Classics Day 2018

Porter’s Lodge, Gateway to the College of Charleston

On Saturday, November 10, the Department of Classics will be proud to host ‘Classics Day’ in conjunction with the Fall Forum of the South Carolina Junior Classical League. Schedules and information available.

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The College Today – Latin Gate turns ‘L’

The College of Charleston’s Latin Gate on Calhoun Street. Source: The College Today

For 50 years, College of Charleston faculty, students, and visitors have entered campus by walking underneath the immortal words of Vergil. Interim Dean Johnson provides commentary in ‘The College Today“.

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AIA Lecture this Thursday, March 8

Please join the Archaeological Institute of America for our next free public lecture by Dr. Sethuraman Suresh: “West Meets East: Commerce between Ancient Rome and South Asia.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm, with questions and a reception to follow. This AIA lecture (co-sponsored by the Departments of Art and Architectural History and Classics and the Program in Archaeology) will be held in Simons 309, the large lecture room.  More details here:

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Classical Charleston 2018. Sappho: Then and Now

On February 22-23, the seventh annual colloquium of the Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series will address the Greek poet Sappho’s place within the corpus of Classical Greek literature, and her continuing influence on music and poetry today. This year’s colloquium invites leading voices in Classics, English, and Musicology. The colloquium will culminate in a recital of contemporary compositions which set Sappho’s poetry to music.



Thursday, February 22 (Alumni Center, SOEHHP)

  • Sappho on Papyrus: Reading Some New Poems, Dr. Leslie Kurke (4:00pm)

Dr. Leslie Kurke is Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is the author of The Traffic inPraise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy (Cornell University Press, 1991), Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold: The Politics of Meaning in Archaic Greece (Princeton University Press, 1999), and Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose (Princeton University Press, 2011), as well as many articles on ancient Greek literature (especially archaic poetry) and cultural history.  She is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (1999-2004) and of the Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association in 2012 (for Aesopic Conversations).

  • Sappho’s Newest Songs and Fragments, Diane Rayor (5:15pm)

Dr. Diane Rayor is Professor of Classics at Grand Valley State University. She is a scholar and translator of Greek poetry and co-founder of the Classics Department at Grand Valley State. She teaches Greek language, literature, literary translation, women in antiquity, and classical mythology. Her published translations include Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works, the complete surviving works of ancient Greek women poets, the Homeric Hymns, Sophocles’ Antigone, and Euripides’ Medea. She is currently completing Euripides’ Helen and Hecuba for Cambridge University Press; Hecuba will be performed at the University of Colorado, Boulder in November 2018. 


Friday, February 23 (Recital Hall, Simons Center)

  • Sappho Fragments, composed by Graham Lynch with a translation of Sappho by Diane Rayor; performed by Paul and Kayleen Sánchez (6:00pm)

Dr. Paul Sánchez is Director of Piano Studies & Artistic Director of the International Piano Series at the College of Charleston. Praised as “a great artist” (José Feghali, 2013), the pianist/composer is a co-founder of the San Francisco International Piano Festival. He was a Fulbright fellow in Spain from 2005–2007, and received his DMA in 2013 at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester).

Kayleen Sánchez is a recitalist, pedagogue, and recording artist with particular passion for early and new music. The soprano “has the perfect voice, pure and unshakably direct in delivery….[her] purity of voice and total control of her instrument is utterly remarkable” (Fanfare Magazine, 2016). She has been praised for her “keen technical virtuosity…her voice [that] thrills along the spine” (Sherod Santos, 2016). She received her MM in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), and she is Adjunct Professor of Voice at the College of Charleston.

  • Lyric’s Winded, Wing-Beat Rush: An Introduction to Sherod Santos’s Sappho, Emily Rosko (6:15pm)

Dr. Emily Rosko is Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston. She is the author of three poetry collections: Weather Inventions (forthcoming, University of Akron); Prop Rockery (University of Akron 2012); and Raw Goods Inventory (University of Iowa 2006). She co-edited A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa 2011), and she has authored many essays and individual poems. She is also a student of the poet Sherod Santos, whose translations of Sappho will be used in the final performance of this colloquium.

  • Sappho as a Figure of Hope in Paul Sanchez’s ‘The Journey’, Michael Morey (6:45pm)

Dr. Michael Morey is a guitarist, composer, and musicologist whose distinctive style has developed from a unique synthesis of classical, rock, and jazz/fusion music. He holds a DMA from the University of North Texas, and he is currently completing a second doctorate in historical musicology. He has composed over 30 concert works and released 4 commercial CDs. His research focuses on building new methodological frameworks for interpreting meaning, manner, and motive in musical borrowing procedures of 20th century music.

  • The Journey, composed by Paul Sánchez with a translation of Sappho by Sherod Santos; performed by Paul and Kayleen Sánchez (7:15pm)



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College of Charleston Recognized for Classics

Porter’s Lodge, Gateway to the College of Charleston

In a recent review,  the website Best Value Schools ranked the College of Charleston on its list of the “30 Best Small Colleges for a Classical Education, noting the department’s range in majors/minors, degrees awarded, range of courses, research opportunities, and high-quality faculty. A press release from the College of Charleston provides additional information.

Congratulations to the faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the Department!

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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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