Welcome to the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. For over two centuries Penn has offered a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs representing all aspects of the broad field of Classical Studies, from languages and literature to history, archaeology and cultural studies. The Department encourages interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to teaching and research and maintains productive ties with a variety of programs, including Religious Studies, English, Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Linguistics, Italian Studies, History of Art, and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Rita Copeland, Department Chair
Emily Wilson, Graduate Chair, Classical Studies
Cam Grey, Graduate Chair, Ancient History
James Ker, Undergraduate Chair
Julie Nishimura-Jensen, Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program

Musical myths: animals, aesthetics, and the nature of music.

Pauline LeVen - Yale University

The paper focuses on Greek and Roman narratives about musical animals (especially in Aristophanes, Hesiod, Longus and Ovid) and examines the extant to which these narratives constitute loci of debate about aesthetic issues.

351329, New York (NY), Callimanopoulos, London, Market, Christie's, Djursholm, Holst, Luzern, Market, Ars Antiqua. Image from Oxford University Classical Art Research Center

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