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The Department of Classics focuses on the interpretation of the culture and society of Greco-Roman antiquity in the widest sense of those terms. Learn more about us.

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Archaeological Institute of America, Pittsburgh Chapter

Dr. John Newell is President of the Pittsburgh Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The University is host to several yearly lectures of international scholars. Read about forthcoming lectures here.



Interested in the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean? Want to meet archaeologists who work in this region and connect with other students who share your interests?

Join us for the first meeting of the Mediterranean Archaeology Club on Thursday, October 26th at 6:00 pm in Room 208B in the Cathedral of Learning. We will have food, drinks, and a brief meet-and-greet, followed by a presentation on Museum Studies by a museum professional, Professor Erin Peters (https://haa.pitt.edu/people/erin-peters). Hope to see you there!

Have questions? Want to know more? Contact Professor Carrie Weaver: clweaver@pitt.edu

Eta Sigma Phi

Learn more about the Classics honorary society for students of Latin and/or Greek.

Program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science

This graduate program is joinly offered by the departments of Classics, Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science.  Learn more about the Program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science (CPAS). 


Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Greek and Latin Reading Group - FALL 2017

The Latin and Greek groups alternate weekly and meet on Wednesdays, 4.15-5.45pm, in CL 1517. The Latin group is reading Lucretius, De Rerum Natura III, the Greek group is reading Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics VIII. The first meeting of the Latin group is August 30th, the first meeting of the Greek group is September 6th. All readers of Greek and Latin are welcome! For information please contact Christina Hoenig, cmh159@pitt.edu.



Medieval Latin Reading Group will meet on alternative Mondays beginning October 10, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. most probably in the Irish Nationality Room.  If interested in participating, email Dr. William Campbell (whc7@pitt.edu) to state your interest in participating.




Congratulations to Dr. Carrie Weaver whose book The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily just won a prestigious award. Her book has been awarded by Choice "Outstanding Academic Title" honor. Choice is the publishing branch of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. 


Outstanding Academic Title Award

On April 21, 2017  over 300 students from the 2017 First Experiences in Research cohort will present their research after working with a faculty mentor all semester.  Projects range from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.  This event is open to the University public. This will take place in the Posvar Hall Galleria (on the ground floor) from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Dr. Edwin D. Floyd has supervised a project dealing with translations of Homer and the Iliad with undergraduate, John R. Starr, "Whose Translation is Best"



Summer 2017- Pitt in Sicily!

Students earn six credits in the Dept. of Classics in this program designed for those interested in the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean.  The rich cultural heritage and sweeping panoramas of Sicily provide the background to an an unforgettable exploration of over 1,000 years of Greek and Roman history and culture.


Congratulations to Classics major, Allie Roos, on her acceptance to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome for the spring term, 2017!


Dr. Jacques Bromberg spent four weeks in May and June traveling over 2,000km around Sicily with twelve Pitt undergraduates, as part of the Classics Department’s new study abroad program.


In the spring term 2016, Dr. Christina Hoenig carried out research at the Sorbonne University in Paris, spoke at a conference on Plato’s dialogue Timaeus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from there travelled to Dublin, Ireland, where she held a visiting fellowship at the Plato Centre of Trinity College.


Dr. Nicholas F. Jones' completed texts, translations, and commentaries on the major Athenian historians Androtion and Philochoros were uploaded at Brill's New Jacoby-- the updated edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.


Dr. Andrew Korzeniewski, who joins the Classics faculty this year as a Visiting Lecturer, was voted Professor of the Month for March 2016 by the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Pitt’s Sophomore class Honors Society


Dr. Carrie Weaver's monograph, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily, was published by the University Press of Florida in September 2015. Dr. Weaver joins the Classics faculty this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor.


A.W. Mellon Professor Emeritus H.P. Stahl has just completed a major study of Vergil's Aeneid.  The book, entitled "Poetry Underpinning Power: Vergil's Aeneid for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study".



Study Abroad has some interesting information for Classics majors and the opportunities that exist to enhance their interest in learning and culture. Learn more about the study abroad opportunities for students in Classics.


Classics Majors- There is now a Career Consultant for Classics to help you with career info and internship possibilities.  Contact Anastasia Lopez with Career Development in Room 200 of the William Pitt Union.  Her email is anl88@pitt.edu.



Contact Taylor Pipkin, our department administrator, for more information.

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Lectures, Conferences and Symposia:


University Honors College and Department of Classics Public Lecture


Renee M. Gondek

(Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion,

University of Mary Washington)

Friday, November 17, 2017

3:00 pm

Room 208B Cathedral of Learning

“Marital Bliss: Nuptial Imagery on Athenian Vases”


Oxford, Ashmolean Museum 1965.108 (BAPD 301803) Gerhard AV, pl. 313.


