2000 Fall Ancient Worlds

January 30, 2014

“The Darker Face of the Earth”

The Darker Face of the Earth, the first full-length play by Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, is an Oedipal tragedy of interracial love set on a plantation in pre-Civil War South Carolina. A brooding and shocking play, it mixes Greek and African mythology to reveal the tragedy of slavery in which black and white Americans […]

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The Ancient World as a World System

Our notions of the Ancient World in the West have been dominated by the image of Greek and Roman civilizations and their foundational role in the formation of European culture and institutions. Much recent scholarship has challenged that image in various ways, suggesting a much more complex set of exchanges and influences between Greece and […]

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Ancient Religion?

Alongside assertions of their relevance to contemporary issues, religions frequently appeal to their ancient roots and traditions as a guarantee of their truth or values. What is the significance of the ancient or archaic to religious experience? Is there a relation between historical longevity and the truth of religious beliefs, traditions or institutions? Which traditions […]

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Page DuBois

Slaves were ubiquitous in ancient Greek society. Yet they are often invisible in classical studies today. How can we come to terms with this ubiquity and its erasure as we consider texts, images and objects from antiquity? How does the history of the discipline of classics in the U.S., with its own history of slave-holding, […]

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September 14, 2000

The Classical Body Revisited

Since the European Renaissance, ideas of the classical Roman or Greek body have helped to shape modern ideals of physical form, norms for the gendered body, in short, our corporeal aesthetics. The classical body has also symbolized in various ways notions of emotion and virtue, furnishing physical correlatives to ethical or affective states, often associated […]

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