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. 

In the News

Congratulations to our graduate students who were awarded dissertation year fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year: Jeremy Brightbill ("The Scenarios of Roman Declamation"), Jonah Radding ("Euripides and Poetry in the Polis: Between Tradition and Innovation"), and Walter Shandruk.

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Radcliffe Edmonds III (alumnus, 1998) will deliver the Inaugural Lecture as the Paul Shorey Professor of Greek at Bryn Mawr College.

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Aaron Seider's Memory in Vergil's Aeneid: Creating the Past reviewed on BMCR.

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Praise for Logeion—In an article in Sunday's Book Review, The New York Times singled out the Logeion website
and app for praise: "For serious Latin and Greek scholars, however, there’s nothing like the thrill of the power search with the University of Chicago’s LOGEION app (free for iOS; web version at logeion.uchicago.edu). Enter a word and you get a hydra-like simultaneous lookup across more than a dozen Greek and Latin dictionaries and reference texts. Like all these apps, “Logeion” is a wonderful resource for those who want to learn more about the cultures that so deeply influenced Western civilization. The Greeks and Romans recorded their worlds on papyrus and tablets made of wax or clay, and there’s a satisfying sense of continuity when you study their ­millenniums-old ideas on 21st-century tablets made of glass and metal."

We couldn't have said it any better! Kudos to Josh Goldenberg (Classics BA 2012), Matt Shanahan (Classics BA 2014), and Josh Day (2 years of Greek at UofC; now enrolled in the Master's Program in CS), who together have built the site and the app.

The NYTimes coverage caused a spike in downloads, and by now, there are more than 6000 users of the iOS app.

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Congratulations to Clifford Ando who will be Lucy Shoe Merritt Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2014-2015 as well as Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at The University of British Columbia in November 2014. In January-May 2015, he will be a Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.

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We are excited about two new books coming out soon by Shadi Bartsch-Zimmera study of Persius and an edited Cambridge Companion to Seneca. She is also delivering the Renato Poggioli lecture at Harvard in the Spring and publishing her first article in Chinese, “古希腊理性的批判在中国文化.”

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It is our great pleasure to welcome July 1st 2014 a new Faculty member, Sofía Torallas Tovar, whom we share with NELC. Sofía Torallas Tovar is a distinguished specialist of ancient Greek, Latin and Coptic sources, who among other positions has been  the curator of the Papyrological collections at the Abadia de Montserrat (Spain).

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The Classics Department and the Humanities Division are also pleased to announce the University of Chicago Classics Lecture Series. This new lectures series will showcase the most innovative new work in classical studies in the form of four lectures by a visiting mid-career scholar whose work is already transforming the discipline. Our first visitor will be Brooke Holmes of Princeton University in the fall of 2014 for a series of lectures on the concept of sympathy in Greco-Roman antiquity. Our second visitor will be Tim Whitmarsh of Oxford University in the fall of 2015. All the lectures will be available online in a dedicated video archive.

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We are proud to welcome this Autumn six new graduate studentsTim ClarkErin DalyDavid PerryJenna SarchioRebekah Spearman and David Williams.