Past Event

Columbia Classical Civilization Seminar: Andrew Laird (Brown University)

February 27, 2020
5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House

Thursday, February 27th, 7:30pm

Professor Andrew Laird (Brown Univeristy)

“Aztec Latinists: Classical learning and indigenous legacies in sixteenth-century Mexico”

Faculty House (please check the signs in the lobby for precise location)


Professor Laird has kindly shared an abstract of his upcoming talk with us: 

Soon after the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1521, missionaries began teaching Latin, classical rhetoric and Aristotelian philosophy to youths from the native Nahua or ‘Aztec' nobility. This talk will explain the nature and purpose of that training, and show some unexpected ways in which indigenous scholars used and connected their knowledge of Greco-Roman literature and history to Mexico’s pre-Hispanic world as well as to the colonial environment in which they lived.



The evening will begin with drinks at 5:45 PM in the Faculty House (location TBA on the screens in the lounge), followed by dinner at 6:15 PM. Please email our rapporteur, Lien Van Geel ( by noon on Monday, February 24th, in order to make a dinner reservation. Note that the price of the meal is $30, payable only by check to "Columbia University." Professor Laird's lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.