It seems equally intuitive to align Classicism with Classical sculpture, as it is to investigate Classicism in contemporary art almost exclusively through the appropriation and transformation of Classical sculpture. Two recent, multifaceted projects – Liquid Antiquity and Modern Classicisms – which aim at bringing artists and Classicists together, are both grounded in this reactivating of […]

I have just read Candice Hopkins essay “The Appropriation Debates” in the most recent issue of Mousse magazine. Hopkins, whose work on global indigenous art and culture I first encountered at documenta 14, discusses two controversial artworks of the last year: the inclusion of Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket (2016) at the Whitney Biennial and […]

Please allow me to remind you, it’s always your business. I am your business just as our business belongs to us. Public transit seduces me with a fantasy of who we work, who we channel, in the service of. It prevents abstraction to “the human race” with all the horrible spirits lurking in its utterance. […]

Today in our discussion group Myth Mother Invention we have moved on to the topic of “Infans” – the pre-lingual baby and child. In preparation for our meeting, I shared with the group, the so-called ‘Danae fragment’ by the ancient Greek lyric poet Simonides in the following translation: … when in the chest, intricately fashioned, […]

The ancient Greek reader didn’t own his own voice; the act of audible reading dispossessed him of it. “If he lends his voice to these mute signs, the text appropriates it: his voice becomes the voice of the written text,” Svenbro stresses. “He has lent his voice, relinquished it.” Is there a debt to repay […]

It is the last class of the semester, you may be teaching 700 students in Classical Mythology or 7 students in a Graduate Seminar on Privilege and Dogmatism in Roman Philosophy, the same situation applies. Announce to the students, that before the class can begin, we must have a rehearsal in which everyone practices breathing […]

You are teaching an upper-level ancient Greek class on Homer’s Odyssey and you reach the ninth book of the poem and Odysseus’ re-telling of his wanderings to at the court of the Phaeacians. You start the class by telling the small group of students that even though this part of the poem is devoted to […]

You are in a meeting with all the Faculty of your department and the representatives from the Graduate Students Advisory Committee during a particularly tense time, when there are several disputes and challenges facing the departmental community. You have included a topic called Masks on the agenda (following an update on the budget by the […]

You are filling in for a colleague’s class on Ancient Roman Religion and you are teaching the topic of the 186 BCE ban on the Bacchanalia by the Roman senate. In addition to the students enrolled in the class, you invite any other Classics students, both undergraduates and graduates, to participate, as well as opening […]