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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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Joannes Burmeister, Aulularia and Other Inversions of Plautus
Joannes Burmeister of Lüneburg (1576-1638) was among the greatest Neo-Latin poets of the German Baroque. His masterpieces, now mostly lost, are Christian ‘inversions’ of the classical Roman comedies of Plautus. With only minimal changes in language and none in meter, each transforms Plautus’ pagan plays into comedies based on biblical themes. Singular Renaissance curiosities in their day, they have since been entirely forgotten. This volume offers the first critical edition of the newly discovered Aulularia (1629), which exists in a sole copy, and the fragments of Mater-Virgo (1621), which adapts Plautus’ Amphitryo to show the Nativity of Jesus. The introduction offers reconstructions of Susanna (based on Casina) and Asinaria (1625), his two lost or unpublished inversions of Plautus. It also provides the only biography of Burmeister based on archival sources, along with discussions of his inimitable Latinity and the perilous context of war and witch burning in which he wrote. Scholars of early modern literature will take special interest in the poetic German plot summaries (also translated), while students of the Thirty Years War or the Holy Roman Empire will want to add Burmeister's contemporary view of military abuses to those later expressed in Grimmelshausen's Simplicius Simplicissimus.
Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.
- Friday, October 3, 2014: Virginia Burrus (Syracuse University)
- Thursday, October 9, 2014: Harry Caplan Travel Fellowship informational meeting
- Thursday, October 16, 2014: Hunter R. Rawlings III (Cornell University) at 5:00PM in 122 Goldwin Smith Hall
- Friday - Sunday, October 17-19, 2014: Cicero Conference
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Nathan Pilkington (Cornell University)
- Friday, October 24, 2014: Victoria Wohl (University of Toronto)
News and Announcements
- Welcome to New Faculty Member Athena Kirk
- Congratulations to Antonia Ruppel, senior lecturer in the Department of Classics: she was awarded a Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences for 2014.
- Congratulations to Caitlín Barrett, assistant professor in the Department of Classics: she was awarded the Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Academic Advising Award in the College of Arts & Sciences for 2014.
- Cornell Classics assistant professor Courtney A. Roby won a Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography to be a fellow in the 2014-16 program of the Rare Book School (RBS), University of Virginia.
- Latin Poetry and Hip-Hop Teaching Award