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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 The introduction offers reconstructions of Susanna (based on Casina) and Asinaria (1625), his two lost or unpublished inversions of Plautus.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 Tragic Theater Course and the Classics Society of Cornell University present:
Trojan Women, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, trans. by Frederick Ahl: A darkly humorous tragedy about the fall of Troy.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Admission is free but space is limited.
Reserve seats through Katie Cruz (email@example.com)
Harvard-Cornell Expedition for the Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Sardis
The excavations at the site of Sardis in ancient Lydia cover a time span from about 1400 BCE to about 616 CE.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2015: Gregory S. Aldrete (University of Wisconsin)
- Friday, April 17, 2015: Rubina Raja (Aarhus University, Denmark)
- Sunday, April 19, 2015: Trojan Women performance at 7 PM in the Blackbox Theater in the Schwartz Center.
- Friday, April 24, 2015: David Creese (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
- Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Michael Squire (King's College London) at 5:15 PM in the Wing Lecture Room at the Johnson Museum of Art
- Wednesday, April 29, 2015: Isabelle Bochet (Institut des Études Augustiniennes, Paris)
- Friday, May 1, 2015: Isabelle Bochet (Institut des Études Augustiniennes, Paris)
- Monday, May 4, 2015: Isabelle Bochet (Institut des Études Augustiniennes, Paris)
News and Announcements
- 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.