Welcome to Cornell Classics
Classics is the interdisciplinary study of the ancient (1700 BCE-600 CE) Greek and Roman civilizations that gave subsequent European culture its distinctive character. The study of Greek and Roman antiquity includes: Greek and Latin language, literature, and linguistics; ancient philosophy; history; archaeology and art history; papyrology; epigraphy; and numismatics.
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Absolute Constructions in Early Indo-European
In the past, discussions of absolute constructions (ACs) have been limited by an imprecise understanding of what ACs are. By examining the nature and function of ACs and related constructions in Greek, Latin and Sanskrit, this new study arrives at a clear and simple definition of ACs. Focusing on the earliest attested material in each language, Ruppel highlights how AC usage differs between languages and offers explanations for these differences. Identifying the common core shared by all ACs, she suggests a starting-point and way by which they developed into Greek, Latin and Sanskrit. Further historical study reveals how ACs have been conceived of by grammarians, philologists and even Christian missionaries over the last two thousand years and how enduring misconceptions still affect our discussion of them today.
Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.
Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project (Cyprus)
This project uses archaeological geophysics and digital mapping and modeling to investigate the role of urban landscapes in the profound social transformations that took place on Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age (c. 1650-1100 BC).
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013: Stephen Shoemaker (University of Oregon)
- Friday, November 8, 2013: Lesley A. Dean-Jones (University of Texas at Austin)
- Friday, November 15, 2013: Harriet Flower (Princeton University)
- Wednesday, November 20, 2013: Dirk Obbink (University of Oxford)
- Friday, November 22, 2013: Nathan Pilkington (Cornell University)
News and Announcements
- Latin Poetry and Hip-Hop Teaching Award
- Hot topic in ancient art covered in student workshop
- The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology has received a $204,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.
- Katie Kearns (Classics graduate student) won a Fulbright US Student Grant
- Cornell Classicist Verity Platt Is Uncovering Lives of Ancient Poets