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The Department of Classical Studies at Duke embraces the languages and literatures, archaeology and material culture, and histories of the Greek, Roman, and late antique pasts. Classical Studies, inherently inter-disciplinary, encourages serious engagement with our complex past and its place in the present and for the future. Students develop broad knowledge while cultivating cross-cultural fluency and critical intellectual skills and methodological strategies. The requirements of the two majors, Classical Civilizations and Classical Languages, convey the disciplinary coherence of the field, yet are flexible enough to allow students to develop their own interests while progressing through their studies.

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New Duke Signature Series Course:

CLST 275: Democracy: Ancient and Modern
Professor Jed Atkins

What light can Athenian democracy, as conceived and practiced 2500 years ago, shed on our own? Topics include freedom, equality, rights; citizenship; constitutions and institutions; decision-making; rhetoric; foreign policy; corruption; religion; and hope.  Special guests will help relate expert knowledge to real-world experience.

For more info on CLST 275-01 CLICK HERE

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Below: Prof. Jed Atkins discussing his upcoming course CLST 275 (Democracy: Ancient and Modern) for SP15 (T/TH 1:25-2:40)

2014-15 News and Announcements:

In November 2014 Professor, Emeritus Francis Newton gave the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture on 'Lucius Triumphs Over His Fortune' (Met.11.15): Apuleius' Extraordinary Texts and the Extraordinary Monte Cassino Manuscripts That Saved Them For Civilization at the Texts and Contexts annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University.

In October 2014 Visiting Assistant Professor Emily Jusino presented A Multiplicity of Voices: Theseus in Oedipus at Colonus at the Ancient Drama in Performance III conference at Randolph College.

In October 2014 Professor Carla Antonaccio gave the Zarbin Annual Lecture in the Department of Classics at Dartmouth College, speaking about "How Greek is Greek Art? Originals, Mashups, and Identity in the Past”.

In October 2014 Professor Tolly Boatwright presented "Domitia Longina and the Criminality of Roman Imperial Women" at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South - Southern Section meeting in Fredericksburg, VA.


In September 2014 Professor Clare Woods presented “Mapping the Dynamic Circulation of Books and Ideas in Ninth-Century Europe” at the Historical Network Research Conference 2014 in Ghent, Belgium. Her paper is the first featured under "A very short selection of projects" on a blog, Digital Intellectuals, extolling the conference.

Congratulations to Katie Langenfeld for winning the President's Award for Best Graduate Student Paper from the Classical Association of the Midwest and South - Southern Section.  She gave "Challenging the 'Conspiracy of Silence': Historical Memory, Usurpers, and the Imperial Biographies of the Historia Augusta," in October 2014 at CAMWS-SS Meeting in Fredericksburg, VA. Great job, Katie!

Below: Current Graduate student, Katie exploring the remains of the Colosseum in Rome, July 2012, while on the American Academy's Classical Summer School program.

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Below: The on-going Duke Archaeological Field Practicum summer archaeological fieldschool in Azoria, Crete. Applications for 2015 are open now.

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Below: Meet CLST's newest tenure-track faculty member, Assistant Professor Alicia Jiménez, in the profile on Duke Today (September 2014)!

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Below: The Department's Global offerings (Duke in Rome, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and Duke in Crete) attracted many students at Duke's Global Education Fair in September 2014.

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Upcoming 2014-15 Events:

Friday, January 9, 2015

What: 2015 AIA & SCS Joint Annual Meeting Reception hosted by the Classical Studies Departments of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
When: 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: Marriott New Orleans, Balcony K

For more info, see the invitation below or CLICK HERE

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Previous Fall 2014 Events:

In December, Professor Donald Haggis (UNC), Duke Professor Carla Antonaccio, along with the help of the GEO Staff held an informational Q&A session on the Duke Archaeology Field Practicum in Crete (formerly known as “Duke in Crete”). Undergrads who participate through GEO receive two Duke credits through CLST.

For more info CLICK HERE

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Duke Professor, Emeritus Francis Newton game a Montague Rhodes Memorial Lecture on "Paucissimi sed Pretiosissimi: Manuscript Treasures in Beneventan Script in Scottish Libraries." At Aberdeen University in December 2014.

In December Duke Professor, Emeritus Francis Newton and Leiden University Professor, F. Erik Kwakkel gave a joint lecture at York University.

In October and November 2014 there was a Traces of the Past: An Exhibition on Archaeology/Technology/Imagery in the Smith Warehouse, Bays 10 & 11.


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The fall Classical Pedagogy Colloquium, a joint venture of the Duke University and University of North Carolina departments of Classical Studies, took place in November 2014 in Murphey Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. This event, aimed primarily at current graduate students but open to all faculty and graduate students in Classics and related fields, focused on the practice of teaching Classics at the post-secondary level,  the transition from graduate studies to faculty positions, and the professional development undertaken by new faculty to balance research and teaching responsibilities. Guest speakers Dr. Laury Ward (PhD, Duke; Assistant Professor, Hillsdale College) and Dr. Ted Gellar-Goad (PhD, UNC; Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University) shared their recent work and participated in panel discussions with the attendees.


Below: Germano-Roman relief showing a school (from Shakko/Wikipedia)

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Honoring Diskin Clay, 1938-2014

We regret to announce the passing of our esteemed and beloved friend and colleague, Diskin Clay. A symposium honoring Diskin was held on November 8th in the Goodson Chapel. His obituary sketches out some of his many accomplishments. Condolences may be sent to his wife, .

Symposium Program

Below: The late Duke Professor, Diskin Clay in Athens, Greece during his late 20's.

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Below: From Space to Place Initiative: The Age of Sensing, Fifth Annual International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology (October 2014 at Duke University). Find out more Poster

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