Classics Day at the College of Charleston

On November 10, over 125 high school classics students from across the state of South Carolina descended on the College of Charleston campus to enjoy a day of camaraderie at the SC Junior Classical League fall forum. Beyond the obligatory business meeting, students attended a variety of lectures/discussions by faculty from the College of Charleston, Furman University, and the University of South Carolina:

  • “An Empire of the Mind: The Egypt of Ptolemy I,” Dr. Jennifer Gerrish, College of Charleston
  • “Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece,” Dr. Samuel Flores, College of Charleston
  • “What You Can Do with a Classics Major,” Dr. James Newhard, College of Charleston
  • “Roman Glass: Archaeology and History,” Dr. Allison Sterrett-Krause, College of Charleston
  • “Classics around Charleston,” Dr. Aaron Palmore, College of Charleston
  • “Alexander the Great and the Explosion of Greek Culture,” Dr. Andrew Alwine, College of Charleston
  • “The Indo-European Roots of the Classical Languages,” Dr. Eunice Kim, Furman University
  • “The Gothic Invasions and the End of the Roman Empire,” Dr. Jason Osborne, University of South Carolina-Columbia
  • “Ancient and Digital Mapping,” Dr. Chiara Palladino, Furman University
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Flores Publishes on Kritias

Congratulations to Dr. Flores: published in Classical Philology – new research on Kritias:

Flores, S.O. (2018). The Development of Critias in Plato’s Dialogues. Classical Philology, 113: 162-188. doi: 10.1086/696715

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Gerrish Publishes on Sallust

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Gerrish: published this spring in Histos – new research on Sallust:

Gerrish, J. (2018). The Blessed Isles and Counterfactual History in Sallust. Histos 12: 49-70.

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Job Announcement: Instructor of Classics

Porter’s Lodge, Gateway to the College of Charleston

The Department of Classics at the College of Charleston invites applications for a permanent position at the rank of Instructor, beginning August 16, 2019. We are seeking a dynamic and dedicated teacher-scholar with a committed career track emphasizing language pedagogy who is willing to work closely with undergraduates and to promote the study of classics across the campus and the region (e.g., liaison with the South Carolina Junior Classical league and regional secondary programs). Teaching responsibilities will include Latin (and possibly Greek) at all levels, classical mythology, classical literature in translation, and classical civilization.

Promising candidates will have thorough training in both Latin and ancient Greek, extensive experience and demonstrated expertise in teaching Latin, a deep familiarity with established and emerging approaches to language pedagogy, and a strong interest in pedagogical innovation. Excellent collaborative work skills are essential as the person holding this position must be an effective team leader, able to work productively with all members of the department and with other language faculty at the College of Charleston.

This is a full-time permanent position with a teaching load of 4 courses per semester.  While the position is non-tenure track, the position is renewable for up to five years, at which time the individual would be eligible for promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor. The PhD in classics or related discipline must be in hand by 15 August, 2019.

For full consideration, applicants are asked to submit online to all of the following: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcript (official transcript required at time of hire) (4) teaching statement and portfolio, and (5) contact information for three reference providers who will submit letters of recommendation online by the date provided below. Teaching statements and portfolios should include course evaluations and syllabi and may include discussion of accomplishments in and future goals for working with underrepresented groups and contributing to the growth and support of a diverse community of students and scholars on campus. We are especially interested in applicants with a record of successful teaching and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. Review of applications begins on December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Select candidates will be invited for preliminary and then on-campus interviews. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. James Newhard, search committee chair, at

The Department of Classics has 8 full-time faculty members and enjoys strong enrollments in Latin, Greek, Greek and Roman culture, history, and archaeology. Further information about the Classics Department is available at The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC.  Since its founding in 1770, the College has maintained a strong liberal arts curriculum. The student body numbers approximately 12,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs combined. The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

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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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