Skip directly to main navigation | secondary navigation | main content

Department of Classics

Cornell University Cornell University Cornell Univeristy Department of Classics

Department of Classics


Portrait on a Roman funerary stele

Vessel Lid

Lid of an Etruscan cinerary urn

Red-Figure Bell Krater

Red-Figure Bell Krater

Green Glass Bottle

Roman Glass Bottle


Jupiter and eagle

Previous ImageNext Image

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.

Find us on FacebookDownload Iris our Department Newsletter

Recent Publications


Christians and their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CE
Eric Rebillard

In Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200–450 CE, Éric Rebillard explores how Christians in North Africa between the age of Tertullian and the age of Augustine were selective in identifying as Christian, giving salience to their religious identity only intermittently. By shifting the focus from groups to individuals, Rebillard more broadly questions the existence of bounded, stable, and homogeneous groups based on Christianness.

Olin Library is maintaining a list of resources for Classics.

Job Search

The Department of Classics at Cornell University seeks to appoint a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the fields of Roman Archaeology and/or Roman Social History to begin July 1, 2016.

You can download our job advertisement here.

 Project Spotlight

Coin Collection


Coin Database