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

Persius by Shadi BartschShadi Bartsch-Zimmer has written a new book, Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in March 2015.

"You are what you read-so choose carefully, since the wrong kind of food for thought can cause serious mental indigestion. What may seem a mixture of metaphors was plain wisdom to the Stoic satirist Persius, and in this delightful and penetrating analysis of his alimentary, medicinal, and sexual metaphors, Bartsch shows how Persius sought to give his readers a healthier diet. Along the way, she surveys a wealth of classical texts on poisons, remedies, and the body generally. Her book is just what the doctor ordered." —David Konstan, New York University

Michèle Lowrie has been awarded fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin and the Loeb Classical Library Fellowship Foundation for her sabbatical in 2015-16.

Classical Philology is now on Facebook!

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer received an invitation to be a Resident at the American Academy in Rome in 2016. She will be giving the annual Renato Poggioli Lecture at Harvard on April 9, 2015. She was also invited to give the Martin Classical Lecture at Oberlin in 2018.

Congratulations to our graduate students who were awarded dissertation year fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year: Jeremy Brightbill ("The Scenarios of Roman Declamation"), Jonah Radding ("Euripides and Poetry in the Polis: Between Tradition and Innovation"), and Walter Shandruk.
 

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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)