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Classics is the interdisciplinary study of the ancient (1700 BCE-600 CE) Greek and Roman civilizations that gave subsequent European culture its distinctive character. The study of Greek and Roman antiquity includes: Greek and Latin language, literature, and linguistics; ancient philosophy; history; archaeology and art history; papyrology; epigraphy; and numismatics.
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Joannes Burmeister, Aulularia and Other Inversions of Plautus
Joannes Burmeister of Lüneburg (1576-1638) was among the greatest Neo-Latin poets of the German Baroque. His masterpieces, now mostly lost, are Christian ‘inversions’ of the classical Roman comedies of Plautus. With only minimal changes in language and none in meter, each transforms Plautus’ pagan plays into comedies based on biblical themes. Singular Renaissance curiosities in their day, they have since been entirely forgotten. This volume offers the first critical edition of the newly discovered Aulularia (1629), which exists in a sole copy, and the fragments of Mater-Virgo (1621), which adapts Plautus’ Amphitryo to show the Nativity of Jesus. The introduction offers reconstructions of Susanna (based on Casina) and Asinaria (1625), his two lost or unpublished inversions of Plautus. It also provides the only biography of Burmeister based on archival sources, along with discussions of his inimitable Latinity and the perilous context of war and witch burning in which he wrote. Scholars of early modern literature will take special interest in the poetic German plot summaries (also translated), while students of the Thirty Years War or the Holy Roman Empire will want to add Burmeister's contemporary view of military abuses to those later expressed in Grimmelshausen's Simplicius Simplicissimus.
Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.
Harvard-Cornell Expedition for the Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Sardis
The excavations at the site of Sardis in ancient Lydia cover a time span from about 1400 BCE to about 616 CE.
- Tuesday, April 5, 2016: Massimo Osanna (Superintendent of Pompeii) in Goldwin Smith Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium (G64)
- Wednesday, April 6, 2016: Daniele Maras (Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archaeologia) at 6:00 in Goldwin Smith Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium (G64)
- Friday, April 15, 2016: Roberta L. Stewart (Dartmouth College)
- Monday, April 18, 2016: William Van Andringa (Université de Lille 3) in Goldwin Smith Hall G22
- Friday, April 29, 2016: Claudia Moatti (University of Southern California)
Edith Hall (King's College, London) delivered the first Francis R. Halpern Lecture on October 2, 2015: What Do the Ancient Greeks Have to Say to the Third Millenium?
Watch the video here.
News and Announcements
- Concealing the bodies of ancient statues with censorship or fashion adds another layer to their complicated politics.
- How Anti-Trade Nativism Wrecked the Ancient Greeks
Cleon was an Athenian demagogue, a shrewd operator known for violence and for getting things done.
- Cicero on Going Emeritus
- Retiring faculty honored, invited to remain active
- President Hunter Rawlings on priorities and 'pinch-hitting'
- Reinventing Pygmalion: Tracey Emin’s “Rocky” Marriage
- Mortua lingua discipulorum auxilio reviviscit*
*"With the help of some students, a dead language is coming back to life.”
- Schizophrenia in the Golden Ass
- Cornell Cast Collection Figures Introduced to Klarman Hall
- What Rome Can Teach Us Today
- From Bacchus to Burgundy: Wine Culture in Art
- The Empty Chair and the Silent Voice. Symbols of Loss, Grief - and Hope?
- Database of classical works now freely searchable
- Congratulation Ioannis Ziogas!
- Brandtly Jones Precollegiate Award Citation
- Ancient Scientific and Technical Texts
- Exposing new audiences to a real Greek tragedy
- Two juniors receive Caplan Travel Fellowships
- ISIS Destroys Ancient Palmyra Columns By Tying Prisoners to Them and Blowing Them Up, Shocking New Report Reveals
- American Bacchae
- New book examines 'I' vs. 'us' in late antiquity
- Why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history
- Fontaine plays Sherlock Holmes with book on rare play
- Katie Cruz honored as 2015 Merrill Scholar
- Classics department celebrates our 2015 graduates!
- Congratulations Katie Kearns!
- Charles Brittain received Constance E. Cook and Alice H. Cook Recognition Award for his contributions to improving the climate for women at Cornell.
- Why ISIS destroys antiquities?
- Responding to Islamic State’s Destruction of Ancient Artifacts.
- Casts and Present exhibition marks Cornell’s Sesquicentennial by returning to the University’s deep roots in teaching from objects.
- Near Eastern and Classics Professor Kim Haines-Eitzen is featured on Academic Minute.