Bryn Mawr Night Owls
Aristophanes’ Acharnians, 17–39 (abridged)
Matt Farmer, Joshua Bayona, Hannah Kolzer, Ilana Lehrman, Grace Morton, Felix Qin, Andrew Zolensky
“A Piglet’s Last Will & Testament”
George Doehne, Kristen Min, Ellie Kearns, Cate Farrell, Felix Qin, Bret Mulligan
Ovid, Heroides 7.65–102
Bret Mulligan, Nico Tripeny, Shriya Fruitwala, Isabel Martin, Grayson Toole, Cerise Yau, Rebecca Koweek, Ella Namour, Sam Lowenstein
Medea, Euripides 230-251
Alix Galumbeck, Alice Nicholson, Eve Rui, Jack Fanikos, Devin Lawson, Hope Johnson, Grace Salzeider
Homer, Iliad Book XXII 361-363
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 1091-93
Horace, Odes 1.9 (Soracte)
Pliny, Epistulae 6.20 (Vesuvius Day)
Eden Pleasure-Kranowitz, Sophie Frem, Yuxuan Sun, Junior Nguyen, Alex Stern, Yikang (Bailey) Li, Andrew Aarth, Andreanna Papatheodorou
Ella Wiborg, Emily Aguilar, Elizabeth Hamilton,
Julia Billera, Allison Eckert, Marion Hamilton, Layla Fistos, Mary Somerville, Olivia Hopewell
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Emily Aguilar, Ella Wiborg, Allison Eckhert, Elinor Berger, Mortimer Cavanah
Helena Crusius, Em Groves, Anna Shuff, Charlotte Skolasky, Asya Sigelman
Sophocles, Antigone (544-560)
Emily Schalk, Juliette Choi
Sophocles, Antigone, Parodos (101-126)
Sophocles, Antigone, “Ode to Man” (354-375)
Euripides, Medea 1361-1414
Jenni Glaser, Molly Kuchler
Zosimus, On Excellence III, i, 11 B = MA 10.2
Horace, Odes 4.7
Caroline Andersen, Catie Beveridge, Tia Brown, Yvanna Cajina, Ethan Gadra, Sam Lowenstein, Anne Tobin, Nico Tripeny
Euripides, Cyclops 316-46
Boethius 1.2, selections (Latin & Old English)
Chaldean Oracle, frag. 96, 147, 148
Corderius, Colloquia 2.3
Alex Tucker, Wynter Douglas
Gwynne Dulaney, Katie Bradley
Cicero, In Catilinam, Opening
Francisco J. Cabrera, Joannae Virginis Laudes (1–6, 311–325)
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Homer, Iliad XVI 407-481
Ana Alvarez, Sofia Esner, Alix Galumbeck, Alice Nicholson, Grace Salzeider, Maggie Sawyer, Eve Rui
Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 1372-98
Catullus 85 and 104
Apuleius, Metamorphoses 3.21 and 3.24
Greek Anthology: Riddles 64, 103, and 105
“Mamma Mia” (in Greek!)
Carter Langen, Claire Blood-Cheney, Dylan Dixon, Erica Launang, Joshua Bayona, Kai-Ling Su, Nicholas Conroy, Paul Soulanille, Rachel Brodie, Will Lawrence
Maggie Doubman and Turner Johnson
Alix Galumbeck, Emily Schalk, Tatiana Perez, Sashini Kannan, Wynter Douglas
Everyone! (more likely just the Mawrters)
Homer, Odyssey 11 (Selections)
Alex Tucker, Leah Borquez, Kei Davey, Emily Schalk, John Burgess
Vergil, Aeneid 1.588-610
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 436-506
Vaidehi Agarwalla, Alice Healey, Ava Douglas, Kate Edwards, Mary Sweeney, William Edwards, Juliette Choi, Margaret Stretcher, Deborah Roberts
Cicero, Phillipicae 2.67-69
Carter Langen, Pranav Krishnan, Gene Perry
Petronius, Poem 81
Phebe Du Pont
Cicero, In Catilinam 1.15-16
