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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

  • The Anthologist's Workshop

    The international Semple Symposium organized by Susan Prince and Christopher Moore at UC Classics on the anthology of John Stobaeus is about to begin! "The Anthologist’s Workshop: Insights on the Principles, Materials, and Techniques behind the Anthology of John Stobaeus", 2-4 May 2024.

  • Announcing the 2024 Tytus Scholars

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    The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati is pleased to announce the winners of the Tytus Fellowships and Residencies for 2024-25. The Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program offers two types of residential fellowship for the study of archaeology, ancient history, and philology. Three Tytus Fellowships are offered both for the Spring and Winter semesters; another three Tytus Residencies are offered for the summer. As a prestigious residential fellowship, and one that offers the full range of resources and services of the Burnam Classics Library, the 'Tytus' attracts a large number of international and national scholars.

    Tytus Summer Residencies 2024:
    Giuseppina Azzarello (Udine): Scribes and notaries in Byzantine Oxyrhynchus
    Anastasia Dakouri-Hild (Virginia): The Kotroni Archaeological Survey Project
    Fabian Reiter (Bologna): Edition of Bologna Papyri

    Fall 2024:
    Stefano Floris (Tübingen): Phoenician and Punic Cult Images in (Roman-Age) Context: the Case of Sardinia
    Eugenia Gorogianni (Akron): Keos XIII: Ayia Irini. Northern Sector
    Amy Koenig (Hamilton Coll.): Romans Writing Greek: The Romanitas of Imperial Greek Literature

    Spring 2025:
    Thomas Clements (Manchester): Sparta's Territories: Power and Place in the Ancient Peloponnese, c.800-371 BC
    Parrish Wright (South Carolina): Mythology, Identity, and Diplomacy in Pre-Roman Italy
    Paolo Vitti (Notre Dame): The Mausoleum of Hadrian: The Bridge, the Tomb and its Afterlife

  • Jack Davis elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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    Congratulations to Jack Davis, who has been elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Class III- Social and behavioral Sciences - Section 5: Antropology and Archaeology)! "The American Academy of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1780 to help a young nation face its challenges through shared purpose, knowledge, and ideas. (...) The 250 members elected in 2024 are being recognized for their excellence and invited to uphold the Academy’s mission of engaging across disciplines and divides." “We honor these artists, scholars, scientists, and leaders in the public, non-profit, and private sectors for their accomplishments and for the curiosity, creativity, and courage required to reach new heights,” said David Oxtoby, President of the Academy. “We invite these exceptional individuals to join in the Academy’s work to address serious challenges and advance the common good.”

  • Commemoration for Jacquie Riley, the former Head of the John M. Burnam Classics Library

    Portrait of Jacquie RIley

    On Tuesday, April 23, UCL librarians and UC Classics faculty and staff gathered to commemorate the life and work of Jacquie Riley. Jacquie was the Head of the John M. Burnam Classics Library between 2003 and 2015. She majored in Classics at UC in 1971-72 and started her first job in the Library in 1973-74. After earning a library degree in 1976, Jacquie worked several years in a public library before returning to the UCL. Among her many contributions as the Head of the Classics Library was the overseeing of the moving of the reference collection, the main desk, and the graduate room from the third floor of Blegen to their present location in 2010.


Upcoming Events

AIA Lecture, Gretchen Meyers

Date: 09.25.2024 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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MetaClassics Lecture

Date: 03.04.2025 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Association of Ancient Historians Annual Meeting

Date: 04.16.2025 8:00 am - 04.18.2025 11:00 pm
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