CofC Classics Day 2018

On Saturday, November 4, over 100 students from schools all over the state of South Carolina will gather on the College of Charleston campus for the Fall Forum of the South Carolina Junior Classical League. Schedules and information available.

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Allison Sterrett-Krause Publishes on Roman Glass

Source: The College Today. College of Charleston

Dr. Allison Sterrett-Krause’s latest article in the Journal of Glass Studies is now out:

Sterrett-Krause, A. 2017. ‘Drinking with the Dead? Glass from Roman and Christian Burial Areas at Leptiminus (Lamta, Tunisia).’ Journal of Glass Studies 59: 47-82.

Check out the recent article on Dr. Sterrett-Krause’s work in The College Today.

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Study Abroad in Greece 2018 Heads to Islands, Actium

From May 17 to June 15, Drs. Alwine and Flores will lead students on a study of the sites and scenes of ancient Greek civilization. Their travels will take them to expected places essential for any first-time experience (Delphi, Olympia, Athens, Mycenae), but will also include time in the northwestern section of the country around Preveza/Actium.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Alwine or Dr. Flores, and to visit the ‘CofC Greece 2018‘ Facebook page.

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Flores Presents at International Conference

Plato. Copy of portrait by Silanion. Capitoline Museum. Wikimedia Commons

Over the summer, Dr. Sam Flores presented his research at the ‘Celtic Conference in Classics‘ held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from July 19-22. The title of his paper, ‘O Athenian Stranger: Xenoi and Philosophic Xenia in Plato’s Dialogues’, was presented in the panel highlight new approaches to Plato.

Congratulations, Dr. Flores!

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Gerrish Presents at International Conference

"Spartacus" by Denis Foyatier. Louvre

“Spartacus” by Denis Foyatier. Louvre

In early June, Dr. Jennifer Gerrish presented her recent work on Sallust (Sallust’s Spartacus and Historiography Under the Triumvirs) at the international conference “Spartacus: History and Tradition,” held at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

Congratulations, Dr. Gerrish!

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Alwine Presents Research at CAMWS

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Alwine, who presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South entitled, ‘Oligarchy in Ancient Greece.’ In his paper, Alwine argues for a re-evaluation of the term ‘oligarchy’ – away from the normative Aristotelian focus on institutions to the consideration of broader social processes used to exclude broad political participation.

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Students Present Research at UNC – Chapel Hill

On the heels of the undergraduate conference held at the University of Tennessee on February 25 that was reported earlier, four students traveled to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on March 4 to present their research and engage with fellow junior scholars.

College of Charleston Classics students present research

From L to R: Hannah Edwards, Gwendolyn Gibbons, Athena, Sarah Cohen, and Sarah Legendre

Gwendolyn Gibbons: “Martial in 140 Characters: Gender Commentary in the First-Century Twitter”

Sarah Cohen: “The Late Roman Period
Mosaics of Sepphoris and Defining the Jewish Figural Style”

Sarah Legendre: “Putting the Pieces Together: Mosaics and Identity in Gallia Narbonensis”

Hannah Edwards: “The Deification of Emperor Claudius”

Sarah, Gwen, Hannah, and Sarah are the most recent names added to a lengthening list of CofC students driven to intensively engage in conversations about the classical world and its impact upon our own.  Congratulations on a job well done!

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Classical Charleston – a New Tradition on Campus

On Friday, Feb 3, the annual ‘Classical Charleston‘ lecture series came to a close. In typical fashion, the speakers represented some the leading voices in this year’s theme on the power of historical writing to form (and transform) cultural perspectives.

Over the past 6 years, the Department of Classics and a variety of partners have brought to campus leading scholars to speak upon topics of interest to the wider community. This year’s theme is firmly placed among past topics such as:

  • the role of Classics within historical black colleges and civil rights
  • redefining the idea of the liberal arts
  • perspectives on Athenian democracy

The Department is thankful for those friends and associates who make this event a recognized feature within the intellectual landscape of the College.  In particular, the Theodore Guérard family and contributors to the Department’s General fund directly impact the Department’s capacity to develop this lecture series and other programmatic and scholarly contributions.

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Classics Faculty Assume New Leadership

Dr. Timothy Johnson

The Department of Classics is pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy Johnson, chair of the department, has been selected as the interim dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, following the departure of Dr. Antonio Tillis.  Dr. Johnson will take on his new responsibilities effective February 1, 2017.

Dr. James Newhard

Dr. James Newhard will serve as interim chair of the department, concurrent with his responsibilities as director of the Archaeology Program.


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Classical Charleston 2017. Transformations: Perspectives in Roman History

On February 2-3 the sixth annual colloquium of the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series will address the role the construction of history plays in the development of cultural identity. This year’s colloquium invites four leading voices in historiography to explore the trans/formative nature of Roman history as it interacts with landscapes, literature, and power-dynamics.

Dr. Andrew Feldherr (Princeton University) has published extensively on Latin Literature, with a focus upon historiography and the poetry of the Augustan period. His books, which include Spectacle and Society in Livy’s History (University of California Press, 1998) and Playing Gods: Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Politics of Fiction (Princeton University Press, 2010) emphasize the transformational role played by literature in an era of radical social, political, and cultural revolution and reconstruction. He has also recently edited or co-edited collections of essays on classical historiography, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and The Oxford History of Historical Writing (Oxford University Press, 2011; reprint 2015).

Title: “Lines in the Sand: The Landscapes of Sallust’s Jugurtha


Dr. Jennifer Gerrish (College of Charleston) works on both Greek and Roman historiography and is particularly interested in ancient historians’ use of allusion and intertexuality and their conceptions of civil war. She has published articles on Thucydides, Sallust, and Caesar, and is currently writing a monograph, Sallust’s Histories and Triumviral Historiography: Confronting the End of History (under contract with Routledge) that examines Sallust’s attempt to reckon with the instability of language and truth during civil war and under an oppressive regime.

Title: “The Blessed Isles and ‘What-If’ Historiography in Sallust”


Dr. John Marincola (Florida State University), Leon Golden Professor of Classics, specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric. He is the author of several seminal works dealing with the role of history as a cultural catalyst  (Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997), Greek Historians (Oxford, 2001), and (with Michael A. Flower) Herodotus: Histories Book IX (Cambridge, 2002)). His translation of Xenophon’s Hellenica (The Landmark Xenophon, Pantheon, 2009) is another major contribution to the field. He has edited A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Blackwell, 2007) and the Oxford Readings volume, Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford 2010), as well as revised the Penguin editions of Herodotus’ Histories (1996; 2003) and the Rise and Fall of Athens. He is a past president of the Society of Classical Studies (the principal society in North America for the study of the Greeks and Romans) and served as the Book Review Editor of Classical Journal and co-editor of Histos.

Title: “Musing on the Past: Historical Epic and Epic History at Rome”


Dr. Dylan Sailor (University of California, Berkeley) focuses on Latin literature and culture. He is the author of Writing and Empire in Tacitus (Cambridge 2008) which examines Tacitus’ view of the principate and how his own political context shaped Tacitus’ self-presentation as an author. He has also published numerous articles and book chapters on Roman historiography and rhetoric, including “Youth and Rejuvenation in Tacitus’ Agricola and Dialogus” (in Les opera minora et le développement de l’historiographie tacitéenne, 2014) and “Dirty Linen, Fabrication, and the Authorities of Livy and Augustus” (Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, 2006), and a chapter on the Agricola in Blackwell’s Companion to Tacitus (2012).

Title: “Historiographical Patterns of Conquest and Cultural Transformation in Tacitus, Agricola 21”

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