Overview

The Department of Classics participates in several interdepartmental ventures designed to meet particular student needs or to capitalize on particular faculty strengths. Our students are strongly encouraged to take appropriate courses or otherwise to profit from faculty outside the department. All interdepartmental programs are described in the Graduate School Announcement; since each has a very different structure you should read these entries carefully. If you wish to be considered by any program as well as by the Department of Classics, mention it in the space provided on the application form.

Classical Archaeology

Students who wish to take the doctorate in classical archaeology should apply to and will be members of the Department of Art and Archaeology, not Classics. All graduate students in classical archaeology are members of the interdepartmental Program in the Ancient World (see below), which places a strong emphasis on the mastery of ancient languages and history. All doctoral students in classical archaeology attend seminars in Classics, take special author and Greek and Roman history examinations with us, and precept in our lecture courses. For more information, refer to the Art & Archaeology website.

Classical Philosophy

Students in classics and philosophy may apply to enroll in the Program in Classical Philosophy, which is administered by a committee of the two departments. Appropriate courses may be taken in either department, special arrangements are made for guided reading, and departmental requirements are considerably modified. In addition to inviting regular visitors, the program hosts a colloquium every December on a selected topic in ancient philosophy. The Paul Elmer More Fund provides a limited number of fellowships specifically for students in the program, awarded on the recommendation of the committee. The Ph.D. is earned in the student's home department, be it Classics or Philosophy. For more information, write to Professor Christian Wildberg, Department of Classics. 

Comparative Literature

κὰδ δέ μ᾽ ἴδρως ψῦχρος ἔχει, τρόμος δὲ παῖσαν ἄγρει, χλωφοτέρα δὲ ποίας ἔμμι...
“And cold sweat grips me, and the trembling seizes me all over, and I turn whiter than grass…”
Sappho - fr. 31 W

Students who wish a more purely theoretical approach to literature, or one that takes in other literatures as well, might consider applying for the Ph.D. in comparative literature. This is a separate degree from Classics, but relations between the two departments are close. Comparative literature students with a declared Classics major or minor take many of our examinations, attend our seminars regularly, teach for us, and select classicists as advisers. For more information, visit the Department of Comparative Literature website.

Hellenic Studies

The study of the Greek world--ancient, Byzantine, and modern--is promoted in numerous ways by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, under the auspices of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. The program offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in Byzantine and modern Greek language, literature, history, and art and sponsors several visiting fellows from Greece, as well as scholars in classical and post-classical Greek studies, for short or long-term stay. About 30 Seeger fellowships for study and research in Greece are awarded every year to faculty and students in all University departments. The graduate program in Classical and Hellenic Studies allows students with interests in classical and post-classical Greek literature and culture to pursue a Classics Ph.D. with additional certification from the program in Hellenic Studies. The program offers a postdoctoral fellowship in Hellenic studies and sponsors the Princeton Modern Greek Studies Series in collaboration with Princeton University Press. A vigorous program of campus activities includes lectures, seminars, exhibitions, concerts, and more. For more information, write to Professor Christian Wildberg, Program in Hellenic Studies.

Program in the Ancient World

This program is designed to coordinate teaching and research in the area of ancient history and Classical cultures broadly defined. Students are Ph.D. candidates in one of four cooperating departments (art and archaeology, classics, history, and religion) who wish to broaden their knowledge of the ancient world outside their own departments and receive a certificate on completion of the program requirements. For further information, visit PAW's web site; or write to Professor Nino Luraghi.

Late Antiquity

The Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity (CSLA), chaired by Professor Annemarie Luijendijk, deeply values its younger colleagues in the Graduate School and provides support through fellowships and opportunities for conversation in various forums and different venues.  In addition to seminars by our faculty, we offer financial support for study and research abroad and award annually the Peter R. Brown Prize to the best graduate student essay on Late Antiquity. Moreover, under the leadership of Professor Jack Tannous, graduate students from multiple disciplines gather regularly to discuss recent books and meet with visiting scholars. For more information, visit the CSLA website.