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Department of Classics

The University of Cincinnati Classics Department is one of the most active and largest centers for the study of the Greek and Roman Antiquity in the United States. Seventeen full-time faculty members, four research associates, and two Rawson Visiting Scholars specialize in Classical philology, ancient history, and archaeology, including Greek prehistory. 

About thirty-five graduate students are in residence at any given time, while others spend a year or more abroad to study or conduct research. In the heart of the Department is the recently renovated Burnam Classical Library, the world's most comprehensive library for advanced research in Classics (with some 300,000 volumes). The department's Tytus Fellowships bring an additional nine to twelve researchers to the Department each year, in addition to many shorter-term visitors. About thirty undergraduate majors profit from the vibrant scholarly community, while an Outreach Program takes faculty and graduate students to more than 100 area schools each year. The department's lecture series, including those sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, attract audiences from the larger academic and lay community in the Cincinnati area. The Department edits Nestor, a bibliographic resource for Aegean Prehistory, and sponsors continuing series of publications for Pylos, Keos, and Troy. Faculty organize or participate in archaeological fieldwork in Greece at Pylos, Knossos, Isthmia, Anavlochos and the Athenian Agora, in Italy at Pompeii and Tharros in Sardinia, in Turkey at Gordion, and in Israel at Caesarea Maritima.


The Cincinnati Difference

What will you find in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati and nowhere else?

  • Six or seven years of guaranteed funding, at a level well above subsistence in low-cost Cincinnati
  • Personalized professional development and mentorship
  • In-person and online teaching experience suited to your needs and development
  • Non-teaching service assignments in the first two years, and a dissertation year at the end
  • A carefully designed and flexible ancient languages curriculum, allowing either fast passage or up to four years for mastery
  • The world-renowned John Miller Burnam Classics Library, with over 300,000 monographs and 2,000 active periodical subscriptions
  • The award-winning Outreach Program, now in its second decade
  • The Tytus Scholars program, hosting 9 new visiting Classics scholars from around the world every year
  • Excavation opportunities under Cincinnati permits in Greece and Italy

Learn more about our Faculty, Ph.D. and MA tracks in Ancient History, Bronze Age and Classical Archaeology, and Greek and Latin Philology. You may also browse our graduate course cycles, and check out detailed policy about our graduate programs in our Graduate Handbook. See more here about the Burnam Library, the Tytus Fellows program, and our Outreach program.


Department of Classics
410 Blegen Library
PO Box 210226
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0226
Phone | (513) 556-3050
Fax | (513) 556-4366
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Latest News

  • Blegen Bulletin 2023 Now Available!

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    Blegen Bulletin 2023, the newsletter of UC Classics, is available as a pdf here
    Enjoy — and send us your own news and updates!

  • New Rawson Visiting Scholars

    The Marion Rawson Visiting Scholars Program welcomes scholars of exceptional merit in any field of Classics to share the intellectual resources of our community of faculty and students at the University of Cincinnati. Typically such individuals will have retired from other institutions and plan to spend time in Cincinnati to continue their programs of research. The program honors native Cliftonite Marion Rawson, who, after graduating from Bryn Mawr College, returned to the University Cincinnati to study architecture. Her association with our department began in 1927 and continued until her death in 1980. During that time she was a creative and academic contributor to several of the most important archaeological excavations sponsored by our department, including Troy and Pylos.

    Next year we introduce two new Rawson Scholars to our department.

    Portrait of Jan Driessen standing in front of wallJan Driessen by Julien Pohl

    Jan Driessen, professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain, is a prehistorian specializing in the archaeology of the Minoan civilization in Crete. Professor Driessen has studied the architecture of the Minoans, as well as the contexts in which Linear B tablets were found at Knossos in Crete. He has participated in various archaeological projects on the island, first through the British School at Athens (Palaikastro, Knossos, Myrtos), then as a Belgian member of the French School at Athens (Malia). His curiosity about the impact of the Santorini eruption on Minoan Crete made him realise that, despite a 100 years of excavation, Minoan society remained as mysterious as it was for Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of the 20th century. Influenced by Claude Lévi-Strauss and Elinor Ostrom, he has recently tried to approach Minoan society as corporative, based on a locus-bound association of matrifocally organised groups or houses, which, through collective action, collaborated to construct and use the complexes that we call “palaces.” Since 2007, Professor Driessen initiated the first ever excavation by the Belgian School at Athens on Crete at the site of Sissi, on the north coast of Crete, and, between 2012 and 2022, he served as director of the Belgian School at Athens.

