Dickinson offers a full range of courses in Latin and Greek, as well as courses in ancient history, archaeology, classical philosophy, and classical literature in translation. An active student community fosters the classics on campus through various events, a Latin club for school students, the Classics House, the annual Classics Festival, and the Eta Sigma Phi honor society. Almost all majors spend time overseas, usually in Rome or Athens. The department sponsors the annual Roberts Lectures, a series of digital projects created collaboratively by faculty and students, and a series of workshops for teachers, the Dickinson Latin Workshops and the Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, a spoken Latin immersion.

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Marc Mastrangelo
Professor of Classical Studies

Department Coordinator:
Terri Blumenthal


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Classical Studies Blog

Podcast: The Chilling Fate of Palinurus (Aeneid 5.847–871)

Seth Levin discusses the character of Palinurus in Vergil’s Aeneid Cui vix attollēns Palinūrus lūmina fātur: ‘Mēne salis placidī vultum flūctūsque quiētōs ignōrāre iubēs? Mēne huic cōnfīdere mōnstrō? Aenēān crēdam (quid enim?) fallācibus aurīs          850 Tālia dicta dabat, clāvumque adfīxus et haerēns nusquam āmittēbāt oculōsque sub astra tenēbat. Ecce deus rāmum Lēthaeō rōre madentem vīque … Continue reading Podcast: The Chilling Fate of Palinurus (Aeneid 5.847–871)

Podcast: Ode to a Trumpeter (Aeneid 6.162-174)

Hugh Downs discusses the character of Misenus in Vergil’s Aeneid. There are many stories in Roman mythology that involve mortals challenging the gods to contests. One of the best known is the tale of Arachne, the weaver who thought she was better than Minerva. Another less well-known story is that of Marsyas and Apollo. Marsyas … Continue reading Podcast: Ode to a Trumpeter (Aeneid 6.162-174)

Podcast: Creusa’s Farewell (Aeneid 2.776-789)

Michelle Hoffer discusses Creusa’s farewell speech to Aeneas near the end of Book 2 of Vergil’s Aeneid. ‘Quid tantum īnsānō iuvat indulgēre dolōrī, ō dulcis coniūnx? Nōn haec sine nūmine dīvum ēveniunt; nec tē comitem hinc portāre Creǖsam fās, aut ille sinit superī rēgnātor Olympī. Longa tibi exsilia et vāstum maris aequor arandum,     … Continue reading Podcast: Creusa’s Farewell (Aeneid 2.776-789)


Dickinson College Commentaries Blog

New Directions in Global Classicism

Excitement is mounting for the coolest Ovid conference in a generation, or maybe ever, Globalizing Ovid: An International Conference in Commemoration of the Bimillennium of Ovid’s Death. Organized primarily by the indefatigable Jinyu Liu of DePauw University, the conference is … Continue reading

In the Tracks of Alexander

[update 5/4/2017:  the apparent mistake of Alexander going to Bangladesh derives from an error in the Pleiades database. https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/59910 Malli is described as “An ancient Indian people that settled at the confluence of the rivers Hydaspes, Acesines, and Hydraotes.” These are … Continue reading

From Concordance to Lemmatized Text

For generations before the rise of computing, classicists produced concordances of Latin and Greek authors. Concordances are verbal indices, complete alphabetical lists of words in a text. They typically feature a dictionary headword, followed by every instance of that word in … Continue reading