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By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 10, 2014
Pictured from left Hannah and Sue Rich in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.

Sue Rich traveled to Italy from March 21 to 29 to visit her daughter, Hannah, who is studying apparel merchandising at the Lorenzo De Medici College in Florence for a semester.
For the first three days of her trip Sue got to know the City of Florence. One of the things she noticed right away was all of the streets were cobblestone, which Sue said was “very unique.”
Florence is divided into small squares, also known as piazzas. In each piazza there’s a different piece of artwork or statue displayed. A well-known statue Sue saw was Michelangelo’s “David.”
The next city Sue visited was Venice. There aren’t any streets in Venice, Sue said.  Instead, there are canals and bridges connecting the city’s intricate islands to one another. While in Venice they visited churches called basilicas and went to Marco Piazo and rode in a gondola. Their gondola driver’s name was Luka and he told them he was in his seventh year of driving and had witnessed 25 engagements.
On Thursday and Friday, Sue and Hannah traveled to Rome.
“You could tell this was more of a city,” Sue said. “It was a lot busier.”
While in Rome they went to the Vatican via the subway. What they didn’t know was President Barack Obama was in Rome visiting the Pope, so a lot of the lines in the subway were empty.
They also saw the Sistine Chapel. Cameras aren’t allowed inside because of the painting on the ceiling, another piece Michelangelo painted. They also went to St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica, where the Pope holds Mass.
Friday they toured the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Coliseum.
“The fountain is just on the back side of a building,” Sue said. “When we went to the top of Palatine Hill to see the Roman ruins, we saw a lot of columns and pieces of buildings still standing.”
After two days in Rome, Sue and Hannah went back to Florence before Sue flew home.
“Hannah made us dinner because she is taking cooking and wine class while there,” Sue said. “She lives in an apartment with six girls. It was a nice way to end my trip—sitting there eating, and drinking wine my daughter picked for me.”

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Apr 16, 2014 15:48

Bust of Odysseus

Ruth Scodel, the D. R. Shackleton Bailey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Latin in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver the ninth annual McKibben Lecture in Classical Studies at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 101, Grinnell College.

Her talk is entitled “Homeric Folk Psychology.” The free lecture is open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Traditionally, scholars have studied the Greek poet Homer's understanding of the mind by examining his vocabulary for mental activity. Scodel’s talk explores a different approach — looking at how Homeric characters imagine what other characters think and feel. Homeric characters often talk about what other characters are thinking or will think, and they also try to influence and manipulate others in ways that reveal what they think that others think.

About Ruth Scodel

Ruth ScodelScodel received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She taught at Harvard University as an assistant and associate professor before she accepted an appointment at the University of Michigan in 1987, where she now holds an endowed chair in Classical Studies. In 2011 she was the Leventis Visiting Research Professor of Greek at the University of Edinburgh. Scodel was awarded a Humboldt Fellowship in 1993, and the Gildersleeve Prize in 1998. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her teaching and mentoring.

Scodel is an expert in Greek poetry, specializing in Homer and tragedy. She has written five books including Listening to Homer in 2002 and Epic Facework: Self-presentation and Social Interaction in Homer in 2008. She has published more than sixty articles and chapters and has lectured widely. She is a long time contributor of service to the American Philological Association, as president in 2007, and as editor of its journal, Transactions of the American Philological Association, among many other offices.


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