    Portrait of Tom Palaima looking left with parrot on shoulderTom Palaima and Jumbo

    Thomas G. Palaima, Armstrong Centennial professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin, is a much honored Classicist and linguist, specializing in the study of languages and scripts of early Greece. He has focused on paleography, scribal systems, and the use of Linear B tablets to answer questions about many aspects of life during the Mycenaean period. In this regard, he founded the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory at UT Austin in 1986, which now curates the most significant relevant archive for the study of Greek prehistoric scripts. Professor Palaima holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, is a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and this Spring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also written many public intellectual commentaries, has reviewed books on a broad range of subjects, ancient and modern, and has researched, written, taught, and lectured about how humans, in groups or as individuals, respond to war and violence. He has served as academic co-director of the NEH Aquila Warrior Chorus Project in Austin.He has also written extensively about music, especially about Bob Dylan and his cultural influence. He has recently co-edited the Festschrift for José Melena (Harvard University Press) and co-edited the Aegeaum volume ZOIA exploring animal-human interactions in the 2nd-millennium Aegean. He is now focusing on co-editing the publication of the inscribed Minoan ivory from Anetakis and the epigraphical commentary on the Linear B tablets from Pylos for Palace of Nestor IV. 

  • Cecilia Cozzi Discusses "Fate" at the CSO Beethoven Concert

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    After "the Mermaid" event last week, the collaboration between the Cincinnati Outreach program and the CSO continues. Given the success of the earlier Pre-concert talks, the Outreach program will return at the Cincinnati Music Hall for another "Pre-concert-talk" Series. On March 25th and 26th, Cecilia Cozzi will join assistant conductor Samuel Lee for a conversation on the role of "Fate" in Classical texts ahead, preparing the audience to fully enjoy the performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Mark your calendar: come on Sunday Mar 26th for a special young professional experience, including a happy hour at Rhinegeist Taproom after the show. Show your ticket at the bar for $5 beers and a special souvenir CSO stein: Student tickets are just $15.53, and adults can save 25% off with promocode YP25!

  • Two New Hires for Classics

    The Classics Department is Excited to Announce Two New Faculty Hires in Ancient History and Greek Philology


    Matthijs Wibier (2014 PhD in Classics from St. Andrews) will be joining us in the fall. He is a Roman cultural and intellectual historian with a specialization in Roman law and a broad interest in Roman politics and government. Matthijs can boast a long list of publications already. He is currently working on a monograph on the Roman legal experts in the early Empire as well as on a collective volume on the transmission of Roman law in Late Antiquity. Matthijs is originally from the Netherlands (2010 MA in Classics from Leiden University) and has been teaching at the University of Kent since 2018. Earlier he spent a few years each at Penn State and the University of Pavia. We wish Matthijs welcome in what has now officially become the Classics department with the highest concentration of ancient historians in the US! He is eager to take on graduate students interested in Roman history.


    Dylan Kenny comes to Cincinnati from the University of California, Berkeley, where he has recently completed his PhD on the early fifth-century poet Pindar. Dylan was attracted to Classics through its modern reception in pictorial art, the early days of the printing press, and ideologies of work. His current research addresses the intersections between Pindar’s poetry and philosophical discourses of the early fifth century BCE. Whereas recent generations of scholars have isolated Pindar from his contemporaries and read his poetry as a strange kind of archaic residue, rich as it is in complex symbolism, Dylan builds on early-modern scholarly opinion that Pindar was a serious ethicist and political advisor to show that he was conversant also with most major philosophical topics of his day. In his earlier work, Dylan edited a collection of essays on the Victorian art critic Vernon Lee, wrote a prize-winning thesis on the early modern painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder, wrote a prize-winning MA thesis on Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus, and wrote a second MA thesis on the Renaissance publisher Henri Estienne of Geneva. Dylan grew up near Fresno, California, and completed the two-year liberal arts program at Deep Springs College, a two-year liberal arts college in the California dessert that integrates sustenance labor with readings from the European tradition. He subsequently earned his BA at Yale, continued his studies of Classics and Early Modern History on a three-year fellowship for post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge, and returned to Berkeley for his PhD in Classics. 


Upcoming Events

James Talk on Women in Comedy

Date: 09.28.2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Calendar: Public Events
Sharon L. James (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) will speak on "Lessons from Looking at Women in Comedy" in room 308 Blegen. A reception hosted by the Classics graduate students to be held in the Blegen lobby immediately following the lecture. Professor James has published widely on sex, gender, rape, Roman love elegy, and Greek and Roman New Comedy. During this talk, Professor James will share her insights from studying women in the plays of Menander, Plautus, and Terence while researching for her current book project “Women in New Comedy.” You may watch this lecture via Zoom using the following link:  Recording of any kind is strictly prohibited. 

Efstathiou talk on Athenian Pottery

Date: 10.02.2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Calendar: Public Events
Aspa Efstathiou, Agora Excavations, will give a lecture: The “Ευ ἀγοράζειν” during and in the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War: The Material Evidence from Commercial Buildings near the Athenian Agora". In Blegen 308 Reception to follow.

An Evening with Seneca

Date: 10.05.2023 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Calendar: Public Events