Studying the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds at Berkeley

The department teaches and studies the languages, cultures, histories, philosophies, literatures, art, and material culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. It is home to exciting and welcoming undergraduate major programs and maintains a rich and varied schedule of undergraduate courses, including a full curriculum of ancient Greek and Latin language instruction. Its PhD programs in Classics and Classical Archaeology are enriched every year by the arrival of new future leaders in the study of the ancient world, and for generations their graduates have gone on to renew or remake their fields. Itself a teeming center of intellectual vitality on campus, the department is affiliated with internationally important research units directed by its faculty, including the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, the Sara B. Aleshire Center for Greek Epigraphy, and the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology. The department organizes many events of interest and hosts many visits, most notably the storied annual Jane K. Sather Professorship of Classical Literature.


Featured Courses

Fall 2022
Nathan Levine

The first semester of study of Ancient Greek


Fall 2022
Lauren Nguyen

The first half of a two-semester language sequence equipping students to read and translate Classical Latin.


Fall 2022
J. Theodore Pena

A broad survey of the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, exploring how archaeologists and historians employ this evidence to illuminate the social, political, and economic life of these two communities.

News

Kim Shelton's book, Well Built Mycenae, Fascicule 14: Tsountas House Area, was published in late spring 2022. This book at long last publishes results of 19th- and mid-20th-century excavations in the Cult Center of Late Bronze Age Mycenae.


Tony Long's latest book, Plotinus, Ennead II.4 On Matter, has just been published by Parmenides Publishing. His recent books on Seneca and Epictetus have also just come out in Korean, Japanese, and Arabic translations. Congratulations, Tony!

Events

Sep
29
2022

The first in the Fall 2022 Sather Lecture Series of Prof. Greg Woolf, “The Rhythms of Rome: Seasonality and Society in the Early Empire”

Oct
6
2022

The second lecture in Greg Woolf's Fall 2022 Sather Lecture Series.

Oct
12
2022

Porter is joined by Mark Griffith and Mario Telò for an online discussion of Homer: The Very Idea (2021). More information here

Oct
13
2022

The third lecture in Greg Woolf's Fall 2022 Sather Lecture Series.

Oct
18
2022
A lecture by Caroline Humfress, exploring the myriad different ways in which rules were made explicit in Late Antique Christian communities.

Fall 2022 Sather Lectures

Fall 2022 Sather Lectures Posters