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

Congratulations to Lakshmi Ramgopal (PhD '16) for her 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.

Congratulations to Walter Shandruk (PhD '16) for his 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. 

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

http://papyrologia.upf.edu/

Poster

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. 

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

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).