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

11/14/14: Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer received an invitation to be a Resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2016. She will be giving the annual Renato Poggioli Lecture at Harvard on April 9, 2015. She was also invited to give the Martin Classical Lecture at Oberlin in 2018.

10/23/14: Classical Philology is now on Facebook!

On December 4, Mark Payne will be speaking about The Animal Part in connection with Ann Hamilton’s new exhibition at the Henry Galley in Seattle, The Common Sense

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.

The Classics Department and the Humanities Division are also pleased to announce the University of Chicago Classics Lecture Series. This new lecture 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.