Andrew Lee, Dennis Grencewicz
Plutarch’s Gryllus (selections)
Aarushi Mohan (Gryllus), Hannah Davis (Circe), Oliver Hughes (Odysseus), a chorus of supporting piggies: Fiona Kegler, Hope Johnson, Tomas Paris
Phaedrus 4.10 & 5.8
Plato, Phaedrus 255d-e
Plautus, Mostellaria 470-507
Louisa Stoll, Jackson Meyer-Lee
Horace, Odes 1.37
Wynter Douglas, Hope Johnson, Alice Nicholson, Eve Rui
Revelation of John 22:1-5
Ana Alvarez, Emily Darrow, Alix Galumbeck, Alice Nicholson, Eve Rui, Grace Salzeider
Horace, Epodes 2 (selections)
Anonymous, A Storm in Devon
Plato, Phaedrus 236b5-e5
Cristian Espinoza, William Edwards
Aeschylus, Eumenides 321-346
Deborah Roberts, Hannah Silverblank, Annette, Baertschi, & Asya Sigelman
Greek 102 students
1.172 - 222 Theognis, Selections
Emily Schalk, Clara Wright, Kristina Koskores, Emily-Rose Ogland, Audrey Wallace, & Kate Edwards
Euripides, Bacchae (selections)
Anna Mayersohn, Kevin Jin, Zakery Oglesby, & Andrew Harris
Aesop, “The Fox and the Ape”
John Burgess, Alex Tucker, & Charlie Kuper
Ovid Metamorphoses III (selections)
Ava Douglas (video)
Vergil, Aeneid 6. 305-312
Alypius’ entry from the Menologion of Basil II
Horace, Odes 3.9
Sage Farha & Mary Somerville
Horace, Odes 1.11
P. Porcium Poetam, “Pugna Porcorum”
Horace, Odes 4.7
A.A. Milne, Winnie Ille Pu
Everyone! (more more likely just the Mawrters)
Selections from Homer, Iliad
Pam Gassman, Will Edwards, Kevin Jin
Fable-icious I: Rana inflata
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 877-963
Julie Benton, James Burvant, Honglan Huang,
Chris Lichtenstein, Carman Roman, Professor Roberts
Lillian Roberts and Eliana Chavkin
Margaret Stretcher, Jake Kwon, Andrew Chalfoun, Sharim Jones
Anita Brown, Juliette Choi, Ava Douglas, Claire Gaposchkin, Briana Grenert, Megan Salazar
Horace's Odes 1.9
Mary Sweeney and Andrew Nguyen
Pindar Pythian 8.88-100
Horace's Odes 2.14
Margaret Stretcher, Jake Kwon, Andrew Chalfoun, Sharim Jones
Petronius, Satyricon 48.4-8
Cristian Espinoza, Katharine Haldeman, Chris Lichtenstein, Wanhong Zou
Zosimus, On Excellence III.1.11b
Terence, Eunuch 342-381
Anna Mayersohn and Rosalind Xu
The 2015 Orali-tea took place at Bryn Mawr.
Opening song: “Sophias”
Homer, selections from Odyssey 11
Radcliffe Edmonds, Christ Lichtenstein, James Burvant, Sophie Mankins, Lillian Roberts, Tabatha Barton, Anna Sargeant
Sappho, “Hymn to Aphrodite”
Tabatha Barton, Vanessa Felso
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 943-982
Zoe Fox, Emma Mongoven
Sophocles, Philoctetes 730-767:
Vanessa Felso, Deborah Roberts
Aristophanes, Clouds 218-234
Julie Benton, Tianmin Cheng, Meredith Scheiring
Plato, Apology 22A-C
Terence, Adelphoe, 68-77, 489-99, 610-21
Abi Corcoran, Carman Romano, Hannah Weissman
Seneca, Thyestes 885-907
Anna Mehta, Sapientia Randazzo, Carman Romano, Kim Conrad, Zak Oglesby, Andrew Dalke, Eric Goodman, Jake Youse
A.E. Housman, “Fragment of a Greek Tragedy”
Closing Song: “Gaudeamus Igitur”
The 2013 Orali-tea took place at Bryn Mawr.
