Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Congratulations to the Troy team for the publication of Troy Excavation Project Final Reports: West Sanctuary I. This hefty 571 page volume presents the Archaic through Classical period remains from the West Sanctuary, first excavated by Blegen. The volume includes chapters by Carolyn Aslan on the Archaic period, Kathleen Lynch on the Classical period, and Mark Lawall on the Archaic and Classical amphoras. John Wallrodt did the handsome layout of the publication including image preparation, and Brian Rose and Kathleen Lynch did the final editing. John also shepherded the publication through its many stages of preparation. 

The volume is dedicated to Getzel Cohen, who negotiated the department’s collobaration with the University of Tübingen for new excavations at Troy. Getzel was also an indefatigable supporter and fundraiser for the Troy project. (Join the department on 18 April for this year's Cohen Memorial lecture by Emma Dench.)

We are excited to announce that our very own Kathleen Lynch is about to begin her work as a Getty Scholar, especially since she is the first UC scholar to receive this fellowship! This year’s Getty Scholars are examining the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651 through a number of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary projects. Kathleen’s own work will focus on Athenian pottery in the Achaemenid empire.      

She shares with us: "My research project will examine the importation of Athenian-made ceramics to the Persian Empire, which reached from modern Turkey to Egypt and east to Armenia. During the 5th century B.C. Athenian potters produced high quality ceramic vessels decorated with elaborate figural imagery. These Athenian products found markets around the Mediterranean, including to the Persian world. Recent research persuasively shows that the Athenian potters designed some of their products—both shape and decoration—to appeal to non-Greek consumers in Italy. My project will explore the market for Athenian pottery to the east, to Persia, to ask if there are similar patterns of direct marketing. In this period, Athens and Persia were political enemies, yet it is clear that Persians used and valued Athenian pottery. In this light, what cultural function did the imported Athenian pottery have in the Persian world? Past scholarship has addressed the impact of Persian art on Athenian culture; this project will turn the tables and consider the impact of Athenian art on Persian culture."

To find out more about this project, check out the Getty's scholar site:

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Professor Jack Davis is in Berkeley this term to deliver the Sathers, one of the most prestigious series of annual lectures in Classics in the world.

It was University of California President and Classicist Benjamin Ide] Wheeler who brought the Greek and Latin Departments of Berkeley their greatest boon. For it was he who induced Mrs Jane K. Sather to found the Sather Professorship of Classical Literature, which brings a distinguished classical scholar, American or European, to spend a term on the Berkeley campus. The first Sather Professor was John Linton Myres (Spring 1914), Regius Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University.  Davis is the 105th to be appointed Visiting Sather Professor of Classics. See

These lectures can now be watched from afar on youtube:

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UC Classics will host the 2019 Midwest Classical Literature Consortium in the Reading Room of the John Miller Burnam Classics Library on Saturday, March 30th.  Please contact Kathryn Gutzwiller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by March 11 if you plan to attend. More information is available on the conference website: https.// .  

9:30 AM
Welcome, coffee and pastries

10:00 - 11:45 AM
Rachel Sternberg, Case Western Reserve University
“Oedipus' Interiority in the O.T.”
Dana Munteanu, Ohio State University (Newark) 
“Illuminating Aristotle’s Philosophy of Plot: From the Ethics

11:45 - 1:00 PM

1:00 - 2:45 PM
Emilia Barbiero, University of Cincinnati 
“From Phoenicium with Love: Epistolarity, Metatheater, and Metapoiesis in Plautus’ Pseudulus
David Kaufman, Transylvania University
“Lucan’s Cato and Popular (Mis)representations of Stoicism”

2:45 - 3:00 PM
Coffee break

3:00 - 4:45 PM
Lauren Ginsberg, University of Cincinnati 
“Intertextual Comets and Caesarian Bloodshed at Tacitus Ann. 15.47”
Evelyn Adkins, Case Western Reserve University
“The Duplicitous Speech of Women in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

This fall semester three of the University of Cincinnati's graduate students in the classics made their formal dissertation defenses. Our hearty congratulations on successful defenses to Alexandros Laftsidis, Paschalis Zafeiriadis, and Catherine Baker!

Alexandros made his defense on Monday, October 8th, with his thesis entitled The Hellenistic Ceramic "Koine" Revisited, exploring Hellenistic tableware across several geographic regions of Greece and the Aegean islands. Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, Alexandros received his B.A. and M.A. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and was trained in Pella Agora, Vergina, and Archontiko in excavational methods, which we went on to apply across Greece at various excavational sites.

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On Wednesday, October 17th, Paschalis defended his thesis entitled Society Makes Itself: Analyzing Spatial and Social Structures in Late Neolithic (ca. 5300-4500 B.C.) – Early Bronze Age (ca. 3300-2000) Macedonia, Greece, which discussed the relationship between spatial and social organization in Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age structures excavated in Macedonia and Greece. He also received his B.A. and M.A. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before attending the University of Cincinnati.

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Catherine's defense, the last of the semester, took place on Friday, October 26th, with her presentation of her thesis entitled Roman Imperialism and Latin Colonization in the Central Apennines: Networks of Interaction and Exchange, concerning relationships between four Apennine colonies and Rome and Latium. Catherine, before attending the University of Cincinnati, received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She has participated in excavations throughout Italy and currently teaches as an instructor at Bowdoin College.



