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News & Events


Below is an archive of past events.  For recent news and upcoming events, see the Classical Studies home page.

Undergraduate Program News:

Classical Studies majors Stephen Gazak, Oliver Ayer, and James Gazak have participated in an archaeological excavation in Italy during the past few summers.  Among other things, the excavation team uncovered some amazing mosaics from a Roman villa.  The excavation will continue for the next few summers, so please contact Dr. DeNardis for info on applying to participate.

Our senior Classical Studies majors have been pursuing some exciting topics in the Senior Classics Capstone.  Subjects include:

  • naval battles in the Roman Colosseum
  • the myth of Prometheus
  • Ovid in Chaucer
  • history of the Nicene Creed
Undergraduate Alumni/ae news:

Shondaray Ducheine (CLAS ’15) is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and is currently serving as a Fulbright ETA in Greece.

Oliver Ayer (CLAS ’15), recipient of the Classics medal, recently began teaching Latin at Boys Latin Charter School in West Philadelphia.

In 2014-2015, Matthew Klados (CLAS ’14) participated in an intensive Modern Greek Language scholarship program at the University of Ioannina in Greece.  Matthew recently enrolled in an MA program in philosophy at Kansas University, where he is also working as a graduate assistant.

Graduate Program News:

On October 24, graduate student Eva Carrara presented a paper entitled "Africa, Silence, and Metus Hostilis in Bellum Jugurthinum” at “Surroundings,” a Graduate Colloquium hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

M.A. student Kristen Thiers has been busy with a number of research projects.  She was awarded a summer research fellowship by the Graduate School to pursue her project on Greek Aeolic meters in Horace.  In May she presented "Desertam in Sola Miseram: Catullus 64 and Ariadne's Literary Parallels" at the Classical Association of Canada annual conference in Ontario, and in October she will present "Orientalizing the West: The Spread of Eastern Materiality at Archaic Samos, Argos, and Epizephyrian Lokroi" at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States annual conference in New York City.

In spring 2013 the Graduate Program in Classical Studies offered its first online course!  The course focused on the archaeology of ancient Greece and was open to students in other disciplines (no language work required), including students pursuing the Ancient Worlds Certificate in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

Classical Studies Program
SAC Rm 304
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085


Director of Classical Studies:

Dr. Valentina DeNardis

Senior Administrative Assistant:

Laura Klee

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09/22/09 The Iliad Alive! Reading by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D.