Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

College of Letters & Science


The Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison was created as one of the university’s original academic units in 1850, when the Board of Regents established a Professorship of Ancient Languages and Literature. While remaining faithful to the linguistic, historical, and philological foundations of our field, 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, graduate students, and undergraduates, committed to the study of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, and to the training of new generations of teachers and scholars.


3650 Mosse Humanities Building



Catherine Bonesho earned her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in May and began her new position with UCLA's department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures on July 1.

Congratulations, Cate!

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PhD candidate Molly Harris has been recognized for her work with the Warrior Book Club.  

Through the Morgridge Center for Public Service, Harris was selcted to receive the...

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Classics PhD student Amy Hendricks is one of a select group of outstanding TAs to have been named 2018 College of Letters & Science Teaching Fellows. Based on her excellence as a teacher, student, mentor, and leader throughout her graduate student career, Hendricks will serve as an instructor at the L&S Fall TA Training in August. Congratulations!

Read Assistant Professor Nandini Pandey's latest article (inspired by the movie Coco!) published in Eidolon.

Crossing Cultures as a First-Generation Classicist



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Dissertator Preston Atwood will receive a three-month summer fellowship (June 1- August 31st) which provides a stipend, tuition and segregated fees coverage.


Editors: Jeffrey Beneker and Craig A. Gibson

Progymnasmata, preliminary exercises in the study of declamation, were the cornerstone of elite education from Hellenistic through Byzantine times. Using material from Greek literary, mythological, and historical traditions, students and writers composed examples ranging from simple fables to complex arguments about fictional laws. In the Byzantine period, the spectrum of source material expanded to include the Bible and Christian hagiography and theology.