Humanities

Classics & PIES Fall Reception

Published: September 30, 2022

Please join us for our beginning of year reception and for the awarding of the Helen Caldwell Prizes in Beginning Greek and Latin.

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Helen Caldwell Awards

Published: June 23, 2022

Warm congratulations to Nicholas Guymon, Cindy Liu, and Dido Wang, all winners of the 2022 Helen Caldwell Award for Outstanding Major. This is the highest honor the Department of Classics gives to our majors. Congratulations also to the many superb finalists!!! Hearty congratulations to Alice Georgie McKeon, winner of the 2022 Helen Caldwell Award for…

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Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Published: June 23, 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 on behalf of the Classics Department! You did it! On behalf of the entire Department of Classics, we want to congratulate you on all your hard work during your time at UCLA.

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James Uden | The Politics of Pathos in Virgil’s Aeneid

Published: May 23, 2022

Virgil’s particular attention to human suffering has long been identified as a defining aspect of his poetry, but critics have had widely different views on the politics of Virgilian pathos. Is empathy for the defeated in the Aeneid a way of undermining the triumphalist claims of Augustus (e.g. Putnam 1965)? Or does the poem’s famous…

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Barbara L. Packer Lectures: Yopie Prins | Reversing Classical Meters

Published: May 19, 2022

Join UCLA English for the Barbara L. Packer Lectures featuring Yopie Prins, the Irene Butter Collegiate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. In her talk, Professor Prins asks what is the past and future of classical models for English versification? Nineteenth-century ideas about the revival of classical meters in English…

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Erich Gruen | Antisemitism in the Pagan World

Published: May 18, 2022

Co-sponsored with the Center for Religion and the Department of History. This event will be hybrid. To receive an email with the Zoom link to attend remotely, please RSVP at https://religion.ucla.edu/event/antisemitism-in-the-pagan-world/  

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Barbara L. Packer Lectures: Yopie Prins | Anne Carson [ ] Sappho

Published: May 17, 2022

Join UCLA English for the Barbara L. Packer Lectures featuring Yopie Prins, the Irene Butter Collegiate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. In If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002), Anne Carson famously uses brackets [     ] in her translations from Greek to English, to mark what is missing from…

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Rosa Andújar | Philological Reception and the Repeating Odyssey in the Caribbean

Published: May 16, 2022

This lecture discusses La Odilea by Francisco Chofre, a Cuban prose adaptation of the Odyssey, which refigures both Homer’s heroes as guajiros (peasants) and the ancient epic itself through the adoption of an oral Cuban dialect. My examination first highlights Chofre’s meticulous linguistic transformations, which I consider a model of “philological” reception, as well as the ambiguous and complex relationship…

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