Classics Scholar Michael Putnam to Lecture at Amherst College Nov. 16

October 17, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Brown University professor Michael Putnam will speak on “Virgil and History” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Putnam will discuss the relationship between history and epic, in particular the Aeneid. Sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Eastman Fund, this lecture is free and open to the public.

Classicist Donald J. Mastronarde ’69 To Speak at Amherst College Feb. 23

February 3, 2006 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417

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Lessons from Thucydides at Amherst College Nov. 17

November 1, 2004Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.-Classicists Barry Strauss, Paula Debnar and Alan Boegehold will present "Lessons from Ancient History:" A Panel on Thucydides, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Amherst Department of Classics, the discussion and reception to follow are free and open to the public.

Sample Thesis Topics

  • Dependence on Foreign Oil: A Study of Baetican Olive Oil in the Roman Economy
  • Cicero and the Dictators: Rome's Collapse through the Eyes of a Good Man
  • Textile Variety and the Iconography of the Arkteia
  • Domestic Danger: Women, Slaves and Loyalty in Homer's Odyssey
  • Poetry and Philosophy of Gastronomy in Horace's Satires 2.2 and 2.6

Contact Information

Grosvenor House in 1865-1875 was the home of Laurenus Clark Seelye and his wife, Henrietta Chapin Seelye



Civil Wars Conference

ROME AND ITS CIVIL WARSSee the offical site at the University of Massachusetts NOVEMBER 10 - 11, 2007 Professor Cynthia Damon - Classics Department, Amherst College Professor Andreola Rossi - Classics Department, Amherst College Professor Brian Breed - Classics Department, University of Massachusetts

Harry de Forest Smith Scholarship

  • For students of Greek in their senior year of high school, who have applied to Amherst College, the Department of Classics offers a first year scholarship to be awarded on the basis of a competitive examination. The examination is drawn up and scored by the Department of Classics. The name of the candidate who stands first in the examination is submitted to the Office of Admission on or before March 15. Announcement of the award will be made when the successful competitor is notified of admission to Amherst College, on or before April 15.


Classics Art

Grave Stele 4th century BC Pentelic Marble