This year, the 120th annual joint meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) was held from January 3-6 in San Diego. Once again, several members of the NYU Classics community participated in the conference proceedings.
Graduate student Phil Katz gave a paper entitled, “Unmasking the Helmsman: Painted Prows and Enigmatic Eyes at the Archaic Symposium” on the AIA panel “Form and Object.” In his paper, Phil presents a new interpretation for a series of Attic eye-cups which surround the eyes with the prows of ships. A more detailed abstract can be found here.
At the SCS, Dr. Calloway Scott presented a paper, "Medical Hellenicity in the Letters of Hippocrates." The paper examines how the Hippocratic pseudepigrapha use plague narratives to reinforce the boundaries of the "Hellenic" community in a way that shows how medicine, like specific forms of religious activity, could be perceived and mobilized as a distinctly Greek cultural technology. The paper was part of the "Medical Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean" panel sponsored by the Society of Ancient Medicine (SAM).
Dr. David Sider co-presided over the panel, “Herculaneum: Works in Progress,” which was organized by the American Friends of Herculaneum. The panel featured papers on graffiti, virtual analysis of archaeological material, and architectural features of Roman villae.
Dr. Rafaella Cribiore was also present to participate in the meeting of the SCS program committee. It is her second year as a member of that committee.
Finally, NYU once again held a public reception one evening at the SCS convention. The event was sponsored by Classics as well NYU's Center for Ancient Studies and ISAW.
Congratulations to all of these members of the NYU community for representing the department and for presenting their research at such a significant event!