Classics Department

Rare and Vivid 2,000-year-old Mummy Mask at Bowdoin Art Museum

Bowdoin College Museum of Art will display this mask, which was created for a mummy, in its new show, AEGYPTUS: Egypt in the Greco-Roman World. The Feb. 2-July 15 exhibition explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Rare Ancient Portrait Acquired by Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art recently added an Egyptian portrait created nearly 2,000 years ago to its esteemed collections.

From the Carthaginians to Don Corleone: Students Explore Sicily

As they traveled around Sicily for nine days in March, students didn’t just visit ancient sites and majestic ruins, they also spoke to shop owners about how they’re fending off the tyranny of the Mafia. They learned how to make marzipan, a traditional Arabic dessert made from almonds, and visited spots that have influenced contemporary Sicilian writers.

New Electron Microscope at Bowdoin Opens Up Research Possibilities

The new electron scanning microscope, which was purchased with a grant from the National Science Foundation, replaces an older one bought in 1999, which was growing less reliable as the years wore on. The new microscope not only can do what the old one did more quickly, it also has additional capabilities.

Harry Rube ’16 Compares Democracy of Ancient Athens to Modern Maine’s

Harry Rube, a classical studies and government and legal studies double major, has dedicated this summer to researching the differences between the political scene in ancient Athens and the democratic dilemma the United States is in today.

Prof. Sobak: Being a Gadfly in the Face of Authority

As part of Bowdoin’s TED-Talk-style Uncommon Hour series, Associate Professor of Classics Robert Sobak recently discussed authority, dissent, and how to be a “gadfly.” He spoke a full audience of students at Reed House.

At Friday Latin Teas, Students Dive Into Erudite, and Sometimes Funny, Texts

Each Friday afternoon in the Peucinian Room, Classics Lecturer Michael Nerdahl meets with several dedicated Latin students for a tradition he calls “Latin Tea.”

Professor Higginbotham: The Islamic State’s Attack on the Past

“While attention tends to focus on the destruction of art and the looting of artifacts, the demolition of ancient ruins and the consequent loss of the archaeological context for these remains are even more troubling,” writes Associate Professor of Classics James Higginbotham.

Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.

Greek Drama Changes the Story About Athenian Women

In high school, you might have learned that Athenian women were an oppressed and marginalized group. However, Laura McClure of the University of Wisconsin believes that Greek drama tells a different story, as she explained in a lecture sponsored by Bowdoin’s Studies in the Mediterranean course cluster.

Department Awards, Karofsky Prize Presented on 2014 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 18th annual Honors Day ceremony to recognize the academic achievements of Bowdoin students and faculty.

Classics 214 Senate Meeting

Simulating the Senate: Classics Course Immerses Students in Roman History and Government

This spring, Prof. Michael Nerdahl’s students in Classics 214 have been immersed in a simulation of the Roman senate, spanning the years 190-187 B.C.

Darian Reid-Sturgis '09 and Mary Kelly '10

Classics Majors Kelly ’10, Reid-Sturgis ’09 Awarded Columbia Fellowships

Classics majors Mary Kelly ’10 and Darian Reid-Sturgis ’09 both went on to teach at private schools, and this summer both ended up fellows at the Klingenstein Center’s Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Max Brandstadt '13

A Summer Fellow Researches Buddhism’s Subversive Edge

This summer, Max Brandstadt ’13 has received a Martha Reed Coles Arts and Humanities Fellowship to begin researching an honors project that blends religion, history, and Asian studies.

Video: A 15-hour, 21-minute Non-Stop Oration of the ‘Iliad’

  Members of the 207-year-old Peucinian Society – a literary group and Bowdoin’s oldest student organization – recently read the complete Iliad aloud from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art steps. In previous years, Peucinian members have read the Odyssey during their annual Homer-a-thon, but this year decided to tackle the longer Iliad. “The record for […]