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.


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.


Professor James McKeown's Honors course, "Ancient Medicine" is part of a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) discussed in the latest Honors Newsletter.

Hear from students taking the course and learn more about FIGS and Professor McKeown, too!


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The Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) awarded Professor Laura McClure a Senior Fellowship to begin in 2019-2020. 

Senior Fellowships are funded by the College of Letters and Science and recognize tenured faculty members in the College who are engaged in innovative research in the humanities.

McClure will be...

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Noah Ash, an undergraduate earning a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Classical Humanities and Philosophy, will graduate this December.

Read his unique story!


Editor: Laura McClure

This volume provides essays that represent a range of perspectives on women, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, tracing the debates from the late 1960s to the late 1990s.

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