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

Christopher Faraone (Frank and Gertrude Springer Professor in the Humanities and the College) has published his new monograph, The Transformation of Greek Amulets in Roman Imperial Times. In celebration, the Classics Department and the Ancient Socities Workshop hosted a book seminar featuring discussion by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty and students: Joshua R. Vera (PhD, History), Bruce Lincoln (Professor Emeritus, Divinity), and Kelly Holob (PhD, Divinity). The Department warmly congratulates Professor Faraone!




Michèle Lowrie (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classics) has been awarded a 2018-19 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports advanced research in the humanities. She hopes to use the fellowship to complete her book project, Security, A Roman Metaphor, which will trace the emergence of the concept of national security in Roman literature and the politics of its trajectory. The Department is delighted to congratulate Professor Lowrie on her receipt of such a competitive and deserved fellowship.

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The Department is delighted to announce that Fiona Macintosh has accepted an invitation to deliver the 2018-19 Sigmund H. Danziger Jr Distinguished Lecture in Literature on Friday 17 May 2019.

Fiona Macintosh is Professor of Classical Reception and Fellow of St Hilda’s College at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Dying Acts: Death in Ancient Greek and Modern Irish Tragic Drama (1994) and Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus (2009), and is the editor or co-editor of Dionysus Since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third Millennium (2004), Agamemnon in Performance, 458 BC to AD 2004 (2005), Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre, 1660–1914 (2005), The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World: Responses to Greek and Roman Dance (2010), Choruses, Ancient and Modern (2013), and The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015). Since 2010, she has been the Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, which maintains a collection of more than 10,000 items related to modern performances of Greek and Roman drama and co-ordinates research into worldwide performances of Greek and Roman drama, in any medium, from antiquity to the present.

Further details will be announced.



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)