Alumni Story

Why I Chose Classics

The understanding of cultures and society that I learned in Classics gave me a malleable set of skills to apply to my career.

M. André Goodfriend
B.A. Greek, French, Philosophy, Radio-TV 1979
Director, U.S. Dept. of State, Office of eDiplomacy

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The field of Classics examines the languages, literatures, cultures, art, history, religion, and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean world and their ongoing global impact.

One of the most prestigious degrees at the University of Arizona, Classics boasts a high number of top-performing graduates. Classics studies the ancient Mediterranean world from approximately 3000 B.C.E. to approximately 500 C.E., with particular emphasis on the civilizations of Greece and Rome and their reciprocal relations with the surrounding societies of the Near East, Egypt, North Africa, and Western Europe. This field of study incorporates, and is based upon, the scientific principles of philological and archaeological methodology. Within this context, the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona has a fourfold mission: 

  • To elucidate the languages and literatures, archaeology, history, and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world through original research and new interpretation.
  • To integrate the results of these investigations into a comprehensive picture of the classical world through the publication and presentation of scholarly books, articles, papers, and reports.
  • To provide various services to colleagues and academic institutions in endeavors that require training and expertise intrinsic to Classics.
  • To disseminate its discoveries in interesting and accessible ways to students, colleagues, and members of the local community through departmental programs in Ancient and Modern Greek, Latin, Classical Archaeology, and Egyptology.

News & Events

Apr 12
This sixth installment of our 2019 Graduate Colloqium series, will feature M.A. students Stephanie Savage and Gabriel Martinez.  Stephanie's presentation will be based on her Thesis research and will be entitled "Monuments at War: An Analysis of...
Arica Hanson, a Classics major, has been named a recipient of the competitive SILLC Global Award. She will use the funds to study Classics in Italy this summer through the Arizona in Orvieto program.  Arica is also the president of UA’s chapter of ...
Apr 11
The 2019 installment of the annual Lectio Vergiliana, a performative reading in Latin of a portion of Vergil's Aeneid will take place on Thrusday, April 11, from 10am-2pm. This event will feature a reading of the following two books of the Aeneid:...
Cover of "Uncovering Anna Perenna"
The department would like to congratulate Professor Sarah McCallum for the edited volume recently published by Bloomsbury Press: Uncovering Anna Perenna: A Focused Study of Roman Myth and Culture.   The figure of Anna Perenna embodies the complexity...
Roman Boxer and Cyprian of Carthage
Mar 22
This seventh installment of our 2019 Graduate Colloqium series, will feature M.A. students  Kayt Roberto and Jordan Swanson.  Both students will be presenting research derived from their 510A papers.  Kayt's presentation is entitled “Caestus is the...
The Center for Digital Humanities has selected six faculty research projects for development awards. The projects will  combine research in a humanities discipline with cutting-edge technology, like data visualization, digital storytelling, motion...
Mar 29
This eighth installment of our 2019 Graduate Colloqium series, will feature M.A. student Buck Roberson, who will be presenting research derived from their thesis projects.  Buck's presentation is entitled "Fake It to Make It: Skeuomorphs in Early...

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