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Spring 2015

Public Lecture

Laura Marshall (Graduate Fellow at The Ohio State University)

"Gadfly or Spur? The meaning of μύωψ in Plato's Apology of Socrates"

Thursday, April 2

3:30 pm


Laura Marshall is finishing her PhD in Classics at The Ohio State University, and she is writing her dissertation on the connections between philosophy and Apollonius Rhodius’ Greek epic, the Argonautica. She is interested in the connections between philosophy and literature in general, and she has a special interest in Greek epic.

Book Launch Celebration for Professor David Noe

Tuesday, February 24

HH336 3:30-4:30pm

Join the Classics Department in celebrating the publication of David Noe's translation of Franciscus Junius' highly influential work,

A Treatise on True Theology

Franciscus Junius was a skilled linguist, biblical exegete, and theologian, and as such shaped the Reformed tradition in profound ways. Junius' Treatise on True Theology is a scholastic introduction to the discipline of theology. He reflects on the definition of theology, where it comes from, and the variety of modes it takes. This is the first time this work has been translated into English.


Spring 2014

Author Visit

Join the Classics Department for an informal Q&A with poet, author and translator Dr. Sarah Ruden.

Thursday, April 10
Hiemenga Hall 336

Dr. Ruden has a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University, and is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University.  She has taught English, Latin and writing, and has been a tutor for the South African Education and Environment project.  She is a poet, translator and essayist.  Her scholarship concentrates on literary translation of Greek and Roman classics. She has published translations of the Satyricon of Petronius, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the Homeric Hymns, and Vergil’s Aeneid.  Her collection of poems, Other Places, won South Africa’s leading book prize, the Central News Agency Literary Award. 


Fall 2013 Public Lecture

Dr. Michael Fontaine (Cornell University)

"On Being Sane in an Insane Place: The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus' Epidamnus"

Thursday, September 26
ommons Annex Lecture Hall

Synopsis: Plautus’ Roman comedy Menaechmi (The Two Menaechmuses) of c. 200 BC anticipates in fictional form the famous Rosenhan experiment of 1973, a landmark critique of psychiatric diagnosis. An analysis of the scenes of feigned madness and psychiatric examination suggests that the play (and the earlier Greek play from which it was adapted) offers two related ethical reflections, one on the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, the other on the validity of the entire medical model of insanity—that is, of the popular notion and political truth that mental illness is a (bodily) disease ‘like any other’. The paper is thus offered as a contribution to the interpretation of the play as well as to the history of Psychiatry.

Free of charge. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

Also of interest

The Classics Department hosted a conference on spoken Latin in September 2013. For more information, see here.