Classics Program Announcements (Archive)

As of 3/1/15, all announcements will be posted to CPRBlogs.


Before Dr. Bryan’s lecture (see below) we announced the winner of the Laura V. Sumner scholarship in Classics, an award of several thousand dollars to support the continuing education of an outstanding Classics major.  Next year’s scholarship recipient will be Harry Rol.  Congratulations, Harry!


On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (7 pm, Trinkle 204) Betsy Morrell Bryan came to campus at the invitation of the Classics honorary society, Eta Sigma Phi.  Professor Bryan is a UMW alum and currently holds the Alexander Badawy Chair in Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  She discussed her archaeological work at the temple of the goddess Mut (in Karnak, Egypt).


Karl Galinsky (UT-Austin) Visits UMW

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Revered Romanist Karl Galinsky (UT Austin) visited campus a few weeks ago to give a lecture on the emperor Augustus as part of the “Great Lives” series.  He graciously took time to meet with Classics students and faculty over lunch–a great conversation with a most humane visitor.  Pictured from left to right:  Liane Houghtalin, Katelyn Maxwell, Emma Oestreicher, Joseph Romero, Ana Tkbladze, Karl Galinsky, Julie Kinsella Gavin.


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Classics (Archaeology) major Ana Tkabladze worked on a dig in the former soviet republic of Georgia in summer 2013.  Some of the more interesting finds have been featured recently here in the New York Times.  Ana was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

Q:  Where did you dig last summer? This past summer, I participated in a field school in Dmanisi, Georgia which, is a Paleolithic site of about 1.8 million years old.

Q:  Was this your first dig? This was my fourth dig in total. I’ve dug twice more at a different location in Georgia and once in Spain/Portugal.

Q:  Were you surprised by the announcement in New York Times or were you expecting that a bit? When my field school started last summer, I was already aware that the fifth skull was uncovered on the site and I knew it was under experimentation and research. However, I didn’t know when that information was going to be released, or that the results were going to be of this importance.

Q:  How did that make you feel? It always makes me feel proud to find out such great things about my own country. I already know that Georgia has a rich history, but I like that the general public becomes more aware of our existence and our importance in human history. 


In September 2013, the second annual Classics Club/Eta Sigma Phi book sale once again proved a tremendous success!  As Professor Houghtalin reports, “They sold a LOT of books, enjoyed their day in the fresh air, and made $553.10.  The proceeds will be divided between the Classics Club and the Classics honor society (Eta Sigma Phi) and will be used to fund various activities open to the whole campus.”  Want to join Classics Club?  Click the tab for “Students/Student Clubs.”  Want to join Eta Sigma Phi?  Take more Classics courses and do well!


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