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Discentes’ Spring 2021 Course Guide
Credit: Penn Admissions. Description: Class of 1893 Memorial Gate, University of Pennsylvania Campus. Discentes Course Reviews Our guide to Classical Studies and Ancient History course offerings this spring by Sara Chopra   With advance (More)
Circe: A Human Witch? Reviewing Madeline Miller’s “Epic”
Cover art of Circe. Credit: Madeline Miller. Circe: A Human Witch? Reviewing Madeline Miller’s “Epic” By Olivia Wells   If you’ve read the Odyssey, you remember the enchantress Circe. While the legendary epic doesn’t tell us much about h (More)
A Semester at Pembroke College, Cambridge – Studying Classics Abroad
Supervisions at Cambridge by James Nycz Studying abroad had been a goal of mine before I even arrived at Penn, but through my Classics courses I realized that studying abroad in Europe would allow me to explore a whole new experience of Classics. (More)
Barbarians: Ancient History, Reimagined
Laurence Rupp as Arminius in Netflix’s Barbarians. Credit: Netflix. Barbarians: Ancient History, Reimagined A Review of the New Netflix Series By Sara Chopra, Margaret Dunn, and Olivia Wells   When we encounter reimaginations of ancient (More)
Haunted by the Past: Pompeii’s “Curse” and the Supernatural
The ancient city streets of Pompeii 2 thousand years after the eruption of Mt.Vesuvius. Photo Credit: Christopher Ott. By Vikram Balasubramanian   In 79 AD, ash rained on Pompeii, burying the city. Pliny the Younger describes the catas (More)
Antiquity’s Influence on Cutting-Edge Runway
Photo courtesy of Vogue By Anna Fighera Most accept classical influence as the sort which informs our present philosophical, political and legal fields. What would modern law, policy, and philosophy be without the guidance and inspiration of an (More)
Damnatio Memoriae: On Facing, Not Forgetting, Our Past
By Mati Davis and Sara Chopra On a rainy July 1st day several weeks ago, a crowd gathered along Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia to cheer on construction crews as they lifted and lowered a statue of the Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" (More)
A New Chapter of Discentes: A Letter from the Editorial Team
Reflecting upon the first half of 2020, it would be an understatement to say that the world around us has changed immensely. As individuals, as classicists, and as an editorial team, we have experienced a global pandemic, faced an abrupt ending to ou (More)
Culina Quarantina: A Series of Roman Recipes – Garum, Liquamen, Caroenum and Posca!
By Alicia Lopez Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and baking to help pass the time in quarantine, so I decided to look into what cooking would have been like in Ancient Rome. Here are some of my favorite ancient recipes to help get you th (More)
Culina Quarantina: A Series of Roman Recipes – Egyptian Sweetmeat and More
By Alicia Lopez Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and baking to help pass the time in quarantine, so I decided to look into what cooking would have been like in Ancient Rome. Here are some of my favorite ancient recipes to help get you th (More)
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