Presenter Information

Indiana Jones, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 242

Start Date

1-5-2014 11:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Augustus suppressed Ovids more risque works during his lifetime, and the poets works have faced occasional censorship ever since. But how has this bawdy poet fared with the modern academic establishment? Take a journey through a history of censorship at Colby College over the past two hundred years to investigate how, when, and why the works of Ovid disappeared from the curriculum. What role did individual professors or Colby presidents play in removing authors or texts from the Latin syllabus? Did certain periods in American history prompt the withdrawal of particular works? Which other Latin authors were popular (or shunned) through the past two centuries of scholarship. We often take the Classics for granted, given that they were written so long ago, but this history of Ovid at Colby reveals just how dynamic the discipline has been over the decades, and how even within the walls of a liberal arts institution, we must always be vigilant against censorship!

Faculty Sponsor

Kim Besio

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Classics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

700

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May 1st, 11:00 AM May 1st, 12:00 PM

Censored by Omission: The History of Colby's Latin Curriculum

Diamond 242

Augustus suppressed Ovids more risque works during his lifetime, and the poets works have faced occasional censorship ever since. But how has this bawdy poet fared with the modern academic establishment? Take a journey through a history of censorship at Colby College over the past two hundred years to investigate how, when, and why the works of Ovid disappeared from the curriculum. What role did individual professors or Colby presidents play in removing authors or texts from the Latin syllabus? Did certain periods in American history prompt the withdrawal of particular works? Which other Latin authors were popular (or shunned) through the past two centuries of scholarship. We often take the Classics for granted, given that they were written so long ago, but this history of Ovid at Colby reveals just how dynamic the discipline has been over the decades, and how even within the walls of a liberal arts institution, we must always be vigilant against censorship!

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/182