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Apr 28 '11

Oedipus Rex (this quarter’s advanced Greek reading) in 8 minutes, with vegetables. Enjoy.

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Mar 20 '11

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Feb 6 '11

A group of Randolph classicists, Greek Players, and friends took part in a powerful experience today as civilians, military family members, cadets, and veterans across generations (including WWII) shared their responses to Bryan Doerries’ Theater of War at VMI. The project is described on its website as follows:

Theater of War presents readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to military communities across the United States. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury and open a safe space for dialogue about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their caregivers and families.

Bryan Doerries (a native Virginian!) was the 2010 Randolph College Philip Thayer Memorial Lecturer. Last spring, a small group of Randolph students were privileged to be present for the first ever “Female Ajax,” performed at Fort Eustis.

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Feb 4 '11

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Jan 24 '11

New Exhibit at the Maier Museum: Nature Perfected

Nature Perfected: The Art of Botanical Illustration, curated by student Lydia Kirchner (‘11), opened last weekend at the Maier Museum of Art. The show focuses on a collection of 19th century botanical wall charts which were recently discovered languishing in the attic of Martin Science.

Lydia's talk at the Maier

Lydia gave a gallery talk on the day of the opening (1/23) which discussed the origins of botanical instruction and illustration all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. Included in the talk were some images from the Vienna Dioscurides, a 6th century CE illuminated manuscript of Dioscurides’ Περί ύλης ιατρικής, a medical treatise written in the 1st century CE and one of the world’s most famous pharmacopoeias.

a page from the Vienna DioscuridesBotanical illustration has always been a part of botany and pharmacology because specimens wilt and crumble over time. Today, an illustration by a skilled artist can still provide much more information than a dried specimen, a photograph, or even the real thing!

On exhibition in addition to the wall charts, there are other examples of botanical illustration, including several items of special interest to Classicists. A page from a 14th century Vulgate Bible, on loan from the Lipscomb Library’s Francis C. Watt’s Rare Book Room, provides an example of an illuminated manuscript to illustrate the beauty and utility of books like the Vienna Dioscurides. The exhibition also includes an antique copy of The Georgics, Vergil’s great pastoral poem which features an exhaustive list of the trees of Italy, complete with woodcut illustrations. 

Bees, from Vergil's Georgics

Make sure to stop by and see the show before it closes on July 31st!

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Dec 13 '10
Classicists hard at play at classics game night!
photo by Marisa Mendez

Classicists hard at play at classics game night!

photo by Marisa Mendez

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Dec 6 '10

missives from GREK301/201

καὶ οὐ πολὺ ὕστερον Ἀλκιβιάδου τὴν φωνὴν ἀκούειν ἐν τῇ αὐλῇ σφόδρα μεθύοντος καὶ μέγα βοῶντος, ἐρωτῶντος ὅπου Ἀγάθων καὶ κελεύοντος ἄγειν παρ᾽ Ἀγάθωνα. ἄγειν οὖν αὐτὸν παρὰ σφᾶς τήν τε αὐλητρίδα ὑπολαβοῦσαν καὶ ἄλλους τινὰς τῶν ἀκολούθων, καὶ ἐπιστῆναι ἐπὶ τὰς θύρας ἐστεφανωμένον αὐτὸν κιττοῦ τέ τινι στεφάνῳ δασεῖ καὶ ἴων

-Συμποσίον 212d

"So, Alcibiades is that guy?” -RGK

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Oct 16 '10

from GREK301/201: a clip from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, inspired by Aristophanes’ speech from Plato’s Symposium.

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Oct 6 '10

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Oct 4 '10

2010 Greek Play HECUBA opens this weekend!

Z behind the scenes

Come see Euripides’ HECUBA October 8th, 9th, and 10th @4pm in the Mabel K. Whiteside Theater (The Dell)!

Also this weekend, Randolph College is hosting an academic conference in the Dell: Ancient Drama in Performance: Theory and Practice. More info here.

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Sep 1 '10

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Jul 23 '10

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