Eta Sigma Phi
Daniel Solomon, Elizabeth De Angelo (Chrysophylax), Beverley Nelson (Hyparchos), and Sarah Best (Prytanis), Bronwen Wickkiser
On December 3, 2011, Profs. Daniel Solomon and Bronwen Wickkiser inducted three new officers into the revived Vanderbilt chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, our honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Sarah Best, Bev Nelson, and Liz De Angelo were solemnly sworn into their new positions during an elaborate initiation that evoked both the history and the responsibilities of this national organization. The ceremony began in Cohen Memorial Hall, where the students were formally initiated; it then moved onto the Nashville Parthenon, where at the foot of Athena they learned more about the traditions of the honors society, and then the ritual concluded in the Parthenon Treasury, where the initiates were formally recognized as officers.
The purposes of the Society, in the words of the Constitution, are "to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome."