‘Eta Sigma Phi’ Category

Classicists Nearly Defeat Philosophers in Annual Kickball Game

Members of the classics and philosophy departments met on the battle–I mean, kickball–field for a nail-biting, suspenseful match-up.  Though the game didn’t come out in our favor, this was our closest game yet.  Watch out philosophy, Zeus/Jupiter may have granted you success this time, but your days on top are numbered.  The classicists will be […]

A Pompeiian Spectacle for a Sunday Night

Professor Martin Winkler, internationally renowned expert in Classics and Film Studies, wowed Gusties on Sunday night, Nov. 1st with his lecture “The Last Days of Pompeii: From Fact to Fiction and Film.”  Professor Winkler took us through a whirlwind tour of receptions of Pompeii across the centuries and via a range of media, from books […]

dinner and a slide show

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Eta Sigma Phi provided an Italian feast for hungry classicists.  Globe-trotting Gusties Matt Panciera, Paula Wiggam, and Emma Ellingson  shared slides and stories of their trips to Sicily and Florence.  The event took place, fittingly, in the International Center–the perfect setting for inspiring wanderlust!

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 […]

IMAX, Volcanoes, and Greek Food, Oh My!

On Saturday, November 10th an intrepid group of classicists led by Eta Sigma Phi ventured out Minneapolis to view the Pompeii exhibit and the Greek IMAX movie at the Science Museum of Minnesota and to dine on excellent Greek food at the nearby Christos Restaurant. A good time was had by all!

Of pictures–moving and otherwise

On Friday, Oct. 5th Eta Sigma Phi played Classics Pictionary and screened “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”, featuring the most hard-core Latin lesson of all time. Let that be a lesson to you to study those vocatives and imperatives. You never know when you’ll meet a grammatically demanding Roman soldier in some dark alley. For […]

Departmental Doings

So now that the dust of the first two weeks of class has settled, it’s time to get this Classics blog party started. Only thirteen days and already so much has happened. Last Sunday was the Classics Department Opening Reception for majors graciously (and deliciously) hosted by Will and Pat Freiert, to which Mary brought […]