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. 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

What is a hero? What is a superhero? Do heroes always behave heroically, and if not, are they still heroes? Classicist Emily Austin talks about the sometimes-exasperating heroes in the Iliad, while film scholar Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, AM’93, PhD’99, discusses the superhero Black Panther and day-to-day heroism.

https://tableau.uchicago.edu/articles/2018/09/two-perspectives-heroes

On Friday 1st June, the latest instalment of the Hellenists vs Latinists soccer game took place on the Midway, with both teams made up of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members of the Department. The match was finely poised at 3-3 with a few minutes to go, but the Hellenists scored a late flurry of goals to win 6-3 and retain the title they claimed in Autumn 2017.


 

The Department is delighted that Thomas Gallant, Professor at the University of California at San Diego, will be delivering the 2018-2019 Modern Greek Culture Lecture on Friday 26 October 2018. Professor Gallant will be speaking on "Greece's Two Fins-de-Siècles."


 

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Prizes and Placements

Paul Vadan (PhD '18) has accepted a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Reed College.

Aaron Seider (PhD '11) has been awarded tenure at the College of the Holy Cross.

Julia Mebane (PhD '17) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Indiana.

Branden Kosch (PhD '16) has accepted a one-year visiting assistant professorship at the University of Dallas.

Natalie Trevino and Andrew Horne have both been awarded a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2017-2018. These fellowships recognize the student’s academic achievement and enable the student to devote full attention and effort towards completing the dissertation.

Bart Van Wassenhove (PhD '16) has accepted a tenure-track position at the National University of Singapore.

Kassandra Jackson (PhD '17) has accepted a two-year visiting professorship at Union College.

Jonah Radding (PhD '16) has accepted a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Northwestern University.

Emily Jusino (PhD '14) has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Rochester.

Latest Videos

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