In Memoriam: Herbert Benario

(From the Classics Department at Emory University)

The Classics Department joins in celebrating the life of Professor Emeritus Herbert Benario,  who passed away on February 22, 2022, at age 92.  Professor Benario was a mentor, a model, a towering figure in Tacitean studies, and a friend: it is difficult to imagine the department without his stentorian tones, still carrying that New York accent, coming down the hall as he inquires into our research, our courses, our readings and our contributions that day to the wellbeing of the classical enterprise. Herb’s career reflects the discipline and pace of the long distance runner he was.  He graduated from City College of New York in 1948, earned  his MA from Columbia in 1949, and completed his doctorate at Johns Hopkins in just two years, under the redoubtable Henry Rowell. He then served in the Army in Germany from 1951 to 1953 before returning to Columbia to teach for five more years. After a brief sojourn at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, he arrived at Emory in 1960, where he taught, researched, and served in leadership positions until his retirement in 1987.  Herb saw the Classics Department grow from three to nine faculty; he recalled with pride the ‘youngsters’ who went on to PhD programs at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Cincinnati and Stanford, and took satisfaction in the report from a senior member of the Harvard faculty that one of these students was among the three best he had worked with in his career.

Herb’s career is a model of generosity to the discipline as well as to the university, in his service, his scholarship, and his patronage. He served as president of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South from 1971 to 1972, becoming the second Emory faculty member to occupy the position (preceded by Edward Turner in 1941- 1942). Herb focused his scholarship especially on Tacitus, orator, consul, historian, and one of the greatest prose stylists of the Latin language.  Between 1953 and 2008, Herb produced 285 published items, including 125 scholarly reviews, ten monographs,  over 100 articles, and a steady flow of invited lectures. Retirement did nothing to slow this productivity.  He published sixty works subsequent to his retirement, including five books, made nearly 50 trips to Europe, taught at Brigham Young University and at Emory’s Center for Lifelong Learning.  His contributions to the field were recognized with professional awards at every level, beginning with Phi Beta Kappa, through an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship in Passau, and a Heilbrun Emeritus Fellowship in 2001- 2002.  Herb’s passion for the life of the mind and the voice of the Romans translated as well into patronage to the institutions of Classical study.  Herb and his wife Janice founded the Janice and Herbert Benario Award, administered through the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.  This fellowship supports summer travel for classical scholars: recipients have participated in career-changing research at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens, the British School at Athens, the Epigraphische Datenbank in Heidelberg, the Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics, the Ravenna Mosaic School, St. Andrews, University College London, Vergilian Society Tours, the Gennadius Library in Athens, the American Academy in Rome, and participation in Reginald Foster’s summer Latin programs.  He also generously endowed an annual lecture at Emory, which brings distinguished international scholars of the ancient world to Emory for a public lecture. This Spring’s event, featuring Harriet Flower of Princeton University, will be the tenth in the series. The Benario family were a vital presence at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, with Herb and his wife Janice serving as professors in Charge in the academic year 1984-1985, and faculty in 1966-1967; Herb served as well as president of the Vergilian Society from 1980-1982, and as director of that society’s summer programs for eight years.

Herb has left his mark in the runner’s world as well as the scholar’s bookshelf.  He began running in the 1940s, won a medal at the Boston marathon in the 1950s, and in the winter of 1969-1970 worked with three other men to create the Peachtree Road Race, now the largest 10K in the world, with 60,000 runners. (Herb used to joke that he was only asked to contribute because he owned two stopwatches). He had a veritable encyclopedia of details of world track competitions in his head, and could discourse at any moment on the details of great races from many decades ago.  And he paired this with a boundless love of Jane Austen and of opera, enthusiasms that round out the portrait of a man who approached his work, his physical training, and the cultivation of the arts with the same exuberant energy, discipline, and devotion. The greatest part of that devotion remained, however, his family: his wife Janice, a scholar and an adventurer who shared his great spirit, and his sons Fred and John. 

As a department, we offer our grateful tribute for a life well lived, for scholarship as praised as it is abundant, and for the enduring spirit with which Herb shaped the Classics Department. Our thoughts are with his children, Fred and John, and with the many alumni who learned from Herb and saw in him, as we do, a model of the classical virtues.


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Call for Papers

Sapiens Ubique Civis IX – Szeged 2022

PhD Student and Young Scholar Conference on Classics and the Reception of Antiquity

Szeged, Hungary, August 31–September 2, 2022

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Res Difficiles 3 poster with full schedule of speakers

Classical Studies at Boston University and Classics, BU Center for the Humanities, Philosophy, & Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington present Res Difficiles: A Conference On Challenges and Pathways for Addressing Inequity In Classics. 

