Since 1987, the Reed College Classics department has sponsored a forum on Rome for high school students and teachers of Latin. Each November, students and teachers from around the Northwest gather on a Saturday to explore a topic related to the culture and literature of the early Romans. Reed faculty members facilitate morning discussion groups on the keynote address and lead afternoon seminars on a related topic.
There is no cost to attend; however, students must be in high school and currently or recently enrolled in a Latin course to participate in the program. Pre-registration is required.
"The goal of this program is to give students of Latin a sense of how interesting and wide-ranging the field of Latin and Classics can be and to challenge them to think about the Romans as remarkable people who dealt creatively with many of the same issues that face us today."
—Walter Englert, Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classical Studies and Humanities, emeritus
"Your wonderful invention of more than 25 years still provides such impetus and joy to the classically inclined of the Pacific Northwest. As always, my students were delighted and talked of the experience with great enthusiasm."
—Michael Reinbold, High School Latin teacher
31st Annual Program
Saturday November 17, 2018
Keynote Address: Livy's Legendary Ladies
Ellen Millender, Professor of Classics and Humanities
This lecture will consider some of the females featured in the Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita Libri, a history of Rome from its foundations down to Livy’s own time, the late first century BCE. In this immense work of 142 books (of which only 35 survive), Livy aimed both to give Rome a history worthy of its imperial rise and greatness and to challenge his generation to learn from their past and become worthy stewards of their current position. In order to inculcate virtue and moral excellence in his fellow Romans, Livy provides both positive and negative models of behavior. Throughout this work we meet numerous Roman females—mothers, daughters, wives, warriors—who play key roles in Livy’s edifying exemplary tales of early Rome, as either the creators and maintainers of political community or the instruments of chaos and political change. Through their bodies and the sexuality that is at once reproductive and destructive, these women both create the Roman body politic and threaten to pull it apart.