What Do You Do With a Classics Major? Ask Stephanie!

3053788-inline-i-1-stylehaul-ceo-stephanie-horbaczewskiStephanie 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?

The Library of Herculaneum



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.

Kate Giddens — Classics, Biology, and Volleyball

TRI_Giddens_HS2The 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.

Bronze Age Tomb Found at Pylos

27PYLOSCOVER-master1050-v2Archaeologists 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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We know how people died in Pompeii–but how did they live?

Scientists Hope to Learn How Pompeians Lived, Before the Big Day

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.

Continue reading at nytimes.com.


Homer in Central Park! The Public Theater’s Odyssey

New York City theatergoers were treated to a special presentation of Homer’s Odyssey through the Public Works program of The Public Theater, best known for its productions of Shakespeare in Central Park each summer. See the write-up here:

Even Homer Revs: A Biker Odyssey in the Park


Art for art’s sake is sometimes a diet too rich to maintain, yet art that sets out single-mindedly to feed a political agenda almost always fails to satisfy. The Public Theater, whose mission is, in essence, to search for ways of resolving that paradox, never succeeds better than in its Public Works program: a year-round collaboration with community groups in all five boroughs that culminates in a work of participatory theater in Central Park. This year’s production, a 100-minute musical-pageant version of The Odyssey conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet and written by Todd Almond, involves five Equity actors and about 200 nonprofessionals representing youth arts programs, domestic workers organizations, post-incarceration social-service societies, and just about any other kind of group not normally represented onstage. Did I mention the bikers?

Keep reading at vulture.com!

Spike Lee shows how to “do the right thing” via Aristophanes

Grabbed from today’s Vulture:

Chiraq Will Be a Musical Comedy, Will Definitely Feature the One and Only Yeezus


Spike Lee’s Chiraq movie will not just be a gritty look at violence in Illinois, but rather a musical comedy, Screen Daily reports. The movie will feature Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Cusack, in a reimagining of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, by Aristophanes. In a modern twist, the movie will reportedly revolve around a woman’s quest to put the kibosh on gang violence in Chi-Town’s Englewood neighborhood; the ChicagoTribune speculates that Chiraq‘s story will probably adhere to the play’s conceit that there will be no sex till the violence ends. The movie is set to go with Amazon, but Screen Daily adds that Lee & Co. have plans to release the project in theaters. No date has been set, and there’s been no confirmation regarding Common’s and Jeremy Piven’s rumored roles. But there will definitely be music, Yeezus, and (no) sex, which may be all you need to make a deal at Cannes, right?

A humorous take on Hercules’ reputation as a “ladies man”

From this week’s New Yorker:

The Eight Serious Relationships of Hercules



In his eighteenth year, Hercules, son of Zeus, went forth from Thebes to seek fame and glory. He was welcomed by the King of Thespiae, who had heard of Hercules’ great strength, and hoped that the youthful hero would ignite the fancy of his eldest daughter, who had exclusively been dating jagoffs. And Hercules saw that Penelope was quite attractive, and, to the King’s delight, a great passion was born. But, as the months passed and the King continued to hover, Hercules started to grasp the inky depths of Penelope’s daddy issues, and at times he could not tell if he was her boyfriend or some kind of peculiar erotic proxy. And so Hercules was distressed but not altogether surprised when he returned one day from the hunt only to find that Penelope was gone—fled to Ithaca with one of the aforementioned jagoffs.


Read on at the New Yorker online…