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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Plato and the Divided Self
Tad Brennan, Charles Brittain
Plato's account of the tripartite soul is a memorable feature of dialogues like the Republic, Phaedrus and Timaeus: it is one of his most famous and influential yet least understood theories. It presents human nature as both essentially multiple and diverse – and yet somehow also one – divided into a fully human 'rational' part, a lion-like 'spirited part' and an 'appetitive' part likened to a many-headed beast. How these parts interact, how exactly each shapes our agency and how they are affected by phenomena like eros and education is complicated and controversial. The essays in this book investigate how the theory evolves over the whole of Plato's work, including the Republic, Phaedrus and Timaeus, and how it was developed further by important Platonists such as Galen, Plutarch and Plotinus. They will be of interest to a wide audience in philosophy and classics.
Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.
Classical Works Knowledge Base
The Classical Works Knowledge Base will facilitate linking from citations of ancient texts to the online versions of those texts.
News and Announcements
- 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