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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

In summer 2019, Classics faculty will be offering study abroad opportunities through Arizona in Orvieto (Italy).                                                                                   Generous Funding Available Students are welcome to...
Cicero speaking before the Roman Senate
M.A. Student Daniel Ruprecht recently penned an article for Eidolon, the online journal for public-facing Classical Scholarship.    "Truthful Hyperbole, Honest Bullshit: Ancient Rhetoric Explains Why Trump’s Lies Work So Well" digs into Ciceronian...
On Saturday, April 7, the Department of Religious Studies and Classics hosted its first annual Classics Teachers Day on campus. Nineteen K-12 teachers from the Tucson and Greater Phoenix areas, thirteen University of Arizona Classics M.A. students,...
Classics at the University of Arizona is pleased to provide Travel Grants to students participating in study abroad through Arizona in the Aegean (Greece) or Arizona in Orvieto (Italy) in Summer 2018. With a generous grant from the Dorrance...
Image of St. Peter's Basilica across the Tiber river at night.
EXPLORE ITALY: SPRING BREAK IN ITALY March 1-10, 2019 (3 credits)   Professor Cynthia White will lead this spring break academic tour of Italy to visit the material and cultural remains of antiquity.   THE COURSE: From January through the end of...
Ancient Greek Vase Painting of schoolroom scene, Teacher with scroll facing student.
The Department of Religious Studies and Classics is excited to offer support to students who would like to get a jump on their study of Ancient Greek!   For UA students interested in enrolling in GRK 102 in Spring 2019, funding is available to take...
Sujin Seo, a double major in Classics and Chemistry, 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.   Sujin writes: “This...

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