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Classics in the Modern WorldA Democratic Turn?$
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Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.001.0001

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Investigating American Women’s Engagements with Graeco-Roman Antiquity, and Expanding the Circle of Classicists

Investigating American Women’s Engagements with Graeco-Roman Antiquity, and Expanding the Circle of Classicists

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(p.131) 10 Investigating American Women’s Engagements with Graeco-Roman Antiquity, and Expanding the Circle of Classicists
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Classics in the Modern World
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Judith P. Hallett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673926.003.0010

This discussion considers how classicists ‘expand their circle’ and connect their research in different areas of classical reception with the work of scholars in other disciplines who are not necessarily trained in the field of classics, or even sympathetic to classical reception. The communications strategies suggested draw on personal research experience on the influential and yet insufficiently valued role played by American women, from the eighteenth century onward, not only in the academic study of Greek, Latin, and Greco-Roman antiquity but also in the fostering of ‘classicism’, efforts that promoted the appreciation of the classical past among a wider public. Case studies focus on recent biographical projects on two American female educators: M. Carey Thomas, president of Bryn Mawr College from 1885 to 1922, and her student Edith Hamilton, headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore founded by Thomas from 1896 to 1922, and later a best-selling author of popular books about the classical world.

Keywords:   American women, Greco-Roman antiquity, classicism, M. Carey Thomas, Edith Hamilton

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