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.

Events

August 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

The Graduate School invites all newly admitted graduate students to attend the Fall New Graduate Student Welcome event.

October 2, 2017 - 9:00am

Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism.  Learn more about her here and check back for more details about her lecture!

News

Preston Atwood was chosen to receive the Lipton Essay Award for his paper, "Erotobucolic Humor as Euphemism in Song of Songs: A Comparison with Theocritus' Idyll 11.19-21." The award of $750 is courtesy of the Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison.

In addition, he was selected to receive the Pantzer Scholarship awarded through the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

Several Graduate students in CANES were honored with scholarships and fellowships!

Publications

This study analyzes several passages in the Former Prophets (2 Sam 19:12-44; 2 Kgs 2:1-18; Judg 8:4-28) from a literary perspective, and argues that the text presents Transjordan as liminal in Israel’s history, a place from which Israel’s leaders return with inaugurated or renewed authority.