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Department of Classics


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Red-Figure Bell Krater

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Roman Glass Bottle

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Lid of an Etruscan cinerary urn

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Portrait on a Roman funerary stele

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Jupiter and eagle

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Welcome to Cornell Classics

Classics is the interdisciplinary study of the ancient (1700 BCE-600 CE) Greek and Roman civilizations that gave subsequent European culture its distinctive character. The study of Greek and Roman antiquity includes:  Greek and Latin language, literature, and linguistics; ancient philosophy; history; archaeology and art history; papyrology; epigraphy; and numismatics.

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Recent Publications

Fontaine Greek Roman Comedy

The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy
Michael Fontaine (Editor), Adele C. Scafuro (Editor)

The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the first comprehensive introduction to and reference work for the unified study of ancient comedy. From the birth of comedy in Greece to its end in Rome, from the Hellenistic diffusion of performances after the death of Menander to its artistic, scholarly, and literary receptions in the later Roman Empire, no topic is neglected.

Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.

Program Spotlight

Harvard-Cornell Expedition for the Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Sardis

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The excavations at the site of Sardis in ancient Lydia cover a time span from about 1400 BC to about AD 616. Remains of the Lydian Empire, the Persian Empire, the empire of Alexander the Great, the Roman and the early Byzantine Empire are all represented.