Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics

Archive of Past Events

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Fall 2012

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 5-6:30 p.m. (Knott Hall Basement 01):  Matt Amt demonstrates Greek military armor
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. (Knott Hall Basement 01):  Dr Nandini Pandey speaks on Augustan Art
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. (Knott Hall Basement 01):  Dr Joe Walsh presents Roman History in a Nutshell

Spring 2012

We are delighted with the choice of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, a vibrant and thought-provoking ancient comedy on gender, power, and conflict, as the focus of the 2012 Humanities Symposium. We hope that you will join us for some of the many exciting interdisciplinary events of the symposium, including performances of the play itself by Loyola students directed by Natka Bianchini.

Performances of Lysistrata:

  • Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 (McManus Theatre, 8 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 (McManus Theatre, 8 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 (McManus Theatre, 2 p.m.)
  • Friday - Saturday, Feb. 24-25, 2012 (McManus Theatre, 8 p.m.)
  • N.B.: A discussion moderated by Dr. R. Miola of the English department will follow the performance

Other events surrounding the Lysistrata:

  • Loyola Distinguished Scholars lecture: “Dressed, Addressed, Redressed: Aristophanes in England,” Robert Miola, department of English, Loyola University Maryland (Tuesday, March 13, 2012; Knott Hall B01, 3:30 p.m.)
  • Humanities Symposium keynote address: "Lysistrata through the Ages," a survey of the play's performance, translation, and reception in the 2,422 years since its first production by Jeffrey Henderson, William Goodwin Aurelio professor of Greek language and literature at Boston University (Thursday, March 15, 2012; McGuire Hall, 6 p.m.)

Classics department event/Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture:

  • “Cicero on your iPad,” James J. O’Donnell, Provost, Georgetown University (Wednesday, February 29, 2012; 4th Floor Programming Room, Andrew White Student Center, 7 p.m.)

Fall 2011

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., McGuire Hall: Noted storyteller Odds Bodkin performs selections from Homer's Iliad 1
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m., Knott Hall Basement 03: Demonstration on Roman legions by Matt Amt
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., Knott Hall Basement 01: Classics Professor Martha Taylor speaks on Vergil
  • Wednesdays-Sundays, Oct. 16-Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Check out a classically-themed special exhibit at the Walters Art Museum entitled "Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes"

Spring 2011

  • Tom McCreight speaks on “Rome. An Introduction to the City.” February 17, Knott B01, 7 p.m.
  • Dr. Kelly DeVries speaks on “Actium Shore: Reality TV Starring Cleopatra, Antony and Octavian” March 28, Knott B01, 6 p.m.
  • Dr. Hugh Lee, University of Maryland, College Park, speaks on “The Revival of Greek Athletics in the Renaissance,” April 19, Knott B01, 7 p.m.

Fall 2010

  • Odds Bodkin, a modern-day Orpheus, performs “The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast,” September 16, 7 p.m. McGuire West
  • Martha Taylor speaks on “Women in the Ancient World” October 21, Knott B2, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Walsh speaks on “Roman History in a Nutshell” October 5, 7 p.m., Knott B2
  • A screening of Agora with Rachel Weisz. 11/22 in the Reading Room, 7 p.m.

Spring 2010

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 7 p.m., Knott Hall B01, Thomas McCreight (Loyola University Maryland), "Rome: The Layout of the City"
  • Thursday, February 25, 2010, 7 p.m., Knott Hall B01, Martha Taylor (Loyola University Maryland), "Vergil's Aeneid: An Introduction"
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 7 p.m., Knott Hall B01, Judith Hallett (University of Maryland, College Park), "Lectrix and Scriptrix: Women as Readers and Writers in Rome"
  • Thursday, April 22, 2010, 7 p.m., Knott Hall B01, Luca Graverini (University of Siena, Arezzo), "Philosophy in the Ancient Novels"

Fall 2009

  • Tues. 22 Sept., 7 p.m., KH B01.  Joseph Walsh, Loyola University Maryland, "Race and Culture in the Roman Empire."
  • Wed. 21 Oct., 7 p.m., KH B03.  John Jacobs, Loyola University Maryland, "Roman Epic After Vergil."
  • Thurs. 5 Nov., 7 p.m., AWSC 4th Floor.  Thomas McCreight, Loyola University Maryland, "Ancient Heroes in Baltimore."
  • Sun. 8 Nov., 11-3. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.  Excursion to special exhibit on ancient heroes.  Students must bring Loyola ID.

