Columbia University at Hadrian’s Villa: The 2016 Archaeological Campaign

Thursday, March 23, 6 pm, Italian Academy, reception to follow

On March 23, Professors Francesco de Angelis (Columbia) and Marco Maiuro (Rome La Sapienza, and Columbia), directors of the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art (APAHA) will present the main results of the excavation at Hadrian’s Villa, discuss the historical significance of the findings, and announce some exciting developments of the project for 2017.

With over 80 participants—35 of whom enrolled in the Classical Studies Summer Class and several others returning as “veterans” from previous iterations of it—the 2016 fieldwork season has been the most intensive and the most productive one since the inception of the program. The excavation of the “Lararium” courtyard revealed a pre-Hadrianic channel running under the precinct’s floor and provided further data on the Medieval phases of the complex. The continuation of the exploration of the building in the area of the so-called Macchiozzo brought to light new rooms with their mosaics and their painted walls and ceilings. Furthermore, the expansion of the excavation in the surroundings of the Macchiozzo building began to uncover architectural remains that were last seen (and only partially documented) by Piranesi in the 18th century.

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Workshop in Ancient & Contemporary Philosophy

The Workshop in Ancient & Contemporary Philosophy is devoted to new work in ancient philosophy, as well as work in contemporary philosophy that engages with ancient thought. Throughout the year, students and faculty at Columbia who are interested in ancient philosophy get to know forthcoming publications by international scholars. PhD students and visiting scholars have the opportunity to serve as commentators and actively engage with the research of visiting speakers.

Inaugurated in 2016/17, the Workshop in Ancient & Contemporary Philosophy is directed by Katja Vogt. It is part of a range of Classical Studies activities in ancient philosophy, including an annual ancient philosophy reading group. Meetings are open to all CU faculty and students, as well as faculty and students from the New York area, and co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

Speakers who visited in the Fall 2016 include Lorenzo Corti (Université de Lorraine), Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins University) and Joachim Aufderheide (Kings College London). In the Spring of 2017, Anna Marmodoro (University of Oxford) will speak on the “Unity of Objects.” For more details, please see the workshop’s webpage.

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Classical Studies Dissertation Workshop

Each academic year, CLST organizes a Dissertation Workshop. PhD students in the dissertation phase present chapters or papers they are currently writing, or have the opportunity to do test-runs of presentations they will give at conferences. Jointly, the CLST Dissertation Workshop and the CLST Research Seminar offer a range of occasions for CLST students to discuss work-in-progress and prepare for important stages in their career, including the job market. The next installment of the CLST Dissertation Workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 3.

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