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 […]

You are team-teaching a class with an artist, in which both you and your fellow teacher received full credit, called Free Us from the Western Canon and you are currently working on a project in which the students recreate Plato’s Symposium along the model of MoMA’s first “Supposium”, held in March 2014 under the title Beyond Default […]

You are teaching a General Education (GE) course at a large research university (during a period of the overhaul of the GE requirements). In the classroom you have constructed a maze from a grid of wire, suspended 12 feet above the floor; heavy cord is attached to eyelets in the floor for verticals and walls […]

You are teaching a Graduate Seminar (topic variable) with both Art MFAs and Classics Grad students. Artists and Classicists are invited into the same space and sit in chairs. The Artists, however, occupy the room ahead of time, had chairs which they had altered, and are dressed in costumes that they have chosen. Each Artist […]