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Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society. The purposes of the Society, in the words of the Constitution, are "to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome."
2008 December 13: Saturnalia!
12 members were initated at our annual Saturnalia, held at the home of Dr. Alex Pappas and Jeff Gingras.
2008 November 20: Classics Poetry Slam @ RZ's 7p
Faculty and student philhellenes read ancient and modern Greek, Latin, and even Italian @ RZ's Coffehouse.
2008 November 8: ESP Camput @ Devil's Den
Faculty and students rub elbows and hands around the campfire on a cold night with fantastic food, starry skies, and much merriment.
2008 October 23: Guest Lecture: An Illustrated Lecture on Didactic Poetry, presented by Dr. Matt Semanoff
This presentation will be an illustrated lecture on the didactic poetry of the Hellenistic poet Aratus, author of the astronomical treatise, the Phaenomena: "Poetry of the Night Sky: Appearances, Description, Paradox in Aratus" (or, "How does a poet describe what we all see when we can't see it?"). Giffels Auditorium (Old Main), 7pm.
2008 October 16: Lecture: "Roman Isis and the Pendulum of Religious Tolerance in the Empire", presented by D. Jasmine Merced, U of A CLST Honors, 2008 graduate.
This lecture will examine the evolution of Isis, ostensibly the “sacred mother,” as a political tool in Egypt and (especially) in Rome. It will establish that Isis’ treatment by Roman politicians represented a running discourse on the contemporary political relationship between Rome and Egypt, and, at times, Rome’s rejection of foreign influences on its own society. 7:00pm at Old Main Room 319. See flier.