Dr. Kate Topper of University of Washington joined us at UT to give a talk titled, “‘Sailors of a Symposium and Rowers of Cups’: Dionysos, Geography, and Power on the Thalamegos of Ptolemy IV” earlier in October. Dr. Topper’s talk discussed the geographical, historical, and ideological implications of the ship called the Thalamegos, a pleasure boat built by the Egyptian hellenistic king Ptolemy IV. In addition to her talk and meeting with students and faculty in the department, Dr. Topper also agreed to answer a few of our questions. Many thanks to Dr. Topper for her wonderful responses!

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Dr. Hannah Cornwell and graduate students at dinner

Last month, Dr. Hannah Cornwell of the University of Birmingham spoke at UT about Roman diplomacy, embassy, and peace. Dr. Cornwell generously participated in two graduate seminars about literary and material evidence for diplomacy in Republican Rome and Roman mediation and diplomacy in the Hellenistic world, in addition to speaking at our weekly colloquium with a talk entitled, “Liminal spaces, diplomatic spaces and the social formation of power in Early Imperial Rome.” In addition to all of this, Dr. Cornwell also kindly agreed to answer a few of our questions about her life and work. We want to thank Dr…


Dr. Greenwood at a graduate student hosted dinner on Wednesday night

This week in the classics department here at UT, we have had the privilege of hosting Dr. Emily Greenwood from Yale’s classics department as our featured Battle Lecturer. The position was created through the sponsorship of Dr. William J. Battle, a former UT classics professor and president of the university. Each year, the graduate students at UT select a speaker to invite to Austin in order to give a week of seminars, lectures, and events. “Battle Week,” as it is often referred to within the department, is an event entirely organized by graduate students with the support of faculty and…


The incoming cohort has settled in and was nice enough to share a little bit about themselves with the social media team. Join us in welcoming our newest graduate students to UT!

Clockwise from bottom right: Katherine Handloser, Dr. Dean-Jones, John Anderson, Michele MItrovich, Zafeirios Adramerinas, Erin Brantmayer, and Ethan Ganesh Warren. Not pictured: Carl Roth.

Michele Mitrovich

Michele comes to us from New York City, where she studied Classical Archaeology and Art History at Hunter College and CUNY. She’s interested in Bronze Age Aegean archaeology, Minoan iconography, and Aegean and Near Eastern interactions, and says that her love of ancient Greek art began when she found some children’s books on mythology during her childhood days in Russia. When she’s not doing archaeology, Michele enjoys doing photography and painting.


Third year doctoral student Grace Gibson, who has worked at Pompeii and Herculaneum, shares her KonMari-inspired packing advice. To support Grace and other grads in our travels to all the #placeswego, please support our HornRaiser. Our campaign ends this Friday!

Professional organizing consultant Marie Kondo took the world by storm when she published her best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in 2011 and then again when Netflix broadcast Tidying Up With Marie Kondo earlier this year. I, along with thousands of other messy people using the prospect of a personal New Year’s Resolution to procrastinate on professional work, applied Ms. Kondo’s KonMari method to my own small apartment. …


Graduate student Zoé Thomas reflects on a summer well-spent. If you want to support Zoé and other UT Classics grads in all the #placeswego, please support our HornRaiser by donating or sharing here.

Zoé bonds with “Fred 2,” a skeleton cast

When I arrived in Székelyudvarhely, Transylvania, the most striking thing to me was the sensory experience. Cows wandered the roads of the town around 5 pm as they went home to their barns, Hungarian sounded musical and unlike any other language I had ever heard, and rich, filling meals of stewed meat and paprika scented the air of our hotel every evening. This quiet Hungarian town was unlike anything I had experienced before, in Europe or elsewhere; but the most foreign-feeling part of the trip was actually my work in the “Bone Lab” — aka the two-car concrete garage next…


This week, we kicked off our HornRaiser crowdfunding campaign to help our graduate students afford travel to the many #placeswego. As educators, scholars, and students, we travel the world for digs, conferences, archives, and more. To give you an idea of what some of our work is like, UT Classics graduate student Jane Millar was kind enough to answer our questions as she finished up her dig at Tharros, in Sardinia. Jane is a 4th year graduate student who will be joining the American School at Athens for the 2019–2020 academic year. She is an archaeologist focused on the environment and landscapes.

What field season is this for you? This was my sixth field season. I went to field school in 2013, caught the bug, and only skipped one for summer intensive Greek, a similarly intense immersion experience, though somewhat less physically demanding. This was my first summer with the Tharros Archaeological Research Project (TARP), studying a Punic/Roman city on the west coast of Sardinia.


The Classics Department of the University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to helping our graduate students travel on their far-flung missions: travel to archaeological digs, conferences, archives, and whatever else requires them to do their work away from Austin. And we need your help to send them on their way and help them achieve their academic goals. Join us for Oh, the Places We Go, a crowdsourcing fundraiser running from Sept 4th-Oct 4th, 2019.

We study the literature, material culture, and history of the ancient Mediterranean world, which ranges from Spain to Constantinople, from Hadrian’s Wall to Alexandria…


It’s the end of summer, and while Austin gently broils in the 104 degree heat, the members of the UT Classics department have been slowly returning from their summer adventures and turning their attention to crafting course syllabus/i/es for the Fall term. To help out with those final touches, we gathered a few useful resources from around the web. If you have more that we left out, share them with us in the comments and we’ll try to update as we go!

Caleb McDaniel’s Generic Syllabus Maker is a game changer. …


This past weekend Wilhemina “Mina” Loder graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Classical Archaeology and Geography as one of twelve Dean’s Distinguished Graduates in the College of Liberal Arts, recognized for her scholarship, leadership, and service. Grace Gibson sat down with Mina to discuss her journey as a nontraditional student, adventuring archaeologist, and academic star.

Mina and I met for coffee on a Friday morning at the University’s Alumni Center. It’s decorated with several life size bronzes of longhorns and ranching horses. It’s the kind of place that doesn’t let you forget that you are in Texas, and seemed like a fitting locale to ask Mina about how — after being deployed to Iraq, protecting the nation’s defenses in D.C., and venturing to Rome as a tourist — she ended up here. When I asked Mina what kind of information I should include in a brief biographical sketch about her, she started from the beginning.

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