Monthly Archives: September 2013

In the news at RU: ‘Ancient coins taking leap into the 21st century’


Associate professor of classics Corey Brennan, left, and Thomas Izbicki , humanities librarian and curator of the Ernst Badian Collection, with some of the collection’s treasures. Brennan holds a Roman “Aes Rude” dated from 270 BCE, while Izbicki holds a Roman “Aes Grave” from 275-270 BCE depicting an image of Pegasus.  Credit: Nick Romanenko

‘”The unimpressive hunk of bronze would fit easily into the palm of a child’s hand. It carries a significance that far belies its size.”

“Since 2001, the basement of Rutgers’ Archibald S. Alexander Library has been home to a collection of coins dating from the Roman Republic. This mottled green and brown rock, first used as currency some 270 years before the Common Era began, represents the oldest in the array.” Continue reading

Postcard from Kaohsiung (Taiwan): RU Classics alum and Fulbrighter Kevin Apodaca’11

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On 13-14 September 2013, Project Theophrastus hosts a Rutgers conference on Augustan philosopher Arius Didymus

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Arius Didymus on the world, discussed in J. Lipsius, Physiologiae Stoicorum II (1610)

It all happens Friday and Saturday 13-14 September 2013, at the Rutgers University Inn & Conference CenterProject Theophrastus, as part of its continuing study of the School of Aristotle, is holding a conference on a Greek epitome/survey of Peripatetic ethics. The survey is attriubuted to Arius Didymus, who is believed to have been the court philosopher of Caesar Augustus. See below for a full schedule of the event.

Arius Didymus was known for having advised Octavian (the future Augustus)  to spare the inhabitants of Alexandria when that city fell to his Roman army. Arius also was admired in antiquity for his Consolatio addressed to Livia, Augustus’ wife, on the death of her son Drusus. Continue reading