Classical Civilizations

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The major in Classical Civilizations is highly interdisciplinary and features many options. This major allows students to choose an area of concentration which may include some study of one of the languages (Greek language or Latin language) or may be done completely in English (classical archaeology & art history, classical history & culture).  The major also requires some comparative study of a pre-modern culture other than Greco-Roman (e.g., Chinese, sub-Saharan African, Egyptian, Mayan).

The major in Classical Civilizations is ideal for students fascinated with the ancient world and with the humanities who are preparing for a variety of careers, including law, medicine, teaching, writing, and business, and it may also serve as preparation for graduate study in archaeology, history, and other fields. It will not, however, be sufficient preparation for direct entry into a PhD program in classics centered on Greek and Latin language and literature.

Declaring the Major

The easiest way to declare a major is to meet with an undergraduate adviser, who will have all the necessary forms. Please also see the Letters & Science advising site for a guide to declaring a major. For information regarding the required prerequisites, please see the Major Requirements tab.

Honors Program

Students who are declared majors in Classical Civilizations and who have a GPA (both general and departmental) of at least 3.6 are eligible for honors in Classical Civilizations. The honors program consists of a two-semester course sequence — CLASSIC H195A and CLASSIC H195B that is designed to support the writing of a thesis. This thesis, which will be evaluated by an honors committee of three members, may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Classical Civilizations major or may be a newly conceived project. It is due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which Classics H195B is taken.

Further details can be found online at Classics Undergraduate Honors. Please consult with a Classics undergraduate adviser to begin planning to participate in honors.

Minor Program

The minor in Classical Civilizations consists of five upper division courses in the Classics Department. Courses or seminars taught by Classics professors in other departments may also be accepted, in consultation with the Undergraduate Faculty Adviser. One of the five courses may be taken outside of the department on campus or abroad with the approval of the Undergraduate Faculty Adviser.

Other Major and Minor Programs Offered by the Department of Classics

Classical Languages (Major only)
Greek (Major and Minor)
Latin (Major and Minor)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Lower division prerequisites: two courses8
Lower division requirements: two courses8
Area of concentration requirement: five courses20
Area of breadth requirement: two courses8
Upper division requirements: two courses8
Total Units52

Lower Division Prerequisites

CLASSIC 10AIntroduction to Greek Civilization 14
or CLASSIC 17A Introduction to the Archaeology of the Greek World
CLASSIC 10BIntroduction to Roman Civilization 14
or CLASSIC 17B Introduction to the Archaeology of the Roman World
1

 CLASSIC R44 may be substituted for either CLASSIC 10A/17A or CLASSIC 10B/17B, but not both.

Lower Division Requirements 

Select 2 courses from the following, one of which must be from the Classics Department (courses used to me prerequisites cannot be used):8
CLASSIC 10AIntroduction to Greek Civilization4
CLASSIC 10BIntroduction to Roman Civilization4
CLASSIC 17AIntroduction to the Archaeology of the Greek World4
CLASSIC 17BIntroduction to the Archaeology of the Roman World4
CLASSIC 28The Classic Myths4
CLASSIC 29Introduction to Greco-Roman Magic4
CLASSIC 34Epic Poetry: Homer and Vergil4
CLASSIC 35Greek Tragedy4
CLASSIC 36Greek Philosophy 14
CLASSIC 39DUtopia, Dystopia4
LATIN 1Elementary Latin4
LATIN 2Elementary Latin4
LATIN 10Course Not Available
LATIN 15The Latin Workshop10
GREEK 1Elementary Greek4
GREEK 2Elementary Greek4
GREEK 15The Greek Workshop10
HISTORY 4AOrigins of Western Civilization: The Ancient Mediterranean World4
HISTART 10Introduction to Western Art: Ancient to Medieval4
HISTART 41Introduction to Greek and Roman Art4
NE STUD 15Introduction to Near Eastern Art and Archaeology4
NE STUD 18Introduction to Ancient Egypt4
NE STUD 25Ancient Babylonian Legends and Myths4
NE STUD 34Hebrew Bible in Translation3
PHILOS 25AAncient Philosophy 14
1

 Students may not choose both CLASSIC 36 and PHILOS 25A.

