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Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies focuses on understanding the world of the ancient Mediterranean—including Greece, Rome, and surrounding cultures—by studying its languages, history, art, and archaeology. We offer major and minor tracks in Classical Studies, Latin, or Greek, and encourage all students to sample broadly among our offerings even while concentrating in a particular field. In addition to courses taught in the ancient languages, we teach literature in translation; history, art, and archaeology surveys and seminars; and courses on topics as varied as mythology and religion, Roman law, ancient leadership, and gender in the ancient world. Our program focuses on developing skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing, and all majors complete independent research projects. Our students find that exploring the past invites new perspectives on the modern world while opening doors to the future, and recent graduates have pursued advanced studies at the M.A. and Ph.D. level, medical school, law school, the Peace Corps, and careers ranging from teaching, to publishing, to business.

2018 Cultural interactions in the East Mediterranean in Greco-Roman times

Cultural interactions in the East Mediterranean in Greco-Roman times: Yavneh-Yam (Israel) as a case study

Moshe Fischer (Tel Aviv University)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5PM

Howard-Tilton B18

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2018 Ancient Greek lotteries

Ancient Greek lotteries: practice and mindset

Irad Malkin (Tel Aviv University and Oxford University)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Dinwiddie 102

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2018 Classical Studies OPEN HOUSE

Classical Studies OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

4:30PM - 6:00PM

Jones Hall 204

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Allison Emmerson: Award-winning archaeologist pens book on Roman tombs

Allison Emmerson, an assistant professor of classical studies in the School of Liberal Arts, won the Rome Prize offered by the American Academy in Rome and an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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Samantha Morris (Class of 2018)
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Emilia Oddo and students present summer pottery research experience

Professor Emilia Oddo and students, Chelsea Morgan and Francesca Luria, talked about the first study season of the pottery at the House of the Frescoes in Knossos, Crete.

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Michael Brumbaugh: Manufacturing Authority in Greek Egypt

Michael Brumbaugh examines the role of intellectuals in Ptolemy’s capital city of Alexandria as influential actors in the manufacture and manipulation of this soft power.

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Ryan Boehm's First Book Release 2018

University of California Press releases the first book by Ryan Boehm.

City and Empire in the Age of the Successors: Urbanization and Social Response in the Making of the Hellenistic Kingdoms

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Undergraduate Program

The Department of Classical Studies allows students to design major and minor programs of study with broad exposure or more focused concentration in the fields of language and literature, art and archaeology, and ancient history.

Undergraduate Program – more about our undergraduate program


Graduate Program

Our full-time M.A. program emphasizes preparation in Latin and Greek and can include coursework in ancient history, archaeology, philosophy, and ancient religion. The program generally requires two years for completion. In the first year, students normally take three courses each semester. In addition, each student who is receiving a stipend serves as a teaching assistant to help a professor with course materials and grading. In the second year, students normally take two courses each semester and work on the M.A. qualifying papers under the direction of a professor.

Graduate Program – more about our graduate program


Campus Location & Contact Information

 Paula Burch-Celentano, Tulane
Joseph Merrick Jones Hall
Photo Credit: Paula Burch-Celentano, Tulane

Classical Studies
School of Liberal Arts
Tulane University

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People – Departmental Members