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Diskin Clay, 1938-2014  

We regret to announce the sudden passing of our esteemed and beloved friend and colleagueHis obituary announces tentative plans for a memorial symposium at Duke Nov. 7-8. Condolences may be sent to his wife,

Recent News

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 (9/16/14; see second photo).
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 by Duke fieldschool
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"
(watch this space for details)
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From Space to Place Initiative:                          The Age of Sensing

Fifth Annual International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology

Duke University, October 13-15, 2014

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Fall 2014 Events

Watch this space for the many events this term.

Monday, September 22, 5:15pm, Allen 226

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)” 

Monday, September 29, 5:30pm, Allen 226

Gregor Kalas (Tennessee), "Visualizing Statues in the Late Antique Roman Forum" (Sponsored with CLAS)


Saturday, November 8

Symposium honoring Diskin Clay

Thursday, November 13

Prof. Justin Walsh (Chapman University), Gallery talk, Nasher Museum 6pm

2013-14 Retrospective

April 10, 8:30am - 6pm, FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse Bay 4: Reading the Past: Mind, Brain, and Archaeology Workshop co-organized by Maurizio Forte, and including talks by Forte and Carla Antonaccio.
Classical Studies Drama Series: 

Matthew Farmer (March 5, 5:15 p.m 226 Allen); David Jacobson (March 19, 5:15 p.m., 226 Allen); Eric Dugdale (April 2, 5:15 p.m., 226 Allen Bldg.)

Duke/UNC Graduate Pedagogy Colloquium:  

The graduate programs in Classical Studies at Duke University and in Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill are collaborating to organize the Inaugural Duke/UNC-CH Graduate Workshop in Classics Pedagogy for the weekend of March 28-30, 2014.

Friday, March 28; For Details visit: sites.duke.edu/classicspedagogy/

Ben Keim (Pomona), "Honor and the "Other" in Herodotus' Histories."  Wed., Feb. 26, 5:15-6:00 p.m., 226 Allen Bldg.  

Elsa Bouchard, "Aristotle and Graphic Arts"

Wed., March 26, 5:15 p.m., 226 Allen Bldg. 

  • Jake 2
  • pottery
  • site
  • Morgantina 1
  • Hadrian's Villa 1
  • Agrigento 2
  • Morgantina 2
  • Rome
  • Hadrian's Villa 2
  • Pantheon 2
  • Agrigento 3
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Jake 1
  • Pompeii 2
  • pottery
  • Pompeii 1
  • Acropolis
  • Paestum 1
  • Roman Forum 1
  • papyrus
  • Paestum 2