The Seventh Annual ORALi-Tea was held on April 22, 2012 at Haverford College
Opening song: “Sophias”
Selections from Iliad 1: a Dramatic Performance
Propertius 2.15, 31-40
Hesiod, Theogony 684-99, 715-20
Scenes from Plautus, Menaechmi:
Austin Boyle and Florencia Foxley
Eliana Kohrman-Glaser, Rogelio Lopez, Stephanie Wolfson
Lindsday Parrish and Stephen Michael
Marielle Boudreau and Alyssa Grossweiner
Matt Holmes, Quinn Harding, Emma Mongoven
Ovid Amores 2.4, selections
J.K. Rowling (trans. Peter Needham), Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis, opening
Epigrams and Riddles
Vergil, Aeneid 4.1-29
Vanessa Felso, Anna Sargeant
Caesar, De Bello Gallico 1.24-25
Baruch Spinoza, De Deo
Sir Isaac Newton, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica
Sophocles, Antigone: First Stasimon and lines 531-526
Lucretius, De Rerum Natura 1.1-9, 418-29
Livy, Ab Urbe Condita XXX 30.18
Closing Song: “Gaudeamus Igitur,” verses 1 and 2
Held at Bryn Mawr.
The Fifth Annual ORALi-Tea was held on April 15th at Haverford College
We are delighted to report that the fifth annual Bi-College ORALi-Tea, an evening for the Oral Reading of Ancient Literature and (also oral) consumption of dessert, was as a raging success.
Gest 101 was again fulled to capacity, as students and faculty enjoyed a selection of works performed in their original languages. In a program heavy with Homeric Hymns and Plautus' Pseudolus, there was singing, tasty desserts, and of course great literature and performances.
Bryn Mawr Students
Selections from the Homeric Hymns
Selections from Aeschylus, Sophocles, John 1
Selections from Euripides, Medea
Selections from Plautus, Pseudolus
Jacob Horn and Robert Germany
Gabrielle Goodman, Hannah Silverblank, and Juliet Woods
Kersti Francis, Elizabeth Olecki, and Jen Rajchel
Amelia Eichengreen, Annalee Garrity, and Frances Glick
Rachel Faulks, Stephanie Martin, and Hannah Roos.
Ovid, Ars Amatoria III.99-136
Singing of “Gaudeamus Igitur”
Held at Bryn Mawr.
The Third Annual ORALi-Tea was held on April 24th at Haverford College
We are delighted to report that the third annual Bi-College ORALi-Tea, an evening for the Oral Reading of Ancient Literature and (also oral) consumption of dessert, was as a success. Gest 101 was full to capacity, as students and faculty enjoyed over a dozen ancient works performed in their original languages. There was singing, tasty desserts, and of course great literature and performances.
Bryn Mawr Students
Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannos 1149–1222
Homer, Odyssey 1.337–349
Homer, Odyssey 2.85–95
Some Very Old Jokes
Plato, Euthyphro 3e7-4a11
Emily Bergbower & Mary Florence Sullivan
Pindar, Olympian 11
Emily Olsen & Sarah Stefanski
Ovid, Ars Amatoria 2.23–27, 31–38, 47–96
Propertius 4.7.1–12, 93–94
Tacitus Histories 2.49
Horace, Odes 4.7
The Second Annual ORALi-Tea was held on April 19th at Bryn Mawr College
We are delighted to report that the second annual Bi-College ORALi-Tea, an evening for the Oral Reading of Ancient Literature and (also oral) consumption of dessert, was as successful as the inaugural event. The Quita Woodword room was full to capacity, as students and faculty enjoyed over a dozen ancient works performed in their original languages. There was singing, tasty desserts, and of course great literature and performances.
Emily Lewis, Sarah Stefanski, Emily Olsen, Erika Carlson
Aristophanes, Frogs 209-268
Homer, Iliad 6.144-177
Aristophanes, Clouds 1085-1105
Matthew Farmer & Sean Mullin
Enigmas from the Greek Anthology
Cicero, Pro Caelio 32-34
Horace, Odes 1.19
Horace, Odes 3.18
Horace, Odes 2.10
Statius, Silvae 2.5
The Inaugural ORALi-Tea was held on April 6th at Haverford College
We are delighted to report that the inaugural Bi-College ORALi-Tea, an evening for the Oral Reading of Ancient Literature and (also oral) consumption of dessert, was a rip-roaring success. Nearly 50 people packed in to Gest 101 (including a legatio from Swarthmore College) to experience over a dozen (mostly) ancient works performed by students and faculty. There was singing, a bit of dancing (by faculty, so the brevity was for the best), chocolate cake, and of course great works of literature. All in all, a fantastic evening.
