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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.

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Faculty, students, alumni, and friends gathered on the patio terrace of the University Club on September 2, 2016. A sunny afternoon was complemented with refreshments at one of the most relaxing spots on campus.  Here are some photos.


Archaeological Institute of America, Pittsburgh Chapter

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.


Eta Sigma Phi

Learn more about the Classics honorary society for students of Latin and/or Greek.

Program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science

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). 


Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Greek Reading Group - FALL, 2016

Our Ancient Greek Reading Group is open to graduate students and faculty (and advanced undergraduates) in the Pittsburgh community. We are currently reading Epictetus’ Discourses, a series of teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, committed to writing in the first century CE.

We meet every Wednesday from 4-5.30pm in Room 1001D of the Philosophy Department, 10th Floor of the Cathedral. Please contact Dr. Christina Hoenig cmh159@pitt.edu for more information.


Medieval Latin Reading Group will meet on alternative Mondays beginning October 10, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. most probably in the Irish Nationality Room.  If interested in participating, email Dr. William Campbell (whc7@pitt.edu) to state your interest in participating.




Congratulations to Classics major, Allie Roos, on her acceptance to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome for the spring term, 2017!


Dr. Jacques Bromberg spent four weeks in May and June traveling over 2,000km around Sicily with twelve Pitt undergraduates, as part of the Classics Department’s new study abroad program.


In the spring term 2016, Dr. Christina Hoenig carried out research at the Sorbonne University in Paris, spoke at a conference on Plato’s dialogue Timaeus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from there travelled to Dublin, Ireland, where she held a visiting fellowship at the Plato Centre of Trinity College.


Dr. Nicholas F. Jones' completed texts, translations, and commentaries on the major Athenian historians Androtion and Philochoros were uploaded at Brill's New Jacoby-- the updated edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.


Dr. Andrew Korzeniewski, who joins the Classics faculty this year as a Visiting Lecturer, was voted Professor of the Month for March 2016 by the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Pitt’s Sophomore class Honors Society


Dr. Carrie Weaver's monograph, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily, was published by the University Press of Florida in September 2015. Dr. Weaver joins the Classics faculty this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor.


A.W. Mellon Professor Emeritus H.P. Stahl has just completed a major study of Vergil's Aeneid.  The book, entitled "Poetry Underpinning Power: Vergil's Aeneid for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study".


CONGRATULATIONS to recent graduates, Damilola Akapo and Lauren Tragesser on their induction into Phi Beta Kappa.  Damilola is a Molecular Biology major and Classics minor and Lauren is an Anthropology and Chemistry major, Classics minor.


Emeritus Professor Edwin D. Floyd has received a grant of $350 from CAAS (Classical Association of the Atlantic States) to defray expenses in connection with two First Experiences in Research students, Justin Antonuccci and Leo Dornan, who are assisting him in his ongoing research on Homer's presentation of Achilles in the Iliad.   

    Justin Antonucci is comparing the handling of various key words such as "wrath" and "plan" in about twenty different Italian translations of the Iliad, ranging from the 18th through the 21st centuries.

    Leo Dornan's topic is an investigation of the way that Statius' Latin poem, the Achilleid, develops themes, such as the story of Achilles' heel, that are not explicitly dealt with by Homer.

This year's FER Celebration of Research, at which both Justin and Leo will present a poster summarizing their research, will be Friday, April 22, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, in Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall.



New for summer 2016- Pitt in Sicily Program!

Students earn six credits in the Dept. of Classics in this program designed for those interested in the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean.  The rich cultural heritage and sweepig panoramas of Sicily provide the background to an an unforgettable exploration of over 1,000 years of Greek and Roman history and culture.


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.


Classics Majors- There is now a Career Consultant for Classics to help you with career info and internship possibilities.  Contact Anastasia Lopez with Career Development in Room 200 of the William Pitt Union.  Her email is anl88@pitt.edu.



Contact Elizabeth Conforti, our department administrator, for more information.

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Lectures, Conferences and Symposia:



Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Colloquium present

Christian Wildberg

    (Professor of Classics, Director, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University)


Monday, November 7, 2016

3:30 p.m.

Babcock Room, 40th Floor, Cathedral of Learning


"Late Antiquity, Whether We Like it or Not"


This paper stresses the crucial importance of late antiquity for western intellectual history. Of all historical periods into which antiquity is traditionally divided (the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Imperial periods, and finally Late Antiquity), it is this last period that was in fact the most formative and influential in the subsequent course of the history of western ideology and culture, and not just for the middle ages.  I argue in particular that the study of the history of philosophy in Late Antiquity is paramount for our understanding of certain fundamental tenets and tacit presuppositions that are still operative in modernity. Most of these tenets are in fact highly problematic, and it therefore seems to be necessary and urgent not only to broaden the academic canon, extending it over the wealth of extant writings that survive from Late Antiquity, but also to study this material in a spirit of critical distance and detachment.





conference/lecture news


Dr. Mae Smethurst lectured at the University of British Columbia in April, 2016. She spoke to classicists and Japanologists on the subject of Miyagi's production of "Medea" in Japan.


Dr. Edwin Floyd read a paper "Homer, Odyssey 10.200: Man-eating or Man-slaying?" at the annual meeting of the International Linguistic Association at Hofstra University, March 11-13, 2016.


Zachary C. Herbster, Classics major, attended the Miami University Undergraduate Conference in April, 2015.  His paper "From One Gadfly to Another: The Theological and Moral Influence of Socrates on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."



CLASS ACTS II: eXPLORING Roman Comedy and its reception

An interdisciplinary conference for Graduate and Undergraduate students organized by the Departments of Classics, University of North Carolinam, Chapel Hill, and the University of Madrid

March 20-21, 2015

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