THE PRINCETON CLASSICS DEPARTMENT investigates the history, language, literature, and thought of ancient Greece and Rome. We use the perspectives of multiple disciplines to understand and imagine the diversity of these civilizations over almost two thousand years and to reflect on what the classical past has meant to later ages, and to our own.

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Student News

Kirsten Traudt, a senior studying Classics at Princeton, has been awarded the Keasbey Scholarship to study in the UK. Traudt, who is from Morristown, New Jersey, will pursue an M.Phil. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford.

Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1022, from Oxyrhynchus, AD 102
Post-Event Reflection

Roger Bagnall, distinguished papyrologist and Emeritus Professor of History at NYU, delivered a lucid and thought-provoking Prentice Lecture in Princeton on Thursday, November 21st, entitled ‘Roman Names and Roman Citizenship in Egypt.’

Image of Ishion Hutchinson
Post-Event Reflection

On the evening of Tuesday, October 24th, Ishion Hutchinson, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and Associate Professor at Cornell University, delivered the second in the recently inaugurated series of Fagles Lectures for Classics in the Contemporary Arts, entitled “The Classics Can Console?”

Grace Sommers
Student Award

Rising senior Grace Sommers was recognized with the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award on Sunday September 8th, at Opening Exercises.

Sommers is a physics major from Bridgewater, NJ, who is pursing a certificate in Ancient Roman language and culture.

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