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Notice (3/16/20)

In light of current CDC guidance to quell the spread of COVID-19, the Classics Department office is closed, and all Classics Department events are postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. For additional information or general office requests, please contact Kathy Fox (Department Administrator) at kfox@uchicago.edu

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

Renowed Classicist and Professor at the University of Oslo Han Lamers will be giving a seminar Spring Quarter entitled Classical Reception Studies: Key Texts and Ideas. (CLAS 44519, KNOW 44519, CLCV 25019)

The department wishes to congratulate Dr. Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics, on her invitation to join the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome. 

The department wishes to congratulate Dr. Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics, for delivering the Clark Lecture at Brigham Young University. 

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Prizes and Placements

Kassandra Jackson has accepted a tenure-track position in the Classics Department at Colby College.

Starting in Fall 2020, Jessica Seidman will be teaching upper-level Latin, introductory and intermediate Greek, and an advanced seminar at St. Albans School in Washington, DC.

Peter White has been nominated as a Franke Institute fellow for 2020-2021. He'll be studying narrative art in the "Confessions of St. Augustine."

Rosalie Stoner has been award a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship for '20-'21, for her syllabus, "Is Rhetoric a Good Thing? The Debate Between Rhetoric and Philosophy."

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."

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