Area of Concentration Requirement

Five courses from one concentration: no duplication with courses offered in fulfillment of the other lower or upper division requirements allowed except one CLASSIC 130  course (which is required of all students in the major); other courses may be substituted with the permission of the faculty adviser; at least 3 courses must be in the Classics Department.

1. Classical Archaeology and Art History
CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture4
CLASSIC 130BThe Origins of Rome4
CLASSIC 130DThe Roman Economy4
CLASSIC 130EThe Trojan War: History or Myth?4
CLASSIC 130NAncient Portraiture & Biography4
CLASSIC 170AClassical Archaeology: Greek Vase Painting4
CLASSIC 170CClassical Archaeology: Greek Architecture4
CLASSIC 170DClassical Archaeology: Roman Art and Architecture4
CLASSIC N172AArchaeological Field School in Nemea, Greece4
CLASSIC N172BArchaeological Field School in Mycenae, Greece4
CLASSIC 175ATopography and Monuments: Athens4
CLASSIC 175DTopography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum4
CLASSIC 175FTopography and Monuments: Roman Wall Painting4
CLASSIC 175GTopography and Monuments: Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt4
HISTART 141AThe Art of Ancient Greece: Archaic Greek Art and Architecture (750-480 B.C.)4
HISTART 141BThe Art of Ancient Greece: Classical Greek Art and Architecture (500-320 B.C.)4
HISTART 141CThe Art of Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Art and Architecture (330-30 B.C.)4
HISTART 145Roman Art4
HISTART 151Art in Late Antiquity4
HISTART 190BSpecial Topics in Fields of Art History: Ancient4
HISTART 192BUndergraduate Seminar: Problems in Research and Interpretation: Ancient4
2. Classical History and Culture 
Any upper division courses in Greek
Any upper division courses in Latin
CLASSIC 121Ancient Religion4
CLASSIC 124Classical Poetics4
CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture4
CLASSIC 130AEpic and Saga4
CLASSIC 130BThe Origins of Rome4
CLASSIC 130CAncient Greek Political Thought4
CLASSIC 130DThe Roman Economy4
CLASSIC 130EThe Trojan War: History or Myth?4
CLASSIC 130FThe History of Hell: Eschatology in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures4
CLASSIC 130GThe Literature of Everyday Life4
CLASSIC 130HReligion and Literature in the Greco-Roman World4
CLASSIC 130JGraeco-Roman Egypt: Society and Economy4
CLASSIC 130KMusic and Difference in Ancient Greece4
CLASSIC 130LIntroduction to Greco-Roman Magic4
CLASSIC 130MSlavery and Literature in the Greco-Roman World4
CLASSIC 130NAncient Portraiture & Biography4
CLASSIC 161Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in the Ancient World4
CLASSIC 163Topics in Greek Philosophy4
CLASSIC 170CClassical Archaeology: Greek Architecture4
CLASSIC N172AArchaeological Field School in Nemea, Greece4
CLASSIC N172BArchaeological Field School in Mycenae, Greece4
CLASSIC 175ATopography and Monuments: Athens4
CLASSIC 175DTopography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum4
COM LIT 151The Ancient Mediterranean World4
HISTORY 100Course Not Available
HISTORY 101Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors5
HISTORY 103AProseminar: Problems in Interpretation in the Several Fields of History: Ancient4
HISTORY 105AAncient Greece: Archaic and Classical Greek History4
HISTORY 105BAncient Greece: The Greek World: 403-31 BCE4
HISTORY 106AAncient Rome: The Roman Republic4
HISTORY 106BAncient Rome: The Roman Empire4
HISTORY 185AHistory of Christianity: History of Christianity to 12504
PHILOS 160Plato4
PHILOS 161Aristotle4
PHILOS 163Special Topics in Greek Philosophy4
POL SCI 112AHistory of Political Theory4
RHETOR 166Rhetoric in Law and Politics4
THEATER 126Performance Literatures4
3. Greek Language 
GREEK 1Elementary Greek 14
GREEK 2Elementary Greek 14
GREEK 15The Greek Workshop 110
GREEK 100Plato and Attic Prose4
GREEK 101Homer4
GREEK 102Drama and Society4
GREEK 105The Greek New Testament4
GREEK 115Archaic Poetry4
GREEK 116Greek Drama4
GREEK 117Hellenistic Poets4
GREEK 120Herodotus4
GREEK 121Thucydides4
GREEK 122Attic Oratory4
GREEK 123Plato and Aristotle4
1

