Category: Classics

Exploring UGA's global connections


DiscoverUGA.jpgHaving spent some time recently with one of our terrific (and longest-running) study abroad programs, I can vouch for the impact they have on our students. The echo of these experiences reverberate back on campus, in our classrooms, in the lives of our students as they resume their studies back in Athens, and in the host countries and cities our programs call home (away from home).

To get an even better idea of this multiverse of scholarly engagement, our colleagues in UGA public affairs put together a terrific interactive map that documents what our students and faculty are doing around the globe. Take a look

Ancient Medicine and the Modern Physician


Asclepius_Rhodes_wipad.jpgThe classics department in collaboration with the Georgia Regents University/UGA Medical Partnership, will host a two-day symposium designed to find relevant historical practices that are useful to modern-day physicians:

Events will be held March 23-24 on both the UGA main campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Experts in ancient medicine and modern medical practices will present workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address.

"Methods of diagnosis are undergoing fundamental changes within American medical communities," said Nancy Felson, professor emerita in the classics department and one of the event organizers. "Physicians and other health care professionals now recognize that successful diagnosis is not only a matter of identifying symptoms, but rather an interpretive process involving the narrative arc of a patient's life, activities, habits, gene profile as well as the exhibited symptoms. This new and fundamental aspect of modern health care is rooted in ancient medical methods of diagnosis and patient narratives."

The symposium will begin March 23 with a 7 p.m. lecture in George Hall on the Health Sciences Campus.

Dr. Richard Panico will discuss "The Art of Medicine: It's Always Been About the Dialogue." A reception will follow his talk.

For more information, visit the classics website. Great subject for discussion, and very important to engage the himanities with the study of medicine and vice versa.

Women of the Early Christian World


BAND OF ANGELS.jpgThroughout the course of the 20th century and increasingly so now in the 21st, women are playing a much more prominent role in society. Whether you view this as finally just or only an indication that our society still has a great distance to travel to achieve gender equity, some perspective on the past can be instructive about where we are and how much has changed. The department of classics is sponsoring a lecture next Friday, Nov. 15 that should lend greater perspective on this important subject:

Kate Cooper, Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, will present a lecture, "The Women of Early Christian Africa," which identifies influential roles Christian women played in the first and second centuries. The lecture is in conjuntion with the release of her new book, BAND OF ANGELS: THE FORGOTTEN WORLD OF EARLY CHRISTIAN WOMEN.

Cooper's lecture will be held on November 15 at 6:30 pm in 101 Miller Student Learning Center. A reception will follow in the Fourth Floor Rotunda. Copies of the book will be available.

The event is free and open to the public.

We look forward to this discussion and applaud the department of classics, which sponsors a number of scholarly lectures scheduled throughout the year. 

Stonehenge at LDSOA



In Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy described the solitude of Stonehenge:

 ‘What can it be? … A very Temple of the Winds’ … ‘It seems as though there were no folk in the world but we two’ … they … listened a long time to the wind among the pillars … Presently the wind died out, and the quivering little pools in the cup-like hollows of the stones lay still."