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Latin was the key to breaking the news about Pope Benedict's resignation.

A reporter who knew Latin broke the news about the papal resignation while others waited for translations into Italian and English.

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21412604.

Prof. Grant Parker takes undergrads to Getty Villa

Prof. Grant Parker, resident fellow at Toyon as well as faculty member in the Classics department took Stanford undergraduates to the Getty Villa in Malibu. The visit is featured on Stanford's residential education website and exemplifies the outstanding programming that takes place outside of the traditional classroom setting. The full feature can be found at: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/resed/life/events/getty.

Prof. Susan Stephens debunks image of the 'noble' ancient athlete in the Stanford Report

Excerpt from full-length article:

The Lance Armstrong doping story is just the latest athletic scandal to highlight the tension between ethical standards in athletic competitions and the drive to win. Although this tension may seem like a contemporary issue, it's actually been around since ancient times. One of the biggest myths around ancient athletics, says Stanford classics Professor Susan Stephens, is that profiting from sports is a product of modern times. "The notion that it doesn't matter whether you win or lose but 'how you play the game' didn't apply to ancient athletes – they wanted to win, and at all costs," Stephens said. "

Wall Street Journal Book Review written by Prof. Christopher B. Krebs

Classics professor, Christopher B. Krebs, chosen as reviewer for the Wall Street Journal. His first book review published online December 25, 2012 - "Hail the Conquering Hero". Krebs reviews Maria Wykes' recent book, Caesar in the U.S.A.

Sixteen faculty, students and alumni speak at APA/AIA in Seattle

Stanford faculty, students and alumni selected to give talks at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle from January 3-6. Congratulations to all of you for being selected.

APA roster:

Recent Eitner lecture featured on the Human Experience portal and written by PhD candidate, Stephen Sansom.

This year's Lorenz Eitner lecture by Prof. Peter Meineck featured on Stanford University's Human Experience website (article written by Classics PhD candidate, Stephen Sansom). "During his talk entitled 'The Embodied Theatre: Cognitive Science and Ancient Greek Drama' Meineck outlined how recent advances in the cognitive sciences, such as eye-tracing and face recognition, may provide news tools for understanding the experience of ancient performance."

Carey Perloff, (BA, 1980), artistic director of the ACT, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

Carey Perloff received her BA in Classics from Stanford University in 1980. Earlier this year the department was honored by her delivery of the 2012 departmental commencement address. She is the artistic director of  the American Conservatory (ACT) in San Francisco, and the San Francisco Chronicle featured her twenty-year tenure in this role. For the complete article: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Carey-Perloff-leading-lady-of-ACT-4047232.php#

"The Wanderings of Odysseus" plays in Athens, Greece and Stanford

Stanford Summer Theater (SST) proudly announces the return of The Wanderings of Odysseus, which will play in Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the European Union, and the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

A research project led by Walter Scheidel has launched a website using data-rich modeling and dynamic online tools to reconstruct the time cost and financial expense associated with a wide range of different types of travel and trade in antiquity. The model is based on a simplified version of the giant network of cities, roads, rivers and sea lanes that framed movement across the Roman Empire.

Papyri collection digitized

Our friend in Stanford's Green Library, David Jordan, recently published a terrific story about the effort to digitize and publish online a group of papyrus fragments in Greek, which belong to a set of 75 Egyptian papyri acquired by the Classics Department in the 1980s.