Do you ever feel like you are living in Pompeii?
"Classics" refers to the study of ancient Greek and Latin languages, literature, history, culture, and art & archaeology.
The discipline of Classics has been central to the rise of universities, and it continues to be fundamental in the humanities and to a Liberal Arts education. A solid foundation in reading Classical Latin and Greek provides a means of understanding the past and the intellectual roots of the present while formal coursework provides students the opportunity to develop abiding skills of critical thinking, engaged inquiry and reflective expression. As Classics also transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, this course of study cultivates students who think broadly, synthetically and are able to view issues from a variety of perspectives.
Mission: The Department works to further the university’s mission to “develop students of broad perspective who think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and participate actively in their communities.” These skills are excellent preparation for the current labor market as well as for lifetime learning.
Do you ever feel like you are living in Pompeii?
Very interesting study
A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living Native Americans to North America’s first migrants.
Famous people who studied Classics!
Congratulations again to our graduate, Shepherd Ellis, winner of the Classics Department's Guy Cooper Award and graduating with Distinction in Classics!
a modern tragedy
The university has half a million ancient papyrus fragments. They’ve started to go missing.
Update from Greece....
ATHENS -- The Acropolis and other ancient sites in Greece will reopen May 18 and museums will end their lockdown June 15.
Congratulations to our spring 2020 graduate Shepherd Ellis. We hope to watch you graduate in person this August!
Congratulations to our Classics major R.J. Palmer on winning a competitive Undergraduate Research Program Advisory Council (URPAC) grant this summer for his proposal “Classical Weaving, Experimental Archeology on Greek Textiles and Household GDP," and to his faculty adviser on this project, Dr. Laurel Taylor.
May the Fourth Be With You!
May the 4th be with you... and always remember what Laocoön said (via Virgil): I fear the Stormtroopers, even bearing gifts. #StarWarsDay '𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘰 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘴𝘵ā𝘵𝘶𝘮 𝘦𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘴" (Aeneid II, 49). http://dcc.dickinson.edu/vergil-aeneid/vergil-aeneid-ii-40-56
A modern setting for Ovid....looks interesting
OVID AND THE ART OF LOVE Trailer (2020) Corbin Bleu Movie © 2020 - Level 33 Entertainment #OvidAndTheArtOfLove #Trailer
Great op-ed by Rick LaFleur. By the way, you can read Harry Potter in Latin with us this fall: CLAS 408 "Lingua Latina Vivit cm Harrio Potter!" The course is currently full, but we'll add more seats if needed. https://www.apalachtimes.com/opinion/20190402/secret-lives-of-words-ben-hur-harrius-potter-and-classics?fbclid=IwAR3kKLM5JVRPG0-K56pYa6Ivbm0P_341wMH1WNLYJoVQFnVtAsnagCahmvY
Way back in my college and grad school days, I recall occasionally being asked by some new acquaintance, "What are you studying?" I’d
Classics Zoom party this Wednesday April 29 at 11:30am until 12 noon--our annual farewell to seniors, presentation of new inductees of the Eta Tau Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, and announcement of departmental awards and honors. Alumni and friends of our department are welcome to join us--email or FB message Dr. Holland Goldthwaite for an invite!
HT to University of Arkansas Classics department!
Be a lover of wisdom!
On Friday, the singer posted a photo showing she had "graduated" from a four-week online course from UPenn and added, "Thank you Plato!"
Fun classical things to do at home!
Classical Quarantine Project #10: Use an app to give ancient statues teeth
Greek particle help!! 😂
For those of us (γέ) who have spent far too much time puzzling over particles in Greek sentences.
This Thursday at 7pm join the Odyssey Project online! https://www.unca.edu/events-and-news/event/online-event-odyssey-project/
This event, originally scheduled for March 19 on campus will now be available to all as an online discussion that will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.
Ancient Wisdom for Today!
Stay at home tour!
Pompeii Archaeological Park Director Massimo Osanna narrates stunning drone footage of preserved daily life in the ancient city
Coronavirus and the classics—what the ancient Greeks can teach us about pandemics
From Homer to Thucydides, plague provided a backdrop for drama
Profile of former Classics major Dr. Anthony Fauci
Founded in 1843 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College is a highly selective, four year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution.
bringing the ancient world to life with creative projects
The Classics Everywhere initiative, launched by the SCS in 2019, supports projects that seek to engage communities worldwide with the study of Greek and Roman antiquity in new and meaningful ways.
Free course at the Open University
Use literary and archaeological evidence to see how ancient Greeks and Romans approached health, well-being and societal issues. Join this online course.
Steve Green said he is in the process of repatriating 11,500 antiquities to the Iraqi and Egyptian governments, bowing to what he called justified criticism from scholars and authorities over the ways he amassed a vast collection for the Museum of the Bible in Washington.
