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Department of Classics


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Portrait on a Roman funerary stele

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Lid of an Etruscan cinerary urn

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Red-Figure Bell Krater

Green Glass Bottle

Roman Glass Bottle

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Jupiter and eagle

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Welcome to Cornell Classics

Classics is the interdisciplinary study of the ancient (1700 BCE-600 CE) Greek and Roman civilizations that gave subsequent European culture its distinctive character. The study of Greek and Roman antiquity includes:  Greek and Latin language, literature, and linguistics; ancient philosophy; history; archaeology and art history; papyrology; epigraphy; and numismatics.

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Recent Publications

Group Identity

Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity
Eric Rebillard and Jörg Rüpke

To understand the past, we necessarily group people together and, consequently, frequently assume that all of its members share the same attributes. In this ground-breaking volume, Eric Rebillard and Jörg Rüpke bring renowned scholars together to challenge this norm by seeking to rediscover the individual and to explore the dynamics between individuals and the groups to which they belong.

Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.

 Project Spotlight

Harvard-Cornell Expedition for the Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Sardis

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The excavations at the site of Sardis in ancient Lydia cover a time span from about 1400 BCE to about 616 CE.

Events

Edith Hall (King's College, London) delivered the first Francis R. Halpern Lecture on October 2, 2015: What Do the Ancient Greeks Have to Say to the Third Millenium?

Watch the video here.

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