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Department of Classics


Red-Figure Bell Krater

Red-Figure Bell Krater

Green Glass Bottle

Roman Glass Bottle

Vessel Lid

Lid of an Etruscan cinerary urn

Tablet

Portrait on a Roman funerary stele

Eagle

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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Applying for a PhD?

The application deadline is January 5, 2015.
The online application is now available for admission for Fall 2015. Please read more about our graduate programs.

Recent Publications

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Christians and their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CE
Eric Rebillard

In Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200–450 CE, Éric Rebillard explores how Christians in North Africa between the age of Tertullian and the age of Augustine were selective in identifying as Christian, giving salience to their religious identity only intermittently. By shifting the focus from groups to individuals, Rebillard more broadly questions the existence of bounded, stable, and homogeneous groups based on Christianness.

Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.

Special Exhibition

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Annetta Alexandridis and Verity Platt present:

Firing the Canon: The Cornell Casts and Their Discontents

An exhibition at Weinhold Chilled Water Plant, 28 Forest Home Drive

Open weekdays, November through December, 10 AM - 4 PM

More and a video of the planning of the exhibition.

Program Spotlight

Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project (Cyprus)

Geophysical prospection on the site of Maroni

This project uses archaeological geophysics and digital mapping and modeling to investigate the role of urban landscapes in the profound social transformations that took place on Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age (c. 1650-1100 BC).