Claire Collins, Emily Lewis, & Elizabeth Shaw
Ask Mr. Menander
Emily Lewis & Elizabeth Shaw
Homer, Odyssey 1.32–47
Euripides, Medea 410–430
Professor Deborah Roberts
Plato, Symposium (selection)
Demosthenes, On the Crown 3–4
Petronius, Satyrica 55
Professor Bryce Walker
Professor Bret Mulligan
Horace, Odes 1.24
Horace, Odes 1.4
Housman, Fragment of a Greek Tragedy
Professors Edmonds, Mulligan, Roberts, and Walker
Vergil, Aeneid 2.571–586
2019: Aristophanes’ Birds
Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman world, its languages, its cultures, and their impact on later cultural traditions.
Our evolving understanding of these concepts (e.g. "ancient," “culture,” “Roman”) gives our discipline dynamism, while a common body of texts function as its shared center. Classics is also interested in how later peoples understood and transformed this inheritance, generating the rich Classical tradition in literature and the other arts.
The Department of Classics at Haverford embraces the interdisciplinary study of any and all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Our courses also invite students to explore the people, ideas, and works that Greek and Roman antiquity inspire, influence, and shape throughout time and around the world. The Department offers courses in ancient history, literature, and culture in English translation; as well as courses in Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels.
Interesting in learning more about the world of Aristophanes’ Birds? Consider signing up for Elementary Ancient Greek this spring: it’s the only language in the BiCo you can start in the spring semester! Greek and Latin both fulfill the foreign language requirement.
Already enjoying a course in the department? Why not consider one of our many majors or minors! Speak with any member of the department for more details!
Aristophanes’ comic masterpiece Birds premiered in Athens in 414 BCE, a time of great tension and turmoil in the city. After a brief period of peace, the war with Sparta was heating up again; Athens had just dispatched a major invasion force to fight a proxy war in Sicily, and the Athenians did not yet know the humiliating disaster this expedition would become. A group of prominent citizens had recently been accused of engaging in an elaborate act of blasphemy, and the full extent of the conspiracy to desecrate certain icons of Athenian religion was not yet known. Athens’ last great leader, Pericles, had been dead for more than fifteen years, and a series of increasingly corrupt demagogues had arisen to take his place, leading the city deeper and deeper into an unnecessary conflict with Sparta that Athens would eventually lose.
In Birds, two Athenian citizens, Peisetaerus (“Companion-Persuader”) and Euelpides (“Son of Good Hope”) decide they’ve finally had enough. They flee Athens’ troubles, its litigious citizens and misguided leaders, and set out to find a perfect city somewhere else. They track down the mythological King Tereus, who they know from a recent tragedy by Sophocles has been turned into a bird, reasoning that a bird-man will have traveled broadly and can help them identify the perfect place to live. Their plans abruptly change, however, when Peisetaerus decides instead to found a new city up in the sky among the birds: Nephelokokkygia, “Cloud-Cuckoo-Land.” Will it be the utopia these ex-Athenians were searching for – or have they brought all their Athenian problems with them?
2018: Homer's Odyssey
A participatory reading of the epic poem in Emily Wilson’s new Translation
October 3, 2018
9:30 am until odysseus is Safe at home
featuring a Lunchtime conversation with the translator
2017: Prometheus Bound
This year, as part of the Classics Department’s biennial series of informal (and unrehearsed) staged readings, alternating with all-day marathon drop-in reading of longer works, we present a reading of a Greek tragedy from the fifth century B.C.E., Prometheus Bound. This play has come down to us as one of seven surviving tragedies by the playwright Aeschylus, although some believe it was in fact written by someone else, perhaps Aeschylus’ son; it was probably part of a trilogy whose other plays are lost. The play is set in the world of the gods, in the aftermath of the war between the Olympian gods and their predecessors, the Titans; its central character is the Titan Prometheus, who in an act of resistance to Zeus, king of the Olympians, stole fire from the gods, gave it to human beings, and was cruelly punished. Prometheus Bound dramatizes a part of the myth of Prometheus that falls immediately after the theft and looks backward and forward to other events. Chained and fastened to a crag in an uninhabited wilderness, the god encounters a series of visitors and takes them traveling through distant regions and into past and future as he tells his own story, tells and hears the stories of others, and hints at dangerous knowledge that may lead to the fall of Zeus.
