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The Department of Classics continues a long Carolina tradition of offering undergraduates and graduate students access to research by world-class faculty on many fascinating aspects of the ancient Greek, Roman, and broader Mediterranean worlds. We study, write about, and teach the language, literature, history, art, and archaeology of the Greek and Roman world and its relevance to today. Classics is inherently multidisciplinary, drawing on various forms of evidence and modes of interpretation in order to understand the past, and to explore how later periods, including our own, have found classical antiquity meaningful, or in some cases have misused the classical tradition in ways we must now study with an unsparing eye.

Current graduate research and teaching include Homeric epic; Aegean prehistory and protohistory; Archaic poetry and Greek drama; performance; Greek topography and mortuary archaeology; Greek and Roman historiography; women and gender studies; Hellenistic and Roman Near East and Egypt; Hellenistic and Roman art; religion, sacrifice, magic, and the underworld; Roman comedy and satire; Hellenistic, Republican and Augustan poetry; the Second Sophistic; paleography and Medieval Latin; and the reception of the classical world. Current archaeological fieldwork includes the French Mission to the Eastern Desert in Egypt and the Azoria Project on Crete.

Our five undergraduate majors are Greek, Latin, Combined Greek and Latin, Classical Civilization, and Classical Archaeology. We offer courses in Greek and Latin from the beginning to the advanced levels, and a broad range of courses in which all readings are in English, many of which are popular with both majors and non-majors. Many of our students study abroad; many combine a major in classics with a double-major in another field. Some of our graduates go on to successful graduate study in classics or classical archaeology or related fields such as anthropology, religious studies, and ancient history, while others pursue a variety of careers in fields such as law, medicine, media, business, science and technology, many after degrees in graduate or professional schools. We believe both that the study of the classical world continues to be valuable in and of itself, and also that training in classics provides skills and perspectives that are useful in any field.

Faculty Publications

Recent Faculty Contributions to Edited Volumes


Clio and her Elder Sisters at Christ Church, Oxford

Posted 2 months ago

Emily Baragwanath gave a paper entitled ‘Clio’s challenge to Melpomene: Female Agency and Family (Dys)function in Herodotus’ at Clio and her Elder Sisters, a symposium in honour of Richard Rutherford, organized by Anna Clark and Bruno Currie. The colloquium took … Read more

Classics @ Carolina Event – 19 September 2023

Posted 3 months ago

Come meet students and faculty from the UNC Classics Department and learn more about our majors and minors, student groups, courses and awards, research and travel opportunities, and careers after Classics. All are welcome, and there is no need to … Read more

Xenophon’s Women at Home

Posted 9 months ago

Professor Emily Baragwanath will be speaking about ‘Xenophon’s Women at Home’ at Wake Forest University, Department of Classics, on Monday, March 20, 3.30-5pm, Tribble A303. The talk arises from a couple of chapters of her nearly-completed monograph, which investigates the … Read more

Rhetoric & Historiography: New Perspectives

Posted 9 months ago

Prof. Emily Baragwanath is co-organizer together with Luca Grillo (University of Notre Dame), Andrew Feldherr (Princeton University), and Christopher Krebs (Stanford University) of the upcoming international conference on ‘Rhetoric & Historiography: New Perspectives’, May 19-20, University of Notre Dame, Rome … Read more

Katie Tardio

Katie Tardio featured in the Carolina Graduate School Magazine

Posted 9 months ago

The Department of Classics is proud to announce Katie Tardio’s recent publication in the Carolina Graduate School Magazine. Please consider supporting the article, titled Ancient food economies and centuries-old connections, by reading it on the Carolina Graduate School Magazine’s website. … Read more

Menander’s Tyche and the Fortunes of Ancient Greek Poetry

Posted 9 months ago

The UNC Department of Classics presents Menander’s Tyche and the Fortunes of Ancient Greek Poetry Anna Uhlig, University of California, Davis Thursday, 23 March 2023, 5:00pm MU 104 Over the course of the twentieth century – the so-called “century of papyrology” – … Read more

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