In this new series, the Classical Studies Graduate Progam CLST at Columbia University invites authors of recently published books in ancient studies, books which are exemplary for the kind of interdisciplinary study of the ancient world that CLST aims to foster. All faculty and students at Columbia and beyond working in ancient studies are cordially invited. CLST students are required to read carefully at least one chapter of the book and prepare questions and comments for discussion. We are much looking forward to welcoming our first guest, Emanuel Mayer from the University of Chicago, on February 1 2013. We will discuss his book The Ancient Middle Classes: Urban Life and Aesthetics in the Roman Empire (2012). CLST is grateful to the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean for co-sponsoring the event. The meeting takes place at Schermerhorn 930, February 1 2013, 11 am to 1 pm.
The four weeks between June 18 and July 14, 2012 witnessed the second fieldwork season of the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art (APAHA), the archaeological program directed by Professor Francesco de Angelis (Art History and Archaeology) and Professor Marco Maiuro (History) and sponsored by Columbia University and H2CU, the Honors Center of Italian Universities.
After the 2011 pilot season, APAHA expanded its scope by involving international students. This year, in addition to Columbia’s own graduates and advanced undergraduates, the group of participants also included students from the Freie Universität of Berlin as well as from the Università del Molise. Led by field director Taco Terpstra, excavators investigated new aspects of Villa San Marco in Stabiae, i.e., the Roman imperial villa in the Vesuvian area where APAHA had started to operate in 2011. Given the size of this year’s group, it was possible to organize three different teams, each of which was responsible for a separate area. Continue reading
With images of nearly 700 inscriptions from Greco-Roman antiquity, Columbia University has one of the largest epigraphic squeeze collections in North America. Assembled in stages over the course of the late 19th and 20th centuries primarily as a teaching collection, it is today a valuable research and pedagogical tool for students and scholars alike given that some of the original stones have gone missing over the last century or are in appreciably worse condition than when the impressions were taken. Continue reading