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

The Department wishes to congratulate Assistant Professor Emily Austin on her appointment to the 2019-2020 class of Fellows at the Franke Institute for the Humanities. 

The department wants to congratulate Prof. Sofía Torallas for her invitation deliver the 2019 Bennet Lecture with title to be announced in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America.

The Department of Classics wants to congratulate three of our PhD candidates on defending their dissertations. On December 6th, 2018, Konrad Weeda presented their dissertation titled 'IMAGINED LANGUAGES AND FORMS OF LIFE: HORACE READS VIRGIL', on December 7th, 2018, Natalie Trevino presented her work titled 'INSPIRATION AND NARRATIVE IN THE HOMERIC ODYSSEY', and on February 5th 2019, Luke Parker presented his titled 'LISTENING TO LOGOS: A PROSE POETICS IN HERACLITUS'.


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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