Archive for 2008

Clytemnestra at the Kennedy Center

Here’s a Washington Post review of Martha Graham’s new production of “Clytemnestra”: Your married sister runs off with a guy and causes an international incident, which happens to be the Trojan War. To get her back, your husband volunteers your daughter to be sacrificed. When he comes home (a full decade later), after overseeing a […]

Tricolon, anaphora and autonomasia in Obama’s speeches

Ever since the historic speech that he gave at as a rookie senator at the 2004 Democratic Convention, Obama has been mesmerizing large audiences with his rousing speeches. Charlotte Higgins, writer for the Guardian and author of “It’s All Greek To Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World” […]

Flatus Stanlius Linguam Latinam Amat!

A most distinguished visitor has arrived in the Gustavus Classics department a long way from his second-grade friends at Algonquin Road School in Illinois. Meet Flat Stanley! Dear Ms. Marge Tietz & Second Graders at the Algonquin Road School, I just wanted to send you some photos from my recent travels. I am in St. […]

Et tu, Roma! Welcome to Ancient Rome 3D brought to you by Google Earth

Exciting news!: Google has released an “Ancient Rome 3D” layer for their popular Google Earth geographic browser. The new layer shows many of the buildings, structures and topography that made up the city during the rule of Constantine the Great. Some of the buildings even have interiors. The Ancient Rome 3D feature was created in […]

Classics, Intellectuals, and Presidents in the News

Classics references seem to be playing a different role in newspaper articles of late.  Instead of supplying analogies for misguided U.S. policies, classics now seems to be supplying a point of reference for the role of intellectualism in American political life and what that might look like under President Obama.  Check out these classics shout-outs […]

Stephen Berard: Living Latin

On Thursday, October 30th Dr. Stephen Berard delivered a lecture on the history of Latin as a spoken language and led a workshop on speaking Latin.  Students and faculty alike were given the rare opportunity to bring past and present together by talking about their homes, families, and even computers–all in Latin! Dr. Berard continued […]

Eta Sigma Phi Hosts Toga Party

On Thursday October 30, 2008, Classicists as well as non-Classicists gathered in Old Main to have a Dionysian feast of pizza, lemonade, and Halloween decorated frost-your-own-cookies. Activities included: a Julius Caesar photo booth, Plato’s Play-doh sculpting, a Roman coloring station (designing your own ancient pottery), and Pin the Laurel on Caesar. Winners of the toga […]

Cleopatra…The Musical!…in 3D!!

Hot off the NYT presses: The director Steven Soderbergh, whose body of work includes the films “Schizopolis,” “Kafka” and “Ocean’s Thirteen,” is planning to make a rock ’n’ roll musical about Cleopatra, Variety reported. Mr. Soderbergh, right, is said to be courting Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the Egyptian queen and Hugh Jackman to play her […]

Antique Muses Stir a Modern Orpheus

Brought to you by Los Angeles via the New York Times: WITH its grand marble staircase, inner and outer peristyles and Roman gardens, the Getty Villa in Los Angeles seems a fitting backdrop for a small army of Greek gods, Roman warriors and Etruscan vases. But in two weeks visitors to the villa, which houses […]

The Real ‘Gladiator’

Tomb of the real ‘Gladiator’ discovered in Italy Archaeologists find tomb of the real hero who inspired epic film. Italian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of the Ancient Roman hero who inspired Russell Crowe’s character in the film Gladiator. Daniela Rossi, a Rome archaeologist, said that the discovery of the marble tomb of Marcus Nonius […]