Virgil’s Rumor and “Fake News”

Publii Virgilii Maronis Opera cum quinque vulgatis commentariis expolitissimisque figuris atque imaginibus nuper per Sebastianum Brant superadditis (Strasbourg: Johannis Grieninger, 1502) By: Ryan Cooper   Aeneid 4.173-188 Extemplo Libyae magnas it Fama per urbes Fama, malum qua non aliud velocius ullum; mobilitate viget, viresque adquirit eundo, parva metu primo, mox sese attollit in auras, ingrediturque […]

Acting Onstage and Off

Emperor Nero Chariot Racing. Credit: History Collection Acting Onstage and Off An Analysis of the Role Theatrical Performances Played in Nero’s Popularity By Lily Nesvold   I. Introduction Tyrant, murderer, debauchee, monster, rapist—just a small selection of the dreadful words that have been used for thousands of years to characterize Nero and his controversial reign. […]

The Stages of Grief

Relief of a Roman funeral procession. The Stages of Grief through the Lens of Catullus 101 By Lily Nesvold   There is no easy way to cope with the death of a loved one. Regardless of the circumstances, the devastation that those affected must face is seemingly insurmountable. Personally, I have dealt with the unfortunate […]

Blinded by Love

Lesbia and her Sparrow, by Sir Edward John Poynter Catullus 83 by Lily Nesvold   Lesbia mi praesente viro mala plurima dicit: haec illi fatuo maxima laetitia est. mule, nihil sentis? si nostri oblita taceret, sana esset: nunc quod gannit et obloquitur, non solum meminit, sed, quae multo acrior est res, irata est. hoc est, […]

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 Rome on television or in theaters, we often find ourselves watching retellings centered around the exalted perspectives and stories of ancient […]

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 registration for Spring 2021 already underway, the staff of Discentes is looking back on the courses that shaped our experiences as […]

Constantine as Liberator

Photo Sources: Smart History Constantine as Liberator An Evaluation of the Self Representations of the Emperor through Eusebius’ Life of Constantine and the Arch of Constantine By James Nycz   I. The Conversion of the First Christian Emperor…?   The Western Roman emperor is lying on his deathbed. The previous emperor, Diocletian, had famously split […]

Blood, Lead, and Tears: The Cult of Cybele as a Means of Addressing Ancient Roman Issues of Fertility

By Jordan Reece Tayeh Introduction Divinity has many faces in the Ancient Roman world, none more intriguing than the garland-wearing, lionhearted Phrygian mother-goddess Cybele. Whereas other Phrygian gods and goddesses were left behind, Cybele and a select few others remained alive in the Roman world. But why? According to most scholars both ancient and modern, […]