Going to Boston for the 2018 SCS/AIA? Here’s the (long) list of Rutgers papers and panels

Entrance arches, Boston Public Library, after 1903

If it’s the first weekend in January, it means that the Society for Classical Studies is holding its annual joint meeting with the Archaeological Institute of America. This year it all goes down in Boston’s Back Bay, at the Marriott Copley Place, starting Thursday 4 January and running through Sunday 7 January.

The list of sessions for the SCS and the AIA are fully online. But to cut to the chase: here’s an overview of the Rutgers Classics (and Art History) presence at the meetings, with links to abstracts, as available. Of particular note is the fact that six current Rutgers Classics graduate students are delivering papers. With a bit of luck—the last two are in concurrent sessions—maybe you can get to them all!

Lisa Whitlatch (PhD Classics 2013, now St Olaf College), panel co-organizer and co-presenting “Introduction”, in SCS Session 4: Creating Audiences in Didactic PoetryFriday 5 January (800—1030am)

Brian Hill (PhD candidate),”Didactic warfare: Military imagery and progressive exposure in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura“, in SCS Session 4: Creating Audiences in Didactic PoetryFriday 5 January (800—1030am)

Aaron Hershkowitz (PhD candidate), “How Odious was the Athenian Tribute System?”, in SCS Session 18: Foreign Policy, Friday 5 January (1045am—1245pm)

Emmanuel Aprilakis (PhD candidate), What Chorus? Using Performance to Appreciate the Chorus of Menander’s Dyskolos“, in SCS Session 33: Performing Problem Plays, Saturday 6 January (800—1030am)

Andrew G. Scott (PhD 2008, now Villanova University), “Cassius Dio’s depiction of Septimius Severus: context and implications“, in SCS Session 36: Texts and Contexts: Learning from History, Saturday 6 January (800—1030am)

Luis Salas (MA 2003, now Washington University), “De Galeni Corporis Fabrica: Vesalius’ Use of Galen and Galenism in the Preface of his Fabrica“, in SCS Session 40: Afterlives of Ancient Medicine: Reception Studies or History of Medicine?Saturday 6 January (1045am—1245pm)

David J. Wright (PhD candidate), “They Might be Romans: The Giants and Civil War in Augustan Poetry“, in SCS Session 48: Bloody Excess: Roman Epic, Saturday 6 January (1045am—1245pm)

Alison C. Poe (Phd [Art History] 2007, now Fairfield University), “Solvere corporeos meruit nodos: A New Reading of the Kline Scene on the Bethesda Sarcophagi”, in AIA Session 5E: Reading Images, Looking at Inscriptions, Saturday 6 January (1045am—1245pm)

T. Corey Brennan (faculty),Rome’s Late Republican Empire: The View from the Danube“, in SCS Session 49: New Directions in the Late Republican Roman Empire, Saturday 6 January (145—445pm)

Katheryn Whitcomb (PhD 2016, now Franklin and Marshall College),Mare pacavi a praedonibus: Divus Augustus and the Pacification of the Sea“, in SCS Session 54: Ritual and Religious Belief, Saturday 6 January (145—445pm)

Tuna Şare Ağtürk (Phd [Art History] 2011, now Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University), “A Tetrarchic Cult Complex with Painted Marble Reliefs from Ancient Nicomedia: A Preliminary Report”, in AIA Session 6B: Monuments and Images for the Roman EmperorsSaturday 6 January (145—445pm)

Jocelyn Penny Small (emerita faculty, Art History), panelist in AIA Session 6H: Workshop. New Approaches to Ancient Wall Painting in the Mediterranean, Saturday 6 January (145—445pm)

Gary Farney (faculty, History, Rutgers-Newark) and others, “The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project: Sixth Excavation Season at Vacone”, in AIA Session 7G Fieldwork in ItalySunday 7 January (800—1100am)

John F. Finamore (PhD 1983, now University of Iowa), panel organizer of SCS Session 69: Porphyry: The Polymath, Sunday 7 January (1145am—145pm)

Nicole Nowbahar (PhD candidate),Forced Cross-Dressing: Women in Togas and the Law of Charondas“, in SCS Session 82: The Body and its TravailsSunday 7 January (200—430pm)

Steven Brandwood (PhD candidate),Irrumator/Imperator: A Political Joke in Catullus 10?“, in SCS Session 84: Getting the Joke: Roman Satire and ComedySunday 7 January (200—430pm)


John Bodel (former faculty member, now Brown University), discussant in AIA Session 1J: Colloquium. New Approaches to the Catacombs of Rome, Friday 5 January (800—1030am); also delivering paper “Ex visu / κατ᾽ ὄναρ Dedications and the Spiritual Lives of Greek and Roman Slaves” in SCS Session 21: Epigraphy and Religion Revisited, Friday (145—445pm); also Respondent to SCS Session 39 = AIA Session 4A: Roman Freedmen: Community, Diversity, and Integration, Saturday 6 January (800—1030am)

Elizabeth M. Greene  (former visiting faculty member, now University of Western Ontario), co-moderating AIA Session 8B: Workshop. Teaching the Roman Provinces in North American University Classrooms, Sunday 7 January (1200—230pm)

Sketch of Boston Public Library entrance arches, from unpublished 18 January 1896 letter of Boston lawyer Samuel A.B. Abbott (1846-1931) to architect Charles F. McKim (1847-1909): “I suppose you will recognize at once the correct representation of your work in Boston. Those two lower XX XX mean the roll moulding if that is what you call it and the two crosses are the places for the flag sockets which can be made very handsome.”

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