 Up to two courses may be lower division.

 4. Latin Language
LATIN 1Elementary Latin 14
LATIN 2Elementary Latin 14
LATIN 10Course Not Available 1
LATIN 15The Latin Workshop 110
LATIN 100Republican Prose4
LATIN 101Vergil4
LATIN 102Lyric and Society4
LATIN 115Roman Drama4
LATIN 116Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics4
LATIN 119Latin Epic4
LATIN 120Latin Prose to AD 144
LATIN 121Tacitus4
LATIN 122Post-Augustan Prose4
LATIN 140Medieval Latin4
LATIN 155AReadings in Medieval Latin4
1

 Up to two courses may be lower division.

Area of Breadth Requirement

Select two courses from any combination of lower or upper division offerings in a non-Greco-Roman, preindustrial cultural. Examples of such cultures would be: North, Central, or South Native American, Pacific, Chinese, Indic, sub-Saharan African, European bronze or iron age, and prehistoric; European medieval is also acceptable.

This requirement may be met with courses in any department where relevant courses are offered; in particular, courses in anthropology, Near Eastern studies, history of art, linguistics, history, and religious studies might be appropriate, as well as departments specializing in specific cultural areas.

The faculty adviser will determine with the student what culture will be offered as an area of breadth. Since many "topics" courses change subject from offering to offering, the student should consult closely with the faculty adviser.

Upper Division Requirements

Two courses from the list below, one of which must be a Classics 130 course.

