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The Department of Classical Studies at Duke embraces the languages and literatures, archaeology and material culture, and histories of the Greek, Roman, and late antique pasts. Classical Studies, inherently inter-disciplinary, encourages serious engagement with our complex past and its place in the present and for the future. Students develop broad knowledge while cultivating cross-cultural fluency and critical intellectual skills and methodological strategies. The requirements of the two majors, Classical Civilizations and Classical Languages, convey the disciplinary coherence of the field, yet are flexible enough to allow students to develop their own interests while progressing through their studies.

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Duke CLST Publications:

Classical Archaeology in Context:
     Theory and Practice in Excavation in the Greek World

By Duke CLST Professor Carla Antonaccio & UNC Professor Donald Haggis

Walter de Gruyter, published by Walter de Gruyter. Copyright, Walter de Gruyter. 

The Epic Rhapsode and His Craft:
     Homeric Performance in a Diachronic Perspective

By Duke CLST Assistant Professor José M. González

Recently featured in the THE HELLENIC STUDIES SERIES by the Center for Hellenics Studies

Hellenic Studies 47, published by the Center for Hellenic Studies. Copyright, Center for Hellenic Studies. Available now in print via Harvard University Press


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Congratulations Class of 2015!

Classical Civilizations – Majors

Barbara Blachut – Cum laude
Amanda Rae Fetter
Deborah Lynn Mayers
Brittany Alexis Nanan
Sonora A. Williams
Erica Elizabeth Zeno

Classical Languages – Majors

Erin Lynn McInerney – Cum laude 

Classical Civilization – Minors

Katelyn Taylor Alley
Chelsea Marie Bright
Wilson Alan Moore Fisher
Lauren E Hansson – Cum laude
Erin Lynn McInerney – Cum laude
Kevin William Shamieh
Crystal Whitney Terry
Tara Moran Trahey – Summa cum laude
Emma Lewis Weitzner – Magna cum laude
Shida Ye

Latin - Minor

Devon Nicole Beverly
Eliza Price Strong

Master of Arts

Young Eun Kim

Doctor of Philosophy

Clifford Allen Robinson

Below: Pictures from the Class of 2015 Classical Studies Graduation Ceremony

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Duke Blue Devil Days 2015:

Below: Photos from Duke Blue Devil Days 2015 Classical Studies academic info sessions for the incoming Class of 2019. #Duke2019

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Duke Students & Faculty Abroad:

Geophysical Survey at the Roman Camps at Renieblas (Spain)

An international team led by Alicia Jiménez (Duke University), with collaborators from York University, the University of Munich and Geozone, has conducted a geophysical survey in June 2015 at one of the earliest and best preserved Roman Republican camps in the Mediterranean. The data gathered during the Electromagnetic (EM) and Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey at Renieblas (Spain), generously supported by The Arts and Sciences Council (Duke University), have provided crucial information for the project. Duke is preparing to begin excavations at the site in July.

The five Roman camps of Renieblas, significant as examples of Roman military planning, are often used to illustrate the basic structure of the Republican army as described by Polybius in book 6 of his Histories. The site also promises to elucidate the vexed but important questions of the supply to the army in the Early Roman provinces, the pay of the Republican army, and the beginning of local coinage in a large area of Hispania Citerior.

Below: Photos from Renieblas

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"Pioneering a Learning Community in China"

Sitting in his office on Duke’s West Campus, Professor William Johnsonreminds a visitor that “a university is not about the big tall oak trees and the beautiful gothic wonderland; it’s about a group of people who are really involved in learning.”

Johnson is one of more than 25 Duke faculty and academic staff members who were on site in Kunshan, China, for Duke Kunshan University's first semester of operations last fall.

To continue reading, please visit the Global Learning at Duke

Below: Students and faculty from Duke Kunshan University's first semester in Fall 2014.

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“Ghost Cities of Greece”

In the foothills of eastern Crete, a short trek from the seaside village of Kavousi, there are the outlines of an early Greek city. Among the remnants are traces of a communal dining hall, an olive press facility, storerooms, a hearth temple, and clusters of small houses, all dating to at least the fifth century B.C. For most of the year, the site, called Azoria, sits dormant. But each summer, a diverse team of archaeologists—including a handful of Duke students and faculty members— are working to build a picture of how that ancient society functioned.

