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

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Latest News

The Department wishes to congratulate Michèle Lowrie, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the College, who has been selected to give the Eberhard L. Faber Class of 1915 Memorial Lecture in European Cultural Studies at Princeton University on March 26th. 

The Department wishes to congratulate Catherine Kearns, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and the College, who served as co-editor of the book New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology (with Stuart W. Manning of Cornell University), which was released in April 2019 by the Cornell University Press. 

The Department wishes to congratulate three students who successfully defended their dissertations this year. Kevin Lam defended his work,"Visions at War in Lucan's Bellum Civile," Marcos Gouvêa authored "Another Homer: The Figure of the Roman Homer from Emnius to Macrobius," and William Sullivan successfully completed his dissertation Admissibility in Roman-Canon Procedure: the Emergence of the Law of Positions. 


Prizes and Placements

Mark Payne, Professor of Classics and the College, and in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought has been appointed a Chester D. Tripp Professor.

Emily Austin, Assistant Professor of Classics and the College, received a Fellowship at the Franke Institute for the Humanities as a member of the 2019-2020 class. 

Kassandra Jackson Miller (PhD '17) has received a two-year (renewable) contract as a visiting assistant professor at Bard College.

Abigail Akavia (PhD '18) has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Minerva Stiftung, a branch of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft, working on a project entitled "Empathy in Theater and Dance:  Listening, Movement and Collective Emotion."

Lakshmi Ramgopal (PhD '16) has accepted a tenure-track position at Columbia University.

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.

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