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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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Fall 2014 News:

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

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

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," on October 17, 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 in Crete summer archaeological fieldschool in Azoria, Crete. Applications for 2015 open soon.

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Below: Meet CLST's newest tenure-track faculty member, Assistant Professor Alicia Jiménez, in the profile on Duke Today (9/29/14)!

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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 on September 16, 2014.

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Previous News:

Prof. William Johnson, currently teaching at Duke Kunshan University in its inaugural year and the Chair of Faculty at DKU, spoke at DKU's convocation on August 20, 2014.

Don Byrne, BA Classical Studies 1991, rediscovers the Golden Age in rural North Carolina.

News from Duke in Tuscany (Summer 2014), directed by Prof. Maurizio Forte: intact Etruscan tomb digitally recorded.

Graduate Student Cliff Robinson wins the 2014 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

View senior double major Phil Watson's An Iliad - his Theater major senior project, performed in February 2014.

 Prof. Tolly Boatwright on "The State of Things" (2/7/14) on Celebrity Boxing and Bread and Circuses.

Prof. Joshua Sosin in the Chronicle of Higher Education; Duke papyri in the local news.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports new Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing. Check out the DC3 blog.

Prof. Jed Atkins and Josh Sosin receive Mellon Humanities Writ Large funding for Emerging Network on "Democracy and Law: Ancient and Modern".

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Symposium Honoring Diskin Clay, 1938-2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
At the Duke Divinity School in the Goodson Chapel


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We regret to announce the passing of our esteemed and beloved friend and colleague, Diskin Clay. His obituary sketches out some of his many accomplishments. Condolences may be sent to his wife, .

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

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Upcoming Fall 2014 Events:

Friday, November 7, 2014

What: Wylie Prize 2012-2013: Roundtable with the Winner Brett Rushforth
When: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: 011 Old Chem Bldg.


October 12 to November 30, 2014

What: Traces of the Past: An Exhibition on Archaeology/Technology/Imagery
When: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Where: Smith Warehouse, Bays 10 & 11


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

What: Nasher Antiquities in Context gallery discussion with Prof. Justin Walsh (Chapman University
When: 5.30 pm
Where: Nasher Museum

Previous Fall 2014 Events:

Below: From Space to Place Initiative: The Age of Sensing, Fifth Annual International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology (October 13 to 15, 2014 at Duke University). Find out more Poster

Egbert Bakker (Yale), "In and Out of the Golden Age: A Hesiodic Reading of theOdyssey" (With sponsorship from Humanities Writ Large, Subnature and Culinary Culture project; Wed. 10/1/14)

Gregor Kalas (Tennessee), "Visualizing Statues in the Late Antique Roman Forum" (Sponsored with CLAS; Mon. 9/29/14)

Barbara W. Boyd (Bowdoin College; NHC), “Repeat after Me: Ovid's Revisions of a Homeric Tale (The Loves of Venus and Mars in Ars amatoria 2 and Metamorphoses 4)” (Mon. 9/22/14)

2013-14 Retrospective:

April 10, 2014: Reading the Past: Mind, Brain, and Archaeology Workshop co-organized by Maurizio Forte, and including talks by Forte and Carla Antonaccio.

Spring 2014 Classical Studies Drama Series:

Matthew Farmer (March 5); David Jacobson (March 19); Eric Dugdale (April 2.)

Duke/UNC Graduate Pedagogy Colloquium (3/14):  

Details on the collaborative and inaugural Duke/UNC-CH Graduate Workshop in Classics Pedagogy (March 2014) are at:sites.duke.edu/classicspedagogy/

Other Talks:

Ben Keim (Pomona), "Honor and the "Other" in Herodotus' Histories" (Feb. 2014).  

Elsa Bouchard, "Aristotle and Graphic Arts" (March 2014)

Late Ancient Studies

Archaeological Institute of America 

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