Graduate student Sophie Cushman has just arrived in Athens, where she will be attending the American School of Classical Studies with the support of the Emily Townsend Vermeule fellowship.


We are delighted to announce the publication of Jim Porter's latest book, Homer: The Very Idea.


The Department of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (formerly Classics) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenured) in Ancient Greek Studies.

The Department seeks a specialist in Greek art/archaeology and/or literature, from the beginnings to the 3rd century CE, whose expertise complements the range of subjects and approaches covered by current faculty. Appropriate training and competence in ancient Greek and Latin is a further desideratum.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Please follow this link for the full position description and application process:

The Department has received the sad news that Professor Emeritus Stephen Miller has passed. The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology has posted an appreciation of Steve’s contributions and achievements.

Professor Stephen G. Miller (center) at the 2016 Nemean Games

Congratulations to David Youd, PhD student in Classics, for the publication of a new article, "Getting Bronze in the Sun: Making Sense of the Remains of Plautus’ Vidularia" in the July issue of the journal Classical Philology. Through clever textual and historical detective work, David brings to light a long-lost joke from Republican Rome; check out the article here.

For our series honoring 150 Women at Berkeley, Emily Mullin, a graduate student in our department, had a wide-ranging conversation with two Berkeley alumnae, Sarah Olsen (PhD 2016) and Kate Gilhuly (PhD 1999).  Read excerpts from their conversation here.

150 years

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Athena Kirk (PhD Classics 2011); read more here.

detail from Kirk book cover

Congratulations to Joshua Benjamins, who has won a Townsend Dissertation Fellowship to support his work on "Augustine's Rome: Redrawing Roman History and Roman Time after 410 A.D.," and to Dylan Kenny, who has been awarded the Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship to support his work on “The Fruit of Wisdom: Pindar’s Poetry in its Intellectual-Historical Context."

If you missed the recent premiere of Talos Dreams by the Greek Chamber Music Project, you can experience it here, along with the post-performance discussion with Mario Telò (and a remarkable demonstration of the resources of the "ghostplate" by the composer).

musicians in field

Congratulations to Sasha-Mae Eccleston (Berkeley Classics PhD 2014; John Rowe Workman Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Brown University), who has just been awarded the NEH/Mellon Foundation Rome Prize to support her book project "Epic Events."

Congratulations to Professor Kim Shelton, who has just been honored with Berkeley's Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Award, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to students and to maintaining excellence in teaching in these difficult times.

Kim Shelton

Mario Telò is co-organizer of the panel "The Before and the After: Arche and Avenir in a Time of Crisis," which is taking place April 9-11 as part of the annual convention of the American Comparative Literature Association. The program of the third day (including an abstract of his paper) can be found here.


It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of Emeritus Professor Leslie Threatte, who passed away on March 25 at his home in Greece.  See our tribute here.

Leslie Threatte

Congratulations to Erin Lam, who has been awarded the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College; this includes one year of dissertation fellowship, which Erin will spend finishing her dissertation, “Realness through Relationality: A Queer Reading of Ovid's Heroides,” followed by a post-doc year.  And congratulations also to Joshua Benjamins, who has been awarded a Townsend Dissertation Fellowship for 2021-22 to support his dissertation project, “Augustine's Rome: Redrawing Roman History and Roman Time after 410 A.D.”

We are happy to announce the publication of a special issue of Classical Antiquity in celebration of Mark Griffith with articles from former students Maud Gleason, Erik Gunderson, Jim Porter, Jonathan Ready, and Naomi Weiss.

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Many will remember the fabulous international epigraphy conference held at Berkeley in January 2016.  We are delighted to announce the publication of a collection of papers from that conference, Greek Epigraphy and Religion, edited by Nikolaos Papazarkadas and Emily Mackil. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Sara B. Aleshire, who endowed Berkeley's Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy.

Greek Epig front cover detail

This coming Monday, March 8, at 10am PST, Kim Shelton will be speaking at a webinar on "Women in Greek Archaeology," sponsored by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  More information + registration link available here.

old photo, archaeologist

Congratulations to Marissa Henry, who has been awarded an SCS Classics Everywhere grant for an outreach project. Marissa is using the grant to lead a myth and creative writing class (virtually) at the Berkeley Public Library. The project is featured on the BPL site as well as a recent SCS blog post.

