Humanities

“The Power of Names in Republican Rome” | Jane Chaplin

Published: October 24, 2019

For readers of Livy and students of Roman republican history, the idea that names revealed character and foretold behavior is familiar: a Manlius Torquatus can be expected to treat his son severely, and a Publius Decius Mus to devote himself in a close battle.  Names as destiny and gentilicial traits culminated in Mark Antony’s reference…

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“Respublica Rediviva: Plato and the Guaraní of Paraguay.” | Michael Brumbaugh

Published: October 7, 2019

Looking for Utopia around every corner of the “New World,” 17th and 18th century Europeans saw in the Jesuit-Guaraní Republic of Paraguay an ancient Greek polity nestled deep within the heart of Spanish America. This talk examines the evolution of that European narrative as well as the carefully crafted response that emerged from the Americas…

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The Joan Palevsky Lecture in Classics | Angelos Chaniotis

Published: May 16, 2019

The Department of Classics is pleased to present The Joan Palevsky Lecture in Classics. The lecture will be given by Angelos Chaniotis on “The Polis as a Stage: Theatricality and Illusion in the Long Hellenistic Age.” Chaniotis is a Professor of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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