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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.

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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Morgan Palmer presents paper at Intermediality Workshop

Professor Morgan Palmer presented a paper entitled “Between Text and Monument: Inscriptional Intermediality in Livy” at the June 2018 Intermediality Workshop at the Morphomata Kolleg, University of Cologne.

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Dennis Kehoe: Rise and fall of Roman Empire exposed in Greenland ice samples


Lead pollution from the Roman Empire fell on Greenland—where it was preserved in layers of ice.

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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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Allison Emmerson: ACLS Fellowship Awarded

The American Council of Learned Societies awards fellowship to Allison Emmerson.

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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