‘Roman’ Category

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Back from the Dead and More Relevant Than Ever

When an op-ed piece in the New York Times is entitled “Are We Rome? Tu Betchus!” you know it’s a good day to be a classicist. When it continues on to note that, “the decline and fall of the American Empire echoes the experience of the Romans,” you know that your appreciation of classics and […]

Roman Holiday

A Salon article on the experience of traveling in Rome. Read more here On the Fourth of July, a little group of Americans held a patriotic celebration in Rome’s Piazza Farnese. We chose a spot near one of the two monumental fountains, huge basins that were originally in the Baths of Caracalla, built around A.D. […]

Pompeii: When Ruins Face Ruin

This just in the New York Times: Citing threats to public security and to the site itself, the Italian government has for the first time declared a yearlong state of emergency for the ancient city of Pompeii. Nearly 2,000 years after Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii under pumice and steaming volcanic ash, some 2.6 million tourists […]

Yes We Can!…Read Latin

There’s Latin on Barack Obama’s new campaign logo. Take a look here. The seal includes the same bald eagle as the actual presidential seal clutching an olive branch and arrows in its talons, but instead of a shield covering the center of the eagle’s body, the Obama version displays the campaign’s trademark “O.” Unlike the […]

Comedy Last Month

Plautus has been in the Gustavian air this past month. The drama department at Gustavus put on a production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum on the last weekend of February and the first weekend of March. The play was hilarious and a smashing success–especially the Feb 29th performance, which […]

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 […]

Society, Ritual, and Death at a Port in Roman Greece

For many summers now, Dr. Joseph Rife, a professor at Macalester College, has been conducting excavations and research in the Greek port town of Kenchreai near Corinth. His colleagues have been from all over the globe: France, British Columbia, and the United States. Their focus has been on a collection of fifty-nine tombs which contain […]

Revisiting Ancient Corinth

Bronwen Wickkiser returned to her graduate alma mater, the University of Texas (hook ’em horns!), in early January to talk with archaeologists, epigraphers, numismatists, and other scholars of Classics and Religious Studies from the US, Greece, Canada, and the UK about religion and society in the ancient city of Corinth. She gave a paper on […]

Tresses and togas

Unsuspecting visitors to Old Main were rubbing their eyes as they took in a display of the latest fads from the 1st century B.C. by students in Matt Panciera’s Roman History and Culture class, who dressed, styled their hair, and prepared food like ancient Romans for the day. Pictured here are Emilirose Rasmussen and Sarah […]