Welcome to the Department of Classical Studies

Note from the chair

Welcome to the online presence of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri. Here you’ll find information about the people, programs and activities of one of the founding departments of the university. Ours is a department with an international reputation for cutting edge research, where senior faculty still take the time to work closely with undergraduates. Look at our faculty and graduate student pages to learn about publications, conference presentations, and research recognition. The breadth of our interests and approaches reflects a commitment both to traditional philology and to the new and exciting developments in our ever-evolving field.

You’ll also find on this website that this department has won more than its share of teaching awards, both on campus and nationally. Our undergraduate majors receive a rigorous liberal arts training that prepares them for further study in classics or the professional schools, or for a wide array of 21st century careers. Our graduate students go on to successful careers in teaching and research. Both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to study, work, and travel in Greece and Italy.

Our broad conception of Classical Studies leads us to form ties with other departments and programs across campus. The Ancient Studies minor for graduate students formalizes our close connection with Art History and Archaeology, History, Religious Studies, Anthropology, and Philosophy. At the undergraduate level, we contribute significantly to the Honors College, the Campus Writing Program, and MU’s growing list of online courses.

When you visit us in person, as we hope you will, you’ll find us a warm and intellectually stimulating community. Join us for one of the many lectures, workshops, or symposia that we sponsor, or stop by our offices for a visit.

David Schenker, Chair

David Schenker


October 2014: On October 17 & 18, Eric Thienes delivered a paper, "Melior Traiano: Trajanic Resonance in Late Roman History and Topography," at a conference hosted by the graduate students at SUNY Buffalo.  The conference was entitled, "Mind Over Matter: How Memory Shaped Experience in the Ancient World."  The keynote address was given by Professor Andrew Wolpert from the University of Florida.   

Matthew Farmer will be delivering a paper, “Give Me a Bit of Paratragedy: Strattis: Phoenician Women,” in the classics department at Washington University in St. Louis on Monday, Nov. 17th, 6:00pm.

August 2014: Dennis Trout begins his leave with a Loeb Classical Foundation Fellowship, to work on a project called “Monumental Verse: Epigraphic Poetry in Late Ancient Rome.”

In September, Naomi Kaloudis will be delivering a paper (“Daphnis’ Folksong: the euphonist’s effect on the creation of a textual performance”) at the Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World XI: Voice and Voices conference at Emory University. Also in September, Sean Gurd will be reading a paper (“David Melnick’s Neo-Cratylism”) at the What is a Classic? conference at Dartmouth University.

In June, Darcy Krasne and Lauren Ginsberg (University of Cincinnati) organized the three-day panel "Writing About Civil War in Flavian Rome" at the eighth biennial Celtic Conference in Classics, which took place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Twenty-nine leading scholars in the field of Flavian literature delivered papers examining bellum civile from a multitude of angles, in and across the works of Silius Italicus, Statius, Valerius Flaccus, Josephus, Martial, Pliny the Elder, and Frontinus. By putting disparate texts and genres of the Flavian era into dialogue, the panel successfully launched a fresh investigation of civil war's literary representation in the wake of 69 CE. Her own paper in the panel was called “Valerius Flaccus' Collapsible Universe.”

Also in Edinburgh in June, Matt Farmer delivered a paper, “Bitter, Reeking, Rotten, Stained: Disgusting Tragedians in Old Comedy;” and Raymond Marks gave a paper entitled ”Sparsis Mavors agitatus in oris: The Theme of Civil War in Punica 14.” In the spring, Dr. Marks published an article (“Statio-Silian Relations in the Thebaid and Punica 1-2”) in the prestigious journal Classical Philology.

June 2014: On June 19, Justin Arft was one of three graduate students presenting papers in the Second Annual International Teleconference of the Kuklos Project, a virtual gathering of scholars on the epic cycle organized by the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. Justin delivered his paper, "Micro-multiformity and Tradition: Clues to the Odyssey's Composition," to participants in Florida, Canada, Italy, and Greece, and received a uniformly positive response. Justin's article, entitled "Immanent Thebes: Traditional Resonance and Narrative Trajectory in the Odyssey " will appear later this year in Theban Resonances in Homeric Epic, a special issue of Trends in Classics edited by Christos Tsagalis.

May 2014: Graduating Classics major Brianna Dyer performed extremely well in this year's Eta Sigma Phi national translation contest. Brianna took third place in Advanced Greek and earned Honorable Mention in Koine. Well done, Brianna!

April 2014: Classics alumna Sue Ann Moore is retiring from secondary education after 43 years of teaching Latin in mid-Missouri. She enrolled at Mizzou after graduating from Hayti High School (Hayti, MO) in 1966. She double majored in Latin and Spanish, studying in Rome for a semester during her junior year, and completed a B.S. in Education in 1970 and a M.A. in Latin in 1971. Her Classics professors at MU included John Thibault, Eugene Lane, Charles Saylor, and Meyer Reinhold. Sue Ann began teaching Latin at Mexico High School in Mexico, MO. After 13 years, she transferred to Hickman High School in Columbia, where she taught for 14 years, and in 1998 she became a founding faculty member of Columbia Independent School. She is retiring from that post at the end of May. Sue Ann says, "I have the highest regard for the Mizzou Classics Department and I am very proud to be a graduate of MU."

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