The Department of Classics engages in teaching and researching the civilization of the ancient Greek and Roman world in its broadest sense, from the Bronze Age Aegean to the transmission of classical literature in the Middle Ages and beyond.  Our primary focus is the language, literature, art, and archaeology of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but our reach extends to all aspects of their culture as well as to related civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Our field is inherently interdisciplinary, and we draw on a range of approaches in order to understand the diversity of these civilizations and to explore the varied ways in which people in later periods, including our own, have found them meaningful.  Some of our graduates pursue advanced study in classics and related academic fields, while others go on to professional schools as well as a variety of careers in the public and private sectors.


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Statement on Silent Sam


Recent News

  • Brian McPhee receives Arthur Ross Rome Prize

    Congratulations to Brian McPhee, one of our graduate students, for winning the Arthur Ross Rome Prize. The American Academy in Rome presents these fellowships to support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. For 2019-2020, Rome Prizes … Continued

  • Professor Gates-Foster’s comments featured in USA Today

    Jennifer Gates-Foster, assistant professor of the Classics department, gave commentary about Egyptian archaeologists’ recent discovery of more than 40 mummies. USA Today’s article details more about the discovery of the remains found in Minya, a province roughly 150 miles south … Continued

  • 2018 Herington Competition Winners

      The Herington Greek and Latin Poetry Prizes, established in 1999 by Maynard and Florence Mack in memory of John Herington, are awarded for the best oral performance of assigned passages of Greek and Latin poetry.  There are two cash … Continued