Duke University | Classical Studies:

Our Department:

The Department of Classical Studies at Duke teaches the languages, literatures, material cultures, and histories of the Greek, Roman, and Late Ancient pasts. 


The world of ancient Greece and Rome, from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, our department covers more than four thousand years, from Aegean prehistory to the Medieval period.


The Department of Classical Studies at Duke studies the languages, literatures, material culture, and histories of the Greek, Roman, and late antique pasts. Students develop broad knowledge of these classical pasts while cultivating cross-cultural fluency and the intellectual skills and methodological strategies of critical inquiry central to this inherently inter-disciplinary field. Classical Studies encourages serious engagement with the complexity of the past and evaluation of its place in the present.
The requirements of the two majors convey the disciplinary coherence of the field, yet are flexible enough to allow students to develop their own interests as they progress through their course of study.
Our Ph.D. program is dedicated to training students in the broad and integrated field of Classical Studies, which includes Greek and Latin languages and literatures, and the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman world.

Department Chair

  • Pompeii 1
  • TaraLynnMcKenna_Theater at Segesta
  • Rome
  • site
  • Trench tour at Azoria, 2013
  • TaraLynnMcKenna_Canopus Hadrian's Villa
  • TaraLynnMcKenna_Augustus Swoon
  • Hadrian's Villa 1
  • Pompeii 2
  • Kathy Chu, Propylaea
  • Roman Forum 1
  • Paestum 2
  • Pantheon 2
  • Paestum 1
  • papyrus
  • Hadrian's Villa 2
  • Agrigento 2
  • Acropolis
  • Jake 2
  • Morgantina 1
  • Morgantina 2
  • dig in azoria crete in 2013
  • Jake 1
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  • barbara blachut dig in azoria crete in 2013
  • elizabethrudisill knossos
  • Agrigento 3
  • pottery