Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

College of Letters & Science

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 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.


February 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

Starring Melina Mercouri & Jules Dassin

A musical film, in both Greek and English, focusing on a culture clash between a romanticizing classicist and a Greek prostitute.


March 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Staring Breno Mello & Marpessa Dawn

A Brazilian retelling of the myth of Orpheus, set in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival. We will be watching the film in Portuguese with English subtitles.

March 19, 2018 - 4:00pm

A lecture by Aaron D. Rubin (Pennsylvania State University)

April 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, John Goodman, & Holly Hunter

A comedic retelling of Homer’s Odyssey set in 20th century Mississippi. Directed by the Coen brothers.

April 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

A Lecture by Professor John Papadopoulos, UCLA.

Details to follow.

This event sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.


Tye Wilson-Swokowski, a Classics and Latin major, is a member of UW's Ethics Bowl team and will be competing in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) championship taking place March 3-4 in Chicago.  To earn a spot in the twenty-second annual national competition, the UW club went undefeated throughout the...

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Molly Harris and Geoffrey Ludvik were recognized for their exceptional teaching.

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PhD student Preston Atwood has earned $600 for travel expenses to the 2018 Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The award is courtesy of the Student Research Graduate Competition made possible through the UW's Graduate School, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding.  He will be presenting his paper “Aristophanes' Lampito in...

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Read Rome's "Empire Without End" and the "Endless" U.S. War on Terror by Nandini Pandey published by the online journal Eidolon.

Join the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies as we host Classics Day on Friday, May 4 from noon to 5pm. 

This free event will feature panel discussions and a lecture by Sarah Bond.

A full program can be found here.


Editors: Elizabeth P. Archibald, William Brockliss, Jonathan Gnoza