CLASSIC 121Ancient Religion4
CLASSIC 124Classical Poetics4
CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture (A single CLASSICS 130 counts both in this category and in the five-course Area of Concentration requirement of the Art and Archaeology or the Classical Culture concentrations)4
CLASSIC 130AEpic and Saga4
CLASSIC 130CAncient Greek Political Thought4
CLASSIC 130EThe Trojan War: History or Myth?4
CLASSIC 130GThe Literature of Everyday Life4
CLASSIC 130HReligion and Literature in the Greco-Roman World4
CLASSIC 130JGraeco-Roman Egypt: Society and Economy4
CLASSIC 130BThe Origins of Rome4
CLASSIC 130DThe Roman Economy4
CLASSIC 130FThe History of Hell: Eschatology in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures4
CLASSIC 130KMusic and Difference in Ancient Greece4
CLASSIC 130LIntroduction to Greco-Roman Magic4
CLASSIC 130MSlavery and Literature in the Greco-Roman World4
CLASSIC 130NAncient Portraiture & Biography4
CLASSIC 161Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in the Ancient World4
CLASSIC 163Topics in Greek Philosophy4
CLASSIC 170AClassical Archaeology: Greek Vase Painting4
CLASSIC 170CClassical Archaeology: Greek Architecture4
CLASSIC 170DClassical Archaeology: Roman Art and Architecture4
CLASSIC 175ATopography and Monuments: Athens4
CLASSIC 175DTopography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum4
CLASSIC 175FTopography and Monuments: Roman Wall Painting4
GREEK 100Plato and Attic Prose4
GREEK 101Homer4
GREEK 102Drama and Society4
GREEK 105The Greek New Testament4
GREEK 115Archaic Poetry4
GREEK 116Greek Drama4
GREEK 117Hellenistic Poets4
GREEK 120Herodotus4
GREEK 121Thucydides4
GREEK 122Attic Oratory4
GREEK 123Plato and Aristotle4
LATIN 100Republican Prose4
LATIN 101Vergil4
LATIN 102Lyric and Society4
LATIN 115Roman Drama4
LATIN 116Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics4
LATIN 119Latin Epic4
LATIN 120Latin Prose to AD 144
LATIN 121Tacitus4
LATIN 122Post-Augustan Prose4
LATIN 140Medieval Latin4
LATIN 155AReadings in Medieval Latin4
ANTHRO 123COld World Cultures: Archaeology of Europe4
ANTHRO 123EOld World Cultures: Mediterranean Archaeology4
COM LIT 151The Ancient Mediterranean World4
CUNEIF 100AElementary Akkadian5
CUNEIF 100BElementary Akkadian5
CUNEIF 101ASelected Readings in Akkadian4
CUNEIF 101BSelected Readings in Akkadian4
CUNEIF 102AElementary Sumerian4
CUNEIF 102BElementary Sumerian4
CUNEIF 103ASelected Readings in Sumerian3
CUNEIF 103BSelected Readings in Sumerian3
CUNEIF 106AElementary Hittite4
CUNEIF 106BElementary Hittite4
EGYPT 100AElementary Egyptian5
EGYPT 100BElementary Egyptian5
EGYPT 101AIntermediate Egyptian3
EGYPT 101BIntermediate Egyptian3
EGYPT 102AElementary Coptic4
EGYPT 102BElementary Coptic4
HEBREW 106AElementary Biblical Hebrew3
HEBREW 106BElementary Biblical Hebrew3
HEBREW 107ABiblical Hebrew Texts3
HEBREW 107BBiblical Hebrew Texts3
HISTORY 101Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors5
HISTORY 105A
HISTORY 105B
Ancient Greece: Archaic and Classical Greek History
and Ancient Greece: The Greek World: 403-31 BCE
4
HISTART 141AThe Art of Ancient Greece: Archaic Greek Art and Architecture (750-480 B.C.)4
HISTORY 141BSocial History of Latin America: Social History of Modern Latin America4
HISTART 141CThe Art of Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Art and Architecture (330-30 B.C.)4
HISTART 145Roman Art4
IRANIAN 110AMiddle Persian3
IRANIAN 110BMiddle Persian3
IRANIAN 111AOld Iranian3
IRANIAN 111BOld Iranian3
NE STUD 102AArchaeology of Ancient Egypt4
NE STUD 102BArchaeology of Ancient Egypt4
NE STUD 103Religion of Ancient Egypt3
NE STUD C104Babylonian Religion3
NE STUD 105AAncient Mesopotamian Documents and Literature3
NE STUD 106AArt and Architecture of Ancient Egypt4
NE STUD 106BArt and Architecture of Ancient Egypt4
NE STUD 108Ancient Astronomy4
NE STUD 109Mesopotamian History3
NE STUD 110Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt in the First Millennium B.C3
NE STUD 113Gilgamesh: King, Hero, and God4
NE STUD C119Disciplining Near Eastern Archaeology: Explorers, Archaeologists, and Tourists in the Contemporary Middle East3
NE STUD C120AThe Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 3500-1000 BCE4
NE STUD C120BThe Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE4
NE STUD 122Iranian Archaeology4
NE STUD 123Mesopotamian Archaeology4
NE STUD 126Silk Road Art and Archaeology3
NE STUD C129Minoan and Mycenaean Art4
NE STUD 130AHistory of Ancient Israel3
NE STUD 130BHistory of Ancient Israel3
NE STUD 131Aspects of Biblical Religion4
NE STUD 132Biblical Poetry4
NE STUD 136History and Historiography in the Hebrew Bible3
NE STUD 138The Hero in the Bible and the Ancient Near East3
NE STUD 160Religions of Ancient Iran3
NE STUD 190ASpecial Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Ancient Near Eastern Studies4
NE STUD 190BSpecial Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Egyptian Studies4
NE STUD 192AUndergrad Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies: Ancient Near Eastern Studies2,4
NE STUD 192BUndergrad Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies: Egyptian Studies2,4
NE STUD 192CUndergrad Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies: Jewish Studies2,4
PHILOS 161Aristotle4
PHILOS 163Special Topics in Greek Philosophy4
POL SCI 112AHistory of Political Theory4
RHETOR 103AApproaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory4
RHETOR 138Television Criticism4
RHETOR 166Rhetoric in Law and Politics4
SANSKR 100A
SANSKR 100B
Elementary Sanskrit
and Elementary Sanskrit
10
SANSKR 101A
SANSKR 101B
Intermediate Sanskrit: Epic and Puracic Sanskrit
and Intermediate Sanskrit: Sastraic (Scientific) Sanskrit
10
SEMITIC 100AAramaic3
SEMITIC 100BAramaic3
THEATER 126Performance Literatures4