Characters, in order of appearance, and cast:
Kratos: force personified Hannah Davis
Prometheus the Titan James Faville
Hephaestus, god of craft and metalwork Jake Kwon
The Daughters of Ocean (chorus) Tomas Butelman, Catherine Conybeare, Radcliffe Edmonds, Mairead Ferry, William Fox, Charlie Kuper, Carter Langen, Bret Mulligan, Deborah Roberts, Hannah Silverblank, Yuchao Wang, Katheryn Whitcomb
Ocean, another Titan Margaret Stretcher
Io, a young woman mistreated by Zeus and Phebe du Pont
turned to a cow
Hermes, messenger of Zeus Cristian Espinoza
Sponsored by the Department of Classics, the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, and VCAM
 In the translation by Deborah Roberts, Hackett 2012, used by permission of the publisher.
2016: Horace’s Odes
Wednesday November 16, 2016 9:15 am until we run out of Horace
Sunken Lounge, HC Dining Center
2015: Aristophanes’ The Clouds
A staged reading of Aristophanes’ comedy
translated by Peter Meineck*
The play begins with Strepsiades bemoaning the debts accumulated by his profligate and athletic son, Pheidippides. But Strepsiades has a plan: to send his son to college (aka “The Pondertorium”) where he can learn rhetorical tricks that will allow them to weasel out of their debts. When Pheidippides refuses, Strepsiades enrolls. Impressed by the obscure knowledge the students have mastered, Strepsiades begs an audience with Socrates, who agrees to make him the greatest orator in Greece. A chorus of clouds appears and praises the play and the playwright. After Strepsiades fails in his studies, Pheidippides agrees to enroll. Inferior Argument defeats Superior Argument in a debate and begins to train Pheidippides, who is transformed into a nerd. Strepsiades, confident that his newly educated son will allow him to avoid his debts, contemptuously dismisses his creditors. When Pheidippides refuses to help and instead beats Strepsiades (!), Strepsiades leads an armed mob against the college.
Strepsiades, a rural Athenian: James Burvant
Pheidippides, son of Strepsiades: Carman Romano
Houseboy & Xanthias, servants of Strepsiades: Bret Mulligan
Students of Socrates: Julie Benton, Robert Borek
Socrates, a philosopher: Zakery Oglesby
Superior Argument: Jai Nimgaonkar
Inferior Argument: Nick Barile
First creditor: Ceci Silberstein
Second creditor: Bill Tortorelli
Chaerephon a philosopher: Andrew Eaddy
Chorus leader: Radcliffe Edmonds
Chorus A: Julie Benton, Andrew Eaddy, Radcliffe Edmonds, Bret Mulligan
Chorus B: Robert Borek, Deborah Roberts, Ceci Silberstein, Bill Tortorelli
*used by permission of Hackett Publishing.
2014: Homer's Iliad
This year's all-day participatory marathon went on from 8 am until 8 pm for which students, faculty and staff could sign up in advance or join in spontaneously at the event. The marathon brought together a range of students and faculty, including President Dan Weiss.
2013: Seneca's Medea
Seneca's Medea, on Wednesday Nov. 6 , 2013 at 7:00 PM in the DC
- Jason: James Faville
- Medea: Marielle Boudreau
- Nurse: Alison Robin
- Creon: Zak Oglesby
- Messenger: Shayna Slininger (Also in the chorus)
- Chorus: Kiran Rajamani, Emma Mongoven, Hannah Weissman, Amanda Robiolio, Amelia de Angelo, Joseph Le Roux, Fran Gascoigne, Gus Heilbock and assorted faculty members.
2012: Apuleius' Metamorphosis or The Golden Ass
Apuleius' Golden Ass. Intende Lector!
For our 7th annual Classics Marathon, faculty and students gathered on October 26 for a participatory reading of Apuleius' Golden Ass or Metamorphosis, a Latin text of the 2nd century C.E. and one of the oldest novels in the western literary tradition. Apuleius' narrator tells the tale of his transformation into a donkey and his subsequent adventures: the main narrative and the numerous stories it incorporates offer us a mÃ©lange of adventure, comedy, horror, fairy-tale, social satire, and religious epiphany.
Apuleius concludes his prologue with the words lector intende: laetaberis ("Reader, pay attention: you'll have fun"). We invite you to share in the fun. Would-be readers (no experience needed) can drop in any time and take a turn. Listeners are also welcome.
2011: Aristophanes' Lysistrata
Aristophanes' Lysistrata. No Peace for Athens!?! No Sex for You!
