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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How Things Make History
Astrid Van Oyen
Bright red terra sigillata pots dating to the first three centuries CE can be found throughout the Western Roman provinces. The pots' widespread distribution and recognisability make them key evidence in the effort to reconstruct the Roman Empire's economy and society. Drawing on recent ideas in material culture, this book asks a radically new question: what was it about the pots themselves that allowed them to travel so widely and be integrated so quickly into a range of contexts and practices? To answer this question, Van Oyen offers a fresh analysis in which objects are no longer passive props, but rather they actively shape historical trajectories.
Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.
- Tuesday, April 5, 2016: Massimo Osanna (Superintendent of Pompeii) in Goldwin Smith Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium (G64)
- Wednesday, April 6, 2016: Daniele Maras (Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archaeologia) at 6:00 in Goldwin Smith Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium (G64)
- Friday, April 15, 2016: Roberta L. Stewart (Dartmouth College)
- Monday, April 18, 2016: William Van Andringa (Université de Lille 3) in Goldwin Smith Hall G22
- Friday, April 29, 2016: Claudia Moatti (University of Southern California)
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
- Concealing the bodies of ancient statues with censorship or fashion adds another layer to their complicated politics.
- How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks
Cleon was an Athenian demagogue, a shrewd operator known for violence and for getting things done.
- Cicero on Going Emeritus
- Retiring faculty honored, invited to remain active
- President Hunter Rawlings on priorities and 'pinch-hitting'
- Reinventing Pygmalion: Tracey Emin’s “Rocky” Marriage
- Mortua lingua discipulorum auxilio reviviscit*
*"With the help of some students, a dead language is coming back to life.”
- Schizophrenia in the Golden Ass
- Cornell Cast Collection Figures Introduced to Klarman Hall
- What Rome Can Teach Us Today
- From Bacchus to Burgundy: Wine Culture in Art
- The Empty Chair and the Silent Voice. Symbols of Loss, Grief - and Hope?
- Database of classical works now freely searchable
- Congratulation Ioannis Ziogas!
- Brandtly Jones Precollegiate Award Citation
- Ancient Scientific and Technical Texts
- 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.