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Classics Program


Fall 2015

  • Hal Haskell, Professor and Chair of the Classics Program, presented an invited paper in September in Glasgow at the annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. His paper, on ancient transport pottery ca. 1600-1150 BCE, was part of a session concerned with early maritime transport containers.

  • Prof. Haskell joined Classics faculty from throughout the United States to prepare for the upper level Sunoikisis Plato course, under the guidance of Prof. Hakan Tell of Dartmouth College.  For more, see Dartmouth’s write-up of this program.

  • Profs. Howe and Haskell are coordinating a new Paideia theme, Presence of the Past (see YouTube video). The presence of the past is inevitable in any culture or in any individual. You either control the past in shaping your identity, or it controls you. We consider cultures that, through subsequent stealing, borrowing, conquest, survival, translation, exchange, or imitation have furnished other cultures or individuals with critical parts of their identities.

  • SU will be offering an innovative course in 2016 on Euripides, involving Classics scholars and students from around the country. This follows on the heels of last spring’s very successful Odyssey course (Odyssey course; see SU students work with Homeric scholars and students (21:14) across the country). More….

Fall 2014

  • Prof. Hal Haskell presented a refereed paper at the NARNIA Conference on Cyprus in September 2014, on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of ancient pottery. More…. 

Spring 2014

  • Sunoikisis was featured in Athens by Hal Haskell at the “Learning Differences and Innovation Summit” (video [start at 1.34.10]). Haskell also led a 10 hour “Institute” centered on SU’s Paideia program.

  • In late May, Dr. Hal Haskell visited the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich to gain access to a very rare publication, C. Doumet-Serhal (ed.), Networking patterns of the Bronze and Iron Age Levant: the Lebanon and its Mediterranean Connections. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has one of the only copies. One article is of particular interest, as it reports on a pottery sherd in the eastern Mediterranean with Linear B (early Greek), and if verified would be a unique find.

  • Dr. Hal Haskell’s article “Elite Economic Relationships between Crete and Thebes in the Late Bronze Age” has been accepted for publication in Minos, a leading international journal of Minoan, Mycenaean and Cypriote studies. The results of Dr. Haskell’s work with pottery supplement evidence based up to this point primarily on palaeographic (Linear B) evidence.

  • Thomas Howe, professor of art history, was the lead presenter at a lecture titled “The Rebirth of a Roman Luxury Resort: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at The Seaside Villas at Stabia” that was held at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia April 8. The lecture was held in conjunction with the institute’s exhibit titled “One Day in Pompeii,” which runs through April 27. Read more here.

  • Dr. Benjamin Hicks presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle-West and South in Waco, Texas.  This paper examined Horace’s parody of Odysseus’ consultation with Teiresias in the underworld (Od. 9) in Satire 2.5.  In particular, Horace draws on philosophical uses of Odysseus through intertextuality to satirize the Stoics.

  • College Year in Athens (CYA), the premier US undergraduate program in Greece, sponsored an invited lecture by Hal Haskell, Prof. of Classics, titled “Meandering Through Late Minoan III Crete, Proust, Pottery, and Palaces.” The lecture was structured around the theme of Dr. Haskell’s SU Paideia theme, “The Intersection between the Arts and Sciences” and was held at CYA’s academic center near the Panathenaic Stadium.

  • In March, Dr. Hal Haskell served as an invited member of the Fulbright Foundation – Greece Selection Committee for the 2014 Greek Graduate Scholarship Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Foundation provides support the brightest young Greek scholars to study in the US so that they can return to Greece with fresh expertise. Dr. Haskell was an American Fulbright Senior Scholar in Greece in 1994.

  • Dr. Benjamin Hicks presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association in Chicago, Illinois, in January.  The paper explored Horace’s much loved Satire 2.6 in which he introduces Aesop’s fable of the city and the country mouse as a satiric meditation on the Epicurean rational calculus of pleasure and pain.

Fall 2013

  • In December, 2013, Dr. Hal Haskell presented a refereed paper at the 3rd “Archaeological Work in Crete” conference, held in Rhethymnon, Crete. The conference was held under the auspices of the University of Crete, and the Ephorates of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and of Byzantine Antiquites (Rhethymnon). The papers will be published in both digital and paper format.

  • Dr. Thomas Howe, Professor of Art History, spoke at the CyArk 500 Challenge, October 20-22 2013, at the Tower of London. He spoke on cultural heritage, around the topic The Benefits: Beyond Documentation. See a video of on the digital preservation of Stabia.

  • In October, Dr. Hal Haskell attended a conference in Belgium, “How long is a century? Late Minoan IIIB pottery: Relative chronology and regional differences,” at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve). He was asked to make a short presentation “Literacy on LM IIIB Crete,” based on his work with Linear B (early Greek) inscribed pottery.