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Ancient Identities in Today's World

How can studying ancient religions give us insight into how humans understand their identities today? By studying ancient texts written by Jewish people living outside of Jerusalem, Patricia Ahearne-Kroll’s research strives to challenge the way we think about reconstructed texts and the relevance of ancient studies today in terms of understanding identity.
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On Purpose: Portrait of Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Humanity likes to keep records. We have written notes to ourselves for thousands of years, preserving everything from tax receipts and official speeches to narratives of war and songs of praise. Any medium could be pressed into service: clay tablets; papyrus rolls, broken potsherds, or wax tablets; parchment codices and printed books. Most recently, we have reverted to scroll and tablet with digital media.
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What is a Latin Degree?

CNES alumna and recent Jeopardy! contestant Claudia Hochstein discusses the of the value of her Latin degree—how it’s prepared her for the future, from game shows to scientific research—and how greater diversity awareness should be brought to the Latin field.

Honoring Jim Ruebel

CNES has learned with sorrow of the death of Jim Ruebel, who taught in our department in the 1970s and had a long and distinguished career as a Roman historian, Latinist, and dean. A memorial fund to help students attend CAMWS meetings (Classical Association of the Middle West and South, which Jim headed in 2001-2) has been established.

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