The faculty of Classics continues a steady rate of excellent achievement.

The recent cyclical review reveals that our faculty ranks #1 in publications among all North American peer institutions and #3 in citations, and that’s just for English language publications.

The achievements over the past year are too many to mention, but here are some highlights. Seth Bernard and Sarah Murray were recently awarded SSHRC Insight grants. Seth’s project is “An economic history of the Roman conquest of Italy, 500 – 200 BCE” and Sarah’s is “Terrestrial and Underwater Archaeological Survey in Threatened Coastal Landscapes: The Case of Porto Rafti, Eastern Attica, Greece.”

And there’s more for these two. Seth did an interview on constructing the city of Rome in the republican period on the podcast “Ithaca Bound.” He’s also won a SSHRC Connection Grant to support his international conference “Climate and the Roman Conquest of Italy.” This exciting interdisciplinary event is scheduled for October 1-2. And as for Sarah, she won a highly-competitive five-month NEH fellowship to work on her next book at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens next year, for her project, “A Social Archaeology of Metal Production in the Early Iron Age Aegean.” Sarah was also interviewed on the BBC radio program “The Conversation,” on the role of women in ancient history and how modern-day gender biases influence the way we look at women’s lives in ancient societies. You can listen to it here.

Recently published was Kate Cooper’s edited volume, New Approaches to Ancient Material Culture in the Greek & Roman World (Brill, 2020). Including chapters by Sarah Murray and Phil Sapirstein (Art History) and former colleague Dimitri Nakassis, as well as Kate herself, the volume explores the breadth and inter-disciplinary diversity of archaeology and art history, museum objects and fieldwork data, ancient texts and material culture, and archaeological theory and historiography. Also just out is Erik Gunderson’s The Art of Complicity In Martial and Statius (Oxford, 2021), which examines the relationship between politics and aesthetics in two poets from the reign of Domitian.

Kudos also to George Boys-Stones, who will spend 2021-22 as a Faculty Research Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, where the annual theme is Pleasure. His project is entitled “Pleasure and Personal Identity in Greek and Roman Thought: Rethinking Ancient Eudaimonism.”

The Department now keeps track of faculty, student, and alumni success through the year at our Kudos section of the department website. Send a message to the Chair of any news.