To continue reading, please visit the Duke Magazine

Now Accepting Applications:

Below: The on-going Duke Archaeological Field Practicum summer archaeological fieldschool in Azoria, Crete. Applications for 2015 are open now. For more info, please visit Duke Global Education

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Duke University Students Digitally Document Ancient Tomb

Students in the Duke in Tuscany program (Duke University) were at an archaeological site in June 2014 in Italy's Vulci Naturalistic Park when local archaeologists discovered a rare ancient and intact Etruscan tomb. The find allowed the students to use the digital documentation skills they were learning from Duke Professor Maurizio Forte. The result was a 3D model of the burial site, which Forte believes is the first such model of an Etruscan tomb.

Read more at Duke Today


Duke CLST Fieldwork Projects:

“New Fieldwork Project: Roman Camps at Renieblas (Soria, Spain)”

Alicia Jiménez (Duke University) Jesús Bermejo (York University) and Martin Luik (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) gave a paper at the last Archaeological Institute of America and Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Jan. 2015) about the new fieldwork project they are setting up in Spain.

To continue reading, please visit the Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology


Duke CLST in the Media:

What ancient Romans can teach us about Confederate monuments

Op-ed by Professor Mary T. Boatwright in The News & Observer, July 23, 2015. www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article28451935.html

Ecco com’era Reggio Emilia al tempo dei romani

Da maggio ai Musei Civici la ricostruzione in 3D realizzata dai ricercatori della Duke University di Monica Rossi

To read more, please visit Il Resto del Carlino

Below: Pictures from the Regium@Lepidi Project.

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Upcoming Events:


Archaeological Institute of America, N. Carolina Society Lectures


Professor Alicia Jiménez will give the keynote talk Oct. 3 at the following colloquium in Canada:

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For more info, CLICK HERE

Department of Classical Studies is pleased to present Dr. Jonathan Edmondson, Professor of History at York University

“Augusta Emerita (Mérida): Roman Colony and Monument of Imperial Power in Roman Spain”

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Languages Bldg., Room 211
5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Reception to follow

For more info, CLICK HERE

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Department of Classical Studies is pleased to present Dr. Jaakko Frösén, Professor at Helsinki University
“From carbonized papyri to the Monastery of Saint Aaron at Petra – The 'last will’ of Mr. Obodianos, P. Petra inv. 6a”
Thursday, October 19, 2015
Allen Bldg., Room 226
5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Reception to follow
For more info, CLICK HERE
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Featured Fall 2015 Courses:

CLST Courses:

CLST 144: Principles of Archaeology (For more info CLICK HERE)

CLST 283: Greek History (For more info CLICK HERE)

Greek & Latin Courses:

GREEK 101: Elementary Greek &
     GREEK 203: Intermediate Greek (For more info CLICK HERE)

LATIN 101: Elementary Latin &
     LATIN 203: Intermediate Latin (For more info CLICK HERE)

LATIN 386S: Snapshots of Rome (For more info CLICK HERE)

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A story waiting to be written ... announcing Story Lab!

The Franklin Humanities Institute is pleased to announce the beginning of a new Humanities Laboratory, STORY LAB, in Fall 2015.  We live in an age when stories - whether in the form of myths, novels, film and television series, virtual reality games, news narratives and commercial branding, among many others - are more vital than ever.  Proceeding from a conviction that there is an urgent need to talk about, reflect on, and critically engage with the phenomenon of storytelling, Story Lab will offer a dynamic space for exploring what it means to make story, embody story, analyze story, talk story, and live story.  The Lab will offer an opportunity to study and foster a space for storytelling, connecting research with expression.  The Lab will be co-directed by Professors Eileen Chow (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies), Carlos Rojas (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies), and Clare Woods (Classical Studies). 

For more info, please CLICK HERE

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Placement Announcement:

Congratulations to our latest PhD graduate, Cliff Robinson, who has recently accepted tenure-track position at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

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2014-15 Awards and Honors:

Congratulations to Robert Dudley who has won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany in 2015-16.

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Congratulations to Katie Langenfeld for winning the President's Award for Best Graduate Student Paper from the Classical Association of the Midwest and South - Southern Section.  She gave "Challenging the 'Conspiracy of Silence': Historical Memory, Usurpers, and the Imperial Biographies of the Historia Augusta," in October 2014 at CAMWS-SS Meeting in Fredericksburg, VA. Great job, Katie!

Below: Current Graduate student, Katie exploring the remains of the Colosseum in Rome, July 2012, while on the American Academy's Classical Summer School program.

