Classical Mediterranean and Middle East at Macalester
The Classical Mediterranean and Middle East department explores the literature, cultures, and archaeological remains of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern worlds, from Rome to Greece, Egypt, Israel and beyond. Here students learn Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, or Latin, and together with faculty analyze and interpret ancient texts, societies, and material culture. Students find that study of the ancient Mediterranean sheds much light on contemporary problems, concepts, and values.
Students may choose from three tracks through the Classical Mediterranean and Middle East major or minor: Classical Civilization, Classical Languages, or Classical Archaeology. All majors explore the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East using methods from across the liberal arts, but each student designs a curricular path through the parts of the ancient world which most capture their imagination.
Links for Students
Find the latest Classical Mediterranean and Middle East Opportunities (events, grad programs, jobs, more) here
Byzantium and Early Islam: Exploring the late Antique Transition Conference
The Classical Mediterranean and Middle East and The Religious Studies Departments are hosting a Byzantium and Early Islam: Exploring the late Antique Transition conference on Friday, April 13: 12:30 – 5:00 PM, in John B. Davis Hall, Lower Level, Ruth Stricker-Dayton Campus Center and on Saturday, April 13: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in the Weyerhaeuser Board Room, First Floor of the Weyerhaeuser Building.
Though long neglected, the shift from a Roman-Christian dominated Mediterranean and Middle East to an Arab-Islamic Caliphate is increasingly viewed as one of the major religious and cultural changes in history. How did these traditions and communities react to one another? How did they view and treat each in their literature, on the ground, and by the political authorities? In this time of cultural, political and linguistic transition did these movements find a way to get along? If so, how? And where? or Why Not?Join leading international scholars and Macalester faculty and students as we discuss this timely and critical topic. Please see the
BYZANTIUM AND EARLY ISLAM program here. This conference has been made possible through the support of the offices of the President and the Provost of Macalester College, by MESIC, and the departments of Religious Studies, and Classical Mediterranean and Middle East.
We Are Now the Classical Mediterranean and Middle East Department!
Student Made Arabic Language Learning Videos
Three students from the Spring 2017 Advanced Arabic Independent Study created a Youtube page where they uploaded videos explaining colloquial Arabic words and phrases in order to prepare students planning to go abroad where Modern Standard Arabic isn’t as common.
Professor Wessam El-Meligi Publishes Graphic Novel
Professor Wessam El-Meligi published his first graphic novel, Y and Y, about two children in a war-torn city. Although written in English, the novel was originally inspired by a writing activity in Arabic class. It is published by Seshat Press and is available at Common Good Books and Amazon.
Tips from Antiquity, by alumnus Aaron L. Beek
Aaron looks to Classics for tips on how to fix elections. Read his advice from the ancients here.
The latest issue of Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity and Classics (SMAC) is now available online. The journal features the outstanding research of Macalester undergraduates in the study of ancient Mediterranean people and cultures. The students in Spring 2016 CLAS 362: Intermediate Greek Poetry served as the editorial board for this issue. Find it here.
Machal Gradoz ’12 shared news and a picture. She says, “I’m currently working on a survey project in Greece with Joey Frankl ’14 and Grace Erny ’11, and we, being the proud Mac alumni we are, staged a photo op at a Hellenistic fortification in our survey area. We thought you all might enjoy it, so I’ve attached it. It’s great to be back with them and reminisce about both Macalester and Omrit!”
She is headed to Ann Arbor this fall to start at IPCAA’s PhD program at the University of Michigan, where, Machal tells us, “Kate Larson ’05 just finished her PhD, so I’ll just miss her, but I hope to represent the Mac name as well as she did!” Joey Frankl adds that he “just finished the second year of my Masters in Classical Archaeology at CU Boulder (following in Grace and Machal’s footsteps).”
Machal Gradoz, Grace Erny and Joey Frankl
Spring 2016 Newsletter Available Now
The spring 2016 issue of Antiquity Now, the Classic Department’s newsletter, is available now. In it you will find pictures and interviews and stories about: 2016 department prizes, alumni news, courses that will be offered in the fall, Classics’ study away programs; and more news, including news about Beth Severy-Hoven winning Macalester’s Rossman Excellence in Teaching Award, and opportunities that appeal to classicists. The latest issue of Antiquity Now is available here. Newsletter Archives are here.
Beth Severy-Hoven Wins Macalester Teaching Award
We are delighted to announce that Beth Severy-Hoven has been awarded Macalester’s 2016 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”
Read The Full Award Citation Here.
The students in CLAS 362: Intermediate Greek Poetry served as the editorial board for an issue of the journal Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity and Classics. SMAC features the outstanding research of Macalester undergraduates in the study of ancient Mediterranean people and cultures. Papers address the languages, literatures, material culture, societies or history of the broad ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece, Rome and the Middle East.
January in Rome
Nanette Goldman, Brian Lush, and Andy Overman led a group of 23 on an exploration of Rome for the winter break course, “January in Rome.” One participant, Michelle Coblens, Classics major, 2016, made a video about it. See it here.
Opportunity Updates on the Classics Website
An “Opportunity Updates” section is now available on our website. It’s a place to look for nice-to-know things that our department is often asked to share with our students: calls for papers, internship opening notices, recruiting, grad and study away program notices, and more. Find it here.