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.


Lubar Commons, Law School

Jill Hicks-Keeton, Department of Religious Studies at University of Oklahoma, will be talking about her research on the collection and curation practices of the Museum and the Bible.


Cynthia Miller-Naudé and Jacobus Naudé (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa) will be discussing their recent research in Hebrew linguistics.

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Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Join us for a public lecture featuring Professor of Art History, Penelope Davies, University of Texas at Austin.

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L140, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building

Join us for a talk by Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Helen King, Open University

This event is part of the Constellations program.



Join us for the AIA featured speaker, Professor Steven Tuck of Miami University of Ohio.

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Ph.D. student Rebecca Moorman has been named a runner-up for the Presidential Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for her work titled, “Lying Eyes? Autopsy, Credibility, and the Senses in Apuleius, Met. 1.4.”  She will be recognized during the annual meeting of  The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) this spring.


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The Institute for Research in the Humanities in conjunction with the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies has selected Classics Ph.D. student Rebecca Moorman to receive a 2019-2020 Robert J. Reinhold Fellowship.

Moorman will use the fellowship to work on her dissertation, titled “Engrossing the Reader:...

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CANES alumna, Katherine Bonesho, (Hebrew Bible, Ph.D. 2018) explores indisciplinary study of the ancient world with her former office-mate and fellow alumna, Rachel Hart (Classics, Ph.D. 2018).

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Associate Professor Alex Dressler's article, "Seeing (not) seeing: the phenomenology of deviant standpoint as a function of gender and class in Paulinus of Nola, Poems 18" has been published on the European network on Gender Studies in Antiquity or EuGeStA

Learn more about EuGeStA.