CLAS students explore art, history, and architecture in Greece

Students enrolled in the course City of Athens: Bronze Age of Greece spent the spring semester intensively studying ancient Greece with Professor Deb Trusty. Their reward? Visiting Greece.
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Classics Department Impresses at CLAS Faculty Awards

Friday, September 22, 2023
5 Classics professors were recognized at the University of Iowa's 2023 CLAS Faculty Awards: Sarah Bond, Robert Cargill, Paul Dilley, Brenda Longfellow, and Deb Trusty.

Ancient Exchanges Publishes "Threads"

Monday, August 7, 2023
Ancient Exchanges, an online journal devoted to literary translations of ancient texts, has published their sixth issue, "Threads." "What is the difference between a text and a textile? Originating in the same Latin root meaning “weave,” the two words in English bear a canny resemblance. As material phenomena, their similarities abound: both are woven into being from disparate threads, resulting in a product that is more than the sum of their parts, bearing visual and tactile significance."                 from "Letter from the Editors"

Ancient Exchanges Translation Journal holds lively panel at the Society for Classical Studies Conference

Coinciding with the release of their latest issue, Ancient Exchanges editors Adrienne Rose, Laura Moser, and Echo Smith represented the journal at the annual Society for Classical Studies conference hosted in New Orleans in January, where they organized a panel called "Making Space for Translation" devoted to the vital role translation plays in Classical Studies pedagogy, scholarship, and publication. Presentations on the manifold "spaces" in which translation lives (from the metrical and miniscule to indigenous and interdisciplinary) were followed by a lively discussion with participation from both in-person and Zoom audiences.

Robert Cargill Speaks with Iowa Legislators During a Campus Visit

A delegation of Iowa legislators, staffers, and state officials visited the University of Iowa campus for an immersive experience with researchers who study aggressive cancer, manufacture pharmaceuticals, test new aircraft systems, and delve into biblical studies. Dr. Robert Cargill, associate professor of Classics, spoke with legislators about his digital and public scholarship.

Jonathan Reeder to Present the Fall Lecture of The John Martin Rare Book Room Presents Series

On October 18, Jonathan Reeder will present the fall lecture of The John Martin Rare Book Room Presents series. His talk, entitled, "Mental Health and the Weight of the Past: How Early Modern Physicians Read Greek Psychology," will tell the story of how some authors of the JMRBR collection grappled with the authority of the past against the backdrop of an area of medicine which is of great concern in our own time. The lecture will be at 5:30pm in 401 Hardin Library.

Robert Cargill featured in profile in Iowa Magazine entitled, “Iowa Archaeologist and Bible Expert Robert Cargill Digs for Meaning”

Robert Cargill was featured in the September issue of Iowa Magazine in an article written by Brittany Borghi. "He might be a renowned archaeologist who appears frequently on TV as an expert on everything from ancient Jerusalem to Ancient Aliens, but University of Iowa biblical studies professor Robert Cargill connects most with his students who have unanswered questions. His mission at Iowa is to show everyone—and he means everyone—that they have the capacity for scholarship and critical thought."

Robert Cargill in "Colosseum" on the HISTORY Channel

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Robert Cargill recently appeared as an expert commentator on the 8-episode HISTORY channel limited documentary series Colosseum. The program aired Sundays from June 17–Sept. 4, 2022, and examined multiple aspects of the Colosseum in Rome.

Peter Miller at "Teaching (in) the Middle Ages" in Bamburg, Germany

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
From July 24th to August 1st, Peter Miller participated in the Network for Medieval Arts and Ritual’s summer school, “Teaching (in) the Middle Ages” in Bamberg, Germany. During this week abroad, Peter joined seventeen other early career scholars from across Europe in a series of workshops at the University of Bamberg.

Remembering Erling B. (Jack) Holtsmark, 1936-2022

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Jack Holtsmark came to teach in Classics at the University of Iowa in Fall 1963 and was department chair from 1982 through to 1993. Jack published numerous articles over the years on various topics including on Homer, Aeschylus, Theocritus, Lucretius, and Quintilian. Later in his career he became interested in contemporary literature and the Classics, publishing Tarzan and Tradition: Classical Myth in Popular Literature in 1981, Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1986, and articles on classics and contemporary cinema and on detective fiction.