Andrew Alwine Publishes Book on Enmity and Feuding


Enmity and Feuding in Classical Athens is a long-overdue analysis of the competitive power dynamics of Athenian honor and the potential problems these feuds created for democracies.

The citizens of Athens believed that harming one’s enemy was an acceptable practice and even the duty of every honorable citizen. They sought public wins over their rivals, making enmity a critical element in struggles for honor and standing, while simultaneously recognizing the threat that personal enmity posed to the community. Andrew Alwine works to understand how Athenians addressed this threat by looking at the extant work of Attic orators. Their speeches served as the intersection between private vengeance and public sanction of illegal behavior, allowing citizens to engage in feuds within established parameters. This mediation helped support Athenian democracy and provided the social underpinning to allow it to function in conjunction with Greek notions of personal honor.

Alwine provides a framework for understanding key issues in the history of democracy, such as the relationship between private and public realms, the development of equality and the rule of law, and the establishing of individual political rights. Serving also as a nuanced introduction to the works of the Attic orators, Enmity and Feuding in Classical Athens is an indispensable addition to scholarship on Athens.

Glass Lab Open House: Research Opportunity (Oct. 23, 2:30-4:30, Bell South 217)

Dr. Allison Sterrett-Krause invites students — no experience necessary — to assist her in working on Roman glass excavated in Carthage. Lay your hands on the past! We are fortunate to have a working glass lab with artifacts to catalogue and assemble. Come see what we do and talk to Dr. Sterrett-Krause and the students currently working in the Lab.

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5 German and Russian faculty Present at MIFLC Conference in Charleston this Weekend

This weekend, five faculty members from the Department of German and Russian Studies at the College of Charleston will present at the annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, held this year at the Marriott on Lockwood in Charleston! Here are there times, locations, and titles:

Thursday, October 15,

Opal 2:  3:10 “Epic Literature: The Beginning and the End” –Oksana Ingle, College of Charleston

Friday, October 16.

In the Emerald 3 space:

9:40 “A Contemporary Reading of Kafka’s Fear of his Father in Brief an den Vater” — Michaela Ruppert-Smith, College of Charleston

10:10 “Erinnerungswunden und Trauer bei Gino Chiellino” –Thomas Baginski, College of Charleston

10:40 “‘Like a Stone in a Rushing River’: Charles Ofoedo’s Account of the Austrian Spring 1999” –Nancy Nenno, College of Charleston

In the Emerald 2  space:

12:30 “’Not Merely Words’: A Course in German-English Business Translation” Stephen Della Lana, College of Charleston

Dr. Nancy Nenno and Dr. Morgan Koerner present at Annual German Studies Association Conference

This weekend, two CofC German professors presented on the research at the Annual German Studies Association Conference in Arlington, VA.

Dr. Nancy Nenno presented on her work at the GSA Seminar “Political Activism in the Black European Diaspora: From Theory to Praxis.” Her paper explores the role that public memorials play in the political activism of Black Germans and Austrians by juxtaposing the establishment and role in public discourse of memorials to Black individuals.

Dr. Morgan Koerner gave a presentation on the prolific German theater author and director René Pollesch and his theater’s complicated relationship to digital culture, in a paper entitled “‘Macht es für euch selbst!’ Participatory Culture and Performative Process in René Pollesch’s Theater.”