October 19, 2012 · No Comments
September 17, 2012 · No Comments
An updated edition of the APA’s guide “Careers for Classicists” has just been published. The pamphlet is now available on the APA website. It is a helpful guide and should be required reading for all undergraduate Classics majors. It will help you answer that nagging question: “what will you be able to do with that?”
February 24, 2012 · No Comments
We have an excellent line-up of summer session courses this year. See the attached pdf flyer for details. Summer Classics 2012
February 8, 2012 · No Comments
This really is news! With all of the excitement about the presidential primaries, NPR did a story yesterday about Classics professor Philip Freeman’s new book “How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians.” Timeless advice provided by Quintus Tullius Cicero to his brother Marcus during his campaign for the consulship for 63 B.C.
A great interview, and an interesting book.
I’ve been working with this Latin text recently, both for my own research projects and in my classes (my CLAS 105 students read a translation of it last semester, and we’re reading it this semester in my Roman Political Culture course). One important point was left out of Prof. Freeman’s interview — recently Michael Alexander has argued in two powerful articles (published in Athenaeum) that this guide to electioneering was actually written as a satire of the campaign system. Basically, we should read this Latin text as if it had been written by Stephen Colbert. If you find Alexander’s case convincing, what then should we make of the modern politicians who find much of use in this ancient text?? Worth thinking about!