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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.

Department News and Events

Department News

Despite significant disruptions to academic work this year, a number of graduate students have made exceptional progress in their research and completed their doctorates in Classics. Here we celebrate three who have recently defended their dissertations. 

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In response to the recent and ongoing violence against persons of color and the renewed struggle against inequality in which this country is now engaged, Princeton’s Department of Classics reaffirms its commitment to diversity, equity, and justice within our field. We add our voices to those calling for an anti-racist, inclusive society for ourselves, our students and, indeed, for all. We affirm our belief that Black Lives Matter as do the lives of all those who suffer from discrimination (whether based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, or religious affiliation). We pledge ourselves to defend, in word and deed, the oppressed and vulnerable within our society.

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The Department of Classics Posts a Statement on Equity

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Froma I. Zeitlin retired from Princeton University in 2010, where she was the Charles Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature in the Department of Classics and Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. In this interview for the Society for Classical Studies she talks about her experience as a woman in Classics in the 1970s and after. 

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Student News

Marina Di Bartolo, M.D., works as a primary care practitioner in Camden, New Jersey, where she treats patients in the crosshairs of the coronavirus. On the latest episode of Princeton's “We Roar” podcast, she shares her journey from Venezuela to Princeton University to last week’s ruling that protected the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — at least for now.

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Student News

Princeton’s seniors were honored last month at a virtual commencement ceremony that marked the end of their time as undergraduates. As the Class of 2020 prepare for the next stages of their lives and careers, we asked some of those who chose to major in Classics about their work and plans for the future.

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In the 25 years since the Humanities Sequence was established at Princeton, those who have taught and studied the course have singled out its close-knit community for its transformative power. With this sense of community so strongly part of the HUM Sequence experience, how would the isolation of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic affect the teaching and the discussions that are the lifeblood of the course?

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Department News

Three classics majors have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa: Leina Thurn, Christopher Howard and Kirsten Traudt. Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and generally includes the highest-ranking tenth of each graduating class. 

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The Princeton University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is giving its annual awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching to Melissa Haynes, lecturer in classics, and Wyatt Lloyd, assistant professor of computer science.

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Department News

Erika Valdivieso will join the Department of Classics as a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton. She and fifteen other scholars across several disciplines will join the twelve fellows selected last year with the aim of enhancing diversity in the professoriate.

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This Fall, Princeton will offer language classes in Akkadian, Latin and Ancient Greek. Here are some of the other courses from the Classics department next semester. 


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