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, and 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

Alain Bresson (Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and History) has won the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize 2017 for his book The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: institutions, markets, and growth in the city-states, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2016.

The James Henry Breasted Prize has been awarded annually by the American Historical Association since 1985 to the author of the best English book in any field of history prior to CE 1000. The Prize was instituted in honor of Professor James Henry Breasted, who founded the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 1919 and was later president of the American Historical Association.

The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy presents a detailed and innovative picture of the exponential growth of the economy of the ancient Greek world in the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods. Professor Bresson’s receipt of the Prize reflects his status as a leading figure in contemporary debate on the history of the ancient economy, and the Department is delighted to congratulate him.


 

Tragic Pleasure from Homer to Plato, by Rana Saadi Liebert (PhD '12), is now available from Cambridge University Press.

For more information on Rana Saadi Liebert's new book click here!


 

In Memoriam Robert Germany

November 8, 1974 - March 7, 2017

(Ph.D. Chicago 2008), Associate Professor of Classics at Haverford College


 

We are happy to announce the Society for Classical Studies has recognized several of our faculty and alumni for their outstanding contributions to the profession!

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer (Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies

The Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

Shadi is one of three awarded for outstanding contributions to classical scholarship published by members of the SCS for her work Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Stacie Raucci (PhD '05)

Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at the College Level 

Stacie is one of three awarded to give special and public expression to the SCS’s commitment to honor and foster excellence in the teaching of classics.

Benjamin Stevens (PhD '05)

Outreach Prize

Awarded for an outstanding project or event by an SCS member or members that makes an aspect of classical antiquity available and attractive to an audience other than classics scholars or students in their courses. Benjamin has been awarded for for his initiative (with Brett Rogers) on classical traditions, science fiction, and fantasy.


 

We are happy to announce that Emily Austin will be joining the department in July 2016. Emily completed her Ph.D at Boston University, where she taught courses on Homeric heroes and the ancient world. Her research interests include Greek literature, especially Homeric epic, emotions, characterization, and communication in ancient literature. She is working on a book, tentatively titled Grief, Anger, and the Iliadic Hero, that explores the emotional motivations of vengeance in the Iliad, identifying a unique and unnoticed link between grief and longing in the poet's description of Achilles’ grief for Patroklos.


 

The Department of Classics announces Emily Mackil as the lecturer for the 2016-17 Classics Lecture Series. She will be delivering a lecture every Tuesday in November at 5:30.

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Prizes and Placements

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 Signapore.

Julia Mebane (PhD '17) has accepted a Lectureship at the University of California- San Diego.

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.

Jonah Radding selected to receive the 2016 Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award This award acknowledges outstanding scholarly contributions of a doctoral student's dissertation project in the Division of the Humanities and is presented in recognition of Jonah's work in his dissertation "Politics and Poetics: Tradition, Genre and Poetic Innovation in Euripidean Tragedy." Congratulations Jonah!

PhD Student Andrew Horne has been awarded a Rome Prize fellowship. He will be spending the 2016-7 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. Learn more about the Rome Prize here.

Lakshmi Ramgopal (PhD '16) has taken a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College's Department of Classics! Lakshmi will be a two year Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College's Department of Classics where she will teach Travel in Antiquity and The Classical Tradition in British India. She will also be completing the manuscript of her dissertation book, Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens from the Second Century BCE to the Third Century CE, and a chapter on mobility for Carlos Noreña's edited volume Cultural History of Western Empires, which Bloomsbury UK will publish in 2018.

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George B. Walsh Lecture, 2015, Richard Hunter (Cambridge)