Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

College of Letters & Science


  • Petra, Jordan
  • Roman Coliseum
  • Palmyrene Aramaic Text
  • Roman Forum
  • The Colonnaded Street at Apamea

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.


Noah Ash, an undergraduate earning a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Classical Humanities and Philosophy, will graduate this December.

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Associate Professor Nandini Pandey was awarded a Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity Faculty Fellowship by UW's Institute for Research in the Humanities.  The IRH holds an annual competition for up to two one-semester fellowships for UW-Madison faculty with...

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All Classics, Classical Humanities, and Latin majors are encouraged to apply. 

Students may apply to both scholarships but will only be awarded one. 

All applications are due February 8, 2019.


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This summer, seniors Jack White and Megan Bernards - both earning the Classical Studies certificate - took part in an archaeological dig after winning Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty research fellowships.

Their faculty mentor is Professor William Aylward.

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"Constellations are clusters of courses grounded in the humanities. Modeled after the popular First-Year Interest Groups, the program allows students to take three classes — one core humanities course and two linked classes — concurrently and draw connections across...

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