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. 

Read more about the history of the department

Latest News

We are excited to announce that Catherine Kearns will be joining the department in July 2015. 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. 

Alain Bresson delivers on Thursday, September 24, 2015, the opening lecture of the Convegno Internazionale di Studi Sulla Magna Grecia at Taranto, and on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Michael I. Rostovteff Lecture at Yale.

Joy Connolly (NYU) will becoming to our department as the 2016 George B. Walsh lecturer which will be held on Friday, February 26th at 4 PM in Classics 110.  A reception will follow.

Clifford Ando has been invited to deliver the Maestro Lectures for 2015 at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Department of Classics announces Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge) as the lecturer for the 2015-16 Classics Lecture Series. He will deliver a series of lectures on "Homer & the Land" throughout the month of October. Visit Events for more information.


Latest Videos

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

Classics Lecture Series, 2014, Brooke Holmes (Princeton University)

Prizes and Placements

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.

Teresa Danze, PhD'12, has been offered a tenure-track position in the Classics Department at the University of Dallas (April 2015).

Julie Mebane received the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) "Presidential Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at the Annual Meeting" for her paper, "Fighting over Rome's Corpus: Competing Metaphors of the Body Politic in the Catilinarian Conspiracy."

Geoffrey Benson, PhD'13, has been offered a tenure track appointment at Colgate University (April 2015).

Emily Jusino, PhD'14, has accepted a two-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester (April 2015).