Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics


Whether you are a student of classics or an interested member of the Loyola community, the Classics Department invites you to join us at the following events:

Tuesday, February 4

Dr. Aaron Palmore will be presenting "Why Latin Love Poems Matter"

Knott Hall B01 5:00pm

Palmore lecture 2020

Thursday, February 20

Dramatic Reading of Sophocles's Philoctetes by Theater of War. Followed by a panel discussion of the effects of war on military veterans and their families.

McGuire Hall 6:00 pm

Thursday, March 12

Phil Klay giving Keynote for the Humanities Symposium on his text Redeployment

McGuire Hall 6:00 pm

For more information on the Symposium please go to the loyola page

Monday, April 6

Dr. Jennifer Gerrish, University of Charleston "Hannibal the Cyclops?"

Knott Hall B03


Thursday Februry 21, 2019

The Roman Soldier as Living History Presented by Matthew AMT

Knott Hall B03

matthew amt lecture

Fall 2018


Thursday September 13, 2018

Odds Bodkin will perform the Iliad, Book 1
7:00pm, McGuire Hall West

Thursday September 27, 2018

7:00pm McManus Theatre

Thursday October 11, 2018

Robert Miola on "Ancient, Early Modern and Modern Antigones"
5:00pm, Sellinger VIP Lounge

Thursday November 15, 2018

Harriet Fertig on "Imagining Freedom: W.E.B. DuBois and Cicero on Speech and Citizenship"
6:00pm, KNott Hall B03

Spring 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Joe Walsh will give a talk "Roman Spectacles"
6 p.m. in Knott Hall B03

Tuesday April 17, 2018
Laura Garofalo will give a talk "Roman Pompeii"
6 p.m. Cohn Hall 133

Knott Hall Basement Classroom

Fall 2017

  • Odds Bodkin performing “The Odyssey: The Belly of the Beast” - a live-performance retelling of Odysseus’ adventures in Troy and with the Cyclops. (9/14/17)
  • Dr. Dustin Dixon, Grinnell College, on “Classical Tragedy and Horror Films.” (10/16/17)
  • Janet Stephens, amateur forensic archaeologist (11/13/17)
  • Dr. Joseph Walsh, Loyola College, on “Roman Spectacles” (11/30/17)

Spring 2017


Fall 2016

  • Odds Bodkin performs "The Illiad Book 1"  (9/15/16)
  • The Big Dig: Students Present Summer Work (10/1/16)
    • Katie Wright, Summer Study: Troia Archaeological Summer School and Halmyris Excavation
    • Ian McNeely, Research Fellowship: “The Female Ideal: Representation and Myth in Heliodorus’ Aithiopika”
    • Kelly Keenan, Research Fellowship: “Narratives of Women in the Rwandan Genocide”
    • Joshua Ziesel, “A Corpus-Based Linguistic Study of Greek Tragic Interjections in Roman New Comedy”
    • Calix O’Hara, Research Fellowship: “The Transcription and Analysis of Sentences Commentaries”
    • Joshua Ziesel, German Study at the Goethe Institute
    • Margaret Kenna, Internship, Hartford Superior Court: The Office of the Public Defender (Judicial District/Part A)
    • Rebeccah Swerdlow, Research Fellowship: “Mariana Mirroring Penelope: A Case of Classical Influence on Pre-Raphaelite Painting”
    • Kelly Mueller, Internship at Western Reserve Historical Society
  • “Cicero on How to Win an Election”  – Philip Freeman (10/4/16)
  • “Caesar: the General, the Historian, and his Self-Portrait in The Gallic War,” (10/6/16)

Marden Nichols

Spring 2016

  • Bustrip to National Gallery in Washington, DC for the exhibit “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World,”  (2/6/16)
  • Sara Monoson, “Socrates in the Vernacular,” Humanities Symposium (3/10/16)
  • Joseph Walsh, “Nero and the Great Fire of Rome,” (3/31/16)
  • Dustin Dixon, “Zeus the Clown-Gatherer: Greek and Roman Mockery of the Divine,” (4/21/16)
  • Spring Party (4/24/16)

Fall 2015

  • Odds Bodkin, performing “The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast” (9/10/15)
  • American Shakespeare Company’s Method in Madness Tour –   Performance of Julius Caesar (9/25/15)
  • Screening of 300 (10/27/15)
  • Martha Taylor, “Roman Arches and Columns Past and Present” (11/5/15)>
  • Dr. Luca Graverini, University of Sienna, Arezzo campus,  “Under a Harlot Mistress: Circe in the Latin West" (12/1/15)


Spring 2015

  • Matt Amt talks about Greek armor and weapons.(1/29/15)
  • Dr. Miola (Loyola) presents his current research with talk titled "Realms of Gold? Chapman's Iliad." (4/9/15)

Fall 2014

  • Dr. Marden Nichols (Georgetown University) speaks about "Pompeii in America." (11/13/14)
  • "Conversations with Oedipus," a 3-day symposium on the contemporary value of ancient drama, featuring talks by Dr. David Jacobson (Loyola), Dr. Al Duncan (University of Utah, Salt Lake City), and an "original practices" production of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, performed by the 2014 Randolph College Greek Play and directed by Amy R. Cohen (Randolph College). Listen to Dr. Jacobson describe it on this podcast.

