Greek and Roman Studies

"I myself have always found it beneficial to combine things Latin with things Greek; I think you should do the same." Cicero

"I can’t tell you how many people told me how difficult it would be to get a job because I majored in Greek and Roman Studies.  I had the opposite experience. I had a job in the business realm less than one month after graduating, and all anyone wanted to talk about in my interviews was my major and my study abroad experience. Becoming a student of Greek and Roman Studies was the best decision I have ever made." Ashley McGee, GRS alumna, IWU '10


Video from the National Committee for Latin and Greek on the value of studying an ancient language.

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Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
2014 Lectures Schedule
We are very grateful to Director of the Spurlock Museum Wayne Pitard for agreeing to host this Spring’s lectures. All lectures will be held in the Knight Auditorium of the Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana.
February 9, Sunday, 3:00 pm
Thomas Howe, Southwestern University
“The Garden of Flora: New Discoveries at the Roman
Seaside Villas of Stabiae near Pompeii”
March 9, Sunday, 3:00 pm
Duncan Keenan-Jones, UIUC
“Population, Water Use, and the Over-estimation of Water Supply in Ancient Rome”
April 17, Thursday, 5:30 pm
Hrvoje Potrebica, University of Zagreb
“Kaptol—Princes of the Crossroads"

Dedicated to the Roman God Jupiter, the Ides fell on the day of the full moon in the Roman calendar. Because a full moon comes halfway through each lunation, its day was called 'Idus' in Latin, meaning "divide." Greek and Roman Studies celebrates the Ides each month during the academic year with a guest speaker or performance. 

Ides Lecture & Performance Series  2013-2014

October 16, 2013
4pm, Beckman Auditorium
Jesse Weiner, IWU Visiting Assistant Professor of GRS & Religion
"Argonauts in America or The Worst Epic Poem Ever Composed?"
Description: Joel Barlow’s Columbiad (1807) was composed to be America’s national epic, modeled after the epic poetry and mythology of Greece and Rome. This talk analyses Barlow’s often polemical engagement with his classical models, with a focus on his manipulation of the myth of Jason, Medea and the Argonauts to reframe his version of American history.
November 13, 2013
4pm, Beckman Auditorium 
John R. Senseney, Associate Professor UIUC School of Architecture, Art History, Classics  
"Architecture in the Vitruvian Universe"
Description: "Against the background of the Greek art of building that the Roman architectural writer Vitruvius drew upon, this lecture explores Vitruvius' understanding of architecture as a system of cosmic order underlying nature. Particular attention is given to the ancient invention of architecture as a distinct entity, and the role of craftsmanship in creating the possibility of scientific knowledge."
December - Wednesday, December 4 from 7:30-10:00 p.m.
"The Prometheus Challenge" Climb at Upper Limits Gym
Description: Prometheus has been tied to a rock at the Upper Limits Gym! An eagle is eating his liver! Where is Hercules? Will YOU be our hero and win glory by saving Prometheus? Instruction and balayers provided. Entry fee for contest. Prize awarded! Contact: Jesse Weiner for more information (
December - Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the I-House
Student Organized Saturnalia
Free food, games and prizes. Also, learn the history of Saturnalia, one of Rome's greatest holidays.
January 15, 2014
4pm, Beckman Auditorium
Randall Pogorzelski, Assistant Prof. of Classics, Univ. of Western Ontario, Canada
"Terrorists and Classicists: Joyce, Virgil, and the IRA"
February 20, 2014 
4pm, Beckman Auditorium
Nandini Pandey, Assistant Professor of Classics, Loyola University Maryland.
 "Read 'Em and Weep: Aeneas Among the Monuments"
March 21, 2014
World Poetry Day: Virgilpalooza!
An epic reading of Virgil's Aeneid
Located on the first floor of Ames Library
April - No Ides Lecture Scheduled for April
Eta Sigma Phi Initiation and Banquet