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October 2019

“The Power of Names in Republican Rome” | Jane Chaplin

October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dodd Hall 248, 405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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For readers of Livy and students of Roman republican history, the idea that names revealed character and foretold behavior is familiar: a Manlius Torquatus can be expected to treat his son severely, and a Publius Decius Mus to devote himself in a close battle.  Names as destiny and gentilicial traits culminated in Mark Antony’s reference to Caesar’s heir as the boy who owed everything to his name, as well as to the later ban on Marcus as a praenomen for…

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Greek Book Club

October 19

Those with interests in Modern Greek will want to check out the Greek Book Club this Fall, which is run by Dr. Simos Zenios at St Sophia Cathedral in LA.  

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Metamorphosis and the Environmental Imagination from Ovid to Shakespeare

October 11 - October 12
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Narratives of metamorphosis, from human into other living and mineral forms, have long provided an important tool for thinking through the complexities of our relationship with the world around us. From Ovid to David Cronenberg, thinkers and artists have used the trope of physical transformation to figure the ways in which human and non-human agencies have evolved from and adapted to one another in a relationship characterized by fluctuating perceptions of friction and symbiosis, distance and proximity. This conference seeks…

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“Respublica Rediviva: Plato and the Guaraní of Paraguay.” | Michael Brumbaugh

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dodd Hall 248, 405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Looking for Utopia around every corner of the “New World,” 17th and 18th century Europeans saw in the Jesuit-Guaraní Republic of Paraguay an ancient Greek polity nestled deep within the heart of Spanish America. This talk examines the evolution of that European narrative as well as the carefully crafted response that emerged from the Americas in the form of a treatise comparing the Guaraní way of life with Plato’s Republic and Laws. Penned by a professor of rhetoric who had lived among…

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September 2019

Department Open House

September 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Dodd Hall 248, 405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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May 2019

Recitatio | Classics Department

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dodd 275,

Please join us for our annual Recitatio on Thursday, May 30th at 5:00PM. All are welcome to listen/participate in reciting texts in Latin or Greek – feel free to prepare prose or poetry! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We hope to see many of you there!  

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The Joan Palevsky Lecture in Classics | Angelos Chaniotis

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Fowler Museum Courtyard,

The Department of Classics is pleased to present The Joan Palevsky Lecture in Classics. The lecture will be given by Angelos Chaniotis on “The Polis as a Stage: Theatricality and Illusion in the Long Hellenistic Age.” Chaniotis is a Professor of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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April 2019

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