Classics Department PhotoSpring 2014

  • Dr. David Jacobson (Loyola) discusses "Onomastics in The Hunger Games: the case of Plutarch Heavensbee." (4/9/14)
  • Dr. Keith R. Bradley (University of Notre Dame) speaks on “The Bitter Chain of Slavery” as part of this year’s Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Colloquium on Language, Literature and Society, on the theme of “Slavery Through the Ages.” (4/2/14)
  • Ms. Janet Stephens presents “Ovid's Cosmetology: the hair science behind Amores 1.14,” and demonstrates Roman hairstyles on the students! (3/20/14)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University) delivers this year’s Humanities Symposium keynote lecture on “Walking in Our Sleep: Conformity and Transformation in Thoreau's Walden.” (3/13/14)
  • Dr. Joel Christensen (University of Texas at San Antonio) speaks on “Emerging from the Cyclops' Cave: Odysseus' Odyssey and Breaking Bad's Walter White.” (2/6/14)

Fall 2013

  • Professor Erich Gruen (UC Berkeley), “Did Ancient Identity Depend on Ethnicity?” (11/19/13)
  • Dr. David Jacobson's Latin 104 class celebrates the anniversary of Cicero's first speech against Catiline with a performance in Latin and English.  It remains a mystery why Iron Man was there. (11/8/13)
  • Dr. Nandini Pandey and her students, “Reading Rome through Vergil” (10/29/13)
  • Matt Amt presents on Roman armor and weapons (10/1/13)

Spring 2013

  • Athena Kirk, Mellon Junior Faculty fellow, Washington and Lee University speaks on "Eating Meat in Ancient Greece" (4/11/13)
  • Sidney Christman, senior Classics major and History minor, Loyola University Maryland, presents her research on "The Forms and Functions of Smiling in Homer's Iliad" (4/5/13)
  • Martha Taylor speaks on "Arches and Columns from Rome to Baltimore" (1/31/13)
  • Joseph Walsh speaks on "Ancient Rhetoric and the Letter from Birmingham City Jail" (2/19/13)
  • J. Kameron Carter, Ph.D., professor at the Duke University Divinity School delivers the Humanities Symposium Keynote Address on "The Postracial Blues: Martin Luther King's Jailhouse Intervention." (3/14/13)
  • Athena Kirk, Mellon Junior Faculty fellow, Washington and Lee University speaks on "Eating Meat in Ancient Greece" (4/11/13)

Fall 2012

  • Matt Amt demonstrates Greek military armor (10/2/12)
  • T Dr Nandini Pandey speaks on Augustan Art (10/23/12)
  • Dr Joe Walsh presents Roman History in a Nutshell (11/13/12)

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 (2/17/12 - 2/25/12)
  • Loyola Distinguished Scholars lecture: “Dressed, Addressed, Redressed: Aristophanes in England,” Robert Miola (3/13/12)
  • 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 (3/15/12)
  • “Cicero on your iPad,” James J. O’Donnell, Provost, Georgetown University (2/29/12)

Fall 2011

  • Noted storyteller Odds Bodkin performs selections from Homer's Iliad 1 (9/8/11)
  • Demonstration on Roman legions by Matt Amt (10/5/11)
  • Classics Professor Martha Taylor speaks on Vergil (11/8/11)
  • Classically-themed special exhibit at the Walters Art Museum entitled "Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes" (10/16/11 - 1/1/11)

Spring 2011

  • Tom McCreight speaks on “Rome. An Introduction to the City.” (2/17/11)
  • Dr. Kelly DeVries speaks on “Actium Shore: Reality TV Starring Cleopatra, Antony and Octavian” (3/28/11)
  • Dr. Hugh Lee, University of Maryland, College Park, speaks on “The Revival of Greek Athletics in the Renaissance,”(4/19/11)

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.
  • "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.
  • 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)
Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh, Ph.D.

Joseph Walsh, Ph.D., teaches classics and history at Loyola and is a co-director of the Honors Program

Classics, History