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.
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.
Learn more about the Classics honorary society for students of Latin and/or Greek.
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).
CONGRATULATIONS to Classics major and graduate Anjuli Das (A&S 16) on her Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach in Turkey in 2016-17!
CONGRATULATIONS to recent graduates, Damilola Akapo and Lauren Tragesser on their induction into Phi Beta Kappa. Damilola is a Molecular Biology major and Classics minor and Lauren is an Anthropology and Chemistry major, Classics minor.
CLASSICS HAS MOVED!
The department has moved into a newly renovated space that was designed for our department. We are located across the hallway from our former location, now in 1501 Cathedral of Learning. Come and visit!
Emeritus Professor Edwin D. Floyd has received a grant of $350 from CAAS (Classical Association of the Atlantic States) to defray expenses in connection with two First Experiences in Research students, Justin Antonuccci and Leo Dornan, who are assisting him in his ongoing research on Homer's presentation of Achilles in the Iliad.
Justin Antonucci is comparing the handling of various key words such as "wrath" and "plan" in about twenty different Italian translations of the Iliad, ranging from the 18th through the 21st centuries.
Leo Dornan's topic is an investigation of the way that Statius' Latin poem, the Achilleid, develops themes, such as the story of Achilles' heel, that are not explicitly dealt with by Homer.
This year's FER Celebration of Research, at which both Justin and Leo will present a poster summarizing their research, will be Friday, April 22, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, in Connolly Ballroom, Alumni Hall.
New for summer 2016- Pitt in Sicily Program!
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 sweepig panoramas of Sicily provide the background to an an unforgettable exploration of over 1,000 years of Greek and Roman history and culture.
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.
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".
Medieval Latin Reading Group (2015)
Over the past year, the Medieval Latin Reading Group has become a site of energy and community for medievalists and Latinists at Pitt and the larger community. Last year's group had faculty from a few surrounding regional colleges, an independent scholar, a high school Latin teacher, and an emerita professor from Penn State, in addition to Pitt faculty, grad students, and the occasional undergrad. So the group is not only interdisciplinary, but also interprofessional and multigenerational.
The group also represents a wide range of Latin competency, from my co-leader Bruce Venarde, the editor and translator of the Dumbarton Oaks edition of Benedict's Rule, to Ph.D. students in their first year of undergrad Latin and rusty professors. We are a very supportive group, with a no-shame ethos. We spend the first hour of every fortnightly meeting on assigned, prepared passages (however much you feel comfortable preparing), and the second hour sight-reading, for those who feel comfortable with it.
This semester the MLRG is generously sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Humanities Center.
Those interested in more information can contact Ryan McDermott, Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature and Culture in the Dept. of English at mcdermott.pitt.@gmail.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Elizabeth Conforti, our department administrator, for more information.University of Pittsburgh, Department of Classics
(Heinrich Schliemann-Institut, University of Rostock)
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
139 Cathedral of Learning
“Aristotle's De Anima: The Soul as the Principle Enabling Us to Make Distinctions"
There is no consensus as to the correct interpretation of Aristotle‘s theory of the soul. He is described as a materialist or physiologist by some, as an idealist or subjectivist by others, while another group of researchers claim his theory differs fundamentally from modern theories and thus defies this kind of classification. The lecture will attempt to present a plausible solution which can explain the diversity of interpretations, but regards Aristotle‘s psychological theory as a coherent systematic view which may be more radically different from concepts we are familiar with than had previously been assumed.
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
University of Pittsburgh