House and Home Conference

Theories, Texts, Metaphors

May 1-2, 2014, Wellesley College

The conference will bring an interdisciplinary group of scholars together to explore the many ways that the related notions of house and home are constructed both literally and figuratively in art, literature, film, and on stage.  How does the physicality of a house – its architecture, spatial configuration and design, even the furniture within – intersect with the more intangible emotions, aspirations, and sense of ownership we associate with the place we call home?

Several classicists will be featured, including Alex Purvez, Karen Bassi, and Bridget Murnaghan as well as our own Professors Carol Dougherty and Kate Gilhuly.



Greek 304 Performance at Shakespeare House

Tuesday, April 7th at 4:30 pm

Join the senior Greek students for their performance next Tuesday. This (brief) event will involve some monologues (recited in Greek), a couple of short scenes (performed in English) as well as a discussion focused around the students' chosen theme of supplication. All are welcome!


Soldiers’ Families in the Military Communities of the Western Roman Empire

Dr. Elizabeth Greene, Assistant Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Western Ontario, will be on campus (4/17 at 4:30 in FND120) to present her talk on "Soldiers’ Families in the Military Communities of the Western Roman Empire." Beth is a very dynamic speaker and is at the forefront of feminist archaeology recovering women's and children's perspectives from unexpected places. There will be a small reception after the talk. Please join us for this exciting event!

















Wellesley College Upstage and Clio History Club present From Page to Stage.

Can theater accurately portray historical events without sacrificing any artistic and imaginative elements?  Join Classical Studies Professor Adriana Brook and professors from the Theater Studies, French, and History departments as they discuss this and other questions relating to the topic of history as a source material for the arts.

Monday, March 2nd, 4:30-6:00 pm in Founders 120.  Refreshments will be served!


Classical Studies Collaborates with History & French Departments for Greek Tragedy Course

Students looking for a course to take in Spring 2015 will want to check out CLCV 210/310 (Greek Tragedy)!  

In an exciting new collaboration, this course will supplement its core examination of the great tragedies of classical Athens by working with History 353 (Sentimental Education in Early Modern Europe) and French 333 (Classical Tragedy) in several sessions.  The semester will include a guest lecture from Professor Hélène Bilis on the reception of the Oedipus myth by seventeenth-century French playwrights and a class discussion led by Professor Simon Grote on the ways in which eighteenth-century intellectuals used the Antigone to think about moral responsibility.  All three classes will attend a Shakespeare production on campus and come together afterwards to talk about how each course conditions us to think about the drama in a certain way and the ways in which, nonetheless, even apparently distant branches of the humanities have a lot to say to each other!  For further information about this collaboration or about the Greek Tragedy course more generally, please contact Professor Brook in the Classical Studies Department.

Kathryn Ledbetter '15, The Wellesley News Athlete of the Week

December 3, 2014
Photo credit: The Wellesley News, 12/3/2014

Kathryn Ledbetter, Class of 2015 Classical Studies & Individualized Chemical Physics double major, was recently named Athlete of the Week by The Wellesley News for her successes in fencing.  Click below to read the interview, where she talks about the sport, her team, and how she balances academics and athletics at Wellesley College.



At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Bryan Burns was presented with the James R. Wiseman Award.  The award was presented by Wellesley alumna Carla Antonaccio, '80, chair of the Department Classical Studies at Duke University.  The citation read: 

The Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to present the 2014 James R. Wiseman Book Award to Bryan Burns for Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity (Cambridge University Press).

Burns' book is an innovative study that will have an impact on Bronze Age and classical archaeology. In one of the first monographic treatments of consumption studies in classical archaeology, Burns combines current archaeological theory with meticulous analysis of particular artifacts and the cultures that produced and circulated them.

Burns confronts how the act of importation, whether of raw materials or finished goods, and the objects themselves were transformed into social power by the Mycenaeans. He also demonstrates that various regions of the Bronze Age mainland had different trajectories in the importation and consumption of foreign items and their subsequent transformation into social power.

For all these reasons, Bryan Burns' Mycenaean Greece, Mediterranean Commerce, and the Formation of Identity is a most worthy recipient of the 2014 James R. Wiseman Book Award.


A Focus on Crete!

January 31, 2014


Check out Professor Bryan Burns' Wintersession trip to Crete, as featured on the Wellesley home page:

Professor Burns Leads Students on Summer 2013 Archeological Dig in Athens