During the first full week of summer after graduation, people wanted to hang out, go swimming, and relax. A number of people at Wabash College, however, had other ideas. They gathered for a reception to honor two great Classicists for research they have recently published. Dr. Hartnett began his remarks by recapping the major events in the department this past year, such as lectures by guest speakers Professors Cohen and Barchiesi. He then delved into the accomplishments of Dr. Leslie Day.
Dr. Day recently authored two volumes. Her first book re-examines the excavation of the site at Karphi in Crete, one of the major archaeological locations in the Mediterranean, re-dating much of the area’s pottery. Dr. Day’s monograph also discusses what scholars can learn about the social history of Crete from her findings. The now-retired Wabash professor’s second volume, Kavousi IIB: The Late Minoan IIIC Settlement at Vronda. The Buildings on the Periphery, covers a portion of the work she has done at the Kavousi site in Crete since the 1970s, often with Wabash student interns along to assist her. This particular book covers a series of buildings on a ridge in Vronda and represents only the third in what is expected to become an 11-volume series. According to Dr. Hartnett, Dr. Day’s work will stand as a landmark achievement in the field of Greek archaeology.
Dr. Matt Sears’s book, Athens, Thrace, and the Shaping of Athenian Leadership, finds its
foundation in Dr. Sears’s dissertational research. It discusses the relationship of Classical Athenian leaders to Thracian society, which offered them a sort of old-fashioned, romantic view of life. As Dr. Hartnett assured his audience that Sears’s research will prove invaluable to the field of Classics, he also took the opportunity to recognize that Professor Sears will be leaving the College this fall for New Brunswick. Hartnett thanked him for committing himself wholeheartedly to the “life” of Wabash, creating such adventurous and exciting experiences for his students as a mock ancient battle on the college mall. The Classics department thanks this great teacher and wishes him and his family well in their future.
Finally, Dr. Hartnett pointed out that the cake at the reception bore a Greek phrase meaning, “Beautiful are the difficult things.” Dr. Day and Dr. Sears have put a tremendous amount of hard work into improving both their professional fields and Wabash College. As Dr. Hartnett noticed, “We recognize with a short party a long and arduous process.” While the party may have been short-lived, the gratitude for such great teachers at this college and in this department goes on, just like the work for which we thank them.