Vergilian Society Translation Contest 2013

The Vergilian Society is running its first Translation Contest for K-12 students. The awards will be made before Spring 2014.

The spirit of the contest is to celebrate the poet Vergil by encouraging students in k-12 to translate a selection of his verses, at sight, into fluent English.”

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Caesar in Gaul: July 19 – August 2

Caesar in Gaul is a two-week seminar designed to enhance participants’ appreciation of the Bellum Gallicum and its remarkable author. Developed in partnership with the University of Aix-en-Provence, the program includes lectures and seminars led by top scholars reshaping the field of Caesar studies today, and visits to key sites of the Gallic Wars and other important monuments of Gallo-Roman culture. The first week of the program, focusing on Caesar as a man of letters and the monuments of the Roman provincia, takes place at the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme in Aix-en-Provence. In the second week, participants will travel to Lyons and its environs for a closer look at Gallic Culture and battle sites from the Gallic Wars.

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Mortality: Facing Death in Ancient Greece

An NEH Summer Institute in Athens, Greece
Director: Professor Karen Bassi, University of California at Santa Cruz

The University of California at Santa Cruz, in sponsorship with the Institute for Humanities Research, invites applications for a four-week Summer Institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on the topic of Mortality: Facing Death in Ancient Greece. The Institute will be held in Athens, Greece from June 29 to July 27, 2014.

This Institute begins from the premise that mortality is the condition that gives life its singular human quality. Yet this fact, so often relegated to euphemism, has resisted anything like a comprehensive examination. The goal of this Institute is to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to mortality in ancient Greece as the basis for rigorous and innovative teaching and scholarship across the Humanities.

The NEH Institute will bring together twenty-two college and university teachers and three graduate students to examine relevant material from a broad range of ancient Greek literary sources, visual and archaeological remains, and historical periods, ranging from the 8th to the 3rd centuries BCE. In addition to attending lectures and seminars hosted by six outstanding visiting scholars, participants will present the results of their own research projects in a series of colloquia in the final week of the Institute.

NEH Summer Institutes for College and University Teachers provide college and university faculty members, independent scholars, and graduate students with an opportunity for intensive collaborative study of texts, topics, and ideas central to undergraduate teaching in the humanities under the guidance of faculties distinguished in their fields of scholarship. Institutes aim to prepare participants to return to their classrooms with a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the humanities. Individuals selected to participate in this four-week Institute will receive $3,300. These taxable stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and living expenses for the duration of the period spent in residence.

Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

For more information, including a full description of the research and pedagogical aims of the Institute, a complete list of the participating faculty, Institute location and housing information, a detailed day-to-day schedule, and how to apply, please visit the project’s website:

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary

The Department of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary is currently accepting applications for its first incoming class of students interested in pursuing a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies.  This is a flexible program of study for students who have an undergraduate degree and who wish to pursue an intensive course of study in the Classical languages in preparation for graduate studies, teaching, or personal enrichment.  Students in the program take specific courses in Latin, Greek, and classical civilization appropriate to their level of preparation.  This program is especially designed for students who wish to:

  • pursue graduate study in Classical Studies but do not have enough Latin and Greek to be competitive in applying to Ph.D. programs.
  • teach Greek, Latin, or a related field in Classical Studies but have only a limited number of courses in Greek or Latin as an undergraduate student.
  • study Latin or Greek (or both) for personal intellectual growth and satisfaction.

A complete program description and application for admission can be found at:  For additional information, please contact: John Donahue, Chair, Department of Classical Studies at or at 757-221-1930.

The Dynamics of Discovery: Unearthing Lost Histories of the Ancient World

NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies is organizing an event for Tuesday, November 19th. Professor Joan Breton Connelly (NYU) will deliver the Robert Foster Cherry Award Finalist Lecture: “The Dynamics of Discovery: Unearthing Lost Histories of the Ancient World.”  The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Ancient Studies, the Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the Dean for the Humanities, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Department of Art History, and the Department of Classics.

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