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:

"Screening the Battle of Actium: Civil War, Erotic Tragedy, and the Birth of an Empire"

Speaker:  Monica Cyrino, Professor of Classics, University of New Mexico.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4 pm  in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library

“The Western Classics in Modern China” 

Speaker:  Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics, University of Chicago.

Tuesday, November 17, 4 pm  in Beckman Auditorium, The Ames Library 


Past Events: 2014-2015


"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.


"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


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


Greek and Roman Studies News

Fall 2015 Changes:

Amy Coles, Assistant Professor of History and GRS, has been awarded a Junior Faculty Leave during fall semester 2015 for her project on "Colonial Slaves and Freedmen in Republican Italy".


Michael S. Vasta will replace Amy Coles in fall as Visiting Assistant Professor of History & GRS. Mike is an alum of IWU who majored in ancient History and GRS! He received his MA in Latin in 2009 and his PhD in Classics from Indiana University in 2014. His interests include ancient historiography, Roman republican and triumviral culture and history, Roman rhetoric and oratory. He will be teaching Latin, Greek History, and a new course on "Civil Violence in ancient Greece and Rome."

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.
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.