A Classics Hannukah

Tip o’ the pileus to Eleanor Jefferson who sent this one in … enjoy!

Here are the lyrics (because you’ll want to sing along) and the info from the sidebar which you’re missing if you’re watching this on rc:

Recorded December 16, 2009 at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece

Apologies to Adam Sandler

Put on your yalmulka, here comes hanukkah
Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate hanukkah,

Hanukkah is the festival of lights,
Instead of one day of presents, its got eight crazy nights.

When you feel like the only grad student without a Christmas tree,
Heres a list of scholars who are jewish, in classical antiquity:

Eduard Fraenkel, lights the menorah
Ralph Rosen studies Aristophanes, and also, the torah

Saloman Reinach was a Jewish tomb raider
And you might see Froma Zeitlin at the departmental seder

Martha Jackowsky loves a six-pointed star
So do Moses Finlay, Ruth Scodell, and Dov Gera

Now they don’t need no Santa or Good King Wenceslaus
Cause they’ve got Allan Bloom and his mentor Leo Strauss—Both Jewish!

Put on your yamulkah, its time for Hannukah
Zeus and Poseidon-ica, celebrate hannukah

Nathan Rosenstein does studies that delight us
But when he goes to Rome, he avoids the arch of Titus

Victor David Hansen not a Jew
But guess who is – Arnaldo Momigliano

So many classicists visit the wailing wall
Let’s not forget about our very own Sarit and Paul!

Put on your yalmulka, it’s time to celebrate hanukkah
Leda and the swan-ica, big fans of hanukkah.

So drink your gin-and-tonic-ah, and visit Thessalonika,
If you really, really wanna-kah, have a happy, happy, happy, happy
Hanukkah!!

Featuring Charles Umiker and Paul Kosmin

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2 thoughts on “A Classics Hannukah

  1. Just to let everyone know, we have published a correction to the lyrics. It’s below. The new lyrics are now available on the Youtube page.

    “CORRECTION: Martha Jackowsky is NOT Jewish. We meant to say Mary Lefkowitz. Our apologies to both.”

  2. Nice job, guys — not to be pedantic, but I think you meant “Martha Joukowsky,” “Moses Finley,” “Ruth Scodel,” and “Victor David Hanson”…

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