Past Events

2019-2020 Events

Flyer for Twitterstoria with Myke Cole
Twitterstoria with Myke Cole

September 26, 2019

Myke Cole

5-6:30 p.m. in 303 Mandel

Twitterstoria: Memes, pop-culture, social media, and how pop-historians can work with academia to help ancient history find a mass audience.


Myke Cole is an amateur historian and the author of Legion Versus Phalanx (Osprey). His historical writing has also appeared in The New Republic, The Daily Beast, and Ancient Warfare. His new book The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy is coming from Osprey in 2020.

Myke is also the author of nine fantasy novels and a forthcoming military sci-fi novel. He is an investigator on TV, hunting fugitives on CBS’ Hunted and UFOs on Discovery’s Contact. 

He has a long career in intelligence, the military, and law enforcement. He’s built a substantial following on Twitter, where he works to engage fans of his novels and TV work with ancient military history.


2018-2019 Events

Natural Not Yet Understood

April 13, 2019

Natural Not Yet Understood:  The Supernatural from Antiquity to the Medieval Period

Department of Classical Studies Graduate Student Conference.

12-6 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Debbie Felton, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Humans have always been drawn to the idea of creatures and worlds that exist alongside or outside of our own.  These extraordinary ideas can take many forms, from average people with usual abilities to worlds of the dead and fantastic beasts.  But as Elbert Hubbard once said, "The supernatural is the natural not yet understood."  Today, we have realized that many of the past's supernatural events were simply misunderstood natural phenomena.

Possible topics include:  Ancient religion, cultic practices, divination, ghosts and spirits, magic and witchcraft, monsters and the monstrous, mythology, and the preternatural more generally.

We welcome submissions that touch on these and similar topics from graduate students of all levels and from disciplines including:  Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, History, Jewish Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Women's Studies.  

Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be received by January 31, 2019.  Please submit an anonymous abstract in PDF (.pdf) format.  AV support will be provided.

Please send all questions to the conference committee: Derrek Joyce, Matthew Previto, and Katherine Riggs.
From #metoo to the Sicilian Slave Revolts

March 13, 2019

Prof. Dominic Machado, College of the Holycross
5-6:30 p.m.
From #metoo to the Sicilian Slave Revolts: What modern protests can teach us about resistance in the Roman world.
Modern protests, such as the Arab Spring, the college protests of 2014, and the Women's March, in concert with sociological approaches to resistance can offer new insights about the nature of protest in the Roman world. Using the Sicilian Slave Revolts as a case study, this talk will examine how the interconnectedness that defines modern protest is prevalent in ancient forms of resistance as well. This challenges traditional scholarly views of ancient resistance movements as singular and exceptional events.
Performance: The Odyssey

November 5, 2018

Speaker/Performer: Joe Goodkin

The Odyssey in Song: a Folk Opera

5-6:30 p.m., Lown 002

Speaker: Hannah Culik-Baird

October 24, 2018

Loss and Recovery of Knowledge at Rome

Archaeology Day

October 14, 2018

The Department of Classical Studies participated in their first Archaeology Day on October 14, as part of Archaeology Month in Massachusetts. The event was coordinated by the department’s graduate students who developed activities and informational posters to provide children and families with exposure to archaeology. With additional support from the Digital Humanities Lab and Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection (CLARC) activities included: writing postcards in Ancient Greek, pottery reconstruction, 3D scanning and printing, tours of CLARC and interactive displays of ancient artifacts, virtual drone demonstrations, and questions/answers with student excavators who had their equipment on display, plus a 3D printed artifact to take home. Children practiced their puzzle skills gluing pottery back together and enjoyed scanning real artifacts and seeing the 3D models emerge from their scans. This was a wonderful opportunity to graduate students to engage with the Brandeis and Waltham community, providing an insight into archaeology and classical studies. The event was made possible through the support of the Brandeis Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Archaeology Day participant experimenting with pottery reconstruction

Archaeology Day participant experimenting with pottery reconstruction. 













Graduate students (Michelle Heeman and Katie Riggs) explaining pottery reconstruction to Archaeology Day participants. 

Graduate students (Michelle Heeman and Katie Riggs) explaining pottery reconstruction to Archaeology Day participants

Children and parents in the Digital Humanities Lab looking at 3D printed objects and picking out a 3D printed Iron Age ram votive figurine to take homeChildren and parents in the Digital Humanities Lab looking at 3D printed objects and picking out a 3D printed Iron Age ram votive figurine to take home.

Meet the Majors

October 10, 2018

Field Dirt

October 10, 2018

Students who have worked on summer archaeological digs speak about their experiences and answer questions.