Society for Classical Studies: Public Statement (Nov. 28, 2016)

The Department of Classics at the College of Charleston supports the recent public statement by the national organization for Classics in the US, the Society for Classical Studies:


“The mission of the Society for Classical Studies is “to advance knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the ancient Greek and Roman world and its enduring value.” That world was a complex place, with a vast diversity of peoples, languages, religions, and cultures spread over three continents, as full of contention and difference as our world is today.  Greek and Roman culture was shared and shaped for their own purposes by people living from India to Britain and from Germany to Ethiopia. Its medieval and modern influence is wider still. Classical Studies today belongs to all of humanity.

For this reason, the Society strongly supports efforts to include all groups among those who study and teach the ancient world, and to encourage understanding of antiquity by all. It vigorously and unequivocally opposes any attempt to distort the diverse realities of the Greek and Roman world by enlisting the Classics in the service of ideologies of exclusion, whether based on race, color, national origin, gender, or any other criterion. As scholars and teachers, we condemn the use of the texts, ideals, and images of the Greek and Roman world to promote racism or a view of the Classical world as the unique inheritance of a falsely and narrowly-conceived western civilization.”



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Congratulations to Sarah Cohen, Hannah Edwards, and Gwen Gibbons, who were chosen to present their research at the Undergraduate Classics Conference, sponsored by the Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee (Feb. 25, 2017).

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

Hannah Edwards: “Fortuna and Virtus in Bellum Catilinae

Gwen Gibbons: “Martial in 140 Characters: Gender Commentary in the First-Century ‘Twitter’”


Congratulations to Hanna, Gwen, and Sarah (left to right), and all our student researchers!




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Dr. Sam Flores Talks Socrates!

Congratulations to Dr. Sam Flores, who presented his paper “Socrates and Anaxagoras: Plato’s Criticism of Anaxagorean Physics” at the meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at Fordham University (Oct. 28-30, 2016).

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Dr. Jennifer Gerrish has been invited to present her paper, “Sallust’s Spartacus and Historiography Under the Triumvirs,” at a conference this coming spring in Lublin, Poland on “Spartacus: History and Tradition.” — Congratulations!


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Dr. Allison Sterrett-Krause Publishes on “Drinking with the Dead”

Congratulations to Dr. S.-K. whose article, “Drinking with the Dead? Glass from Roman and Christian Burial Areas at Leptiminus (Lamta, Tunisia),” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Glass Studies.

Summary: Excavations by the Leptiminus Archaeological Project at the East Cemetery in Leptiminus (Lamta, Tunisia) revealed a substantial quantity of late Roman and Byzantine glass fragments. Some of these vessel fragments, found in tombs, may represent grave gifts or symbolize elements of funerary ritual. Most of the vessels, found in nonburial contexts that formed during the cemetery’s periods of use (late second–late sixth centuries), suggest that glass vessels probably played an important role in commemorative activities at the cemetery. The presence of possible glass drinking sets in an area used for Christian burials suggests that rituals involving drinking or pouring libations may have regularly taken place nearby. These rituals probably followed longstanding traditions associated with commemorating the deceased in Roman society, highlighting the role of glass vessels in creating continuities between Roman and Christian practice.

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Lucia Johnson and Edward Vest Inducted into Bishop Robert Smith Society

In a College ceremony held on Wednesday, September 28, Lucia Johnson and Edward Vest were inducted into the prestigious Bishop Robert Smith Society at the College of Charleston.  Membership in the Society is reserved for those giving over 1,000,000 to the College.

The Johnson-Vests are long-time supporters and friends of Classics at the College. Lucia was an alumna of the College and a dedicated Latin teacher. Lucia and Edward created the Johnson-Vest Scholarship in 1995 in order to encourage the study Latin and Greek, especially those studying to become Latin teachers. Every year many Classics majors benefit from their Scholarship’s generous support. This year’s recipients are pictured below with members of the Johnson-Vest family at the ceremony.

On behalf of the Classics Department, faculty, and students, I want to thank Lucia and Edward for their generosity.


Pat, Darlene, and Steven Johnson (representing the Johnson-Vest family) with President McConnell. The plaque in the background carries the names of Lucia Johnson and Edward Vest (second down from the top right).


2016-2017 Johnson-vest Scholarship winners with Pat and Darlene Johnson


Steven, Pat, and Darlene Johnson in the Classics Cast Museum




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Actor David Loar Performs “An Iliad,” Nov. 17 and 18

On Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th at 7:00 PM (Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309), the Department of Classics will sponsor David Loar, presenting his premier performance of Lisa Peterson’s and Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad. The event is free and open to the public.

An Iliad is a one-man play portraying the rage and rumble of the Trojan War. It is personal, intense, and thought-provoking.

David Loar is a professional actor, residing in Charleston. He has performed with Blackfriars Resident Group, National Shakespeare Company, and the Chamber Repertory Theatre. His roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Richard in Richard II, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Cassius in Julius Caesar, and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.  Locally, David is a company member with Charleston Stage Company, where he will appear next as Lord Leonard Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher.  He has also performed with Footlight Players, Pure Theatre, Midtown Productions, and Woolfe Street Playhouse.

Don’t miss out!



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Bob Dylan and Homer: Joe Goodkin in Concert, Monday!

On Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM (Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309) Classics will sponsor Joe Goodkin performing his Folk Opera, Homer’s Odyssey.

An Invitation from Joe Goodkin: There’s a small but wonderful corner of scholarship that connects Bob Dylan with Homer, acknowledging that each in his own way inhabit the murky waters that mix between literature and oral tradition… so it seems appropriate that our modern day Homer gets recognized for his literary contributions. I’ll be taking my own modern day Homeric operation on the road on Monday Oct17 to my 31st state, South Carolina, where I’ll be performing at College of Charleston for College of Charleston Department of Classics, 7:00 pm, 309 Simons Center for the Arts, Free and open to the public.



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Epic! Classics Club Demonstrates Hoplite Warfare

On September 22, thanks to a demonstration by the Classics Club, Greek Hoplite battle-lines came to life on the Cistern of the College of Charleston!  Come join the Club!

hoplite-leaders the-charge the-clash

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Greek and Latin are Eternal Languages

Listen to Ryan Sellers TED Talk on “The Value of Learning Latin.”

Ryan Sellers is a Latin teacher at Memphis University School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association and as a Regional Vice-President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. He is the current Co-Chair of the CAMWS Latin Translation Contest and the former State Co-Chair of the Tennessee Junior Classical League.

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