This Fall, Professor Sasha-Mae Eccleston joins us as an Assistant Professor specializing in Latin literature of the Roman empire. Coming from Pomona College, Prof. Eccleston received her M.Phil. from Oxford and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, where she wrote a dissertation on Apuleius, now becoming a book entitled “Humanizing Speech: Apuleius and the Ethics of Narration”. With interests in reception and literary theory, she has written articles on the poetry of Anne Carson and Marvel Studio’s Thor, blogged about Spike Lee's Aristophanes adaptation Chi-raq, and is currently working on another large-scale project on reception of epic in the post-9/11 U.S.
Brown and the Deptment of Classics hosted the annual meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (AAH) in the spring semester, May 4-6, 2017. Over 100 participants attended the event that took place on campus in Alumnae Hall.Professors John Bodel and Graham Oliver, the conference organizers, selected twenty-two papers that addressed a wide range of themes: Harbor Cultures, Refugees and Asylum, Contingency and the ancient economy, New Religions, Slaves and Family, and The Reception of Ancient Historians and Ancient History in the New World.
The Department of Classics is pleased to report the recent publication of two works by Professor Stratis Papaioannou. Professor Papaioannou is an Associate professor of Classics and also the Director of the Program of Medieval Studies.
A unique collection of nearly 300 books printed by the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius (ca. 1450-1515) represents the historical vestige of a time before John Carter Brown turned his sights to collecting Americana. Here, Isabel Thornton (Brown class of 2019) translates a passage from a 1524 edition of Homer's Iliad during a visit with Darrel Janzen's Introduction to Greek Literature class. As significant landmarks in the history of print, these “Aldines” showcase innovations in typography and book production – and provide students with an opportunity to try out their fluency in Greek and Latin. The JCB frequently offers workshops for Brown and RISD students and provides special tours for members of our extended community on an ongoing basis.
The Department of Classics is delighted to announce our very own Professor Johanna Hanink’s recent publication of her book, “The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity.” Professor Hanink’s book traces the idea of the metaphorical “debt” Western civilization owes to Greece for pioneering, and ultimately influencing, essential aspects of culture – everything from politics to fine art. It explores the role which that mode metaphorical debt has played in, among other things, the coverage of Greece's ongoing financial crisis.