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Classic majors present articles at National Convention

April 11, 2014

Last week the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) held its Annual Meeting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. CAMWS is an international classics organization whose members gather once a year to discuss business, present papers on their research and socialize with other members of their field. Monmouth College is of special importance to this organization as Thomas Sienkewicz, head of the classics department, is the Secretary-Treasurer of CAMWS. He was elected to this title and the Business Office of CAMWS, which publishes the “Classical Journal,” moved to Wallace Hall during the summer of 2012.

The Annual Meeting is very similar to student conventions, the main difference being the individuals who attend are all graduate students, teachers and professors. It is a very interesting experience to see teachers being taught by other teachers or, in some cases, their students. Monmouth College was well represented at the convention, as papers were presented by two Monmouth alumni and one doctoral fellow.

Anne Cave (‘12) presented her paper on Plato’s “Euthyphro” concerning a hotly-debated (in the classics world) chronology issue found within the text concerning the murder of a house servant. The idea for this paper came when she, “posed a question about [the accepted translation] that [her] professor couldn’t answer.” Her paper solves the long-standing issue in a much simpler fashion than the currently accepted translations.

Another Monmouth alumnus, Robert Cook (‘13), wrote about the use of Prometheus as a symbol in black metal (European underground sub-genre of heavy metal). In this paper, Cook shows how black metal bands liken Prometheus in Greek mythology to Satan in Christian mythology. “Satan is a representation of rebellion against authority, just as Prometheus is in Greek mythology. The genre is turning to Prometheus to bolster their artistic credibility.”

The last to represent Monmouth was Dr. Kristian Lorenzo, a post-doctoral fellow teaching archaeology here at Monmouth. His paper drew on his experiences at this college to talk about teaching students using specialized projects based on their interests. Lorenzo could not be reached for comment but all of the CAMWS members who attended his presentation expressed that it was a very interesting and effective idea.

Tim Morris
Contributing Writer

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