Amphora of Achilles and Ajax Amphora of Achilles and Ajax
 statue of discus thrower  statue of discus thrower
greek ceramic fish plate greek ceramic fish plate
 greek inscription carved into stone  greek inscription carved into stone
 open air auditorium in pompeii  open air auditorium in pompeii
 roman aquaduct  roman aquaduct
 roman coin  roman coin
 roman inscription carved into stone  roman inscription carved into stone
sculpture of roman rowers sculpture of roman rowers
 painting of ciccero in roman senate  painting of ciccero in roman senate
 Parthenon Ruins  Parthenon Ruins
 medieval latin text  medieval latin text
pankration pankration
 parthenon  parthenon
 colloseum  colloseum
 greek warrior helmet  greek warrior helmet
 mosaic of medusa  mosaic of medusa

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.

News about Classics

Another Summer of Redhawks in Akko

This summer marks the second year of Miami University’s participation in the Tel Akko archaeological field school. Follow this blog for regular updates on the archaeological adventures of this year’s Miami participants: Salem Arvin, Tasheana Bythewood, Samantha Foppe, Connor Meek, Emily Ratvasky, Quentin Stickley, and Brandon Yang. Each of these students will be submitting regular entries about their experiences and sharing their discoveries, research, and interactions as they dig in Akko and travel to other sites in Israel.

Four Students Dig at Tel 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.

MIami Students prepare to dig
Miami Students prepare to dig

Intro to Archaeobotany

DirectSource URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQ4pTI5OWA

Student Profiles

Katie Paul

Katie Paul

Katie 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 Dobbs

Chris 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, majoringn Classical Humanities and triple minoring in Medieval Studies, Art History and Architecture, and Anthropology."

Troy Webster

Troy Webster

Troy is currently a high school Latin teacher at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia. He is teaching Latin I, II, and III this year.

Katherine M. Petrole

Katherine M. Petrole

Katie has spent four years as the Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow at Corinth Excavations in Ancient Corinth, Greece. Her work in this tiny, traditional Greek village leads back to her discovery of Classics in the small town of Oxford, Ohio.

Renee Perry

Renee Perry

Earning her degree at Miami helped get her into Officer Candidate School.

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