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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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Featured Fall 2015 Courses:

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

CLST 266: Sex & Gender in Antiquity (For more info CLICK HERE)

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

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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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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Duke Students & Faculty Abroad:

"Pioneering a Learning Community in China"

Sitting in his office on Duke’s West Campus, Professor William Johnson reminds 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 Reniblas (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

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Duke CLST in the Media:

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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Duke CLST Publications:

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

By Duke CLST Assistant Professor José M. González

Hellenic Studies 47, published 2015 by the Center for Hellenic Studies. Copyright, Center for Hellenic Studies.

Available now in print via Harvard University Press

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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 2015 by the Walter de Gruyter. Copyright, Walter de Gruyter.
Coming soon in print via Walter de Gruyter
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Upcoming Events:

March 2015

College Year in Athens: Study in Greece

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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:

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. This event, aimed primarily at current graduate students but open to all faculty and graduate students in Classics and related fields, focused on the practice of teaching Classics at the post-secondary level,  the transition from graduate studies to faculty positions, and the professional development undertaken by new faculty to balance research and teaching responsibilities. 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


Below: Meet CLST's newest tenure-track faculty member, Assistant Professor Alicia Jiménez, in the profile on Duke Today (September 2014)!

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