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Department of Classics

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 ThoughtComparative Literature, the Divinity SchoolEnglishGermanic StudiesHistory, the Law SchoolLinguistics, the Institute for the Study of Ancient CulturesPhilosophyPolitical ScienceRomance 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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Remembering W. Ralph Johnson.

April 26, 2024

W. Ralph Johnson, John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Classics, passed away on April 13th 2024.