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

Alain Bresson delivers on Thursday, September 24, 2015, the opening lecture of the Convegno Internazionale di Studi Sulla Magna Grecia at Taranto, and on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Michael I. Rostovteff Lecture at Yale.

Joy Connolly (NYU) will becoming to our department as the 2016 George B. Walsh lecturer which will be held on Friday, February 26th at 4 PM in Classics 110

Her lecture is entitled "The Promise of the Classical Canon: Hannah Arendt and the Romans."

A reception will follow.

Clifford Ando has been invited to deliver the Maestro Lectures for 2015 at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.

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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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