Greek class enjoys lunch at Ephesus Turkish Restaurant: οὕτω γὰρ ἥδιστα ἔδειπνήσαμεν!
The IDES Lecture and Performance Series:
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.
Upcoming Events: May Term 2015
"Religion in Ancient Mediterranean Comedy: Character, Context, and Content"
Speaker: Dr. Erin Moodie, Purdue University
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 3pm in Beckman Auditorium
Description: This talk will provide a broad introduction to the religious contexts of Greek and Roman comedy, as well as the comic genres’ depiction of deities and religious practices. From the Dionysia festival in Athens to Jupiter's deus ex machina in Plautus’ Amphitryon , religion is central to ancient comedy, providing structure, atmosphere, and significance to events on and off the stage.
Past Events: 2014-2015
"Lost in Dante's Forest"
Speaker: Tim McDunn, Greek and Roman Studies major and Mellon scholar
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4pm in Beckman Auditorium
Description: In this lecture, we will explore the contemplative nature of forests in Dante's Divine Comedy and ask how Dante was able to use Christian doctrine as a means of reorganizing ideas that had been passed down from before the Christian era. How did the Christian doctrine of Grace prevent Dante from being forever lost in a hypnotic state of contemplation? The research for this presentation was made possible by the 2014 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant: Re-centering the Humanities.
"How to make a Roman Demosthenes: Cicero and the construction of a tradition"
Speaker: Caroline Bishop, Indiana University
"Let us Now Praise Wicked Men: Netflix Series House of Cards (2013-14 and the 'Fifth Age' of Television."
Speaker: Nancy Sultan, IWU
February 24, 2015, 4:30 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library
for more details: House of Cards Flyer
"Translating the Oresteia: The Theory of What Translation Should Be" (Mellon Re-Centering the Humanities Grant)
Speaker: Alan Shapiro, UNC-Chapel Hill
March 17, 2015 at 4pm in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library
March 17, 2015 at 7pm in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library
Greek and Roman Studies News
Four Languages and a Poem: McDunn '16 Analyzes Dante
Mellon Scholar Tim McDunn spent his summer vacation reading some of the world's greatest works of literature in their original languages.
Read more here
Chicago Tribune report on Latin in Lake Forest
Latin language study endangered, but thrives elsewhere, experts say, read the story here
NEH performs Pseudolus
Check out this YouTube video of the NEH performing the Roman comedy Pseudolus, by Plautus, to experience Latin as a performed art! There are several videos up, including ones that feature singing in Latin. Our own Dr. Nancy Sultan took part in these productions.
Check out what's going on at the Central Illinois Society of the Archeological Institute of America - Urbana, Illinois
April 26, 2015: Malcolm Bell, III Lecture
View more events at their website: http://www.archaeological.org/events
IWU Students Reenact the Ludi Megalenses
IWU students reenact the Ludi Megalenses (Games in honor of Cybele, the Magna Mater) during May Term 2013.