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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 Oriental InstitutePhilosophyPolitical 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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Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer on BBC Radio

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer recently appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week, where she discussed her recently published translation of the Aeneid with Kirsty Wark. You can hear the episode here. Another guest on the program, the author and broadcaster Natalie Haynes, included Bartsch’s Aeneid in her pick for the Guardian’s Best Books of 2020, describing it as “terrific…fresh and pacy."

The Rhetoric & Poetics workshop hosted a live performance of Emma Pauly's (A.B. '16) translation of the Bacchae.

November 19, 2020

The Rhetoric & Poetics workshop hosted a live performance of Emma Pauly's (A.B. '16) translation of the Bacchae. This translation of Euripides' classic play centers a non-binary/gender non-conforming reading of Dionysus and roots itself in the worlds of gender, grief, and the family unit. Below is a full recording of the performance, preceded by a brief intro by Emma. Please view the recording on Claudio Sansone's website.

Congratulations to Jenna Sarchio

Congratulations to Jenna Sarchio, who has been awarded a Mellon Foundation–University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowship as well as a dissertation research award from the Elder Olson Fund of the Division of Humanities, which supports one student each year from across the division writing on the critical study of poetry and poetics.

Congratulations to Rosalie Stoner

Congratulations to Rosalie Stoner, who has been awarded a Mellon Foundation–University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowship as well as a Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship for her course, “Is Rhetoric a Good Thing? The Debate Between Rhetoric and Philosophy.”