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History

The exploration of ancient Greek and Roman history through various primary sources provides a powerful glimpse into the society, politics, and culture of the classical period.

“After months of conflict, following Gaius Julius Caesar’s assassination on the Ides of March, Marcus Julius Caesar Antonius became the new dictator perpetuo in 43 BCE with the help of his friend, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, who was elected pontifex. . . 

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BCE) and Titus Pomponius Atticus (c. 109–32 BCE) are remembered as one of the most famous pairs of friends in the Roman Republic. Their enduring friendship is known to us mainly through Cicero’s surviving Epistulae. . .

Xenia:

Then and Now

by Janeva Dimen '19 & Alexis Lee '18

The ancient Greeks valued a specific type of friendship known as xenia, which we might call “hospitality.” The moral code of xenia dictated how guests and hosts should treat each other. The host was expected to be kind and welcoming to the guest. . .