Spring Semester

Classics Luncheons
Classics students & faculty gather for food and conversation in the Test Kitchen of the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall once a month for a Classics lunchtime symposium. Lunch tickets provided if requested.

Dates: TBD

The  David H. Porter Classical World Lecture
Date:  TBD
Time:  TBD
Location:  TBD
Guest speaker and lecture title:  TBD

Homerathon 2015

Homerathon! (a marathon reading of the Greek poet, Homer) is one of the Classics Department’s most anticipated yearly events, a time for students, faculty, staff, and other friends to gather in celebration of our earliest Western poet.  Coupled with our Classical World course (CC 200), the Homerathon! reminds us that the ancient art of storytelling is alive and well.

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Annual Classics bus trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Each spring students in CC200 The Classical World travel to NYC to study and present objects in the Greco-Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Departure time: 7:30 AM - Bus departing from Skidmore (Case Parking Lot) 
Meeting at the Met at 7:00 to depart at 7:15 PM
Returning to Skidmore:  11:00 PM

Annual Parilia Conference
The Classics Department of Skidmore College will attend a one-day undergraduate research conference in the discipline of Classical Studies -- Greek, Latin, Ancient History and Archaeology. Faculty and student participation will be from Union College, Hamilton College and Colgate College, with students presenting papers followed by discussions.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: Union College, Schenectady, NY

Annual Classics BBQ
Please join us for the annual Classics Department BBQ and festivities. This is our opportunity to celebrate the year, to wish our graduating seniors well, to welcome new students to our departmental community.

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Fall Semester

Date: Monday, November 10th, Tang Museum,
Location: Somers Room
Time: 5:30pm
Guest Speaker: Prof. Angela Commito (SUNY-Albany),
Title: “Digging Up Divine Waters: The Hypostyle Fountain Excavations at Labraunda.”

You may not have heard of Labraunda, but you probably know the name of its most famous patron, Mausolus, whose tomb – the Mausoleum – was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.  During the 4th century BCE, Mausolus and his family transformed Labraunda from a rustic shrine in the mountains of western Anatolia (modern Turkey) into an elaborate sanctuary, where pilgrims feasted, athletes competed in games, and priests made sacrifices to Zeus of the Double-Axe, a local version of the Anatolian storm god.  New excavations of a monumental fountain at the sanctuary are revealing details about the peculiar vernacular architecture of the site and the experience of worshipping at this unique place in antiquity.  This talk presents the preliminary results of these excavations and explores how water nurtured the sanctuary’s growth into a major focus of regional religious activity and political power. Prof. Commito (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is the Assistant Director of Brown University’s Labraunda Project.

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