The Department of Classics focuses on the interpretation of the culture and society of Greco-Roman antiquity in the widest sense of those terms. Learn more about us.
An interdisciplinary conference for Graduate and Undergraduate students organized by the Departments of Classics, Theatre Arts, & English/Film Studies.
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Learn more about the Classics honorary society for students of Latin and/or Greek.
Dr. Harry Avery is the faculty advisor for Eta Sigma Phi. We sincerely thank him for all the years of guidance and wisdom he has generously given.
This graduate program is joinly offered by the departments of Classics, Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science. Learn more about the Program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science (CPAS).
Dr. John Newell is President of the Pittsburgh Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The University is host to several yearly lectures of international scholars. Read about forthcoming lectures here.
Summer Sessions Registration Begins February 17
Reach your academic goals this summer! Summer sessions allow you to catch up on needed credits, stay on track to graduate in four years, or get ahead for the fall term. Summer sessions are designed specifically so that you can enroll in two classes in a row without course overlap; take additional upper-division courses in your major; complete core requirements; explore specialized topics or a new area of interest; and pick up extra credits during the 4-, 6-, and 12-week sessions. With hundreds of classes offered during day and evening hours, you also have the flexibility to enroll in courses without forgoing summer jobs, internships, or family vacations. For more information on summer sessions, visit www.summer.pitt.edu.
Medieval Latin Reading Group (Spring 2014)
Dr. Bruce Venarde (firstname.lastname@example.org) will convene the meetings this semester.
Over the past year, the Medieval Latin Reading Group has become a site of energy and community for medievalists and Latinists at Pitt and the larger community. Last year's group had faculty from a few surrounding regional colleges, an independent scholar, a high school Latin teacher, and an emerita professor from Penn State, in addition to Pitt faculty, grad students, and the occasional undergrad. So the group is not only interdisciplinary, but also interprofessional and multigenerational.
The group also represents a wide range of Latin competency, from my co-leader Bruce Venarde, the editor and translator of the Dumbarton Oaks edition of Benedict's Rule, to Ph.D. students in their first year of undergrad Latin and rusty professors. We are a very supportive group, with a no-shame ethos. We spend the first hour of every fortnightly meeting on assigned, prepared passages (however much you feel comfortable preparing), and the second hour sight-reading, for those who feel comfortable with it.
This semester the MLRG is generously sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Humanities Center.
Those interested in more information can contact Ryan McDermott, Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature and Culture in the Dept. of English at mcdermott.pitt.@gmail.com.
CONGRATULATIONS - To Nicholas R. Thorne, who successfully defended his dissertation "The Unity of the Gorgias" on July 2, 2013. Members of his committee are Dr. James Allen, Dr. James Lennox, Dr. Dennis Looney and Dr. Mae Smethurst.
Benjamin Haller, (PhD, Classics, 2007) recently received tenure at Virginia Wesleyan University. Dr. Haller is the Batten Associate Professor of Classics.
Best Wishes to Professor H. P. Stahl, Mellon Professor of Classics, who retired from the University after many years of scolarship, service and teaching. Thank you Dr. Stahl, nulli secundus. During your many years of teaching you have instilled upon your students to respice, adspice, prospice. We wish you well in all your future endeavors.
To Joseph Tipton upon the successful defense of his dissertation "An Aristocracy of Virtue: The Protagorean Background to the Periclean Funeral Speech in Thucydides" which took place on May 29, 2013.
Joseph Tipton and Dr. Harry Avery, his major advisor. Committee of Dr. D. Mark Possanza, Dr. James V. Allen, Joseph Tipton, Dr. Harry C. Avery and Dr. Nicholas F. Jones
Congratulations to Dr. Mae J. Smethurst on her book "Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and beyond Aristotle" Interdisciplinary Approaches Series Editor, Gregory Nagy, Harvard University (Lexington Books 2013).
BEST WISHES to Dr. Mae J. Smethurst, Professor of Classics, upon her retirement. Dr. Smethurst has 46 years of service and scholarship with the University of Pittsburgh. Thank you Dr. Smethurst, nulli secundus. During your many years of teaching you have instilled upon your students to respice, adspice, prospice. We wish you well in all your future endeavors.
To Jerry Heverly upon the successful defense of his dissertation, "Neglected Warnings in the Iliad: A Study in Characterization" which took place on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Committee chair and major advisor, Dr. Edwin D. Floyd, Jerry Heverly, Dr. Mae J. Smethurst, and Dr. Andrew M. Miller, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Dennis O. Looney, also on the committee was present via skype and is not pictured.