Arguably, marriage was the most important social rite of passage in ancient Athens: not only did it preserve the household (oikos), but also it allowed for the procreation of legitimate citizens to serve the greater community (polis). Studying how this event was visualized, therefore, informs
modern scholars about the broader social dynamics of households and society within this ancient community. The following lecture will present an overview of nuptial scenes on Athenian vases from the sixth through the fifth centuries BC. Though idealization is often considered a hallmark of ancient Greek art, especially with regards to the representation of the human form, this presentation will reveal how idealized marital images propagate unexpected mythological, sexual, and utopic themes.

RENEE M. GONDEK is Instructor of Classics at the University of Mary Washington. She is an Athenian vase-painting specialist, and has published on the identity and dress of brides on Athenian vases and contributed introductory articles on Greek art and Greek vase-painting to Khan Academy. Her current book project concerns Athenian wedding imagery on Archaic and Classical vases.

The Department of Classics &

The Archaeological Institute of America

Tyler Jo Smith, PhD 

(University of Virginia)


Thursday, November 9, 2017

5:15 p.m.

342 Cathedral of Learning

"Roman Religion, Pisidian Practice: Votive ‘Rock-Art’ in
Southwest Anatolia"

Photo Source: www.histolia.de


The local Anatolian horseman, sometimes called Kakasbos, and the twin hero-gods, Castor and Pollux, are among the figures featured in Hellenistic and Roman rock-cut reliefs have been discovered in archaeological work at Pisidia.
Similar reliefs have been identified in northern Lycia. This paper presents the reliefs by type and location, and takes a fresh look at their cults and iconography. As permanent votive dedications, the relief carvings play both devotional and commemorative roles. Their function and iconography also express the importance of protection. It is arguable that the divinities themselves are neither fully Greco-Roman nor fully Anatolian, and that their conflation is a
uniquely local Pisidian phenomenon. The art of rock-carving, as well as the use of votive niches and 'cup marks', also point to local practices.



CPAS Colloquium

Professor Sean Kelsey 

(Notre Dame)


Friday, September 15, 2017

4:00 p.m.

208B Cathedral of Learning


"Essence and Explanation in Aristotle's Theory of Perception"


Elsewhere I have tried to bring out how, in Aristotle’s view, many kinds of proceeding owe their being and intelligibility to a kind of affinity or likeness, a community of form, which makes the parties to them be what by nature they are, e.g. friend and friend, feeder and food, agent and patient, and so on. On such a view, the key to understanding such proceedings lies in grasping the form that binds its participants together in a single undertaking, common and natural to them all. In this paper I consider how this way of thinking makes itself felt in Aristotle’s theory of perception.



conference/lecture news


Mae Smethurst was the keynote speaker at Amherst College’s  conference “Re-imagining the Greeks; Contemporary and Cross-cultural  Approaches to Greek Tragedy”, March 23-25, 2017. She spoke about the history of performances of Greek tragedy in Japan with a focus on the productions of “Trojan Women” and “Medea” by Suzuki Tadashi, Ninagawa Yukio, and Miyagi Satoshi.


Dr. Carrie Weaver recently attended the 118th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Toronto (January 5-8, 2017).

In addition, her article, “Encounters with Death: Was there Dark Tourism in Classical Greece?”, appeared in the inaugural volume of the Journal of Greek Archaeology (vol. 1, pp. 211–232) and her review of Rebecca Futo Kennedy and Molly Jones-Lewis (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Identity and Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds (Routledge, 2016), was published in The Classical Journal Online 2016.11.09.


Dr. Andrew Korzeniewski presented a paper, “The Growth of Venus,” at the 5th International Kraków Study of Religions Symposium hosted by Jagiellonian University in November, 2016. His talk discussed the maturation of Venus in the Aeneid and her coming to accept Aeneas’ fated destiny. The full conference program may be found at http://www.religions.confer.uj.edu.pl.


This past fall, Dr. Christina Hoenig, gave a talk at the Classical Research Seminar of the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway.

Title: 'Scientia et Eloquentia. Philosophy and Rhetoric in Apuleius'

She also gave a talk at the conference "Platonism and Christian Thought in Late Antiquity" at the same department at Oslo University.  The title was 'Augustine and the Timaeus'


Dr. Mae Smethurst lectured at the University of British Columbia in April, 2016. She spoke to classicists and Japanologists on the subject of Miyagi's production of "Medea" in Japan.


Dr. Edwin Floyd read a paper "Homer, Odyssey 10.200: Man-eating or Man-slaying?" at the annual meeting of the International Linguistic Association at Hofstra University, March 11-13, 2016.



















CLASS ACTS II: eXPLORING Roman Comedy and its reception

An interdisciplinary conference for Graduate and Undergraduate students organized by the Departments of Classics, University of North Carolinam, Chapel Hill, and the University of Madrid

March 20-21, 2015

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