Classics Confidential | Judith Hallett on Teaching Classical Reception

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Last week we posted an interview with Professor Judith Hallett from the University of Maryland about her work on American women scholars and the Classics. Here, in a second interview with Anastasia Bakogianni, Professor Hallett discusses how classical reception can be used to engage students. She talks about how it can be incorporated into the teaching of Latin and more generally its value as a teaching tool in today’s competitive higher education climate.

Nuntii Latini (YLE)

Here’s the latest:

Bombae Bostoniae displosae

Die Lunae (15.4.) Bostoniae, in urbe Civitatum Americae Unitarum, duae bombae displosae sunt, quibus tres homines occisi et saltem centum septuaginta graviter vulnerati sunt. Ictus terroristicus sub finem cursus Marathonii accidit, cum maior pars athletarum iam metam tetigisset.

Omnino viginti septem fere milia hominum ei certamini interfuerunt. Praesidens Barack Obama de caede certior factus in Aedibus Albis conventum nuntiis divulgandis habuit, inter quem dixit nondum liquere, utrum illud facinus ab aliquo grege domestico perpetratum esset an sceleris architectus inter terroristas peregrinos inveniretur.

(Reijo Pitkäranta)

Alia: Maduro praesidens electus … Statua papae Ioannis Pauli II … Inventa in Aegypto archaeologica … De aeriportu Helsinki-Vantaa …Vis vocis cuiusdam Anglicae

Speaking of YLE, last week they were the subject of a feature in the New York Times … here’s the incipit:

Leah Whittington, an English professor at Harvard, catches the news bulletins on her iPod while strolling to classes. Daniel Blanchard, a professional countertenor in Paris, used to listen on shortwave radio, but now he uses an iPod, too. The BBC? NPR? No, it’s a weekly summary of world events and news broadcast by Finnish state radio — not in Finnish, but in classical Latin.

Nobody knows exactly how many listeners the Latin program reaches. “Tens of thousands is my wild guess,” said Sami Koivisto, a reporter in the station’s news department. But it seems clear that the Internet is injecting new life into a language often described as dead.

No, there are no traffic reports from the Appian Way, nor does the station assign a political reporter to the Forum. But, on Friday evenings before the main news broadcast, the Finnish Broadcasting Company presents five or six short news stories in Latin. In recent weeks, the subjects have included the financial crisis in Cyprus, an unusually brilliant aurora borealis and the election of Pope Francis.

“There are no scoops,” Mr. Blanchard, 37, said recently, over coffee. “But it is a great way to hear the news.” A request to the French national broadcaster to do something similar, he said, failed to produce a response.

Not even Vatican Radio, which broadcasts some prayers each day in Latin, reports the news in the ancient tongue.

Tuomo Pekkanen, a retired professor of Latin who helped start “Nuntii Latini,” or “Latin News,” as the program is known, said the language is very much alive for him and for many educated Finns of his generation deeply influenced by Edwin Linkomies, his Latin professor at Helsinki University and prime minister during the difficult years of World War II. For them, Latin was a part of Finnish identity as well as of a sound education.

“In order to be educated,” said Mr. Pekkanen, 78, who is proficient in not only Latin but also ancient Greek and Sanskrit, “it was once said that a real humanist must write poetry in Latin and Greek.” […]

Parthenon/Elgin Marbles Debate

… seems to be about to heat up again. From Greek Reporter:

Deputy Minister of Culture Kostas Tzavaras is setting up a special committee to push for return of the marbles stolen from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin, a British diplomat, more than 200 years and now housed in in the British Museum which has refused to return them.

The committee consists of Christofors Argyropoulos, the President of the Melina Mercouri Foundation, the Director-General of Antiquities of the Ministry of Culture and a diplomat that represents the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The committee objects to make the state claim this national goal on a constant basis. We are now in position to overcome all of Britain’s objections to return the sculptures in their natural place from where they have been detached, because the argument that there is no space to put them does not exist anymore after the foundation and function of the Acropolis Museum,” Tzavaras said.

“We remain fixed in our position to claim a national goal that is introduced for the first time since the late Melina Mercouri as Minister of Culture of Greece in 1982 and we shape once again the request against the bothersome detachment of the monument’s parts under the argument that now the museum exists and after the placement of the sculptures back to their positions, the visitors will have the opportunity to see this as the original artworks ensemble,” Tzavaras added.