The Classicizing Chicago Project researches, contextualizes, analyzes and provides digital open-access to evidence of the diversity of “classicizing” activity in metropolitan Chicago. We are particularly interested in the ways in which classical references project views of the distinctiveness of Chicago as a quintessentially American global metropolis and how far those views are inclusive or not.

ATLAS is a collection of illustrated short-form essays  that offer snapshots of classicizing activity across media and time.   Each one tells a story about how popular culture contributes to the transmission and reinvention of the classical past. Each one is a case study of the way classical references convey contemporary meanings.

The Bosher Collection covers 1830-2017.  It includes some digitized ephemera as well as data. We are now engaged in bringing the dataset up to date.

Rome in Chicago includes contributions by undergraduate students in a course taught by Francesca Tataranni in the Department of Classics at Northwestern .

Northwestern University Project Team (Evanston, Illinois)

  • S. Sara Monoson, Professor of Political Science and Classics, project director
  • Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch, Assistant Director, Chabraja Center for Historical Studies
  • Josh Honn, Digital Humanities Librarian, University Library
  • Francesca Tataranni, Professor of Instruction and Director of Latin, Department of Classics

Advisory Board 

  • Edith Hall, Professor of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College, University of London
  • Judy Hallett, Professor Emerita of Classics, University of Maryland, College Park
  • LaDale Winling, Associate Professor of History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Glenn Most, Professore ordinario di Filologia greca, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

History of the Project

A panel at the  Mellon-sponsored Sawyer Seminar on “Theatre After Athens” in May 2010 at Northwestern University first set this project in motion. The principal investigator was the late Kathryn Bosher, a member of the faculty in classics at Northwestern from 2008-2013.    Subsequently we have received technical support from University Library and financial assistance for research,  conferences and web development from Northwestern’s
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and Chabraja Center for Historical Studies

Please direct inquiries to  Sara Monoson at  s-monoson@northwestern.edu