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Eleanor W. Leach 1937-2018

We are very sorry to report that Professor Eleanor W. Leach died on Friday, February 16, at the age of 80. Ellie will be sorely missed by all of us; it was characteristic of her strong spirit and commitment that she remained active as teacher and scholar up until the very end. Read a tribute from the IDS here. Ellie's obituary can be found here. Epistolary Realities and Fictions: Essays on Roman Letters in Honor of Eleanor Winsor Leach is forthcoming. Learn about this volume here.

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Greek and Latin were the only courses offered in the early days of Indiana University (1824-1827), when it came into being as Indiana State Seminary and employed only one faculty member. Much has changed at Indiana University and in the study of the ancient world since those times. Today, the Department of Classical Studies has eight faculty and provides a wide range of courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in ancient Greek and Roman languages, literature, art, archaeology, and civilization, and exciting study abroad opportunities. The Department also participates actively in the Program in Ancient Studies, which brings together faculty and students from sixteen departments and programs for lectures, colloquia, and workshops on various aspects of antiquity.

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Thanks to the generosity of its alumni and friends over the years, the Department is able to provide substantial scholarships to many students who pursue a major in Classical Studies. We were delighted to honor this year's scholarship winners at our annual Awards Ceremony.


Dr. Nicholas Blackwell's modern reconstruction of an approximate Late Bronze Age Mycenaean pendulum saw is the focus of Science News Magazine's article "How a backyard pendulum saw sliced into a Bronze Age mystery". This article explains the story behind Dr. Blackwell's construction of the saw with help from his father, as well as the findings of this experiment. Archaeology Magazine also features an article on this reconstruction. This research is based on Blackwell’s February 2018 article in Antiquity titled: “Experimental stone-cutting with the Mycenaean pendulum saw.” (https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.226).
Congratulations to PhD Candidate Sean Tandy for receiving a 2018-2019 Rome Prize for his project entitled, "Carmina Qui Quondam: Poetry, Identity, and Ideology in Ostrogothic Italy." Learn more about Sean's project and the Rome Prize here.
Professional musician Joe Goodkin performed his original folk opera based on The Odyssey to an audience in Rawles Hall, presented by the Department of Classical Studies. Read about this event from the IDS.

Dr. Jonathan Ready was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for his project "Orality, Textuality, and Homeric Epic: An Interdisciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts."


Dr. Margaret Foster's The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece is out now! Click here to learn more.


We are excited to announce that Julie Mebane will join Classics faculty as Assisistant Professor in Fall 2018! Click here to learn about Dr. Mebane and her work.


Dr. Jonathan L. Ready's The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives is now available through Oxford University Press! Click here to learn more about Dr. Ready's new book.


Dr. Teresa Ramsby of UMass Amherst visited the IUB campus before the Thanksgiving break to present her lecture, entitled "Portrait of a Goddess: Anna Perenna and the Coin of Gaius Annius".


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