Kathleen Lynch next to sign for lecture

On January 2, 2020, Kathleen Lynch gave the "Opening Night Lecture" for the Archaeological Institute of America meetings in Washington, D.C. Her lecture, "Conversations with a Pot Whisperer: Archaeological Ceramics and the Stories they Tell," demonstrated the many ways that archaeological pottery can inform us about its ancient users. She emphasized that pottery is the most humanizing of all artifacts because it exists only to serve human needs, and it survives in great abundance. The lecture was well-attended and an opening night reception followed. See the UC news article for more about the lecture.

Kathleen Lynch lecturing

Egyptian pyramids at dusk with students walking

Students from the UC Honors course, "Past & Present in Greece an Egypt: An Inquiry of History, Culture, and the Economy," traveled to Greece and Egypt in December. In Greece students visited the sites of Athens, had a behind the scenes tour of the Agora Excavations, and took a field trip to the UC excavations at Pylos, where Jack Davis and Shari Stocker gave them a fantastic tour the day before their tholos tomb press conference.

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In Egypt they met faculty and students from our strategic partner in Cairo, Future University of Egypt. The warm hospitality of our Egyptian friends made this first ever student trip to Egypt truly memorable and strengthened the connection between universities. Highlights included, of course, a visit to the great pyramids and sphinx, and a Nile dinner cruise. Kathleen Lynch, co-instructor Prof. Constantine Polychroniou (International Business), and Honors Assistant Director Neil Choudhury led the students on this unforgettable trip.

student with camera posing in Parthenon in AthensUC Honors Student Isabelle Reynolds

Isabelle Reynolds, (Classical Civilization), especially appreciated the opportunity to see sites she has studied in class. She will join another Honors study tour to London over spring break, where she will see the rest of the Parthenon sculptures!

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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."


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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.

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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

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Interested in taking a Classics course?  Browse our new course catalog and find the perfect course for your Spring 2020 Semester. Our new catalog will let you filter by level, language, or requirement using the dropdown menu under Spring 2020.  Happy browsing.