Monessa Cummins, who received her Ph.D. in our Classics Department in 1993, has been awarded the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching of the Classics at the College Level by the Society for Classical Studies. Professor Cummins has taught at Grinnell College for nearly thirty-five years where she has instructed in almost every course offered by her department. Her dissertation on myth and narrative convention in Pindar and Bacchylides provided her with expertise in Greek poetry and a starting point for her publications, but she has also gone on to teach and design a wide range of civilization-based courses. Her citation emphasizes the role model she provided her students outside of the classroom: her letters are full of stories of her humanity, her caring attitude, and the demands she placed on her students. One of her faculty colleagues calls her teaching “challenging, effective, and inspiring.” Professor Cummins attributes her remarkable teaching success to the multidisciplinary training she received in our department. As she explains, “seminars in the Athenian empire, the Roman constitution, and Greek sculpture, among others, fired my interest unexpectedly in the material culture in which the texts I cherished were embedded. It was the broad graduate curriculum in Classical Studies at Cincinnati that set me on the road to becoming the generalist I consider myself today, and which I have to be in order to teach effectively in a small liberal arts college.” Our warm congratulations to Professor Cummins!


The Outreach Program in Classics at the University of Cincinnati began with a pilot season in 2008 and is now entering its tenth year with a wide and impactful reach throughout the Cincinnati community. Our program annually organizes around 10-15 high quality, interactive, student-centered educational modules on various aspects of antiquity from Gladiators to Pompeii, the Roman Army to Pot Sherds. Each lesson is developed by one of our talented PhD students in close connection with faculty mentors on the departmental Outreach Committee who assist in selection of materials and the creation of interactive presentations. We then advertise this annually changing menu of programming to local and regional school districts and other organizations who use a central portal to request whichever topic best suits their curricular needs and or members’ interest. Each individual lesson is then further tailored to the specific needs of the requester, taking into account age, class-size, previous knowledge of antiquity, and any other factors that the requester feels is important to ensure an engaging and productive interaction.

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Our programs, moreover, are entirely free to the requesting school or organization. This means – and this is crucial – that there is no barrier to entry for school systems or organizations with less robust funding for enrichment activities; in fact, we view our programming as helping such school systems or organizations diversify their curricular offerings and enrich their programming. Our commitment to continuing to sponsor (and expand!) this free programming reflects our wider commitment to being an active partner with the diverse Cincinnati community and to open up important dialogues about Classics and the ancient world with community members at all ages and from all backgrounds.

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Over the course of our 10 years running this Outreach Program, we have conducted over 700 presentations and reached over 16,000 members of the Cincinnati community. And we are only getting started.

We are therefore delighted to be the recipient of the 2018 Outreach Award from the national organization the Society for Classical Studies. Their recognition of our home-grown program will help its visibility and ensure its growth for the next ten years.

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The Classics Outreach Program of the University of Cincinnati

The Outreach Prize Committee is very happy to award the 2018 SCS Outreach Prize to the University of Cincinnati’s Classics Outreach Program.

For a decade now, the Classics Outreach Program has been taking the “Classics for All” mission to heart. In close consultation with faculty members who serve as mentors, Cincinnati Classics graduate students have been meeting with a wide variety of local audiences and sharing with them the wonders of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Mediterranean more broadly.

Driven by their love of teaching and passion for the material, the members of the Outreach Program have devoted their time and energy to bringing the classical world in all its complexity to many who would not otherwise have such a chance to explore them: students in elementary, middle, and high schools (private and public; suburban and inner-city); community and youth centers; and the elderly in retirement communities and nursing homes. UC’s Outreach Program has thus helped cultivate interest in classical culture amongst a broad range of constituents.

A typical year in the program involves upward of 75 presentations to an average of 2,000 members of the community on topics ranging from gladiators, Pompeii, the Roman army, pot sherds, women in the Odyssey, to the classical roots of the city of Cincinnati. Topics are chosen in close consultation with requesters from the community to make sure that particular desiderata are met.

We are deeply impressed by UC Classics’ Outreach Program and their continued dedication, not just to sharing their passion for the classical world, but to using it as a vehicle for developing relationships with audiences outside of the Ivory Tower. The sheer diversity of those audiences commends the program to us especially, as do its reach, the effort and time involved in maintaining the program, and the continued fostering of an ethos of service in the profession. Its community-mindedness and warm engagement with non-elite and non-traditional audiences offers a noteworthy model for academe’s interaction with the public.

The Cincinnati Program adopts an energetic and personalized approach to creating dialogue with the local community at large. Highlighting the intrinsic value of studying antiquity is fundamental in their initiatives. Of equal importance are the exchanges and connections that the program makes possible. They take care to make every interaction dialogic, thereby recognizing that this is a two-way exchange, and enriching for all involved.

For these reasons and more we are, once again, very pleased to award the 2018 SCS Outreach Prize to the University of Cincinnati’s Classics Outreach Program.

Daniel Harris-McCoy, Chair

Emily Allen-Hornblower

Elizabeth Manwell

Professor Jack Davis has contributed a chapter on Carl Blegen and the Classics Department to the recently published book From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop: University of Cincinnati Stories, edited by Greg Hand.  This book, along with Associate Dean David Stradling’s book In Service to the City: A History of the University of Cincinnati, was published by UC Press to celebrate the Bicentennial of the University.  From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop contains several short stories of the UC experience and can be purchased here.

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There will be a free reception to celebrate the publication of From the Temple of Zeus to the Hyperloop and In Service to the City at the Mercantile Library on December 5th at 6:00 pm.  Registration to this event can be found on the Mercantile Library’s website.