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.
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.
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).
Summer Courses 2015 descriptions are here - registration beginning February 16, 2015
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", is scheduled to come out by midsummer 2015.
Congratulations to Andrew Korzeniewski on the successful defense of his dissertation "Killing Turnus: A Study of Aeneas's Actions in the Aeneid" on November 25, 2014. Members of his committee were Dr. D. Mark Possanza, Dr. Nicholas F. Jones, Dr. Harry C. Avery and Dr. Dennis O. Looney.
The Department welcomes Dr. Jacques Bromberg, Assistant Professor of Classics, to our university!
My research takes place at the intersection of intellectual history and literary history, where authors and texts not generally assumed to be interested in systematizing and disseminating human knowledge in fact offer clues to the development of the earliest academic disciplines. The question that most animates my work is, "What roles do these literary genres play in the organization and circulation of knowledge?” Because many individual disciplines began to emerge as coherent wholes in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. (e.g. astronomy and geometry, physics and medicine, law and rhetoric), my work asks what Greek tragedy and comedy, the most prominent literary genres to survive from this period, can teach us about the early shape of these disciplines. So far, a lot! But the study of Greek literature is far more than just a footnote to the history of science and philosophy; on the contrary, my questions derive also from a desire to understand the social and political context of Greek drama. These “plays” were serious business, drawing on highly advanced concepts from all corners of human knowledge to address pressing political and social issues; and today, Greek tragedies and comedies continue to be performed, translated, and adapted all around the world at moments of social, political, or cultural instability. My interest in ancient drama thus does not come to a halt with the end of greco-roman antiquity, and I am very excited to be a part of the interdisciplinary latticework of the Dietrich School at Pitt!
Dr. Christina Hoenig just published an article with DeGruyter - 'Timaeus Latinus. Calcidius and the Creation of the Universe', Rhizomata 2/1 (2014).
Dr. John Newell recently published a paper ("Probablilities Involving Directions Similarities") in
The Mathematical Scientist volume 39 issue 1 (June 2014) pages 37-44. The journal is published by the Applied Probability Trust which operates out of the University of Sheffield in the UK, see http://appliedprobability.org/
Here is the link to read the article (it will require the reader to subscribe or log in): ): http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true
Professor Emerita Dr. Mae Smethurst published Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and beyond Aristotle (Lexinton), which is due to be releasted as a paperback in January, 2015. Translated into Japanese by K. Watanabe and A. Kiso (Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute of Hosei University, March 2014)
Medieval Latin Reading Group (2015)
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
Although Ancient authors had little interest in recording the details of daily life of the Gauls, excavation and research has generated a large corpus of relevant data especially from Hellenistic houses (333-189 BCE) at Gordion, an archaeological site in central Turkey. When considered together, the evidence reveals much about food in its original quotidian context and even more about the residents themselves: what they ate and drank, how it was prepared and served, and how and why these culinary customs changed over time.
Shannon Stewart has excavated in Israel, Cyprus, Turkey and Albania. Her areas of specialization are Hellenistic pottery, the archaeology of domestic life, "Hellenization," and Anatolia in the First Millenium BCE.
SOMETHING APPEALING, SOMETHING APPALLING, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE...A COMEDY TONIGHT!!
When a wily, witty, lying, lazy cheating slave discovers that his master's son is in love with the girl next door - a virgin courtesan - he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with amazing surprises, cunning sidguises - and an awesome chariot race!
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-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 has grown considerably over the last decade. To build upon this dialogue on the reception of the Classical world in performance contexts, we are inviting graduate and undergraduate students to put Classics 'in the spotlight' along with experts from across the Humanities and Social Sciences.
This year’s conference will focus on Roman comedy. Suggested paper topics include: the difficulty of staging Roman comedy on the modern stage (or teaching it in the classroom); a specific theme or stock character originating in Roman comedy and its modern descendants, or how a specific work that draws on Roman comedy. Papers may also focus on Roman comedy as it was performed in antiquity (staging, the makeup of the audience, use of meter and language, matters of translation…).
We will have one set of panels for undergraduate and one for graduate students. Submissions should contribute to either scholarship on Roman comedy, or the discussion of how an understanding of antiquity can facilitate a richer understanding of more recent culture.
For More Details See:
Dr. Edwin Floyd will present a lecture ( "Indo-European and Homer's 'delicate feasting of dogs, of all birds' (Iliad 1.5)") at the International Linguistic Association in New York City, on March 14, 2015.
Dr. Mae Smethurst published Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and beyond Aristotle (Lexinton), which is due to be releasted as a paperback in January, 2015. Translated into Japanese by K. Watanabe and A. Kiso (Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute of Hosei University, March 2014)
Recent Articles (M. Smethurst)
"Interview with Miyagi Satoshi" for a special volume of the Modern Language Association on the views of directors of Greek tragedy today around the world (PMLA 2014)
"Sanemori and Genzai Sanemori" (two translations and studies of this noh taken from the Tales of the Heike), forthcoming in Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of No Plays ofthe Genpei War, edited by Elizabeth Oyler and Michael Watson (Cornell East Asis Series 2013)