‘Gustavus classics events’ 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 […]

Honors Day

Honors Day was this past Saturday, May 1st.  Special congratulations to Karl Boettcher and Paula Wiggam for being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa!  Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest Honor Society in the US.  Its letters stand for philosophia biou kubernetes “love of wisdom is the guide of life.” After the Honors Day convocation, classics […]

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 […]

Classics Lecture

Barbara Weiden Boyd, Ph.D., delivered a lecture on “Example and Imitation: Shared Identity and Living Tradition in Augustan Rome” on Thursday, Oct. 22 to a full house.  Professor Boyd is a professor of Greek and Latin at Bowdoin College in Maine and specializes in Latin poetry, especially the works of Virgil and Ovid.  Her text […]

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!

Comedy Night at Gustavus

On October 1st, a troupe of St. Olaf players brought us the Roman comedian Plautus’ Aulularia (‘Little Pot o’ Gold’) – performed in English, with a bit of Latin thrown in for good measure.  Students from all walks of Gustavus life enjoyed an hour of uproarious situation comedy, musical numbers, slapstick, and crazy coincidences.  Read […]

Prominent Classicists Find Temporary Home at Gustavus

We in Classics were fortunate to have not one, but two prominent visiting speakers, who delivered lectures on classical topics this week, both of whom discussed ways in which the study of Classics intersects with the modern world. On Thursday Feb. 26, Professor Patrice Rankine from Purdue University delivered an exciting lecture entitled “Black Athena […]

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 […]

Fragments of a Greek Tragedy

Monday evening, Oct. 13th Dr. KO Chong-Gossard from University of Melbourne delivered a lecture entitled “Pavane for a Dead Infant: Consolation in Euripides’ Hypsipyle” to a packed house . Euripides is perhaps best known as an avant-garde playwright whose plays (Medea, Bacchae, Trojan Women) offer powerful female protagonists, bold new handlings of myth and an […]