Since 1975, the department has sponsored a one- or two-day event focusing on a single theme of current interest in classical studies. Renowned scholars deliver public lectures and encourage dialogue about the ancient world.
Themes of past symposia have been:
"Climate, Cattle, & Culture: Environmental Histories of the Ancient Mediterranean," November 2012 More »
"No Angel: Dido in Ancient Rome, Renaissance England, and Beyond," April 2012
"Roman Ritual," April 2011
"Renovating the School of Athens: Intertextual Encounters from Alexandria to Andalusia," April 2010
"Death and the Hero," March 2009
"Dangerous Liaisons: Women and Spectacle in Late Republican Rome," March 2008
"Interpretation of Greeks Who Bear Gifts," March 2006
"Caesar: The Man and the Myth," March 2005
"Oratory and Education: Classical Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts," October 2002
"What Goes on in the House Next Door? Panderers and Prostitutes in Plautus," November 2001
"Meeting at the Crossroads: the Intersection of Judaeo-Christian and Graeco-Roman Worlds," November 2000
"Women and the Classics," March 2000
Hollins' 34th annual Classics Symposium
One of the speakers was Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at the University of Kansas, who read from his translation of the Iliad.