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.



The 2018 ASOR Annual Meeting will be held in Denver, CO, from November 14th to 17th at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The Annual Meeting brings together ASOR’s vibrant academic community to present their current findings and discuss their research. The conference attracts over 1,000 scholars...

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Join the thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons at the Annual Meetings 2018 in Denver! With more than 1,200 academic sessions, and workshops, along with one of the world's largest exhibits of books and digital resources for...

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This is the second conference in the series and will center on early modern, 18th, and 19th century Europe and the Americas, focusing in part on how Rome itself was imaginatively reinvented in that period....

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All Classics, Classical Humanities, and Latin majors are encouraged to apply. 

Students may apply to both scholarships but will only be awarded one. 

All applications are due February 8, 2019.


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This summer, seniors Jack White and Megan Bernards - both earning the Classical Studies certificate - took part in an archaeological dig after winning Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty research fellowships.

Their faculty mentor is Professor William Aylward.

Read more about their experience!

"Constellations are clusters of courses grounded in the humanities. Modeled after the popular First-Year Interest Groups, the program allows students to take three classes — one core humanities course and two linked classes — concurrently and draw connections across...

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Senior Conlin Bass, who is earning the  Classical Studies certificate, began The Bandana Project as a freshman.

Read more about his inspiration and learn about the impact the initiative has had.

Catherine Bonesho earned her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in May and began her new position with UCLA's department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures on July 1.

Congratulations, Cate!

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