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.


April 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

Join the Classics Society in welcoming Professor Greg Aldrete (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)

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.

May 1, 2018 - 6:30pm

Starring Katherin Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Irene Papas, & Brian Blessed.

A film adaptation of Euripides’ tragedy The Trojan Women, following the dispersal of the royal Trojan women after the fall of their city. 

May 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm


• Lunch (12-1 pm)

• Panel Discussions (1-3:30 pm)

  • Classical and Near Eastern Studies
  • Classics and Contemporary Media
  • Tuning Classics
  • Classical Archaeology in Wisconsin 

• Public Lecture by Professor Sarah Bond, University of Iowa (4-5 pm)


The Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies is pleased to announce its Gertrude E. Slaughter Summer Study Scholarship recipients.

Congratulations to Rachel Cilla and Tye Wilson-Swokowski who will both be traveling to Rome this summer through the UW-Classics in Italy study abroad program.

Rachel is a junior majoring in Classics and Classical Humanities and Tye is...

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Katie Liu, a graduating senior majoring in Classics, Classical Humanities, and Art History, has been awarded the Ornstein-Warendorf Scholarship.

This scholarship provides a one-time award to a high achieving Junior or Senior with financial need, who is majoring in History and/or any foreign language. 

Congratulations, Katie!

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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