For our sixth annual Classics Marathon, faculty and students gathered on October 26 for an unrehearsed staged reading of Aristophanes' Lysistrata.
Athens has been at war for many years with other Greek city-states. As the play begins, Lysistrata, a young married woman, has summoned women both of Athens and of her current enemies to a meeting. When they arrive, she reveals her plan: to carry out a sex strike, in which no woman will sleep with her husband until the men stop the war. The woman are at first reluctant to make such a sacrifice, but she persuades them, and they take an oath.
Meanwhile, the women of Athens have taken over the Acropolis. The chorus of old men arrive with firewood and torches to besiege them; they are confronted by the chorus of old women, armed with jars of water to put our their fire. A class ensues.
The Councilor (an Athenian official) arrives accompanied by Scythian guards (the police force of Athens) and slaves with crowbars, and tries to dislodge the women. Lysistrata and several old women successfully resist him; this scene is followed by another angry exchange between the two choruses.
Several days later, Lysistrata emerges to express concern: women are unwilling to hold out any longer, and several have run away. Three more now make the attempt. This episode is followed by a scene in which the Cinesias, husband Myrrhine, one of the women on the Acropolis, arrives with their baby to beg her to come back; he is obviously starved for sex (as indicated in the original production by a large phallus), and she appears willing to accommodate him – at first.
Now a herald arrives from Sparta, like Cinesias in desperate condition. He and Cinesias talk, and the herald agreed that Sparta will send ambassadors to arrange a treaty. In the wake of this move towards peace, the two choruses reconcile and unite.
Spartan and Athenian ambassadors show up in the same condition as the herald. Lysistrata calls on the goddess Reconciliation, represented by a naked woman, to come out and preside over the peace-making – which succeeds, and is followed by a raucous celebration.
Note: since this is a staged reading, not a theatrical performance, we are using minimal costuming and props; what you don't see, you should imagine.
We are using Sarah Ruden's translation with the generous permission of Hackett.
Lysistrata: Emma Mongoven
Calonice: Zoe Fox
Myrrhine: Rachel Tenpenny
Lampito: Vanessa Felso
Men's chorus leader: Jacob Horn
Chorus of old men: William Leeser, Kiran Rajamani, Bret Mulligan, Henning Wrage, Robert Germany
Women's chorus leader: Sasha Agins
Chorus of old women: Alicia Harder, Catherine Divizio, Florencia Foxley, Deborah Roberts, Danielle La Londe
Councilor: James Burvant
Old woman 1: Florencia Foxley
Old woman 2: Danielle La Londe
Old woman 3: Deborah Roberts
Woman 1: Alicia Harder
Woman 2: Catherine Divizio
Woman 3: Sasha Agins
Cinesias: Matthew Da Silva
Cinesias' Baby: Bret Mulligan
Spartan Herald: Matt Holmes
United Chorus: members of both choruses (and anyone else who wants to join in)
United Chorus leader: Jacob Horn
Spartan Ambassador: Matt Holmes
Athenian Ambassador 1: Lucian Grand
Athenian Ambassador 2: Connor Odekirk
Athenian women: Alicia Harder, Florencia Foxley
Boeotian woman: Catherine Divizio
Corinthian woman: Sasha Agins
Spartan women: Danielle La Londe, Deborah Roberts
Scythian Guard, slaves, etc,: Bret Mulligan, Henning Wrage, Robert Germany, William Leeser, Kiran Ramajani
Reconciliation: Danielle La Londe
Piper: Deborah Roberts
2010: Ovid's Metamorphoses
Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Thousands of Changes. One Day.
For our fifth annual Classics Marathon, faculty and students gathered on October 28 (from 8 AM to 8 PM) for a public participatory reading of Ovid’sMetamorphoses, a series of variations on the theme of change and a master storyteller’s masterwork.
2009: Aeschylus' Oresteia
Aeschylus' Oresteia. 3 Plays. A Whole Lot of Murder. One Evening.
For our fourth annual Classics Marathon, dozens of students and faculty gathered for a continuous staged reading of Aeschylus' Oresteia.
2008: Vergil's Aeneid
Vergil's Aeneid. 12 Books. One Day.
