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

Upcoming Events


June 2016:
Thirty-six Classical Humanities students from Dr. Krasne's Advanced Mythology and Greek & Roman Epic classes presented their research and projects at the Spring 2016 Class Research Project Presentations poster session hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research on May 3. Topics spanned antiquity to the present day, including work on disability in Greek myth; JRR Tolkien's engagement with Greek ideas of autochthony; Pausanias's fascination with Homer; parallels between comic book superheroes and the heroes of Greek myth; the predilections of Greek vase-painters in portraying scenes from the Sack of Troy and the death of Ajax; parallels between the Syrian refugee crisis and the "Danaid refugee crisis" as presented in Aeschylus's "Suppliants"; a board game based on Homer's "Odyssey"; a computer model of the funeral games held for Patroclus in "Iliad" 24; and many other richly creative topics. Congratulations and kudos to all involved!

Dr. Krasne has also just published “Crippling Nostalgia; Nostos, Poetics, and the Structure of the Ibis” in TAPA 146. Congratulations!

April 2016:
At the CAMWS annual meeting in March , Mariapia Pietropaolo gave a paper entitled "Revolting and Refined: The Aesthetic Function of Acanthis." In early April, she flew to the annual meeting of the Classical Assoiation in Edinboroughto give a paper entitled "Vir Foedus: The Lover's Rival and the Grotesque in Propertian and Ovidian Elegy." In May she will give a paper ("Befouled and Befouling: The Elegiac Rival") at the Classics Association of Canada annual meeting in Quebec City.

Dennis Trout presented by invitation “Honorius I, The Church of S. Agnese, and the Papal Poetry of Late Ancient Rome” at the Thirteenth Annual MARCO Symposium at the University of Tennessee in March and in June will give the keynote address, “The Honorian Renaissance: Poetry and Piety in Seventh-Century Rome” at The Poetics of Christian Performance: Prayer, Liturgy, and Their Environments in East and West sponsored by the Israel Institute for Advance Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also recently published “Napkin Art: Carmina contra paganos and the Difference Satire Made in Fourth-Century Rome,” in Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome: Conflict, Competition, and Coexistence in the Fourth Century, edited by M. Salzman, M. Sághy, and R. Lizzi Testa for Cambridge University Press, 2016.

In March, Mat Farmer read “Don’t Lay a Finger on My Morsimus: Tragic Fandom in Greek Comedy” at the CAMWS annual meeting. In April, he delivered an invited lecture at Tufts university, called “Playing the Philosopher: Plato in Fourth-Century Comedy.”

Darcy Krasne gave a paper at CAMWS in March, called “Quaenam ista lues?: The theme of sickness in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica.” This summer, she will read a paper at the Celtic Classics Conference, called “Fathers and Son: Theseus’s Ovidian Paternity.” She also received a Tytus Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati, to be held in the spring of 2017.

January 2016: 
At the SCS annual meeting in San Franciso in January, Matt Farmer gave a paper entitled "Pleasure-Loving Plato: Asking the Right Questions of the Comic Fragments,” for a panel on “Fragments from Theory to Practice.”

Last semester Darcy Krasne gave two papers on Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica at international conferences. One, entitled "The Fires of Campania: Typhon and the Theomachic Tradition in Valerius' Argonautica," was delivered on September 16 at the "Flavian Campania" conference held in Naples, Italy; the other, entitled "Escape of the Titans," was delivered at a one-day conference on the subject of intertextuality in Valerius Flaccus, held at University College London on December 18. (You can read a write-up from an audience member at the UCL conference here.)

October 2015:
Congratulations to David Schenker, who has just published A Companion to Greek Literature (New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2015), co-edited with Martin Hose.

And to Anatole Mori, who has just published “Literature in the Hellenistic World,” in A Companion to Greek Literature, edited by D. Schenker and Martin Hose.

And to Dennis Trout, who has just published Damasus of Rome: The Epigraphic Poetry (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)

September 2015:
Congratulations to Drs Anatole Mori and Dennis Trout, who each received an MU Arts & Science Faculty Fellowship for 2015.

On May 29 Dr. Marks gave a talk entitled “Searching for Ovid at Silius’ Cannae” at the “Intertextuality in Flavian Epic” conference (at the Fondation Hardt) in Geneva Switzerland. On June 7 he gave a talk entitled “Affirmatio Religiosa: Piety and Fides in Punica 1” at the “Fides in Flavian Literature” conference (sponsored by Radboud Universiteit) in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He also published a book review (of Claire Stocks’ “The Roman Hannibal: Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus’ Punica” (2014)) in “The Journal of Roman Studies”.

Dr. Gurd has published an article entitled “David Melnick’s Men in Aïda” in the Classical Receptions Journal.

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