Classicizing Philadelphia

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Classicizing Philadelphia: Digital Resources for a City’s Dialogue with Greece and Rome



  • Lee T. Pearcy, Ph.D., Research Associate in the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College (classicizingphiladelphia at
  • Megan Dickman, Research Assistant.
  • Bret Mulligan (bmulliga at


Classicizing Philadelphia, a digital humanities project inspired by the Classicizing Chicago project at Northwestern University, seeks to document, study, and continue Philadelphia’s long, deep dialogue with Greece and Rome. The project has these goals:

  • To be a focal point for research on classical receptions in Philadelphia
  • To be a gateway to documents of classical reception in Philadelphia collections
  • To engage the citizens of Philadelphia in our city's long conversation with Greece and Rome

Classicizing Philadelphia grew out of conversations held with the founders of Classicizing Chicago in December, 2009, at a Sawyer Seminar on "Theatre After Athens" sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Northwestern University. Planning during 2010 and 2011 was funded by a Mellon TriCo Faculty Forum grant. Principal investigators were Lee T. Pearcy (Bryn Mawr College), Deborah Roberts (Haverford College), and Grace Ledbetter (Swarthmore College). Preliminary development of a collection database and web site began in 2013-2014 with the support of Bryn Mawr College and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Further information about planning and current news about the project may be found at the Classicizing Philadelphia blog.