The Department of Classics engages in the study of the ancient Greek, Roman, and broader Mediterranean worlds, from prehistory to the Medieval Period and beyond. The diversity of fields, approaches, and research represented by the Department encourages cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives on the past, and a dynamic intellectual environment. Our primary focus is the language, literature, history, art, and archaeology of the Greek and Roman Mediterranean, though our reach extends to all aspects of prehistoric and classical antiquity and diverse literary, intellectual, and cultural crosscurrents through space and time. Classics is inherently multidisciplinary, drawing on various forms of evidence and modes of interpretation in order to understand the past, and to explore the varied ways in which people in later periods and diverse cultures, including our own, have found classical antiquity meaningful.
Current graduate research and teaching include Greek and Roman historiography, religion, women and gender studies, performance, and reception; the Second Sophistic; Homer, Archaic poetry and Greek drama; Republican and Augustan poetry; paleography and medieval Latin; Hellenistic and Roman Near East and Egypt; Hellenistic and Roman art; Greek topography and mortuary archaeology; and Aegean prehistory and protohistory. Current archaeological fieldwork includes the French Mission to the Eastern Desert in Egypt (Institut français d’archéologie orientale, Le Caire), and the Azoria Project on Crete (American School of Classical Studies at Athens).
The principal undergraduate programs of study are Greek, Latin, Combined Greek and Latin, Classical Civilization, and Classical Archaeology. Our graduates pursue advanced study in classics or related academic fields such as classical archaeology, anthropology, religious studies, and ancient history, while others go on to graduate or professional schools, pursuing a variety of careers in academe and public and private sectors.