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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.

Justin Hadad

Latin minor Justin Hadad ’21 wins Rhodes Scholarship

Posted 2 months ago

Justin Hadad ’21, who was a double major in Applied Physics & Economics, and a Latin minor who co-founded a website on the Latin poet Propertius and did a summer research project that involved the American Academy in Rome, has … Continued

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Kenneth Reckford: In Memoriam.

Posted 2 months ago

The Department mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague Kenneth J. Reckford, Kenan Professor of Classics Emeritus, at the age of 88.  Kenneth taught at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1960-2003 and left an indelible mark on the Department and … Continued

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The Department mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Kenneth J. Reckford, Kenan Professor of Classics Emeritus. We post below an article written by the late Philip Stadter for Tabulae in Fall 2002, on the occasion of Professor Reckford’s retirement.

Posted 2 months ago

Kenneth J. Reckford offers a feast for mind and spirit  By Philip Stadter in the Fall 2002 Department newsletter Tabulae.  In forty-three years of teaching at Chapel Hill, Prof. Kenneth Reckford has always delighted students and friends with his endless … Continued

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DATE CHANGE: Joe Goodkin, “Blues of Achilles”

Posted 4 months ago

DATE CHANGE: Joe Goodkin, “Blues of Achilles” Wednesday, October 20th An Adaptation of the Iliad in Song. Join us for a live performance of Joe Goodkin’s original composition, a retelling of Homer’s Iliad in seventeen songs: “The Blues of Achilles.” … Continued

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2020-2021 Departmental Award Winners

Posted 8 months ago

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 departmental award winners! You can view the prize recipients for the following awards on the Undergraduate Prize Winners page and the Graduate Prize Winners page. The department offers two scholarships in Ancient Greek. The Epps Prize in Greek Studies awards … Continued

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