In summer 2012, long time friend of Classics Dr. Celia M. Fountain made a very generous planned gift to endow an annual series of Classics Department lectures and symposia. These are designed to contribute to the intellectual life of the department and of the larger community here in Boulder. Celia’s generosity allowed us to attract top international scholars to come to CU and share their ideas on this pivotal figure in world history.

2020 Fountain Symposium Poster2020: "Jewish Identity in the Hellenistic World" (March1)

  1. Erich Gruen, UC Berkeley, Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics: "Displaced in Diaspora? Jewish Communities in the Hellenistic World."
  2. Sharon Herbert, University of Michigan, J.G. Pedley Professor of Classical Archaeology: "Postcards from the Edge: Hellenistic Archives and Archival Practices as Signals of Identity, Jewish and Other"
  3. Tim Whitmarsh, Cambridge University, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture: "Hellenistic Judaism and the making of Greek poetics"

2019 Fountain Symposium Poster2019: “King and Kingship in Ancient Persia” (March 2)

  1. Wouter F.M. Henkelman, Associate Professor, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris: "The Centrality of the King: The Fortification Archive & the Royal Household"
  2. Margaret Cool Root, Professor and Curator Emerita, Department of the History of Art, the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archaeology, and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: "Performative Arts of Persian Kingship: The Imperial Covenant in Metaphorical Landscapes & Social Spaces"
  3. Mark Griffith, Klio Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages & Literature and Professor of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, University of California at Berkeley: "Imagining the King: Greek Notions & Theatrical Constructions of the Persian Royal Family"


2018 Fountain Symposium Poster2018: “Greece in transition in the age of Alexander” (March 3)


  1. Andrew Ford, Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature, Department of Classics, Princeton University: "On the Verge of a new Reality? Greek literature at the time of Aristotle and Alexander"
  2. Susan Rotfoff, Jarvis Thurston & Mona Van Duyn Professor Emerita, Department of Classics, Washington University in St. Louis: "The Robe of Pharnabazos: Persians in 4th century Athens"
  3. Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge: "The Fate of Thebes at the time of Aristotle and Alexander: a tale of sex and death"

2017 Fountain Symposium2017: “Continuity and Change in Late Antiquity” (March 4)

  1. Gillian Clark, Professor of Classics and History, University of Bristol: “Barbarian Scriptures? Augustine and the People with the Books”
  2. Susanna Elm, Sidney H. Ehrman Professor of History and Classics, University of California, Berkeley: “Carthage and the New Romans: Salvian of Marseilles on the Governance of God”
  3. Ralph Mathisen, Professor of History and Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “We Have Met the Enemy and They are Us: Barbarians and the End of the Western Roman Empire”

2016 Fountain Symposium poster2016: "Rome and the Hellenistic World" (March 5)

  1. Liv Yarrow, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center, CUNY: "Kings, Conquerors, and Coins"
  2. Denis Feeney, Giger Professor of Latin, Princeton University: "The Creation of Roman History in the Hellenistic World"
  3. Andrew Stewart, Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art & Archaeology in the Department of History of Art and Classics, UC Berkeley: "Responding to Roman Hegemony: Samothrace, Rhodes, and Athens"

2015 Fountain Symposium poster2015: “Power and Politics in the Greek World” (April 4)

  1. Leslie Kurke, Gladys Rehard Wood Chair, University of California Berkeley: “The Materiality of Politics: A Pindaric Case Study”
  2. Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics, Stanford University: “The Sources of Social Power in Ancient Greece”
  3. Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge: “The Power of Images in Democratic Athens”

2014 Fountain Symposium poster2014: “The Ideal Ruler in the Hellenistic World” (March 15)

  1. Eckart Schütrumpf, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder: “The Letter in Arabic from Aristotle to Alexander on the Art of Government - Did Aristotle Really Write It?”
  2. R.R.R. Smith, Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford: “Fighting with Alexander: Art and History in the Alexander Mosaic from Pompeii”
  3. Susan Stephens, Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities, Department of Classics, Stanford University:  “Imagining Royals: The Poets and the Ptolemies”
  4. Joseph Manning, William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Classics and History, Yale University: “Sovereignty and Governance in the Hellenistic World: Ideal Kings in the Real World”

2013 Fountain Symposium poster2013: “Reflections of Alexander” (In honor of Professor Emeritus Ernst A. Fredricksmeyer) (April 13)

  1. Pierre Briant, Emeritus Professor of History and Civilisation of the Achaemenid World and the Empire of Alexander the Great, Collège de France: “Alexander at Pasargadae and the Achaemenid Royal Traditions”
  2. John Ma, Professor of Ancient History, Faculty of Classics, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford: “Alexander’s Decision-Making as a Historical Problem.”
  3. Sarah Iles Johnston, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion, Department of Classics, The Ohio State University: “Myth and Magic in the Alexander Romance”