Emory Classics

Giving to Classics

Peter Bing Award Fund

The Bing Award Fund in Classics honors Peter Bing, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Classics, who retired from Emory in August 2016 after
twenty-seven years of service as scholar, teacher and chair of the department. The Bing Award will support students who want to pursue further study in Classics during the summer, by, for example, participating in an archaeological dig, or visiting distant museums or historical sites to conduct research, or pursuing intensive language study.

Thanks to generous support from alumni, faculty, and friends, we have reached the $50,000 threshold in gifts and pledges needed to endow the Bing Award permanently. This will ensure that Emory students can pursue deeper and more intensive study outside of the normal academic calendar for generations. Please help support this worthwhile goal by making a contribution here.

Professor Bing is widely known in the field of Classics for his work on the Greek epigram and on the effects of literacy on the poetry of the Hellenistic period, but has also reached a broader audience through his translations and as area editor of Greek Literature for The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. At Emory, he was chair of the department for nine years and a consistent and passionate advocate for the ideals of a liberal arts education. He was also known for his outstanding teaching, winning the Emory Williams Award for Teaching in 2006. Bing’s Ancient Drinking Party course was a perennial favorite of students in the department, but he taught a broad range of different courses in Greek, Latin and Classics in his long career here.


Benario Roman Studies Lecture Fund

The Benario Lecture in Roman Studies was established through a generous donation by Herbert W. Benario, emeritus professor of Classics at Emory University. A world renonwed authority on Tacitus, Dr. Benario has published numerous books, including editions, translations and commentary on Tacitus, A Commentary on the Vita Hadriani in the Historia Augusta, and the Res Gestae of the Emporer Augustus.

Thanks to the generous gifts of many contributors, including faculty, staff, alumni and parents, the Benario Lecture in Roman Studies is now an endowed lecture series and has brought the following speakers to Emory:

A. J. Woodman, The Preface to Tacitus' Agricola, 2011-12

Denis Feeney, Horace and the Roman Past: Lyric, Epic, and History, 2012-13

Christopher Krebs, The Forgotten Intellectual:
Caesar, Conqueror of the Word
, 2013-14

Victoria E. Pagan, Tacitus' Obituary of Augustus, 2014-15

Michael Squire, Troy Story: Miniaturizing Epic in Roman Art, 2015-16

Contributions to help support the Benario Lecture can be made at Benario Lecture Fund.


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