Cultures of the Classical

a Network for Research on Classical Traditions at Yale

‘Cultures of the Classical’ is a network that draws together scholars at Yale who work on receptions of Greco-Roman Classical Antiquity, and the Classical Tradition (including comparative Classical Traditions and rival antiquities). We are particularly interested in complex plays with the past in which texts and works of art, and indeed whole cultural movements, have appropriated aspects of Classical Antiquity while simultaneously asserting their distance from ancient Greece and Rome.

Icarian Sea The network is the joint initiative of Classics and Renaissance Studies, and is intended to promote collaboration and discussion between Classics, Comparative Literature, English, History, Modern Languages, and Political Thought. The network organizes an annual seminar series for which all participants are encouraged to nominate speakers.

Steering Committee: Josh Billings, Chris Kraus, Emily Schurr, and Robert Nelson.

We are an overseas affiliate partner of the Classical Receptions Network (CRSN)

Events 2013–2014

November 12, 2013, 5 pm
“Herodotus as anti-classical toolbox”, Suzanne Marchand (LSU)

November 19, 2013, 5:30 pm
“A Jewish scholar in exile: Eduard Fraenkel in Oxford, 1934–50”, C.A. Stray (Swansea/IAS)

February 10, 2014, 5 pm
“Euripides, Pindar, and others: what makes poetry poetic?”, Michael Silk (KCL)

Events 2011–2012

Sept 23, 2011, 5 pm
“Race, intermarriage, and Greek literary history”, Tim Whitmarsh (Corpus Christi College, Oxford). Phelps 207. Reception to follow in PH 401.

Nov 4, 2011, 3 pm
‘Aeschylus’ Persians Today”*, Stratos Constantinidis (Ohio State University), Elizabeth Sharffenberger (Columbia University), Sam Lasman (Yale)
A staged reading of Stratos Constantinidis’ new translation of Aeschylus’ Persians, directed by Sam Lasman (Yale) with an introductory talk by Elizabeth Scharffenberger on ‘The Play in Adaptation’. *Sponsored by the Classics Department and the Italian Department at Yale

April 4, 2012, 5 pm
‘Translation as Transgression: Christopher Marlowe and “Lucan’s First Book”’
Emma Buckley (St Andrews University)

Elizabeth Sawyer (Oxford): “Origins of the Great Books Courses” 4/17/2012, 4 pm, Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium

“On the reception of Sulpicia.” Will Batstone, Ohio State. 5/3/2012, 5pm. PH 207.
Phelps 207. Reception to follow in PH 401.

Events (2010–2011)

Friday Sept. 24
“Alcibiades at the Crossroads in 18th and 19th Century European Art”, Nick Rynearson (Georgia)

Thursday Oct. 21
“Aztec and Roman Gods: Classical Influences and the interpretation of indigenous culture in 16th century Mexico’, Andrew Laird (University of Warwick)

Friday Nov. 5
“The Roman Republic in Renaissance Historical Thought’, James Hankins (Harvard)

April 1st – April 3rd
Conference: The Past-Colonial: Classics and the Colonization of the Past

Wednesday April 6
‘“Our two friends”: the making and remaking of Liddell and Scott’ Chris Stray (University of Swansea)

Book cover photo

A popular, moralizing retelling of Greek mythology gets an art nouveau twist (R.H. Russell & Co., 1902)