When: May 20, 2022 , 9:00am - 4:00pm Eastern

Where: Live-streamed via Zoom. Registration now open

Dr. Kelly Nguyen (Stanford University) will deliver the keynote address, "(Be)Longing and (Re)Orienting In and Beyond the Classics Classroom"

The event will be live-captioned. Participants/viewers may live-tweet the event on the hashtag #ResDiff3.

You can find more information about the speakers and read the full program at

Any questions can be directed to the co-organizers: Hannah Čulík-Baird and Joseph Romero.

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blue lecture poster, Earthquakes and the Structuring of Greco-Roman Society: the longue durée of human-geological environment relationships in Helike, Greece

On Thursday, May 12 at 6 pm ET, the AIA’s Student Affairs Interest Group (SAIG) and SCS’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) will hold the 2022 SAIG/GSC Dissertation Lecture! This annual talk is a collaborative effort intended to highlight the work of a senior doctoral candidate whose research features interdisciplinary work between the fields of archaeology and Classical philology, and to support the student networks between these related fields.

Amanda Gaggioli, doctoral candidate at Stanford University and second SAIG/GSC Dissertation Lecturer, will present “Earthquakes and the Structuring of Greco-Roman Society: the longue durée of human-geological environment relationships in Helike, Greece.” This virtual talk integrates data from archaeology, history, and ancient languages with those from environmental sciences to discuss how earthquakes and other geological hazards affected human-ecological interactions in the ancient world. Full details are available below.

Earthquakes and the Structuring of Greco-Roman Society: the longue durée of human-geological environment relationships in Helike, Greece

Amanda Gaggioli, PhD Candidate, Department of Classics | Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University

May 12, 2022 | 6pm EST via Zoom

Registration is required at the following link:

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The Classics Program at Hunter College is pleased to announce the 84th Josephine Earle Memorial Lecture on Friday, May 13, at 5pm. The lecture is taking place virtually over Zoom. Pre-registration is required at the link below. The event will begin with a ceremony for student award ceremony and a celebration of recent graduates from Classics. The lecture will follow.

84th Josephine Earle Memorial Lecture

Friday, May 13, 5-7pm

"Aesthetic Hierarchies in Greek Comedy"

Ralph Rosen, Professor of Classical Studies (University of Pennsylvania)

Register at this link:

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(Dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of Greece-Georgia Diplomatic Relations)

The Institute of Classical, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers of the International Student Conference “Contemporaneity of Antiquity” to be held in hybrid mode (via ZOOM and face-to-face) on June 6-8, 2022.

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Theater in Greece and Rome (TIGR), a committee affiliated with The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), invites proposals for a workshop to be held under TIGR’s sponsorship at the 119th CAMWS Annual Meeting, March 29-April 1, 2023 in Provo, Utah, at the Provo Marriot Hotel and Conference Center at the invitation of The Utah Classical Association.

View full article. | Posted in Calls for Papers on Tue, 04/26/2022 - 12:16pm by Helen Cullyer.
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Anne Carson’s Euripides: Six Takes on The Trojan Women (2021) and H of H (2021)

When: 11am-1pm CDT, Friday, April 29th, 2022

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

An online event organized by Laura Jansen (Bristol), Sarah Nooter (Chicago) and Mario Telò (Berkeley)

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Third Annual Conference: Temple/Carleton Consortium on Women, Marriage and the Household from Antiquity to the Present: An Interdisciplinary, Global Conference 


When: May 12-14, 2022

Where: Temple University Rome: Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 15 and Virtual participation available via Zoom

Co-DirectorsKaren Klaiber Hersch and Jaclyn Neel

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Call for Applications: Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection
Hellenic (formerly Library) Research Fellowship Program 2022-2023

**Contingent on continued on-campus operations during 2022-2023 academic year**

Thanks to generous ongoing funding from the Elios Charitable Foundation, the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Foundation, and the Tarbell Family Foundation, the University Library is pleased to offer the continuation of the Hellenic (formerly Library) Research Fellowship Program (HRFP) for a 10th year. The name change is intended to better convey and reflect the focus of the program. The Program supports the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence in Sacramento, CA.

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As the annual meeting program submission deadlines approach, we have had a few reports from people who can't log into the program submission site but can log into our main website (

In order to address these difficulties, we've made some technical adjustments. As of today (4/19/22), if you are an active member, you will be able to log into both and the program submission system. If you are not an active member for 2022, you will not be able to log into either site. 

You can check your membership status at

If you are planning to make a submission, please do not leave it until the last minute to check your membership status. 

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