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On April 9, 2014, 2-5 pm, the Department hosted a LATIN DAY for local students and teachers of Latin at the secondary level.

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CLASSICAL STUDIES have always been at the heart of a liberal education, because they afford unmatched perspectives from which to understand our own time. We offer courses in the history, religion, art, philosophy, legal systems, literature, mythology, social and cultural developments of antiquity. The curriculum covers 3,500 years of human experience in the Greco-Roman world, from the beginnings of Western civilization through the Christianization of Europe.

Three major programs are available. Students majoring in classical languages approach the ancient world primarily through its literature, read in the original language. Students majoring in classics integrate the ancient texts with other kinds of evidence. Students majoring in classical civilization receive the broadest introduction to the ancient world, and they read the primary sources in translation. Majors are encouraged to spend a semester at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome or a Maymester session in Greece led by one of our own professors.

Our Department is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Mediterranean antiquity, integrating the ancient texts with material and visual culture, both in our teaching and in our research.  Faculty members have recently published books on race and ethnicity in the classical world, the Roman law of obligations, and on Roman and Byzantine graves; they lead summer programs for students overseas; and one colleague directs the Kenchreai Excavations, a long-term archaeological project in southern Greece.

Maymester Courses in Greece
and Rome

Uncovering Greek Religion: Cults, Festivals, and Sanctuaries in the Ancient World.

Travel to Greece to survey Greek religion: its deities, sanctuaries, and festivals. Examine the wide variety of pagan cults from prehistory to late Antiquity; the roots of early Christianity; and the influence of ancient pagan cults on modern Greece. Related topics include Athenian democracy; the impact of cults and festivals on warfare, the economy, athletics, and literature; and the role of women and other marginalized groups.

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Archaeology, History, and Culture in Greece: Kenchreai Field School.

Archaeological field school at the site of Kenchreai with seminars and excursions in southern Greece. Basic techniques in excavation, survey, and the analysis of architecture, artifacts, and bones. Explorations of churches, temples, houses, and tombs. Focus on Greece during the Roman Empire and late antiquity. Landscape settlement, cult practice, cultural and social diversity, and funerary ritual.

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History and Art of Ancient Rome: Maymester in Rome and Campania.

Visits to significant archeological sites, monuments and museum collections in Rome and locations throughout southern Italy.

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Recent News

  • January 12, 2015
    Kathy Gaca, Max Goldman, and Barbara Tsakirgis all presented papers at the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society of Classical Studies and the Archaeological Institute of America, in New Orleans, LA.
  • November 7, 2014
    Max Goldman ran a workshop and Tom McGinn gave the Tennessee Classical Association Luncheon presentation at the 2014 Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association Conference in Franklin, TN.
  • August 27, 2014
    Max Goldman presented a paper entitled "The Challenge of Comic Intertextuality in Petronius, Sat. 83-89” at the 14th Congress of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques (FIEC) in Bordeaux, France.
  • July 22, 2014
    Barbara Tsakirgis led students from the American School of Athens through the ancient Athenian civic center.
  • April 9, 2014
    The Department hosted a LATIN DAY for local students and teachers of Latin at the secondary level.
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New Publications
by Our Faculty

Thomas McGinn,  Obligations in Roman Law: Past, Present, and Future

McGinn_Obligations This volume investigates in detail the Roman law of obligations—a subset of private law—together with its subordinate fields, contracts and delicts (torts). 

Max Goldman, Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World.  An Anthology of Primary Sources in Translation

Goldman  This volume provides a comprehensive overview of ancient Greek and Roman concepts of "otherness," as well as Greek and Roman views of non-Greeks and non-Romans.

Joseph Rife,  Isthmia IX: The Roman and Byzantine Graves and Human Remains.

Rife_Isthmia This study describes and interprets graves and human remains around the Isthmian Sanctuary, providing important evidence for both death and life in the Greek countryside during the twilight of antiquity.