Translation for Vulnerable Times: Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid

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Bookcovers: Iliad & Aeneid

Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at Kansas University, reads from his translation of Homer's Iliad (1997), and Sarah Ruden, poet and translator, reads from her translation of Virgil's Aeneid (Yale 2008). They discuss the creative process of translating classical epic poems from ancient Greek and Latin into English for modern readers.

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Date & Time
January 13, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Panel Discussion

Michigan’s Story: The History of Race at U-M

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George Jewett, the first African American to play varsity football at Michigan, appears in this 1890-91 football team photo. Courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

This student-researched exhibit chronicles many “firsts” at the University of Michigan, including the first African American, Japanese, Puerto Rican and Chinese students.

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Dates
January 20th through February 28th
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Exhibit

Papyrology Collection

Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 807
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9369 (p)

Hours this week:

SundayClosed
Monday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A world-renowned collection of ancient texts and documents dating from about 1,000 BCE to 1,000 CE

The University of Michigan Library is home to the largest collection of ancient papyri in North America. The documents in the Papyrology Collection, which span roughly 2,000 years, contain not only important religious texts — including 60 pages of the oldest known copy of the Epistles of Paul — but also personal letters, school primers, sales contracts and other records that paint a unique portrait of everyday life. Of the 18,000 pieces in the collection, about 5,000 have never been studied and translated, and continue to attract scholars from across the country and around the world.

The collection also continues to draw hundreds of visitors each year, including K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, and religious groups interested in the early artifacts of their faith.

“Reading Plato is great, but here you can see and touch pieces of the ancient world,” says collection manager Monica Tsuneishi. Along with texts written on papyrus, the collection also includes documents written on wood and wax tablets.

The roots of the collection go back almost a century to Francis Willey Kelsey, a professor of Latin at U-M, who believed students would benefit from studying historical objects directly. Kelsey traveled through Europe and Middle East purchasing items for the university and later organized excavations in Egypt and elsewhere.

Unlike most antiquarians of his day, Kelsey insisted on the recording of the precise locations where artifacts and documents were found inside each building, especially in Karanis — an ancient town in Egypt excavated by U-M between 1924 and 1935. As a result, many items in the U-M collection include additional clues about the context in which they were used.

The collection presents a wealth of possibilities for original research by both students and scholars, says Arthur Verhoogt, acting archivist of the Papyrology Collection and Professor of Papyrology and Greek.

For example, seemingly boring account records may offer new insights on the demographics of the era, lifespan, marriage patterns or the productivity of ancient farmers.

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Last modified: 04/10/2014

More Dogs in the Library

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Golden Retrievers in the library, 2013

Shake off end-of-semester stress while relaxing with a furry friend. Therapy dogs await your attention, courtesy of Therapaws of Michigan.

Join us at the Browsing Collection on the first floor of the Shapiro Library:

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Date & Time
April 24, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location
Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Browsing Collection, First Floor
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Event Type
Open House

Used Book Sale 2013

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Book image courtesy of See-ming Lee

The University Library is selling several thousand gently used books, including duplicate or superseded titles and other books not needed for the collection. Other miscellaneous items may also be available, such as CDs, DVDs, and maps.

There's something for everyone at low, low prices.

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Date & Time
December 9, 2013 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Open House

Exhibit: Plainly Spoken

Book binding by Ethan Ensign

View a range of binding ideas that came to fruition: models that replicate books from a historical period, cut-aways that visually reveal their hidden structure, design bindings that interpret a concept from the text, and artists’ bindings that play with structures and materials to create something new.

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Dates
January 31st through April 10th
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Audubon Room
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Event Type
Exhibit

Fight Stress with Dogs in the Library

An adorable therapy dog in the library, 2013

Shake off end-of-semester stress while relaxing with a furry friend. Therapy dogs await your attention, courtesy of Therapaws of Michigan.

Join us at the Browsing Collection on the first floor of the Shapiro Library:

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Date & Time
April 23, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location
Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Browsing Collection, First Floor
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Event Type
Open House

Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity — Exhibit

Freedom Flag #4, Faith Ringgold

American artists of African, Arab, European, Asian, Latino and Native American descent explore their heritage in this vivid and diverse exhibit using a wide variety of media. Infinite Mirror examines issues and themes of race, gender, religion, history, politics and family.

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Dates
November 13th, 2013 through December 1st, 2013
Location
Gallery, Duderstadt Center
Event Type
Exhibit

Exhibit Reception for Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity

Freedom Flag #4, Faith Ringgold

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibit Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, with special guest Indira Frietas Johnson, exhibition artist. Remarks at 6:00 p.m.

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Date & Time
November 12, 2013 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location
Gallery, Duderstadt Center
Event Type
Reception

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