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Classics

Emeriti: (Professors) Mark W. Edwards, Marsh H. McCall, Jr.,* Susan Treggiari, Michael Wigodsky, Edward Spofford

Chair: Walter Scheidel

Graduate Director: Grant Parker

Undergraduate Director: Giovanna Ceserani

Professors: Alessandro Barchiesi, Andrew M. Devine, Richard P. Martin (on leave), Ian Morris (Classics, History), Reviel Netz, Andrea Nightingale, Josiah Ober (Classics, Political Science), Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, M. Rush Rehm (Classics, Drama), Richard Saller (Classics, History), Walter Scheidel, Michael Shanks, Susan A. Stephens

Associate Professors: Giovanna Ceserani, Jody Maxmin (Art and Art History, Classics), Grant Parker, Jennifer Trimble

Courtesy Professors: Chris Bobonich (Philosophy), Ian Hodder (Anthropology), Bissera Pentcheva (Art and Art History), Caroline Winterer (History), Yiqun Zhou (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Visiting Professor: Emily Gowers

Visiting Assistant Professor: Laura Jansen

Lecturers: Maud Gleason, John Klopacz, Peter O'Connell (Mellon Fellow)

* Recalled to active duty.

Department Offices: Building 110, Main Quad

Mail Code: 2145

Phone: (650) 723-0479

Email: classics@stanford.edu

Web Site: http://classics.stanford.edu

Courses offered by the Department of Classics are listed on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site under the subject codes CLASSART (Classics Art/Archaeology), CLASSGEN (Classics General), CLASSGRK (Classics Greek), CLASSHIS (Classics History), and CLASSLAT (Classics Latin).

The study of Classics has traditionally centered on the literature and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, including Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy, history, art, and archaeology. At Stanford, Classics also explores connections with other ancient cultures and with the modern world, as well as specialized fields such as ancient economics, law, papyrology, and science. The department's faculty approaches Classics from an interdisciplinary perspective that crosses geographical, temporal, and thematic territories. Studying ancient epic poetry can lead to looking at modern cinema afresh; ancient Athenian politics opens new perspectives on modern politics; and the study of Rome presents parallels with other empires just as Latin illuminates the history of English and the Romance languages. In short, Classics at Stanford is an interdisciplinary subject concerned not only with Greek and Roman civilization but also with the interaction of cultures and societies that influenced the ancient Mediterranean basin and continue to influence human society across the globe.

MISSION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN CLASSICS

The mission of the undergraduate program in Classics is to provide students with a broad background centered on the literature and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, including Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy, history, art, and archaeology. At Stanford, students in the Classics program also explore the connections between ancient cultures and the modern world as well as specialized fields such as ancient economics, law, papyrology, and science. The program's faculty approaches Classics from an interdisciplinary perspective that crosses geographical, temporal and thematic territories. The program is concerned not only with Greek and Roman civilization but also with the interaction of cultures and societies that influenced the ancient Mediterranean basin and continue to influence human society across the globe.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to develop effective and nuanced lines of interpretation.
  2. Critical thinking skills using primary source materials.
  3. Facility with the methodologies and presuppositions underlying interpretive positions in secondary literature and in their own work.
  4. Well-developed analytical writing skills and close reading skills.

The department offers the following fields of study for undergraduate degrees in Classics:

The Classical Studies, Greek, and Latin fields of study may also be taken with a Philosophy and Literature focus. The Classics major can be completed in conjunction with a second major in the sciences or in other humanities departments.

The department also offers minors in: Classical Languages, Ancient History, Literature and Philosophy, and Classical Studies.

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