice, and has published articles in History of Political Thought and The Review of Politics. His first book Plutarch's Politics, is currently under review. A Research Guide for Liebert's work can be accessed here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00pm | Barnum Hall 008

Interpreting the Symbols of the Cross (4th and 5th C. AD) – Tiphaine Moreau
In its origins, the cross was a polysemic and polymorphic sign: the Greek cross, Christogram, Staurogram, victory sign, sign of the Passion, etc. This talk provides the keys to understanding the major stages in the development of the cross as a Christian symbol. We will see that this was a complex and dynamic process, in which Christians, bishops, and emperors played a role.

The Ways for Healing in Late Antiquity (4th – 6th Centuries) – Bertrand Lançon
Sickness and healing become ubiquitous themes in Late Antiquity writing, as much by the medical authors as by the Christian predicators. So too are these themes portrayed with the rise of the saints in late antique Churches. As such, an understanding of sickness and healing are indispensable to understanding the rise of Christianity in Roman society. Bertrand Lançon will expound upon this process utilizing several case studies.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00noon | Miner 112

Classics Majors & Minors Lunch


Friday, February 21, 2014
3:00pm | Eaton 201

Information Session for Prospective Educators

Monday, November 25, 2013
6:00pm | Barnum Hall 008

Recreating the Nile in Pompeii: Egyptianizing Iconography in the House of Publius Cornelius Tages
Drawing on both archaeological and textual evidence, Caitlín Barrett's research examines cultural, religious, and trade connections between Egypt and the rest of the ancient Mediterranean world. Please join us and Professor Barrett in exploring these connections.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
4:00pm | Barnum Hall 008

Circulating Authority: Plato, Politics, Political Theory
Plato's response to Athens' failures during the Peloponnesian War, culminating in the death of Socrates, is to displace and replace Athens' traditional democratic authorities -- poets, rhetors, politicians -- with the authority of philosophy. Please join in the conversation as Jill Frank, Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina, discusses the "challenges to all claims of expert authority".
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Friday, November 9, 2012, 4:00-6:00pm, Braker 001
"A Greek in the City or How to trace an author's influence?"
Presentation and discussion by Claudia Rammelt, PhD candidate in Classics and Renaissance Studies at Yale University. In her presentation Claudia will map out the manuscript diffusion of Thucydides' text in Florence and showcase select key passages from Florentine historiographies echoing Thucydides.

Dissertation Abstract: "A Greek in the City - Thucydides between Leonardo Bruni and Niccolò Machiavelli" is a history of readership, of translation, and of ideas set in 15th century Florence, Italy, a hotspot for manuscript trade, production, and translation, and thus also for the development of modern political thought. Following the traces of Thucydides' text after its arrival in Florence in November 1407, it tells the story of how and why this important ancient voice was channeled through the historiographical works of Bruni and subsequent authors of Florentine histories up to Machiavelli. In doing so it provides the backstory and revelation of the intricate relation between Machiavelli and Thucydides, still two very prominent voices in American political thought.

Monday, December 3, 2012, 5:00pm, Crane Room
"Greek Oracles and Big Politics. Dodona and the 'Tearless War' in Eutresis (368/7 BC)"

Pierre Bonnechere (PhD Louvain [Belgium], 1992) is a Professor of Greek history at the Université de Montréal. Among many others, he has mentored Tufts Assistant Professor Marie-Claire Beaulieu.

As a specialist of Greek religion and culture, as well as the history of gardens, he is now working on a broad synthesis of Greek divination (following his publication of Trophonios de Lébadée, Leyde-…, 2003 [RGRW, 150]). His current research concerns the (purported) connections between oracles and politics and the issue of alleged "deception" of private or public consultants through a systematic comparison of literary and epigraphical documents. Since his dissertation (Le sacrifice humain en Grèce ancienne, Athènes-Liège, 1994), he has remained very interested in sacrifice, both animal and human, and especially in issues of methodology. He is now publishing a volume (in press) titled Human Sacrifice: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Representations. He has recently translated Walter Burkert's Greek Religion into French and added significant bibliographical updates (2011).

Monday, February 25, 2013 6:00pm, Barnum 104
Research on manuscripts of the Homer Multitext project
The presentations in this panel illustrate three kinds of new discoveries that undergraduate contributors to the Homer Multitext project are making. We begin with a presentation on the physical production of three manuscripts in Venice and the Escorial Monastery that have not previously been analyzed in this way. This is followed by a complementary pair of presentations looking at how scribes combined Iliadic text and notes in a single layout. One presentation looks at the page-by-page organization of the Venetus A manuscript; the next compares the organization of material in bifolio spreads in a manuscript in the Escorial Monastery. The final presentation analyzes the textual content of the Venetus A's scholarly notes to suggest what kinds of sources the scribe might have consulted, and some ways he adapted them to the Venetus A manuscript.

Presenters from HC MID Club: Stephanie Lindeborg '13 , Nik Churik '15, Becky Musgrave '14, Brian Clark '13, Matt Angiolillo '13, Tom Arralde '13

Food will be provided.
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Friday March 8, 2013, 3:30-5:00pm, Eaton Hall 201
Prospective Educators Information Session: Latin, Ancient Greek, and Classics Pedagogy
Guest speakers will be sharing information and experiences about becoming an educator in Classics, Ancient Greek, and Latin.

Guests from independent and public schools:

  1. Dr. Deb Davies (head of Classics, The Brooks School, Andover, MA)
  2. Corrado "Cori" M. Russo, G12 (Lynn Classical High School, Lynn, MA)
  3. Stephen MacVicar (Sharon Public High School, MA)

Guests from Tufts University:

  1. Ryan Redmond (supervisor of student teacher placement and lecturer, Department of Education)
  2. Julia Larmore, G13 (candidate completing MA in Classics plus Initial Teacher Licensure, Department of Classics)

Refreshments will be served.

Questions, please contact: Susan E. Setnik at susan.setnik@tufts.edu
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Friday, April 5, 2013
4:30pm, Crane Room (Paige Hall)

David Mattingly, Professor of Roman Archaeology at University of Leicester
Beyond the Roman Frontiers: the Garamantes of the Libyan Saharan

Professor David Mattingly will be visiting the Tufts Classics Department on April 5th on his way to the University of Michigan to deliver a lecture for the famous Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture series (also delivered at the American Academy in Rome).

We hope you will join us in heralding Professor Mattingly's return to Tufts for the first time since inaugurating the Balmuth Lectures in 2006.
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
11:00am-3:00pm | The Green in front of Eaton Hall

The Reading Marathon

Powerful Women in Greco-Roman Literature
Selections from Theodore Prodromos Rhodanthe and Dosikles, Apollonios of Rhodes The Argonautica, and Euripides Medea

Preregister for a 10-min. impromptu reading shift in English or Greek
Questions: susan.setnik@tufts.edu or david.proctor@tufts.edu
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