Classics for the 21st Century

Some 2,000 years ago, in the diverse and turbulent world of the ancient Mediterranean, the ancient Greeks and Romans were already deliberating some of the central questions that define our world today, questions like:  

• What is the responsibility of the individual in a complex and rapidly changing world?
• What is the good life? Why, conversely, do humans suffer?
• What is the meaning of justice? Do laws ensure justice for everyone?
• When is war justified? What are its consequences?
• What is the best form of government? What rights and obligations define citizenship?
• How should humans interact with animals and the world of nature?

In addition, these ancient societies grappled with the meaning and form of a range of social differences such as gender, class, race, religion, and sexuality, differences that led, in some cases, to harsh systems of inequality and brutal phenomena like slavery and human trafficking. Positioning the study of ancient Greece and Rome within its broader Mediterranean context, while also examining the legacy of these cultures in later centuries, the Department of Classics at Miami integrates study of language, literature, art and archaeology, philosophy, history, political theory, law and religion in challenging our students to explore the complex world of classical antiquity on its own terms while they acquire the skills to think more critically about the world today and their own place within it.

Four Miami Students Dig at Akko

In Summer 2017, four Miami University undergraduates are participating in the Tel Akko Archaeological Field School in Akko, Israel.  This is the first year of Miami’s study abroad collaboration with the Tel Akko project, and we’re proud to offer this 6-credit international experience to all interested Miami students.

Follow their blog for regular updates on the archaeological adventures of this year’s Miami participants: Sarah Kammer (Anthropology), Rachel Strohl (Anthropology), Caroline Saussere (Classics) and Megan Ashbrook (Anthropology).  Each of these students will be submitting weekly entries about their experiences and sharing their discoveries, research, and interactions as they dig in Akko and travel to other sites in Israel.

To find out more about the Tel Akko archaeological project in general, spend time perusing the Tel Akko website.


Student underneath an ancient lintel
Student Caroline Sausser underneath an ancient lintel

Caroline digging in the dirt
Caroline digging in the dirt

Comparing found artifacts
Comparing found artifacts

Miami Students resting up
Miami students resting up

Caroline gets a wheelbarrow to herself
Caroline gets a wheelbarrow to herself

Miami Students excavating
Miami Students excavating at the site

Caroline Sausser prepares for a survey
Caroline Sausser prepares for a survey

Caroline Sausser prepares for a survey
Caroline Sausser prepares for a survey

Caroline Sausser prepares for a survey
Caroline Sausser prepares for a survey

Caroline Sausser excavates material from the site
Caroline Sausser excavates material from the site

MIami Students prepare to dig
MIami Students prepare to dig

News about Classics

Dr. Denise McCoskeyCongratulations to National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Recipient Denise McCoskey

Dr. Denise Eileen McCoskey, Department of Classics, was the recipient of an NEH grant for her research project entitled "Eugenics and Classical Scholarship in Early 20th-Century America," which explores the role of eugenics in American classical scholarship prior to World War II.


Congratulations to Fulbright Semi-Finalists!

Congratulations to Miami's 14 semi-finalists in the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student competition. We are especially proud of our Classics student! More than 10,000 applications were received for the approximate 1,900 available Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants in this application cycle. Our semi-finalists will learn whether they will receive the Fulbright grants later this spring.

Katherine Melberg - Germany, English Teaching Assistant Program  
Majors: Classical Humanities, Classical Languages, and German


Dr. Melissa Rosenzweig - Intro to Archaeobotany

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Student Profiles

  • Katie Paul

    Katie PaulKatie A. Paul is the “Digger” of ArchaeoVenturers. She is an Anthropologist and Archaeologist with a focus in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Katie has worked to advocate for preservation of history in the MENA region since she began her career at The George Washington University.

  • Lisa Mays

    Lisa Mays"I really credit the excellence of the Classics Department's advising process for helping me identify early the experiences that I needed as an Undergraduate in order to be an attractive candidate for a program like Bryn Mawr's and an excavation like the Agora."

  • Chris Dobbs

    Chris DobbsChris Dobbs earned B.A.s in Classical Humanities and Classical Languages from Miami University in 2011.

  • C. Jacob Butera

    C. Jacob Butera"I graduated from Miami in 2003 with a degree in both Classics and Ancient Greek. While at Miami, I had the great fortune to study abroad in Florence, Italy and took a number of independent studies, including courses on Latin Epigraphy and Greek Palaeography in the Classics Department."

  • Stephanie Chapman

    Stephanie Chapman"I finished my undergraduate degree at Miami University in 2005, majoring in Classical Humanities and triple minoring in Medieval Studies, Art History and Architecture, and Anthropology."

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