Sally Steponkus, Classics major and Trinity graduate 1998, runs a design firm called Sally Steponkus Interiors. Her designs were featured in a recent issue of the Style section of the Washington Post! (The cover’s below.) On her website she writes: “A semester in Rome, Italy inspired her love of Classical Art and Architecture, from which she draws much of her design style. She describes her work as updated traditional – classic with a unique twist.”
Three Classics majors — Maura Griffith, Dylan Ingram, and Matt Reichelt — have won prestigious Trinity College Research fellowships for work they will be doing during the summer. Read all about it in the most recent issue of the Trinity Tripod!
Check out this interview with Shane Ewegen, professor of philosophy and classics, on the HerCampus website!
So you love Latin? You’ve been taking it ever since you got to college — and maybe in high school, too. As Commencement approaches, perhaps the fear is mounting: What will I do when I can’t do Latin anymore?
Never fear! March 7-11 is National Latin Teacher Recruitment Week! High schools are looking for dedicated lovers of Latin to introduce the next generation of students to the joys of learning the language of Vergil and Livy. You can share your own love of Latin and get paid to do it!
You can find information and links, including job postings, on the website of the National Committee for Latin and Greek.
Stephanie Horbaczewski graduated from Trinity College in 2000 with a BA in Classical Civilization. A few years later she founded StyleHaul and got into social storytelling. Last year a European company bought StyleHaul for more than $100 million. Read all about Stephanie’s career and her advice on social storytelling in a recent issue of Fast Company.
Where will your Classics degree take you?
Everyone knows ancient Pompeii was buried in the great eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Less familiar to many is its neighbor Herculaneum, buried at the same time. (The archaeological site of Herculaneum, not far from Pompeii, is less visited and, for some, more interesting and intimate.) One of the buildings archaeologists have uncovered was called the Villa dei Papiri because it contained hundreds of scrolls constituting an ancient library, including lost works by Epicurus and other philosophers. The latest issue of The New Yorker contains a fascinating article on new efforts to read these scrolls: The Invisible Library.
The NESCAC News (a website that reports about student athletes at Trinity and other colleges we compete with) posted today (October 30, 2015) an interview with senior Kate Giddens, a double major in Biology and Classics as well as a woman’s volleyball player. You can read all about how she’s combined her interests in all three areas at http://nescac.com/news/2015-16/Friday_Feature/TRI_Giddens.
Celia Schultz, professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, gave the annual Moore Lecture last week. Her talk, “Must There Be Blood?” focused on the meaning of sacrifice in Roman culture.
Read more about the talk here: http://www.trincoll.edu/NewsEvents/NewsArticles/pages/MooreGreekLectureSchultz2015.aspx.
Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization.
He lies with a yardlong bronze sword and a remarkable collection of gold rings, precious jewels and beautifully carved seals. Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer.
“Probably not since the 1950s have we found such a rich tomb,” said James C. Wright, the director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Seeing the tomb “was a real highlight of my archaeological career,” said Thomas M. Brogan, the director of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete, noting that “you can count on one hand the number of tombs as wealthy as this one.”
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Scientists Hope to Learn How Pompeians Lived, Before the Big Day
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
OCT. 5, 2015, nytimes.com
POMPEII, Italy — When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., many of its victims in Pompeii were buried under mounds of pumice and ash that hardened over them like a mold, freezing them in time.
During more than two centuries of excavations, plaster casts were made of scores of those long-ago victims, making them a famous and poignant reminder of the unpredictability of death and the boundless power of nature.
But if the way Pompeii’s residents perished is well established, far less is known about how they lived. Now a team of scientists hopes to change that.
In September, an array of specialists — archaeologists, restorers, radiologists, anthropologists and others — set up a sophisticated field hospital of sorts here, complete with a computerized tomography scanner. Better known as a CT scanner, it will be used to peer beneath those opaque, improvised tombs.