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. 

Read more about the history of the department!

Latest News

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

The Department of Classics announces Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge) as the lecturer for the 2015-16 Classics Lecture Series. He will deliver a series of lectures on "Homer & the Land" throughout the month of October. Visit Events for more information.

The Department of Classics is excited to welcome our incoming students for the 2015-16 year: Amber Ace, Jordan Johansen, Kristie Keller, Mills McArthur, Michael Moore, Alethea Roe, Mary Rosalie Stoner, and Katrina Van Amsterdam.

The Chicago Center for Teaching's fall orientation for graduate lecturers and course assistants, formerly known as the Workshop on Teaching in the College, has been renamed to the Teaching@Chicago Conference. This year's program will take place on Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th, and each day will be devoted to a specific group. Click here for more information.

Exemplarity and Singularity Book CoverMichèle Lowrie has edited a new volume with Susanne Lüdemann, Exemplarity and Singularity: Thinking through Particulars in Philosophy, Literature, and Law in the Discourses of Law series at Routledge. Chicago colleagues who have contributed chapters include Clifford Ando, John McCormick, and Robert Morrissey.

Clifford Ando has written a new book, Roman Social Imaginaries: Language and Thought in the Context of Empire, which was published by the University of Toronto Press in April 2015.

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Prizes and Placements

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 Signapore.

Julia Mebane (PhD '17) has accepted a Lectureship at the University of California- San Diego.

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.

Jonah Radding selected to receive the 2016 Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award This award acknowledges outstanding scholarly contributions of a doctoral student's dissertation project in the Division of the Humanities and is presented in recognition of Jonah's work in his dissertation "Politics and Poetics: Tradition, Genre and Poetic Innovation in Euripidean Tragedy." Congratulations Jonah!

PhD Student Andrew Horne has been awarded a Rome Prize fellowship. He will be spending the 2016-7 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. Learn more about the Rome Prize here.

Lakshmi Ramgopal (PhD '16) has taken a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College's Department of Classics! Lakshmi will be a two year Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College's Department of Classics where she will teach Travel in Antiquity and The Classical Tradition in British India. She will also be completing the manuscript of her dissertation book, Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens from the Second Century BCE to the Third Century CE, and a chapter on mobility for Carlos Noreña's edited volume Cultural History of Western Empires, which Bloomsbury UK will publish in 2018.

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