Major program: The Department of Classical Studies is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. Our faculty offer a wide array of courses in language and literature, art and archaeology, history, mythology, and religion.

Courses in classical civilization require no knowledge of Latin and Greek and range from introductory lecture courses to smaller seminars that consider critical approaches and scholarship central to the study of the ancient world. Recent courses have covered diverse topics including ancient magic, the age of Augustus, Greek history, Romans and Christians, archaic Greek art, and Pompeii. Latin and Greek are offered at all levels. Introductory courses enable students to begin reading original texts by the second semester, and advanced courses engage with both ancient texts and critical approaches to those texts in modern scholarship.  The department offers major programs in classical civilization and in classics, with the latter placing a stronger emphasis on language, either Greek or Latin or both.

Sample Courses:  Art and Archaeology of the Bronze Age Mediterranean; Greek History; Survey of Roman Archaeology and Art; Politics and Piety in Early Christianities; Reading Greek Prose; Roman Urban Life; Medieval Latin

Number of Professors: 10

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Michael Roberts

Robert Rich Professor of Latin


Research Interests: Latin poetry of late antiquity; he has published four books on that subject, Biblical Epic and Rhetorical Paraphrase in Late Antiquity (Liverpool, 1985), The Jeweled Style: Poetry and Poetics in Late Antiquity (Ithaca, N.Y., 1989), Poetry and the Cult of the Martyrs: The Liber Peristephanon of Prudentius (Ann Arbor, 1993), and The Humblest Sparrow: The Poetry of Venantius Fortunatus (Ann Arbor, 2009), as well as numerous articles.  His main project is an annotated translation and parallel text of the poetry of Venantius Fortunatus.