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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 The introduction offers reconstructions of Susanna (based on Casina) and Asinaria (1625), his two lost or unpublished inversions of Plautus.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.
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.
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).
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
- 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.