Past Events

Spring 2014

Guest Speaker, Peter Rose: “Putting the Class Back in Classics” (March 2014)

Report to come.

USC Classics and Art History Graduate Student Symposium: The Edges of the Body: Extremities and Knowledge in Antiquity and Beyond  (January 2014)
Report to come.


USC-UCLA Greek Seminar (Jan 2014)

Both Classics Departments joined forces to engage Prof. Leslie Kurke (Classics & Comp Lit, UC Berkeley) in conversation about her award-winning book "Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose" (2011). About 35 people attended, including a good Bruin cohort from Westwood.

(1) Leslie spoke for about 20 minutes on her approach to the methodology that guided her in writing this innovative work. In a nutshell: ask others for help suggesting theoretical works that will help you answer the questions you put to the texts you're working with.

(2) 7 faculty and grad students from both departments asked Leslie one or two questions about different chapters: Richard Ellis (UCLA), Greg Thalmann (USC), Kristen Mann (UCLA), Russell Pascatore (USC), Mario Telò (UCLA), Christian Lehmann (USC), Alex Purves (UCLA), and James Collins (USC).

(3) Ellen Finkerlpearl (Scripps College) spoke for 15 minutes about the Roman context of Aesop (including Phaedrus) and asked Leslie several questions.

(4) A few questions from those in attendance concluded the event itself, which was followed by a reception at the University Club.

Fall 2013

William Short, "Errare Romanum Est: Metaphors of Mistakenness in Roman Culture." (Nov 2013)
On Thursday, Nov 7 William Short (Ass't Prof of Classics, UT-San Antonio) presented a lecture on "Errare Romanum Est: Metaphors of Mistakenness in Roman Culture."

For most of us, it was an excellent introduction to a cognitive approach to the use of metaphor in language. In effect, how did the Romans express making a mistake as a kind of "wandering" off course ("errare") whereas the Greeks favored a metaphor like "missing" a target ("hamartano")?

Thanks to Jennifer Devereaux and Afrodite Angelopoulos for being instrumental in bringing Prof. Short here.

Performance of Aeschylus' "Prometheus Bound" at Getty Villa (Sept 2013)

This afternoon performance was given for students from all over southern California. Most colleges and universities, and some high schools, participated. The production created a buzz because of its unusually creative set (see below) and because the chorus was particularly effective. (Special kudos to the students from Cal Arts who performed as chorus members.)

Getty Villa exhibit "Sicily: Art & Invention between Greece and Rome" (May 2013)

Despite its being a busy time of year, a small group of us caught this extraordinary exhibit that resulted from the new spirit of cooperation between the Getty and the Italian government


  • Department of Classics
  • University of Southern California
  • THH 256
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352