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Classics department to host colloquium

The classics department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will host a colloquium featuring visiting scholars Christiane Reitz and Simone Finkmann of the University of Rostock on Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 265 of Park Hall. Open free to the public, the colloquium is sponsored in part by a cooperative agreement between the University of Rostock and UGA, and by the Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program. Reitz will present the lecture “Neronian Suicide and Flavian Literature,” and Finkmann will discuss “Winning the War with Words: The Power of Expression in the Cyzicus Episode of Valerius Flaccus’ and Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica.” Raymond Marks of the University of Missouri will give a talk titled “Searching for Ovid at Silius’ Cannae.”

Chair of classical Latin language and literature at the University of Rostock, Reitz studied classics and comparative linguistics at the universities of Bonn and Heidelberg.

Finkmann studied classics, medieval Latin and English philology at the universities of Munster and Oxford (Corpus Christi College). Together with Reitz, she is now in charge of the international collaboration “Structural Elements and Narrative Patterns in Ancient Epic” funded by the German Research Foundation.

Marks, associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Missouri, is the author of numerous articles and chapters, as well as the 2005 monograph From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus.

A discussion with the scholars will be held Oct. 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 265 of Park Hall for faculty and instructors interested in online pedagogy in the teaching of classics and Latin.