Edwin D. Floyd has mentored two undergraduate students in their research through the Office of Experential Learning.
Andrew Tyler Lucas conducted his research titled "Veiled Criticism in Vergil". Damilola O. Akapo completed her research project titled "Analysis of Political Subtext in the Aeneid."
The Office of Experiential Learning connects Arts and Sciences undergraduates with opportunities to earn credits outside the classroom by engaging in internships, research, and teaching. It places students in “hands-on” activities that are tied to current coursework, and encourages them to reflect on and analyze their experiences in an academic context.
Classics Majors- There is now a Career Consultant for Classics to help you with career info and internship possibilities. Contact Heidi McFerron with Career Development in Room 200 of the William Pitt Union. Her email is email@example.com.
To Christopher J. Kurfess upon the successful defense of his dissertation, "The Reconstruction of the Fragments of Parmenides' Poem" which took place on Thursday, November 8, 2012.
Committee members Dr. John Poulakos, Christopher Kurfess, Committee Chair and major advisor, Dr. Edwin D. Floyd, Dr. Mae J. Smethurst, and Dr. Andrew M. Miller, Professor Emeritus who attended via skype.
You can now "Like" us on Facebook!
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Classics now has a Facebook page.
Study Abroad has some interesting information for Classics majors and the opportunities that exist to enhance their interest in learning and culture. Learn more about the study abroad opportunities for students in Classics. You may also stop by the department for a study abroad brochure.
New this past summer- Pitt in Greece Program!
Contact Elizabeth Conforti, our department administrator, for more information.University of Pittsburgh, Department of Classics
March 21-23, 2014-University of Pittsburgh
Along with traditional theatrical reinterpretations, recent adaptations of Classical subjects in television and film have continued to make ancient Greek and Roman culture accessible to today’s audiences, and scholarly interest in these representations of the ancient Greek and Roman world through modern performance media has grown considerably over the last decade. To build upon this dialogue on the reception of the Classical world in performance contexts, we would like to offer young scholars the opportunity to put Classics ‘in the spotlight’ along with experts in Classics, Theatre Arts and Film Studies.
Through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops we will approach modern representations of well-known figures and themes of antiquity from various perspectives: how authentic are the portrayals of individual figures and settings, and of the social and political environments? How are Classical characters or plotlines ‘reinterpreted’ in order to comply with – or challenge – specific social and cultural norms? Finally, how should performers and audiences approach modern representations of Classical culture?
Participants will have the unique opportunity to explore these questions by staging a short scene from a Classical play under the supervision of directors and actors experienced in the performance of ancient culture.
SCHEDULED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
DR. MARCIA LANDY, Distinguished Professor of English/Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Mae Smethurst, Emerita Professor of Classics, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Paul Woodruff, Professor of Philosophy and Classics, University of Texas
Dr. Pantelis Michelakis, Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol
Dr. Konstantinos Nikoloutsos, Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph’s University
An interdisciplinary conference organized by the Departments of Classics, Theatre Arts, & English/Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh
The Department of Classics welcomes its newest faculty member, Dr. Christina Hoenig, Assistant Professor of Classics. Dr. Hoenig comes from Cambridge University.
“My research focuses on the Roman and Greek philosophical writers from the 1st century BC to Late Antiquity. One of my central themes of interest is the translation of Greek philosophical vocabulary into Latin. In the past, I have also worked on Hebrew-Latin biblical translation. The larger part of my current research concentrates on the Latin Platonic tradition, especially on topics in natural philosophy and epistemology, but I am also interested in the Greek commentators on Plato and Aristotle.”
Nicholas Thorne, graduate student, presented his paper “Thucydides i.32-45: Safety in Justice” at the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of Canada, May 13-17, 2013.
Dr. Mae Smethurst presented a lecture, "A Meeting of Men's Book Club in Meiji Japan" for the Transforming Classics conference at Duke University, March 22-23, 2013.
Dr. Mae Smethurst presented a lecture at the Ohio State University "Action in Realistic Noh", February 19, 2013.
Dr. Edwin Floyd presented his paper, "The Etymology and Early Use of Greek Sophos ‘Wise’ " at the International Linguistic Association, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, on November 10, 2012.
John Scanlon, graduate student, presented his paper at the University of Buffalo graduate student conference on self-promotion in the ancient world on October 19, 2012.