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Harvard Classics welcomes Emily Greenwood

May 24, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that Emily Greenwood will be joining the faculty of the Department of the Classics this fall! A groundbreaking and prize-winning scholar of Greek literature and its later reception, Professor Greenwood brings significant new strengths to the department. She has written important and influential books on Thucydides (Thucydides and the Shaping of History, 2006) and on responses to the classical tradition in the Caribbean world (Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century, 2010), and has...

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Reading Greek Tragedy Online: Philoctetes on YouTube

April 5, 2022

The Department of the Classics teamed up with Brandeis University to host the first-ever in-person episode of Reading Greek Tragedy Online on April 30, 2022. Professional actors from both the US and UK performed a dynamic reading of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, directed by Paul O’Mahony of Out of Chaos Theatre. Between scenes, Professor Joel Christensen of Brandeis University led a discussion about the play with Professors David Elmer and Naomi Weiss, exploring its themes of isolation, sickness, and integration and thinking about what it meant to see such a performance in...

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David Gordon Mitten, 1935–2022

January 21, 2022

With heavy hearts we remember our treasured friend and colleague, David Mitten, James Loeb Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, Emeritus, who passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge on the morning of January 18, 2022. A renowned teacher, scholar, and museum curator, Professor Mitten had a transformative effect on countless students and colleagues over the course of a Harvard career that began in 1957. His course on “Images of Alexander the Great,” which regularly filled the basement theater in the Sackler Museum, was legendary. His impact on the Harvard Classics community...

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