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  3. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  4. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  5. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Upper Division
Five upper division courses in the Classics Department. Courses or seminars taught by Classics professors in other departments may also be accepted, in consultation with the Undergraduate Faculty Adviser. One of the five courses may be taken outside of the department on campus or abroad with the approval of the Undergraduate Faculty Adviser.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide. For College advising appointments, please visit the L&S Advising Pages. 

University of California Requirements

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university, should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

Berkeley Campus Requirement

American Cultures

All undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass this course in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

College of Letters & Science Essential Skills Requirements

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete parts A & B reading and composition courses by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

College of Letters & Science 7 Course Breadth Requirements

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department
Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Berkeley Summer Abroad, or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding UCEAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

The learning goals should be understood in the context of the mission statement of the Department of Classics. The first two components of that statement are especially relevant to undergraduate teaching and are repeated here:

  • To give students across the University access to the literature, history, archaeology, mythology and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman world through an array of undergraduate courses on classical culture in translation. These courses introduce students to texts, artifacts, and ideas that are worth studying both in their own right and as abidingly influential elements in the imagination and history of later cultures. Such study deepens students' understanding of present-day issues by inculcating a sense of historical perspective that takes account of both the differences and the continuities between contemporary and ancient cultures.
  • To enable undergraduates to immerse themselves in the language and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through its majors in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilizations. These majors equip students with knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied in many areas (e.g., law, politics, business, biosciences, computer science and media) as well as providing essential preparation for graduate study in classics, comparative literature, philosophy, and other fields.

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Acquire a basic understanding of ancient Greek and Latin texts (in translation) and/or material culture, including major monuments, sites, and works of art. 
  2. Demonstrate a more advanced knowledge of a particular concentration within classics (classical art and archaeology, or classical history and culture, or Greek language, or Latin language).
  3. Learn to identify and understand key events, institutions, personalities, places, and concepts of ancient Greek and Roman culture.
  4. Gain a critical awareness of continuities and differences between and within cultures and of ideologies of gender, group identity, social status, and political organization.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to interpret texts and material culture and to understand the implications of interpretive methods.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize a well-organized argument from textual or other evidence and to express it in formal English prose.

Courses

Classical Civilizations

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Frank Bezner, Associate Professor. Medieval Latin literature; Medieval literary culture; Neo-Latin; Intellectual history.
Research Profile

Susanna Elm, Professor. History of the Later Roman Empire, pagan - Christian interactions, ancient medicine, slavery and the evolution of Christianity, leadership and empire, reception of antiquity.
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Giovanni R. F. (John) Ferrari, Professor. Classics, ancient philosophy, Greek culture, ancient poetics and rhetoric.
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+ Mark Griffith, Professor. Gender and sexuality, Greek literature and performance, Greek and Roman education, Greek tragedy and comedy, Hesiod and wisdom literature, ancient music.
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Christopher Hallett, Professor. Classics, Roman art, visual culture, portraiture, Hellenistic art, Roman Asia Minor, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.
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Todd Hickey, Associate Professor. Classics, papyrology, Greek, Egyptian, social and economic history, late antiquity.
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+ Leslie V. Kurke, Professor. Classics, Greek literature and culture, archaic Greek poetry, Herodotus.
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Duncan MacRae, Assistant Professor. Classics.

