Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study encompassing the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. We seek to understand the languages, literatures, histories, and visual and material cultures of the premodern Mediterranean world—from the Bronze Age to the dawn of the Middle Ages, from the Iliad and the Odyssey to Saint Augustine, and from Greece, Italy, France, and Spain to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Greek-speaking kingdoms of the Indian subcontinent. We approach these ancient societies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including linguistics, art history, archaeology, anthropology, and philosophy, while also considering the long and complex legacies of ancient Greece and Rome in art, language, politics, and culture from antiquity to the present day.
Announcing the New Classical Studies Scholarship
The Classical Studies Scholarship recognizes academically outstanding students committed to classical studies. Scholarships cover up to full tuition for four years and are awarded based on need. Apply Now
The Classics Club is a student-run group that hosts gatherings where students can meet up and talk about anything related to the study of classics. Latin Table is a weekly occasion for students to converse informally in Latin in order to gain a better linguistic and affective understanding of the language. More about Student Work
Collecta in Classicis: Together in Classics
Collecta in Classicis: “Together in Classics,”* provides a space for scholars, teachers, and students to have a conversation about inclusivity in Classics, what that means, what it looks like, and why Classics is not always inclusive. We welcome scholars who have engaged critically with diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, physical ability, and more as it relates to their experience in the field of Classics, or in their study of the Classical World, or both. Furthermore, we hope to include voices of marginalized groups typically silenced either in the past, or even today, by the Classics. How we make Classics more inclusive and accessible, and what that means and looks like, are difficult questions. We hope to encourage productive dialogues that contribute, in individual steps, to the transformative work needed in order for the field of Classics to be reimagined. Collecta in Classicis is supported by the Inclusion Challenge through the Office of the Dean of the College. See below for a list of upcoming events in the series. These events are open to the campus community.
*A note on the name: The Latin title is representative of Classics, and having the words declined in the neuter, accusative, plural is representative of the inclusivity. The neuter excludes neither men nor women, while also including people identifying outside of masculine or feminine binaries. The plural is—quite literally—denoting that Classics is for and made up of all people.
David Ungvary, assistant professor of classics, has been selected to receive Harvard University’s Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for the 2021–22 academic year. This highly competitive fellowship supports major research and publications in classical studies, and will allow Professor Ungvary to complete his first monograph, The Poetics of Asceticism in Late Antique Gaul, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Professor David Ungvary Receives 2021–22 Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship from Harvard University
David Ungvary, assistant professor of classics, has been selected to receive Harvard University’s Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for the 2021–22 academic year. This highly competitive fellowship supports major research and publications in classical studies, and will allow Professor Ungvary to complete his first monograph, The Poetics of Asceticism in Late Antique Gaul, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. The book provides an original history of provincial Christian Latin authors of the fifth century CE, composing amid “the fall of the Roman Empire,” who responded to political instability with poetic performances of strict religious discipline.
First-year Latin student Jade Dinkins ’24 and Classical Studies majors Isabella Spagnuolo ’22 and Kristof Szabo ’21 will pursue opportunities for advanced study in the coming months.
Classical Studies Students Awarded Scholarships, Pursue Advanced Studies
First-year Latin student Jade Dinkins ’24 has been awarded a scholarship to the Harvard Summer School for the 2021 season. Jade is one of two students awarded the scholarship for the accelerated seven-week program in ancient languages, and will take Beginning Ancient Greek.
Classical Studies major Isabella Spagnuolo ’22 has been invited to participate in the 2021 University of Chicago Leadership Alliance SR-EIP program. The program provides students who intend to pursue a PhD in Classics with a stipend to conduct dedicated research in a chosen area of study. Isabella will be mentored by Michèle Lowrie, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classics at UChicago. Her research will explore the echoes of pantomime dance in Horace's Odes.
Classical Studies major Kristof Szabo ’21 has been accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania for 2021–22. The program is renowned for helping students to exceed the advanced levels in Greek and Latin in order to ready them for graduate study in the Classics.