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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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Technical Ekphrasis in Greek and Roman Science and Literature: The Written Machine between Alexandria and Rome
Ekphrasis is familiar as a rhetorical tool for inducing enargeia, the vivid sense that a reader or listener is actually in the presence of the objects described. This book focuses on the ekphrastic techniques used in ancient Greek and Roman literature to describe technological artifacts. Since the literary discourse on technology extended beyond technical texts, this book explores 'technical ekphrasis' in a wide range of genres, including history, poetry, and philosophy as well as mechanical, scientific, and mathematical works. Technical authors like Philo of Byzantium, Vitruvius, Hero of Alexandria, and Claudius Ptolemy are put into dialogue with close contemporaries in other genres, like Diodorus Siculus, Cicero, Ovid, and Aelius Theon. The treatment of 'technical ekphrasis' here covers the techniques of description, the interaction of verbal and visual elements, the role of instructions, and the balance between describing the artifact's material qualities and the other bodies of knowledge it evokes.
Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.
Cornell Halai And East Lokris Project (Greece)
CHELP is a regional archaeological project focusing on the polis of Halai (Greece) and its immediate neighbors.
- Tuesday, October 18, 2016: A. Asa Eger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in G22 Goldwin Smith Hall at 6:00 PM
- Friday, October 21, 2016: Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Columbia University)
- Friday & Saturday, October 28-29, 2016: "Sustaining the Antique: a 21st-century festival of classics" all events will take place in the Rhodes Rawlings Auditorium in Klarman Hall unless otherwise stated
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 28-30: Plotinus Workshop
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
- Growing Old With Latin
- Rawlings engages veterans through ancient texts on war
- Extraordinary opening of the archaeological site
- New volume honors classics professor Fred Ahl
- What does Elvis Presley have in common with Dionysus?
- Cornell-led research resolves long-debated Mesopotamia timeline
- 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.