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Department of Classics

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Department of Classics


Tablet

Portrait on a Roman funerary stele

Vessel Lid

Lid of an Etruscan cinerary urn

Red-Figure Bell Krater

Red-Figure Bell Krater

Green Glass Bottle

Roman Glass Bottle

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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Recent Publications

How Things Make History

How Things Make History
Astrid Van Oyen

Bright red terra sigillata pots dating to the first three centuries CE can be found throughout the Western Roman provinces. The pots' widespread distribution and recognisability make them key evidence in the effort to reconstruct the Roman Empire's economy and society. Drawing on recent ideas in material culture, this book asks a radically new question: what was it about the pots themselves that allowed them to travel so widely and be integrated so quickly into a range of contexts and practices? To answer this question, Van Oyen offers a fresh analysis in which objects are no longer passive props, but rather they actively shape historical trajectories.

Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.

 Project Spotlight

Coin Collection

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Coin Database

Events

Edith Hall (King's College, London) delivered the first Francis R. Halpern Lecture on October 2, 2015: What Do the Ancient Greeks Have to Say to the Third Millenium?

Watch the video here.

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