Spring 2009

  • Lecture by Matthew McDaniel, Undergraduate, Loyola College in Maryland, "Judaism and Christianity," sponsored by Catholic Studies, Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., College Center Conference Rooms 113/114.
  • Lecture by Joseph J. Walsh, Professor of Classics, Loyola College in Maryland, "Rome in a Nutshell," Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Knott Hall 01.
  • Matthew Roller, Professor of Classics, Johns Hopkins University, "Horizontal Women: Gender and Dining Customs in Ancient Rome," Mon. March 23, 5 p.m., 4th Floor Programming Room, Andrew White Student Center.
  • Steven Mason, York University, Toronto, Cardin Lecture: "'Judaism and Christianity': a Category Mistake?", Monday, April 20, 7 p.m., 4thFloor Programming Room or McGuire Hall, TBA.

Fall 2008

  • Lecture by Professor Nora Chapman, "What Josephus Sees: The Temple of Peace and the Jerusalem Temple as Spectacle in Text and Art," Monday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Fourth Floor Programming Space.
  • Theatrical adaptation of Homer's Odyssey by Mary Zimmerman in McManus Theater, Oct. 24-26, 31; Oct. 2, Nov. Fri. and Sat. performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
  • Introduction to Pompeii (see next item), Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. (date and time tentative but likely; room TBA). 
  • Field trip to National Gallery in Washington, DC to see Pompeii exhibit, Saturday, Nov. 15, This will be a huge and important exhibit, and you should not miss the opportunity to go. The college will provide bus transportation. This trip counts for two events. Check out the web site at: www.nga.gov/exhibitions/pompeiiinfo.shtm.
  • "Confound your friends, puzzle your parents, listen to opera!", a trip to the Baltimore Opera Company's presentation of Bellini's Norma, one of the supreme heights of the Bel Canto tradition, Wednesday, Nov. 19,  Price: $5. Contact: Prof. Paul Oorts N457 Maryland Hall x2324  phoorts@loyola.edu. You must preregister and pay three weeks before the performance. (i.e. Oct. 29)! Only 25 students can go. 

Spring 2008

  • Lecture by Albert Braunmuller, Distinguished Professor, English and Comparative Literature, UCLA  "Justice, Law and Mercy in Measure for Measure”, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., McManus Theatre.  This is the keynote lecture for the 2008 Humanities Symposium.
  • Lecture by Robert Miola,  Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of English, & Professor of Classics, Loyola College in Maryland, “Darkness as a Bride: Classical Ideas of Justice in Measure for Measure”, Tuesday Feb. 26, 6 p.m., McGuire Hall West. This is the classics department's contribution to the 2008 Humanities Symposium.
  • Special exhibit at the Walters, beginning 16 March: Maps: Finding Our Place in the World.
  • Eta Sigma Phi & Classics Club Spring Event and Party; Friday, March 14; 7 PM; Professor McCreight's house
    • Induction of new members into the National Classics Honors Society
    • Distribution of Fall 2007 writing awards for individual courses
    • Premiere reading of Pontanus, a Jesuit Latin play translated into English for the first time ever by Loyola classics students

Fall 2007

  • Lecture by Joseph J. Walsh, department of classics, Loyola College, "Roman History in a Nutshell," Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Cohn 33.
  • Lecture by David Larmour, Professor of Classics, Texas Tech University, "The Origins of Science Fiction: Lucian of Samosata's True History," Mon. Oct. 22, 6 p.m., 105/107 Mangione Conference Room.
  • Lecture by Roger Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, "Women Writing Letters in Graeco-Roman Egypt." Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. Mon. Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m., 4th Floor Programming Room, Andrew White Student Center. There will be at least one other lecture or seminar associated with Professor Bagnall's visit. This will be of limited attendance (most probably restricted to majors or minors); check website for updates.
  • Lecture by William Short, Department of Classics, Loyola College, "Latin: A Brief Introduction," Mon. Nov. 12, 5 p.m., Cohn 33.

