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2012: History, Poetry, and War

Basil Gildersleeve's Past and Present

When you are in Charleston, you are always tied to Ancient Greece and Rome. These civilizations have left their marks on our history, architecture, literature and language. The connections become obvious when you meet Basil Gildersleeve, a 19th-century Charlestonian who set the tone for advanced scholarship in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The following lectures were presented:

  • Is it You I Hear? Voice and Recognition in Greek Literature, Prof. Silvia Montiglio
  • Tacitus and Germanicus: Monuments and Models, Prof. Anthony Woodman
  • The Making of a Southern Classicist: Gildersleeve in Charleston, the Violet City, Prof. Ward Briggs

Prof. Silvia Montiglio is the Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics and the Director of Graduate Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Although she primarily is a Hellenist, she has done research on both Greek and Roman subjects.

Prof. Anthony Woodman is the Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. His research focus is primarily Latin historiography.

Prof. Ward Briggs was the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities until 2011, after which he reached emeritus status at the University of South Carolina. He is a scholar of not only classical history and literature, but also in the history of American classical scholarship.


This lecture was co-sponsored with the Department of History, the Classics Club, and the Archaeology Club, and ran from Thursday, February 20 to Friday, February 21.