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DePauw Students Attend National Eta Sigma Phi Convention

On April 5-7, classical studies major students Kristen Fanning and Yukun Zhang attended the 85th Eta Sigma Phi Annual Convention hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On April 5, the convention started with certamen, contests in ancient history and language. The next day’s events included chapter reports, student paper presentations, faculty lectures and other business meetings. The banquet was held in the evening and students could choose to participate in ancient costume competition; students from Wake Forest University performed plays adapted from ancient Greek plays. The convention culminated with chapter T-shirt design contest, installation of new officers and selection of host chapter of 2015 convention. The 2014 Eta Sigma Phi annual convention will be held on April 11-13 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Congratulations to our 2012 Academic Award recipients!

Watkins award for outstanding beginning Greek: Dylan Howard

Watkins award for outstanding beginning Latin: Jenny Miller and Yukun Zhang

Kairos award for achievement in Greek: John (Jack) Glerum

Kairos award for achievement in Latin: Kristin Fanning

Kairos award for achievement in Classical Studies: Han Peng

The Kairos awards come with a membership to the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS)


Outstanding Senior Major award: Brianna Randall-DePauw


Students in Classical Studies travel the world. Many of our majors have studied in Greece, Italy, and Turkey. They have also participated in archaeological research projects. Here is what some of our current students have done/are doing:

Han Peng (2013) spent the fall semester 2011 studying in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS). Han is a double-major in Greek and Latin. She plans to pursue graduate work in Classical Studies. She describes her experience:

"In the past semester, I studied in Rome with a group of 37 undergraduate students from across the America under the ICCS-Rome program (we also call it "the Centro"). This is an academically strict program, which provides students who are serious about classics and ancient art history a great opportunity to strengthen and expand their knowledge on a variety of subjects in the studies of the ancient Roman world. During my stay there I visited a great number of archaeological sites and major museums in and around Rome, learning about the history of the City through different kinds of material and literary evidences. I also had two extremely exciting field-trips to Sicily and Campania traveling in the old colonies of Magna Graeca, and in the cities of Pompeii and Hercunaeneum under Mt. Vesuvius. The scope of my study in Centro ranged from the Bronze Age to the early Christian era under the rule of Constantine, and from the ancient topography of a city to the details in the every-day life of the Roman people. Due to the close connection between the program and the American Academy in Rome, as undergraduate students we also did internship in the Academy, and enjoyed series of enlightening lectures made by the top scholars in the academic field. And of course, I appreciate greatly the sea and sunshine of Italy as wells as all the superb Italian homemade foods that Centro had provided!"

For more information about the ICCS, click here.
                  Brianna Randall-DePauw (2012) spent the spring semester 2011 in Athens at the College Year in Athens (CYA) Program. She then spent the summer working on an archaeological project in Romania. Here is how Bri describes her experience:

"I spent this past July living in Murighiol, Romania; I was working on excavating the Roman Fort site of Halymris near the Danube River delta. It is a Roman site that had been continuously occupied for 1300 years, it became a Roman Fort in the 1st century AD. I had never done an excavation before and it rapidly became one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences. We had a small team of only 6 and we were working on what was believed to be the Danube River harbor of the fort. We were near the northern gate of the fort and we found so many different artifacts over the course of the month. We found tons of pottery shards from the 4th and 5th century AD, as well as pieces of glass & metal, many Roman coins, and a Roman playing die. It was such a worthwhile experience to be able to work so closely with these artifacts. I quickly came to love working in the trenches and excavating something new everyday."

For more information about CYA, click here.

Genevieve Flynn (2014) spent the summer of 2011 working at the Kenchreai Project in Greece, a Roman harbor site outside of the ancient city of Corinth. Gen describes her experience:

"This past summer, I traveled to Greece to work with an archaeological team and other students from a variety of universities. During this trip, we focused on analyzing archaeological evidence from the site by examining pottery, human and animal bones, and shells. On weekends, we traveled to destinations such as Sparta, Mistras, Athens, and Argos to learn more about the ancient world. We also dug at the site for one day. To analyze the archaeological remains, we worked with a staff made up of zooarchaeologists, pottery specialists, and metal specialists.  We were taught how to classify pottery and to recognize the century and the origin of lamps based on their color and handle shape. We also learned how examining animal bones and shells provide a window into life at ancient Kenchreai."

DePauw is part of a consortium of colleges and universities involved with the Kenchreai Project. We send one or two students every summer. If you are interested in applying, please see Prof. Schindler in the Classical Studies Department.