Sara Magrin, Associate Professor.

Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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+ Kathleen Mccarthy, Professor. Classics, Roman literature and culture, slavery.
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Trevor M. Murphy, Associate Professor. Ethnography, classics, Roman prose authors.
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Ellen Oliensis, Professor. Latin Literature, Ovid.
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Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Associate Professor. Greek epigraphy, Greek history.
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J. Theodore Pena, Professor. Roman archaeology, Roman and pre-Roman Italy, city of Rome, Pompeii, ancient economy, ceramic analysis, material culture studies.
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James Porter, Professor. Classical Studies, philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Auerbach.
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Dylan Paul Sailor, Associate Professor. Rhetoric, classics, Greek literature, Latin Literature, ancient Greek, Latin, historiography, ancient Rome, ancient Greece.
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Kim S. Shelton, Associate Professor. Ceramics, classical civilization and archaeology, Aegean prehistory, religion/mythology.
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+ Andrew F. Stewart, Professor. Archaeology, classics, Greek sculpture, ancient art and architecture, the Hellenistic east after Alexander, the Renaissance reception of antiquity.
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Mario Telo, Professor.

Affiliated Faculty

Timothy Clarke, Assistant Professor.

Klaus Corcilius, Associate Professor. Ancient philosophy.

+ Andrew Garrett, Professor. Linguistics, English, California, language change, Indo-European languages, historical linguistics, northern California Indian languages, linguistic structure, typology, ancient Greek, Latin, Irish, Oceanic languages.
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Kinch Hoekstra, Associate Professor. History of political, moral, and legal philosophy; ancient, renaissance, and early modern political thought.

Gary Holland, Professor. Linguistics.

Emily Mackil, Associate Professor. History.

Ramona Naddaff, Associate Professor. Rhetoric, aesthetics, theory of the novel, ancient Greek philosophy and literature, history of philosophy, contemporary French thought.
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+ Carlos Norena, Associate Professor. History.

Martin Schwartz, Professor. Near Eastern studies, Iranian studies.
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Lecturers

Lisa Pieraccini, Lecturer.

Tom Recht, Lecturer.

Yasmin Syed, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

William S. Anderson, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Latin Literature.
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David J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus. Human rights;war crimes and trials;Indonesia and East Timor; Guantanamo and Abu Grahib;Sierra Leone Special Court;International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia;Classics;ancient rhetoric and history, classical Greek law;political/legal theory.
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William Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus.

+ Erich S. Gruen, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek and Roman history, Jews in the Greco-Roman world.
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Ralph J. Hexter, Professor Emeritus.

Robert Knapp, Professor Emeritus.

Anthony A. Long, Professor Emeritus . Professor of the Graduate School, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving G. Stone Professor Emeritus of Literature; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric: Classics, Greek literature, ancient philosophy.
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Donald Mastronarde, Professor Emeritus. Professor of the Graduate School and Emeritus Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Literature: classics, Greek literature, Greek drama, Greek textual transmission, Greek literary papyrology, Greek palaeography.
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Stephen G. Miller, Professor Emeritus. Archaeology, classics, Greek and Roman art, ancient architecture, Greek athletics.
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Ronald S. Stroud, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek history and literature, Greek epigraphy.
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Leslie L. Threatte, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Classics

7233 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4218

Fax: 510-643-2959

Visit Department Website

Acting Department Chair

Kathleen McCarthy

7221 Dwinelle Hall

kmccarth@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Cassandra Dunn

7228 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3672

cassandrajj@berkeley.edu

in absentia Department Chair

Ellen Oliensis

7211 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-9207

eolien@berkeley.edu

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