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Thea De Armond (Phd Candidate): “'Se svou neúnavnou prací': Antonín Salač and Classics at the Margins"

The Department of Classics at Stanford University invites you to attend a public dissertation defense by Thea De Armond on her dissertation entitled: “Se svou neúnavnou prací”: Antonín Salač and Classics at the Margins.
This doctoral dissertation gives an account of the history of classical studies in Czechoslovakia, focalized through the life and career of the philologist, epigrapher, and archaeologist Antonín Salač (1885-1960). Salač was born, educated, and habilitated in Prague, in the center of Europe but the margins of classicism. Czechoslovakia—the state whose borders shaped Salač’s career—had few in situ classical archaeological remains; throughout Salač’s career, classicism was at an ebb.
What does the study of Graeco-Roman antiquity look like in circumstances like these? Because of the relative geopolitical marginality of Czechoslovakia, as well as the relative marginality of classical studies in Czech culture, in order to facilitate their scholarly work, Salač and his colleagues were compelled to leverage a host of strategies to which our histories of classical studies rooted in great powers and “source nations” have failed to acquaint us—strategies running the gamut from theories of “small nations” to quasi-core-periphery economic relations, subtended by historical forces like Pan-Slavism and Czech nationalism. This, then, is an alternative account of the history of classical studies—alternative, because it is an account from the margins.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016. 11:30 AM


Bldg. 110, Rm. 112


Department of Classics




This event is free and open to the public