Rossetti, Proserpina

David Youd delivered a paper, "Polymorphously Per-verse: Queer Metrology in Euripides' Orestes," at the recent Oxford conference on "Queer and the Classical." Conference paper abstracts are available to be read here.

Nandini Pandey (Berkeley Classics PhD 2011) delivered a lecture on Feb. 23 entitled "Roman Diversity: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Empire" at the American Academy in Berlin, where she is currently Gorrissen Fellow in History.  The lecture is archived here.

The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri is delighted to announce the inauguration of a lecture series featuring presentations of new texts as well as papers concerning the society and culture Graeco-Roman Egypt. The first paper in the series will be delivered by Professor Lucia Prauscello this coming Friday, January 29; full details here.  Additional speakers in the series will include Andrew Connor (Monash), Micaela Langellotti (Newcastle), and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer (Oxford); details TBA.

Mario Telò was recently interviewed for the New Books Network podcast, discussing his new book Archive Feelings: A Theory of Greek Tragedy.  You can listen to the interview here.

The department is delighted to announce the Spring 2021 Sather Series, a set of four lectures by former Sather Professors who are rejoining our community, albeit virtually, on four Saturday mornings this semester.  The series will be kicked off by a lecture by François Lissarrague.   More details here.

Sather 2021 poster

Ellen Oliensis delivered the 2020 Housman Lecture for University College London, not in person as originally planned but via zoom; the lecture, entitled "The Trials of Latona in Ovid's Metamorphoses," is available here.

Brueghel the Elder, Latona & the Lycian Peasants

We are excited to report that Marissa Henry's article "Epic's Bastard Son: The Importance of Being Nothos in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus" just appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of the American Journal of Philology

Bacchus mosaic

Classics is joining the campus-wide celebration of 150 Years of Women at Berkeley by launching a series of occasional conversations with alumnae of the department, starting with  Mario Telò's conversation with Gertrude Allen (BA 1967).  Read the conversation here.

150 years

Graduate Admissions update:  Berkeley Classics currently plans to run its regular admisssions process this year.  More information on how to apply may be found here.

We are excited to report that Kelsey Turbeville (PhD Classical Archaeology 2019) is now a User Experience Writer at UserTesting, a UX research company based in San Francisco. As a writer on the design team, she collaborates with designers and other writers to create digital interfaces; another component of her work is researching how people understand and interpret language in context.  Kelsey tells us that this work draws on the skills she developed in graduate school:  "I spend a lot of time analyzing language in a detailed, rigorous manner and considering its impact in the context of a visual environment."

We are delighted to report that Marissa Henry has been awarded a Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity, to complete her dissertation, entitled “Raw, Cooked, Rotten, Sweet: The Pleasures and Politics of Food in Archaic Hexameter" and that Andrew Wein has been awarded both a Dissertation Fellowship from the Townsend Humanities Center and a Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, for the completion of his dissertation, entitled “Kosmos and Confusion: Political and Aesthetic Value in the Greco-Roman World.”

Our congratulations to graduate alums Margaret Foster and Jonathan Ready, who are taking up positions this fall as Associate Professor and Professor, respectively, in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.

In June, Maria Mavroudi gave a public lecture (sponsored by the Hellenic American Cultural Foundation in New York), entitled "How Byzantine Civilization Influenced Modern-Day Culture," including the reception of Byzantine art by African Americans and political activists after the Civil Rights movement. The lecture was broadcast via Zoom and can be enjoyed here.

The department offers its warm CONGRATULATIONS to the fabulous class of 2020!

graduation ribbons

We are excited to announce Release 1 of Donald Mastronarde's open-access online edition of the scholia on Euripides, Orestes 1-500, available at

Hecuba MS

The Department of Classics will be offering its summer curriculum remotely in Summer 2020.  Though Berkeley did not make the news official till early April, our instructors have been planning for this change since early March. Please join us for our virtual classical summer!

temple landscape