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We welcome students to explore our Fall courses in ancient Mediterranean languages, literatures, histories, and cultures. Our offerings this term range from the Ancient Economy to Sophocles’ Antigone, from Introduction to Ancient Philosophy to Art and Myth in Greek Antiquity, from Roman Comedy to Dionysus in Modernity, from Classics in Africa and the Black Diaspora to Egypt of the Pharoahs. We have small language courses and big lectures, virtual visits to art galleries and special collections, training in historical and critical methodologies, and a fascination with antiquity and its modern reception. We welcome you whatever your background and level of preparation — whatever you are interested in and wherever you are starting, we have a course for you.  Contact the DUS (Andrew.Johnston@Yale.edu) and read through our listings here (PDF). Come to meet us at Virtual Bulldog Days!

Yale’s Department of Classics places the principles and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of its educational mission and departmental life. We aspire to be a department that welcomes and affirms scholars and students from diverse races, ethnicities, national origins, gender expressions, social classes, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, ages, and abilities.

The ancient world was heterogeneous: many different actors created the history and culture on which we focus. Many of them have been silenced. As teachers, learners, and researchers, we aim to explore, interrogate, and celebrate the diversity of the past, even while we recognize the realities of past violence and oppression.

With a critical eye towards our methods, our field, and ourselves, we acknowledge that all scholarship is a dialogue between antiquity and multiple presents, and that every present has been shaped by the circumstances of the past. In striving for a better community, we must confront the long, fraught history of appropriations of the ancient world in justifying ideologies and practices of oppression, hatred, and brutality. Recognizing the exclusions, past and present, that have animated the modern university and the field of Classics, we must reimagine what it means to study the histories, cultures, and literatures that have constituted the “classical” past.

The Greco-Roman world does not belong to any self-proclaimed inheritors but is a common past that we explore, enliven, and share with the world, in all of its beauty and horror, wonder and contradictions.

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In the News

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"Thucydides in Times of Trouble": Emily Greenwood in the Yale Review

What the historian’s account of an ancient plague taught me when my father died 8,000 miles away. Read Professor Greenwood’s article in the Yale Review

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Joe Manning’s collaborative work on volcanos and ancient climate hits the big time!

Read more about Professor Joe Manning’s collaborative work on volcanos and ancient climate in the New York Times science section.

Niek Janssen Wins Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Department gleefully congratulates Niek on winning this prestigious fellowship for 2020-21. His project, Appropriate Transgressions: Parody and Decorum in Ancient Greece and Rome, asks how readers identify one text as a parody of another.

Associate Professor Andrew C. Johnston win the 2019 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

Andrew C. Johnston, Associate Professor of Classics, has won the 2019 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies for his book, The Sons of Remus.