COVID-19 impact: Insights from ancient 'plague lit'
Classics professor Hunter Gardner studies plague narratives in Western literature, particularly those of the Roman epic poets.
We are very proud of all our alumni, who are having all kinds of interesting lives! Here is 2009 graduate Jeremy Chatham featured in the Society for Classical Studies' "Careers for Classicists--Undergraduate Edition" that was recently published. We'd love to hear from more alumni. Send us a message! https://classicalstudies.org/profile-2-jeremiah-chatham-chef-and-owner-rice-wagon-llc
Society for Classical Studies
"Consumer technology giant Xiaomi mailed the shipment to the Italian Civil Protection Department, and they stapled to the side of the crates an ancient line of poetry from the Roman philosopher Seneca: "We are waves from the same sea, leaves from the same tree, and flowers from the same garden. Siamo onde dello stesso mare, foglie dello stesso albero, fiori dello stesso giardino." (Note that while this is a great gesture, we are having trouble verifying this as an authentic Seneca quotation. It is nowhere to be found in the TLL or in various searches of the Senecan corpus.)
A message from the "virtual" Department of Classics at UNC Asheville. Our classes have moved online and the university is closed, but we will carry on with our teaching and learning until such time as we can gather together again face-to-face. I don't think any of us quite understood how much we would miss our daily personal interactions and our beautiful campus, and we expect that that feeling will only increase over the next weeks as Asheville's glorious springtime blooms and blossoms there in our absence. We are especially sad for our graduating major and minors--but watch for a virtual end-of-year gathering announcement to celebrate their achievements. In these trying times we truly appreciate all our friends of the Classics department, our faculty and staff, and most of all our students. We hope to see you again soon!
Lora Holland Goldthwaite, Professor and Chair of Classics
ht to Nick Fletcher for finding and posting this interview with Fauci. His Classics training included many years of both Greek and Latin, and he credits his Liberal Arts education as key to his success as a physician. He only took a minimum number of science courses in college, since that was going to be the focus in medical school. https://history.nih.gov/nihinownwords/assets/media/pdf/fauci89.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0OGvv4ECI67qFUGIpyeMQd1V2MIckFN1StXIM1YSxxBtk3FzEoF4xjgGg
A good example of how studying Classics is good preparation for almost any career: https://news.yahoo.com/meet-dr-anthony-fauci-the-us-coronavirus-point-man-who-helped-save-the-world-from-aids-090023622.html
The target is no longer HIV/AIDS, which, thanks to efforts by Fauci and his colleagues, is now a manageable condition. The new adversary is COVID-19, a disease that has sickened nearly 200,000 people around the world.
Important update this evening from Chancellor Cable:
Our Spring Break will be extended by one additional week.
UNC Asheville will remain open as mandated by the UNC System, but no class instruction will take place.
Course instruction will resume on March 23, but will move from in-person to remote delivery through at least April 6. In many cases, remote delivery will mean online, but you will hear details about your particular courses sometime during the next week.
We encourage students to refrain from returning to campus and to continue their course instruction online from a location of their choice.
Campus events of more than 50 attendees are canceled effective immediately. Visiting speaker events will be canceled or postponed.
University-sponsored travel outside the State of North Carolina or within the State to gatherings of 50 or more people, is suspended unless prior written authorization to travel is given by the Chancellor or the Provost. This prohibition includes student organizations.
Any students, faculty and staff who elect to engage in personal travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a minimum of 14 days and not return to campus unless they are free of symptoms.
We continue to monitor the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Please know that currently there are no known cases at UNC Asheville.
Music to my ears!
A computer simulation of an ancient Roman instrument recreates sounds that historians could only imagine before.
Anatomy professor uses 500-year-old da Vinci drawings to guide cadaver dissection
Leonardo da Vinci dissected some 30 cadavers in his lifetime, leaving behind a trove of beautiful—and accurate—anatomical drawings.
Head of Nero - 3D model by FZP [820320b] - Sketchfab
Name: Head of Nero Material: Cast (plaster of Paris) Format: Head Museum: By permission of the Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin Museum inventory number: VIII45 Museum of original: National Roman Museum, Rome Photographer/Modeler: Carter Conaway Copyright 2019 Flyover Zone Productions. All rig...
Trigonometry based on ratios--who knew? (Well, apparently the ancient Babylonians knew!) https://megaphone.upworthy.com/p/babylonian-stone-tablet?fbclid=IwAR1-NEKuUBE4NVXiidGoTubWdUEUYZX06YIConFKPzjNvMoSNj1XmuFQ4n4
This could be a game-changer.
The interdisciplinarity inherent in the study of the Classical world enables students to gain a broad base of knowledge and critical thinking skills, which are excellent preparation for the current labor market as well as for lifetime learning. We offer our students the advantages of a private education in the public sphere through individualized attention, a rigorous curriculum, multiple opportunities for study abroad, an active program of undergraduate research, and a committed faculty engaged in outreach, teaching and research.
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