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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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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.
The Department of Classics at Cornell University seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the fields of Roman Archaeology and/or Roman Social History to begin July 1, 2016.
You can download our job advertisement here.
Edith Hall (King's College, London) delivered the first Francis R. Halpern Lecture on October 2, 2015: What Do the Ancient Greeks Have to Say to the Third Millenium?
Watch the video here.
News and Announcements
- Exposing new audiences to a real Greek tragedy
- Two juniors receive Caplan Travel Fellowships
- ISIS Destroys Ancient Palmyra Columns By Tying Prisoners to Them and Blowing Them Up, Shocking New Report Reveals
- American Bacchae
- New book examines 'I' vs. 'us' in late antiquity
- Why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history
- Fontaine plays Sherlock Holmes with book on rare play
- Katie Cruz honored as 2015 Merrill Scholar
- Classics department celebrates our 2015 graduates!
- Congratulations Katie Kearns!
- Charles Brittain received Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Recognition Award for his contributions to improving the climate for women at Cornell.
- Why ISIS destroys antiquities?
- Responding to Islamic State’s Destruction of Ancient Artifacts.
- Casts and Present exhibition marks Cornell’s Sesquicentennial by returning to the University’s deep roots in teaching from objects.
- Near Eastern and Classics Professor Kim Haines-Eitzen is featured on Academic Minute.