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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. 



Fall 2014:

"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
October 2014


Spring 2015:

February 24, 2015 
"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


March 16-18, 2015 
"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
Poetry Reading:
March 17, 2015 at 7pm in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library


May Term 2015:

Greek/Roman Comedy (Title TBA)
Speaker: Erin Moodie, Purdue University
(Date TBA)


Four Languages and a Poem: McDunn '16 Analyzes Dante



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.


Latin endangered in Lake Forest, but thrives elsewhere, experts say



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.

Central Illinois Society of the Archeological Institute of America - Urbana, Illinois: Lecture Schedule

November 6, 2014: Ian Kuijt

April 26, 2015: Malcolm Bell, III

View the link for more details: http://www.archaeological.org/taxonomy/term/62/all 


IWU students reenact the Ludi Megalenses (Games in honor of Cybele, the Magna Mater) during May Term 2013.