Welcome to Chicago Classics!

Our Department

The faculty of the Classics department work in literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, and philosophy. We are developing innovative approaches to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity through our collaborative work with scholars in a wide variety of fields. We belong to international research networks and we teach, publish, and host workshops and conferences with colleagues from Art History, the Committee on Social Thought, Comparative Literature, the Divinity School, English, Germanic Studies, History, the Law School, Linguistics, the Oriental Institute, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages, and Theater and Performance Studies.

In keeping with the wide ranging research agendas of our faculty, the culture of Classics at the University of Chicago is pluralistic, and the Department offers four different Ph.D. programs, each of which fosters a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to the study of Greco-Roman antiquity: Classical Languages and Literatures, the Ancient Mediterranean World, Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, and the joint Ph.D. in Classics and Social Thought. More information about each of these programs can be found in the program descriptions. 

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Latest News

We are happy to announce that Emily Austin will be joining the department in July 2016. Emily completed her Ph.D at Boston University, where she taught courses on Homeric heroes and the ancient world. Her research interests include Greek literature, especially Homeric epic, emotions, characterization, and communication in ancient literature. She is working on a book, tentatively titled Grief, Anger, and the Iliadic Hero, that explores the emotional motivations of vengeance in the Iliad, identifying a unique and unnoticed link between grief and longing in the poet's description of Achilles’ grief for Patroklos.

The Department of Classics announces Emily Mackil as the lecturer for the 2016-17 Classics Lecture Series. She will be delivering a lecture every Tuesday in November at 5:30.

Curated by Sofía Torallas Tovar

Royal Reeds: Papyrological Journey Up The Nile

Archivo de la Corona de Aragón, Barcelona.

Opening on April 20th

International Congress of Papyrology, Barcelona, Aug. 1-6 2016



We are excited to announce that Catherine Kearns will be joining the department in July 2016. Katie is currently an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where she teaches courses on the archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean and ancient environments. Her research interests include landscape archaeology and survey, social theory, historiography, and paleoenvironmental studies. Her book project examines the social and political dimensions of changing human-environment relationships and the re-emergence of polities on the island of Cyprus during its Iron Age.  

Congratulations to Michele Lowrie on being invited to accept the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship effective November 1, 2015. 


Latest Videos

George B. Walsh Lecture, 2015, Richard Hunter (Cambridge)

Prizes and Placements

Jonah Radding selected to receive the 2016 Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award This award acknowledges outstanding scholarly contributions of a doctoral student's dissertation project in the Division of the Humanities and is presented in recognition of Jonah's work in his dissertation "Politics and Poetics: Tradition, Genre and Poetic Innovation in Euripidean Tragedy." Congratulations Jonah!

PhD Student Andrew Horne has been awarded a Rome Prize fellowship. He will be spending the 2016-7 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. Learn more about the Rome Prize here.

Lakshmi Ramgopal (PhD '16) has taken a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College's Department of Classics! Lakshmi will be a two year Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College's Department of Classics where she will teach Travel in Antiquity and The Classical Tradition in British India. She will also be completing the manuscript of her dissertation book, Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens from the Second Century BCE to the Third Century CE, and a chapter on mobility for Carlos Noreña's edited volume Cultural History of Western Empires, which Bloomsbury UK will publish in 2018.

Walter Shandruk (PhD '16) has taken a new position as Statistical Analysis Project Manager for the CRESCAT Project at the Oriental Institute! Walter will work for the CRESCAT Project (Computational Research Ecosystem for Scientific Collaboration on Ancient Topics) under the supervision of Alain Bresson and Sandra Schloen to assist with analyzing by statistical methods (regression, principal components, network analysis...) data from ancient coin hoards. This position requires a Ph.D. and an expertise in manipulation of social science data by statistical methods.

Edward Dandrow, PhD '09, has been offered (and has accepted) a tenure-track assistant professorship in ancient history at the University of Central Florida.

Julie Mebane's article, "Pompey's Head and the Body Politic in Lucan's De Bello Civili" has been accepted for publication and will appear in TAPA 146.1 (Spring 2016).

Kassandra Jackson has been awarded the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship for 2015-16.

Andrew Horne has been awarded an Intensive Language Course Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD for the upcoming summer. He will spend two months in Freiburg.