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Classical Studies majors welcome the new cohort, cohors quarta, on Major Declaration Day 2014
New majors Brittany Hardy, Pooja Goel, Cali Longo, and Savannah Sykes show off their Latin declaration certificates with their cohort mascot the she-bear and their cohort name, Artemisiana

The REAL Greek Week IV
Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014
The Classical Studies department hosts its fourth annual "REAL Greek Week" to celebrate ancient Greece and Rome.  Join us for one or all of the events below.

Greco-Roman Lunch at the Caf'
Monday, Sept. 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Drop by and sample free Greco-Roman food prepared by the Classics Club!  The club will prepare a variety of ancient Greek and Roman recipes including their prize-winning Numidian Chicken.

Besieging the Bowl
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1:00-2:15
The Bowl
Dr. Yates will arm his Core 2 class and  25 willing volunteers with javelins in order to practice Greek hoplite military formations.  Don't miss this year's phalanx which will feature a full suit of Greek armor.  Rain date: Thursday, Oct. 2, 1:00-2:15.

"Homer's Odyssey in Song" by Joe Goodkin
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7:00
The Bowl (rain location: Recital Hall in the Academic Complex)
Chicago-based singer/songwriter Joe Goodkin will perform his unique interpretation of Homer's Odyssey. Drawing on his degree in the Classics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his years of writing and performing original rock music in the band Paper Arrows, Joe has created a 30 minute composition for solo acoustic guitar and voice, which tells the story of Homer's Odyssey in song, invoking the spirit of the ancient Greek bards who originally brought forth the timeless stories of Odysseus and the heroes of the Trojan War.  The event is free and open to the public.

Singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin performs the Odyssey at Millsaps on Oct. 1, 7 p.m.  (photo: Michael Chu)

Millsaps Forum - Recording Roman Voices: Ancient Graffiti in the Shadow of Mt. Vesuvius
Friday, Oct. 3, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Olin 100
Think field research in Italy is just for archaeologists?  Dr. Holly M. Sypniewski and Classical Studies majors George Bey IV, Jace King, and Megan Rebman will discuss their summer research with the Herculaneum Graffiti Project in Italy.  Millsaps students helped  document and study the Latin graffiti preserved in ancient cities of the Bay of Naples during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE.  The talk will feature innovative techniques of digital preservation as well as some of the notable graffiti from Herculaneum that brings the Romans to life.

Megan Rebman proudly sports her Millsaps Classical Studies t-shirt on a site visit to Pompeii.