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What's Happening in CANES

Read Rome's "Empire Without End" and the "Endless" U.S. War on Terror by Nandini Pandey published by the online journal Eidolon.



Join the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies as we host Classics Day on Friday, May 4 from noon to 5pm. 

This free event will feature panel discussions and a lecture by Sarah Bond.

A full program can be found here.

The Institute for Research in the Humanities has awarded Jeff Beneker a Resident Faculty Fellowship for academic year 2018-2019.  Beneker will be on leave from teaching for one semester while working on his book project, a biography of Pompey the Great.

M.A. Alumna Amanda Morrow has published "I Hate My Spouse: The Performative Act of Divorce in Elephantine Aramaic" in the most recent issue of the Journal of Northwese Semitic Languages.

Read the full article.


Professor Laura K. McClure has been appointed President of the Classcial Association of the Middle West and South. She continues a Wisconsin tradition, following in the footsteps of past presidents Water “Ray” Agard (1944-45) and Paul L. MacKendrick (1969-70).

“Reading and Writing in the Dark at Khirbet el-Qom: The Literacies of Ancient Subterranean Judah,” by Alice Mandell and Jeremy Smoak is now available in the latest edition of Near Eastern Archaeology.

According to Alice Mandell, learning ancient languages gives a person, "... a sense that you are being teleported into the past. You can access stories about the gods as well as the personal letters, prayers, hopes and dreams of ancient people... It gives voice to people who would otherwise be forgotten."

Alice Mandell will be participating in The Scribal Mind: Textual Criticism in Antiquity, a conference hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York Unversity.

Mandell is presenting her work, "The Shifting Spaces of the Text: Multimodality at Kuntillet 'Ajrud and Ketef Hinnom" as part of a panel on Ancient Textual Criticism in Society.

The conference takes place September 21st and 22nd.

Catherine Bonesho recently had a book note published in the web journal Ancient Jew Review.  Read her work addressing Jörg Rüpke's Religious Deviance in the Roman World: Superstition or Individuality? (Translated by David M.B. Richardson), Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Bonesho is a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies and a PhD Candidate.

Preston Atwood was chosen to receive the Lipton Essay Award for his paper, "Erotobucolic Humor as Euphemism in Song of Songs: A Comparison with Theocritus' Idyll 11.19-21." The award of $750 is courtesy of the Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison.

In addition, he was selected to receive the Pantzer Scholarship awarded through the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

Several Graduate students in CANES were honored with scholarships and fellowships!