Classics in the News

By Erik Shell | July 27, 2016

From the Art Newspaper (

Anna Brady reports on a showing at the Kallos gallery in London (open until July 29, 2016) featuring 12 gold coins from the 6th to 2nd centuries BCE.

"The star exhibit is this gold stater of Lampsakos (394-350BC), one of only two known examples."

For the full report, click here.

By Erik Shell | July 26, 2016

From the Business of Fashion (

Robin Mellery-Pratt discovers a thriving business in the middle of Greek's economic crisis: a company whose feature product is a line of Ancient Greek-inspired sandals.

"...the first collection of 31 styles ranged from refined updates on traditional sandals, to more editorial styles with exaggerated gladiatorial ties, studs of semi-precious stones or stylised wings flanking the ankle, à la the original Hermes."

For pictures of the sandals and the full write-up, click here.

By Erik Shell | July 25, 2016

From the Leaf Chronicle (

Autumn Allison profiles Tim Winters, a local Classics professor who helps patrol his community after a long day of teaching the Classics. When asked about what his students think, Winters said:

"Most of them think it is pretty cool. They think it is cool that they have somebody who has a bit more of understanding of life at a different level outside of the life of the mind and the classroom"

Check out the full article and interview with Winters here.

By Erik Shell | July 22, 2016

From the Smithsonian (

Jason Daley reports on the discovery of 23 additional shipwrecks in the region of Fourni, Greece, and says there might be more to come.

"[Peter] Campbell says the researchers have only surveyed about 50 percent of Fourni’s coastline, and plan to continue surveying the area through 2018. They will also begin deepwater surveying using multi-beam sonar since much of the coastline is made of cliffs that drop quickly to 1,000 feet and may be hiding many more wrecks"

Read the full article here.

By Erik Shell | July 21, 2016

From the Greek Reporter (

Ioanna Zikakou writes that thousands of tourists and Greeks alike traveled to Litohoro, Greece to celebrate a three-day festival that contains elements of Ancient Greek life.

"The event is punctuated by ancient poetry, lectures, music, dance, ceremonies and food. There are even training sessions for would-be spear throwers and sword fighters."

For the full article, pictures, and video, click here.

(Photo: "Mount Olympus" by Erik Shell, licensed under CC BY 4.0)

By Erik Shell | July 20, 2016

From The Guardian (

Harriet Sherwood reports that some of England's notable cathedrals have begun teaching brief, two-week Latin classes to the general public. One of the tutors, George Sharpley, said that

"it was a step into the unknown, but the response has been pretty good. I get very excited about Latin, so I’m not surprised others do too"

Read the full article here.

By Erik Shell | July 19, 2016

From the Christian Science Monitor (

In this review, Danny Heitman takes a look at "Living with a Dead Language," Ann Patty's memoir about her process of learning Latin.

"Despite the title of Patty’s book, the abiding lesson of 'Living with a Dead Language' is that Latin isn’t really dead at all. It runs strong and deep just beneath the surface of English, visible to anyone curious enough to pull up a length of prose, shake off the dirt, and see the roots that sustain modern speech."

Read the full article here.

By Erik Shell | July 18, 2016

From The Chronicle of Higher Education (

Leonard Cassuto talks about declining enrollment, the Classics, and hope for the humanities, citing such Classicists and High School teachers as Joseph Farrell, Judith Hallett, Mary Pendergraft, and Henry Bender.

"If we don’t cultivate young humanists, then our future classes will be empty. We can scarcely argue for replacements for retiring professors if we don’t have the majors for them to teach. High schools are the only possible supply lines to keep the liberal arts going. We ignore them at our peril."

Read the rest of the article here.

By Adam Blistein | February 1, 2016

The SCS is a member of FIEC, the Fédération interationale des associations d’études classiques, which has asked us to inform our members of issues in Denmark and in Italy that are of concern to classicists.  Read about these situations here.

By Adam Blistein | January 13, 2016

The Society for Classical Studies is one of the sponsors of National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week (NLTRW).  As described in the recent Amphora article by Ronnie Ancona and Kathleen Durkin, there is a shortage of certified Latin teachers in the United States, and Latin teaching positions at the precollegiate level sometimes cannot be filled for lack of qualified applicants.  NLTRW traditionally is the first week in March, but you can take any day or week to talk to your students about becoming a Latin teacher.


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