The study of Classics is a dynamic, multifaceted discipline engaged in the exploration of a remarkably multicultural part of the world–the ancient Mediterranean–from early pre-history to Late Antiquity. Our goal is to fully understand the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome in the context of the wider Mediterranean basin, an area of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity.

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Our faculty are scholars and researchers, who publish widely, translate texts, and guest lecture at conferences and other educational institutions. They work closely with students to develop their scholarship, critical thinking skills and capacity to understand how ancient cultures and civilizations influence contemporary society.

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The study of Classics is a dynamic, multifaceted discipline engaged in the exploration of a remarkably multicultural part of the world – the ancient Mediterranean – from early pre-history to Late Antiquity.

Our goal is to fully understand the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, in the context of the wider Mediterranean basin – an area of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. As a deliberate strategy, Classical scholarship engages with literature, drama, art, politics, philosophy, archaeology, and history. We are therefore inherently interdisciplinary and inclusive in our approach to understanding the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome as completely as possible.

At the same time, we are keenly aware of the role that Classical culture and the scholarship that surrounds it has played in the production of modern institutions, forms of power, and aesthetic standards in the modern West.  We regard it as our particular challenge to both recognize the enduring value of the cultural productions of ancient Greece and Rome and to question their deployment in the modern world. By studying ancient Greece and Rome in all their complexity, we can better understand – and critique – the structures of power that have claimed them as ancestors.

 

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Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.
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A Conversation with Chris Trinacty

November 30, 2017
Assistant Professor of Classics Chris Trinacty on falling in love with Seneca’s tragedies, teaching the discipline through digital humanities, and his favorite Latin expressions.