Classics in the News

By Erik Shell | August 25, 2016

Edit: This post has been updated to include the projects by Justin Leidwanger, Darian Totten, and Giovanni De Venuto, omissions pointed out to SCS staff by Nicola Terrenato

The NEH has recently released its list of grant recepients for 2016. Included are six projects on Classical themes that focus on various aspects of ancient history and material culture from Rome to the Middle East. They are:

By Erik Shell | August 23, 2016

From the South Wales Argus (

Luke Jarmyn details the journey of five members of the National Roman Legion Museum from Usk to Caerleon in full Legionnaire armor.

"It’s important as we talk about being a legionnaire a lot to visitors so doing events like this means we can talk from our personal experience and insight."

You can see see a slide show of the trip and read the rest of the article here.


By Erik Shell | August 16, 2016

The Vergilian Society has published a list of their upcoming summer tour schedule.

"Vergilian Society tours are designed to appeal to the needs of a wide range of travelers including high school and college students and instructors; they are particularly suitable for instructors bringing a group of students. We specifically welcome nonprofessionals interested in the ancient Mediterranean."

The schedule can be found here, and a list of scholarship and other financial aid applications available here.


By Erik Shell | August 12, 2016

From Medium (

SCS member Norman Sandridge outlines the recent, free course offering from Sunoikisis: a study of leadership in the ancient world.

"Designed with a general audience in mind, each course module includes a broad introduction to its topic; ancient readings and images accompanied by guiding questions and expert commentary; seven hours of independent study activity; suggested group activities; ‘deeper cuts’ into ancient readings and contemporary scholarship; as well as reflection prompts designed to bridge the study of ancient leadership with one’s experience of leadership today."

Read the full announcement and details here.


By Erik Shell | August 12, 2016

From Forbes (

Sarah Bond, member of the SCS Communications Committee and freelance Contributor at Forbes, explains how money worked its way into the ancient Olympics.

"Many poorer athletes were then dependent upon private patrons who gave them stipends or upon athletic guilds to provide support. This was true for an Ephesian boxer named Athenodorus in 300 BCE. His coach acted much like a modern sports agent and approached the Ephesian council to ask for aid."

You can read the full article here.


By Erik Shell | August 8, 2016

From Forbes (

Kristina Killgrove details an archaeological find of skeletal remains from south of Naples whose analysis concluded that a man walked on a fractured leg for multiple years of his life.

"This extra range of motion plus a bony indication of a strong outside calf muscle add up to a man who was walking on tiptoe to compensate for the thigh bone shortened by a fracture."

See an artist's depiction of how this man walked around and read the full article here.

By Erik Shell | August 5, 2016

From Radio WOSU (

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill takes a look at how music at the Olympic games has changed recently and checks in on the research surrounding Ancient Greek music around the time the Olympics got started.

"It would be as if the International Olympic Committee declared that music by Enya were simply too soft and sentimental to ever be played in the arena, but only because of the key in which it was written. It sounds a little odd, but then again it is quite unlikely that we will ever hear a purely atonal or hexatonic piece played in a stadium, isn't it?"

To listen to both modern and ancient Olympics music, read the full article here.

By Erik Shell | July 25, 2016

From the British Academy (

Eleanor Dickey breaks down how the ancients themselves learned Latin and why they did it.

"It is really striking that, although the Romans had conquered pretty much the whole world (at least, ‘whole’ from their perspective), they did not assume that everybody would or should speak their language. They never seem to have thought ‘Latin’s enough, I don’t need to learn Greek.’"

For a download of the article and a link to the longer SoundCloud interview, click here.

By Erik Shell | July 22, 2016

From The Conversation (

Mike Edmunds relays some of the new developments in the ongoing study of the Antikythera astronomical calendar.

"The inscriptions are thought to have been a description for the user of what it was they were viewing as they operated the mechanism. However, the newly published texts add more to what we know of the mechanism: they establish that the positions of the five planets known in antiquity were also shown – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn."

You can read the full article here.

By Erik Shell | July 21, 2016

A website founded to remember the renowned Classicist Elaine Fantham (President, 2004) has been established. The site's authors encourage anyone wanting to share memories or photographs of Elaine to post them on the website, which also contains links to other such remembrances and to her appearances on NPR.

The site can be found here.


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