It has been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I hope you enjoy an inside look at some of the highlights in the Classical Studies Department:
- Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire, the joint Yale-McMullen exhibition co-organized by Gail Hoffman, opened at Boston College in the spring to rave reviews.
- Chris Polt, a specialist in Roman comedy and Catullus, joined the department this fall. His new course on Roman spectacles was an instant hit—including with a tour group that got caught in a Roman triumph!
- Elementary Modern Greek enjoyed a banner year, with a record 20 students enrolled this fall.
In other news, faculty presented their research around the globe this year. Kendra Eshleman traveled to Jerusalem to give a paper at a conference on "Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real." Gifts from the Behrakis family enabled Mark Thatcher and Hanne Eisenfeld to present their research at a conference in Syracuse, Sicily, while Dia Philippides gave three talks in Greece on literature of the Cretan Renaissance. She is preparing for publication a bibliography of English-language translations and essays related to modern Greek literature.
In sadder news, this year we lost BC alumnus and beloved former adjunct professor Jack Shea. Jack's memory lives on in his collection of Loeb volumes, which now graces our seminar room library.
We love to hear from Classics Department graduates. Please stay in touch! Joining the BC Classics Facebook group is a great way to keep up with news from the department and the world of classics.
Chair, Classical Studies Department