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Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies

The Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison was created as one of the original academic units on campus in 1850, when the first Board of Regents established a Professorship of Ancient Languages and Literature, and assigned to it the mandate "to develop the philosophy of language and to unfold the history and the theory of a civilization which has passed away, but has left an abiding impression on human society" (M. Curti and V. Carstensen, The University of Wisconsin: A History, Volume 1, Madison, 1949).  

While remaining faithful to the linguistic, historical, and philological core of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, students and faculty also conduct research in such varied areas as Gender Studies, Literary Theory, Translation Studies, and Classical Reception. We are a vibrant and supportive community of professors and graduate students, committed to the study of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, and to the training of new generations of teachers and scholars.

The department offers undergraduate majors in Classical Humanities, Classics (Greek and Latin), and Latin, along with a Certificate in Classical Studies. We also cooperate with the School of Education to offer a teacher certification program in Latin.

We offer two graduate program tracks, one in Classics and the other in Hebrew Bible.  We regularly have more than twenty students in residence working toward an M.A. or Ph.D., and alumni of our graduate programs are teaching at schools, colleges, and universities across the country.


Upcoming Events

  1. Sink or Swim: Life after the Dissertation

    December 08
    4:00 PM

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  1. Jeffrey Beneker Publishes New Book

    Written by Toni Landis on November 02, 2016

    Beneker co-authors The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros Basilakes: Progymnasmata from Twelfth-Centruy Byzantium.
  2. Cate Bonesho Awarded ASOR Student Travel Grant

    Written by Toni Landis on October 25, 2016

    Grant funds her attendance of the ASOR conference to present her paper titled "Aesthetics of Empire: The Importance of Presentation in Palmyrene and Latin Bilingual Inscriptions."