Our fourth meeting of the quarter was a huge success! Daniella Washington gave an excellent presentation, aimed at answering the question, “What can I do with my History degree?” entitled Life After History. The slideshow is available on the post for last week.


  • We’re meeting at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 in the History Reading Room—on the 6th floor of Bunche Hall. In the event of a deviation from this schedule, all changes will be broadcasted via our Facebook Group and via our Twitter.
  • We’re honored to have visiting lecturer Justin Haynes present “‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!‘ Petrarch taunts twelfth-century epic, or yet another reason why Stephen Greenblatt is wrong about the ‘Renaissance’.”
  • Haynes specializes in ancient Roman history. Click here to see his faculty page.
  • There will be free pizza and free soda!


You won’t want to miss out on this talk…

Haynes received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. 

From the Classics Department website:

I received my BA in Classics and Medieval Latin from Harvard, and I continued to pursue my love of post-classical Latin in my graduate studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. My primary area of expertise is the influence of classical Greek and Roman literature on post-classical Latin literature, and my research interests embrace many aspects of Latin literature which are sometimes marginalized (pun intended) from paleography to pre-modern literary criticism. My PhD dissertation analyzes the differences (and similarities) between ancient, medieval, and modern interpretations of the Aeneid by showing how twelfth-century Latin epicists read Virgil through the lens of ancient and medieval commentary. My forthcoming chapter in Classical Commentaries (Oxford U.P.) examines Servius’ knowledge and use of Ovid in his late antique commentaries on Virgil, and my future research will continue to use ancient commentaries to illuminate ancient and post-classical interpretations of literature. I am also exploring the melding of pagan Roman, Jewish, and Christian thought in post-classical Latin literature by editing an important version of the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus, which recounts the trial of Jesus and the subsequent harrowing of hell. As a member of the Association pour l’étude de la littérature apocryphe chrétienne (AELAC), I am collaborating with an international team of scholars editing all of the ancient versions (Latin, Greek, Coptic, etc.) of the fourth-century Acts of Pilate (represented in Latin by the Gospel of Nicodemus) to be published by Brepols in the Corpus Christianorum series.


Flyer - Haynes

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