For our third annual Classics Marathon, dozens of students and faculty gathered over almost 10 hours to hear and participate in a recitation of Vergil'sAeneid. Professor Mulligan kicked off the event around 11 a.m. with arma virumque cano. An uninterrupted succession of students and faculty followed throughout the day, with reading wrapping up around 7 p.m. Thank you to all who made the day such a moving experience!
2007: Plato's Symposium
lato's Symposium. 8 Speeches. A Whole Lotta Love. One Night.
For our second annual Classics Marathon, ten lovers of sophia gathered for a reading of Plato's Symposium. The setting is a party held to honor the tragedian Agathon for his first victorious production. At the outset of the celebration, the participants agree to forego drink (at least for the moment) and to trade a series of speeches on the subject of love and sexual desire. The ensuing speeches are by turns bawdy, lofty, comic, and spiritually moving, and they go on until the late-night intrusion of a drunken visitor transforms the whole gathering.
George Reuter kicked off the event around 4:30 p.m. and our discussion of love and wisdom wrapped up around 7:30. Thank you to all who made the event such a rousing success!
Cast of Characters
Apollodorus: narrator of the dialogue. He heard the story of the symposium from Aristodemus.
A Friend of Apollodorus
Phaedrus: handsome companion of Socrates who suggests that guests should speak about love.
Pausanias: lover of Agathon.
Eryximachus: a rather pompous doctor, who is insistent on maintaining order at the symposium.
Aristophanes: a famous comic playwright.
Agathon: an important tragedian who is celebrating his first victory in dramatic competition; young, beautiful, and clever with words.
Socrates: the famous philosopher and protagonist in most of Plato’s dialogues; here a bit of a flirt, although unswayed by sexual advances and alcohol.
Diotima: a woman from Mantinea who taught Socrates about Love.
Alcibiades: one of the most notorious and charismatic leaders of Athens. Brilliant but amoral, he is here a friendly drunk with a strong attraction for Socrates.
2006: Homer's Odyssey
Homer's Odyssey. Ten Years Lost. 108 Suitors. 12,110 Lines. One Day.
For our inaugural Classics Marathon, over a hundred students and faculty gathered over almost 12 hours to hear a recitation of Homer's Odyssey. Professor Roberts kicked off the event around 8:30 a.m. with a rousing reading of the proem in Greek. An uninterrupted succession of students and faculty followed throughout the day, with reading wrapping up around 7 p.m. Thank you to all who made the day such a rousing success!
2016: Terence's The Eunuch
This year's LATIN PLAY, The Eunuch by P. Terentius Afer (more commonly known as Terence)was held on Tuesday, April 12th in Haverford’s Stokes Auditorium at 8pm (runtime about 75 minutes). The Eunuch is a raucous comedy — centered on a lad who disguises himself as a eunuch in order to be near the girl he loves — with prostitutes, sycophants, braggart soldiers, wiley slaves, and surprise reunions of long-lost siblings. The dramatic reading in Latin featured supertitles projected in English.
Allie Gibbons '19
Margaret Stretcher '18
Paul Breitenfeld '19 and Margaret Stretcher '18
Isabel Agnew '17, Rosalind Xu' '18, Anna Mayersohn '17
Photos by Rae Yuan '19.
2015: Plautus’s Casina
Plautus’s Casina, ca. 185 BCE
This ancient Roman comedy tells the story of Casina, a girl abandoned as an infant, and raised as a servant in the wealthy household of Lysidamus and Cleostrata. When the girl comes of age, Lysidamus and his son both fall in love with her and concoct plans to marry her to their personal servants in order to have sexual access to her. Cleostrata is determined to foil her husband’s plan.
Titus Maccius Plautus wrote over 100 comedies, 20 of which survive. He was a major influence on the subsequent development of comic theater, especially Shakespeare.
It was performed in Latin (with subtitles projected) by the students in the Roman Comedy course (Latin102).
2014: Terence's Adelphoe
2013: Plautus' Miles Gloriosus
2012: Plautus' Menaechmi
The Menaechmi (or The Two Menaechmuses) is a comedy about mistaken identity, involving a set of twins, Menaechmus of Epidamnus and Menaechmus of Syracuse. When they meet, zaniness ensues! Translated by our own Prof. Robert Germany!
2011: Plautus' Rudens
2010: Plautus' Pseudolus
On April 20th, 2010, students of Prof. Germany's intermediate Latin class performed his translation of Plautus' Pseudolus.
2009: Plautus' Menaechmi