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2014-15 News and Events:

The 26th annual UNC/Duke Classics Graduate Colloquium was held in April 2015 at Duke and UNC’s campuses. The colloquium included graduate papers and discussions on the role of the outsider in Greek and Roman history, literature, and archaeology and featured a keynote address by Eric Adler (University of Maryland, College Park) entitled, “Did the Greeks and Romans Invent Racism?”

For a complete list of events from the colloquium, please CLICK HERE

In Feb. 2015 the Department of Classical Studies at Duke hosted a lecture and Q&A by David Konstan. Dr. Konstan is a Professor of Classics at New York University and Emeritus Professor of Classics at Brown University. The lecture was on his recent book "Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea", which was also sponsored by The Onassis Foundation (USA) University Seminars Program.

At the recent Joint Annual Meeting of the 2015 AIA & SCS in New Orleans a number of Duke faculty, graduate students, and former faculty and students gave presentations.  These include:

  • Micaela Janan (Duke): The Father’s Tragedy: Assessing Paternity in Silvae 2 (in a panel she co-organized)
  • Carla Antonaccio and Shelley Stone (Cal State Bakersfield): The Hellenistic Sanctuary on the Cittadella, 1957-2012
  • Alicia Jiménez (Duke), Jesus Bermejo (York), and Martin Luik (Ludwig-Maximilians): The Roman Republican Camps at Renieblas (Soria, Spain): Historical Problems and Archaeological Perspectives
  • Francis Newton (Duke) and Robert Babcock (now at UNC-CH): Tibullus and Charlemagne: A Mini-Cycle of Poems from the King’s Court Modeled upon the Corpus Tibullianum
  • Kathryn Langenfeld (Duke): The Historia Augusta’s “Audacity to Invent”: Biography and the Ancient Novel in the Late Empire
  • Tara Trahey (Duke): Visualizing an Iconographic Network between Athens and Vulci in the Sixth Century B.C.E.
  • Molly Pryzwansky (Duke and NC State): The Art of Suetonius’ Nero: Focus, (In)Consistency and Character
  • Lindsey Mazurek (Duke): Intersections: Gender and Context in the Expression of Isiac Identity
  • William Johnson co-organized an SCS seminar, “Ancient Literacy Reprised” and served as panel chair for a session on “Ancient Books”

Below: A slideshow of various pictures from the conference.

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Duke Professor, Emeritus Francis Newton gave a Montague Rhodes Memorial Lecture on "Paucissimi sed Pretiosissimi: Manuscript Treasures in Beneventan Script in Scottish Libraries." At Aberdeen University in December 2014.

In December 2014 Duke Professor, Emeritus Francis Newton and Leiden University Professor, F. Erik Kwakkel gave a joint lecture at York University.

In October and November 2014 there was a Traces of the Past: An Exhibition on Archaeology/Technology/Imagery in the Smith Warehouse, Bays 10 & 11.


In November 2014 Professor, Emeritus Francis Newton gave the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture on 'Lucius Triumphs Over His Fortune' (Met.11.15): Apuleius' Extraordinary Texts and the Extraordinary Monte Cassino Manuscripts That Saved Them For Civilization at the Texts and Contexts annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University.

The fall Classical Pedagogy Colloquium, a joint venture of the Duke University and University of North Carolina departments of Classical Studies, took place in November 2014 in Murphey Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. Guest speakers Dr. Laury Ward (PhD, Duke; Assistant Professor, Hillsdale College) and Dr. Ted Gellar-Goad (PhD, UNC; Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University) shared their recent work and participated in panel discussions with the attendees.


Honoring Diskin Clay, 1938-2014

We regret to announce the passing of our esteemed and beloved friend and colleague, Diskin Clay. A symposium honoring Diskin was held on November 8th in the Goodson Chapel. His obituary sketches out some of his many accomplishments. Condolences may be sent to his wife, .

Symposium Program

Below: The late Duke Professor, Diskin Clay in Athens, Greece during his late 20's.

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In October 2014 Visiting Assistant Professor Emily Jusino presented A Multiplicity of Voices: Theseus in Oedipus at Colonus at the Ancient Drama in Performance III conference at Randolph College.

In October 2014 Professor Carla Antonaccio gave the Zarbin Annual Lecture in the Department of Classics at Dartmouth College, speaking about "How Greek is Greek Art? Originals, Mashups, and Identity in the Past”.

In October 2014 Professor Tolly Boatwright presented "Domitia Longina and the Criminality of Roman Imperial Women" at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South - Southern Section meeting in Fredericksburg, VA.

Below: From Space to Place Initiative: The Age of Sensing, Fifth Annual International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology (October 2014 at Duke University). Find out more Poster

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