Office: HU 323
Spring 2014 Office Hours: MWF noon-2 p.m.
Nandini Pandey joined the classics department in Fall 2011 after completing her Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley (2011) and a dissertation fellowship at the College of Wooster (2010-11). Prior to that, she received a B.A. in Latin and Greek (Swarthmore College, 2002), a second B.A. in classics and English (Oxford University, 2004), an M.A. in Latin (UC Berkeley, 2005), and an M.Phil in Renaissance English (Cambridge University, 2006).
Dr. Pandey's research focuses on Augustan poetry and its complex relationship with the material and political culture of Rome during the principate; she is particularly interested in Ovid, genre and intertextuality, the early modern reception of Latin poetry, and the intersections between art, politics, and the writing of history. Her teaching has included Latin at various levels and a course on ancient and modern epic that linked Homer, Vergil, and Ovid with Milton's Paradise Lost and Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, a modern novel on transgendered identity; she has also advised independent studies on Roman history and on Greek tragedy and its post-classical reception. This spring at Loyola, she is teaching Golden Age Latin, Greek 104 (Lucian), and an Honors seminar on revenge.
What I Love About Classics
I love that classics, almost uniquely within the humanities, allows and in fact encourages us to explore culture as a whole—to trace out the interconnections and reverberations between literature, art, philosophy, politics, and religion, to name just a few things that fascinate me about the ancient world. In my research, I love those moments when a work of architecture, a coin type, or even a piece of social legislation inspires me to re-examine a work of literature from a fresh and more culturally and historically aware perspective—and I live to create such moments in the classroom.
Why I Got Involved in Classics—and Why You Can, Too
I always knew I loved literature, and planned to be an English major when I went to college—but I realized that the study of any western literature is infinitely enriched by a knowledge of the ancient world, and signed up for a Latin class my freshman year. I was instantly enraptured by the cadence, elegance, and precision of the language, and every year since then have more fully appreciated the profundity of the conversations that arise between ancient and modern thinkers about universal concerns such as justice, power, and artistic (and political) expression. So, don't feel you need to have studied Latin or Greek in high school for a classics course to be relevant and illuminating to your life and studies—it's never too late to explore your curiosity about the ancient world, and you may just find (as I did) that it becomes a lifelong passion!