Spring 2007

  • Lecture by M.T. Boatwright, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Ancient History, Duke University, "The City, and Cities, in Greek and Roman Cultures," Monday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m., KH B01. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classics. This is the classics department's contribution to the 2007 Humanities Symposium.
  • 21st Annual Language, Literature and Society Colloquium 2007, "From Oral to Visual and Back-THE EPIC-Past, Present and Future," Wednesday, March 28-Thursday, March 29, Andrew White Student Center, 4th Floor Programming Room. Sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program, department of classics, office of the dean of first-year students, department of English, honors program, department of modern languages and literatures, medieval studies minor, and the Center for the Humanities. For more information contact 410-617-2780.
      • Wednesday, March 28
      • 11 a.m.-noon: Opening ceremonies, "Oral? Written? Storytelling!" - Ward Heinemann, University of Toronto
      • Noon-1 p.m.: "From the Seven Against Thebes to the Magnificent Seven: Rome, Italy, Japan and Hollywood," Charles Ross, Purdue University.
      • 3-4 p.m.: "Once and Future Heroes: The Medieval Epic on the Screen."
      • Thursday, March 29
        10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: "In the Midst of Life: Liturgical Memory and the First Line of Dante's Comedy," Ronald L. Martinez, Brown University and "Dante and the Confusion of Tongues," Robert M. Durling, University of California (Santa Cruz).
      • 12:15-1:30 p.m.: "Novelizing the Ancient Epic," Classicist Thomas M. Falkner, McDaniel College.
      • 1:30-2 p.m.: Closing and thanks
  • Change Lecture by Daniella Widdows, department of classics, Loyola College, "Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?': Semonides’s Poem on the Creation of Women," Tues. April 17, 5 p.m., Knott Hall B01.
  • Recommended: The 22nd Annual Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture, "A Light for the Gentiles: Jews and Christians in the First Century C.E," by Thomas Sheehan, PH.D., professor of the department of religious studies - Stanford University
  • Thursday, April 19, 2007, 7 p.m., McGuire Hall, sponsored by the department of philosophy and the Center for the Humanities.

Fall 2006

  • Lecture by Lillian Doherty, associate professor of classics, University of Maryland at College Park, "Hidden in Plain View: Classical Paris," Mon. Nov. 6, 5 p.m., KH B01. Sponsored by department of modern languages and literatures, department of classics, Center for the Humanities, Year of the City.
  • Lecture by Dr. Paul Allen Miller, professor of classics and French, University of South Carolina, "`I Gete Around': Sadism, Desire and Metonymy on the Streets of Rome with Horace and Ovid," Mon. Nov. 20, 4 p.m. 4th Floor. Program Room. Sponsored by department of modern languages and literatures, department of classics, Center for the Humanities, honors program, international programs, Year of the City.
  • Lecture by Thomas D. McCreight, department of classics, Loyola College, "Rome: the City," Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m., Cohn 33.

Spring 2005

  • Lecture by Martha Taylor, Chair, Department of Classics, Loyola College, "Vergil's Aeneid," Tuesday Feb. 15, 5 p.m., KH B01
  • Lecture by Keith R. Bradley, departments of classics and history, Eli Doheen Chair, University of Notre Dame, "Resisting Slavery at Rome," Wednesday March 16, 6 p.m., KH B01. This is the classics department's contribution to the 2005 Humanities Symposium
  • Lecture by James O'Donnell, Provost of Georgetown University, "What Augustine Didn't Confess," Tues. 5 April, 7 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Center
  • Lecture by Daniella Widdows, Department of Classics, Loyola College, "The Skins They're In:Images of Humans in Animal Skins on Greek Vases," Wednesday April 13, 5 p.m., KH B01

Fall 2004 

  • T.D. McCreight, Loyola College. "Augustus' City," Sep5. 28, 5 p.m., KH B03
  • Professor James J. O'Hara, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The Interpretation of Inconsistencies in Vergil's _Aeneid_," Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., KH B03
  • Prof. Andrew Bell, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, "Donkeys: Ancient Burdens and Meanings", Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., KHB01
  • Oliver Stone's "Alexander," Thursday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Senator Theater (tentative)