The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is one of the most active centers for the study of the Greek and Roman Antiquity in the United States. Thirteen full-time faculty members and four research associates specialize in Classical philology, ancient history, and archaeology, including Greek prehistory.
About thirty-five graduate students are in residence at any given time, while others spend a year or more abroad to study or conduct research. In the heart of the Department is the recently renovated Burnam Classical Library, the world's most comprehensive library for advanced research in Classics (with some 275,000 volumes). The department's Tytus Fellowships bring an additional nine to twelve researchers to the Department each year, in addition to many shorter-term visitors. About thirty undergraduate majors profit from the vibrant scholarly community, while an Outreach Program takes faculty and graduate students to more than 100 area schools each year. The department's lecture series, including those sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, attract audiences from the larger academic and lay community in the Cincinnati area. The Department edits an international scholarly journal, the Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, as well as Nestor, a bibliographic resource for Aegean Prehistory, and sponsors continuing series of publications for Pylos, Keos, and Troy. Faculty organize or particiapte in archaeological fieldwork in Greece at Pylos, Knossos, and Isthmia, and the Athenian Agora, in Italy at Pompeii and Tharros in Sardinia, in Turkey at Gordion, and in Israel at Caesarea Maritima.
We welcome our Spring Tytus Visiting Fellows with a short presentation of their projects.
Dr. Sandra Šćepanović, from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, will speak on "Empedocles on time and eternity: a contextual and historical analysis of expressions, imagery, and philosophical significance."
Dr. Kenneth Sheedy, from Macquarie University, will speak on "A spring of silver, a treasury in the earth”: coinage and wealth in archaic Athens."
It isn't a surprise to find archaeologists in a bar, but on the 20th of November, the award-winning Classics Outreach program broke new ground on two fronts: an outreach presentation in a bar, which happens to be in a church. The Urban Artifact taproom is in the basement of the historic St. Patrick's church in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, and is known for its gose (sour) beers. Prof. Kathleen Lynch gave a talk on the history of archaeology in the department to a capacity crowd as part of a series called, "Science on Tap." The presentation started with the Semples and Blegen and focused on methodological innovations over the years. Graduate student and outreach presenter, Anna Belza, displayed artifacts from the Classics study collection, and Prof. Steven Ellis brought some animal bones from Pompeii. Attendees enjoyed seeing the objects, especially the bronze dagger, and learning about restaurant dishes at Pompeii. There was great interest in the Griffin Warrior discoveries, and Prof. Jack Davis was on hand to answer questions and reveal new developments. We were pleased to share our history and current projects with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd, and we can now say, "Will lecture for beer."
The Department of Classics is now accepting applications for Semple Scholarships for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline: January 27, 2020. For more information, visit our departmental scholarship page.
On November 27, Daniel Markovich will lecture on "Exhortations to Philosophy is Seneca's Letters" at The University of Rome La Sapienza. The lecture focuses on Seneca's original adaptation of exhortation to philosophy as a kind of writing in Greek and Roman literature.
The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure track position in Latin and ancient Greek language and literature at the level of Assistant Professor, to begin August 15, 2020. Evidence of a completed Ph.D. in Classics is required by May 1, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate, through their writing sample or published work, capacity for high-quality scholarly research in Latin and/or ancient Greek language and literature. They must have acquired the capacity to teach ancient languages at both undergraduate and graduate levels and to conduct successful undergraduate courses in classical civilization. The candidate should have a breadth of knowledge necessary to work successfully in an interdisciplinary department that educates students in philology, ancient history, and archaeology.
The Department of Classics offers BA programs in Classics and Classical Civilization and MA and PhD programs in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, Ancient History, Bronze Age Archaeology, and Classical Archaeology. It is housed together with the Burnam Classics Library, one of the largest and best collections of resources in Classics in the world, including an important collection of Byzantine and Modern Greek resources. Full information about the department can be found on our website: http://classics.uc.edu.
The committee will review applications beginning November 8, 2019, and, where possible, conduct interviews at the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington D.C., January 2-5, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.
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