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

November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

Join us for a lecture featuring Andrew Feldherr, Chair of the Department of Classics at Princeton.

November 15, 2017 - 1:30pm

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Makutoane, Department of Hebrew at University of the Free State, South Africa.

News

“Reading and Writing in the Dark at Khirbet el-Qom: The Literacies of Ancient Subterranean Judah,” by Alice Mandell and Jeremy Smoak is now available in the latest edition of Near Eastern Archaeology.

According to Alice Mandell, learning ancient languages gives a person, "... a sense that you are being teleported into the past. You can access stories about the gods as well as the personal letters, prayers, hopes and dreams of ancient people... It gives voice to people who would otherwise be forgotten."

Alice Mandell will be participating in The Scribal Mind: Textual Criticism in Antiquity, a conference hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York Unversity.

Mandell is presenting her work, "The Shifting Spaces of the Text: Multimodality at Kuntillet 'Ajrud and Ketef Hinnom" as part of a panel on Ancient Textual Criticism in Society.

The conference takes place September 21st and 22nd.

Catherine Bonesho recently had a book note published in the web journal Ancient Jew Review.  Read her work addressing Jörg Rüpke's Religious Deviance in the Roman World: Superstition or Individuality? (Translated by David M.B. Richardson), Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Bonesho is a Rome Prize Fellow in Ancient Studies and a PhD Candidate.

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.

Publications

Author: J.C. McKeown

Here is a whimsical and captivating collection of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia of the ancient Romans. We tend to think of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army, an exemplary legal system, and a precise and elegant language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities shows that the Romans were equally capable of bizarre superstitions, logic-defying customs, and often hilariously derisive views of their fellow Romans and non-Romans.