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


March 2015:
Next week we will be represented in force at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. There will be papers from graduate students Drew Buchheim, Anne Cave, Katy Chenoweth, Corey Cook, Chris Dobbs, Justin James, Kristin Harper, Claire McGraw, Dominick Price,  Silvia Sarais, Pierce Wade, Christopher Younger, Josh Nudell, Jenna Rice, recent PhD laureate Justin Arft, and faculty members Naomi Kaloudis, Darcy Krasne, Anatole Mori, and David Schenker. Should be a fantastic meeting. See you there!

Justin Arft recently defended his doctoral dissertation ("Queen of the Curse: The Odyssey's Formulaic Interrogation and Arete's Determination of Odysseus' Epic Identity”). Congratulations, Justin!

February 2015:
Mike DiMaio (M.A, 1973; Ph.D., 1977) has retired as Professor Emeritus of Classics and Philosophy at Salve Regina University after 32 years of teaching.  He taught Philosophy, Latin, Greek, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology. He remains active in helping to run the website De Imperatoribus Romanis (http://www.roman-emperors.org)  which  has migrated from Salve Regina to Loyola Univerisity in Chicago.  He plans to enjoy retirement in his rocking chair before the family fireplace doing all the reading he did not have time for while he taught.  His mentors at Mizzou were Gene Lane and Ted Tarkow (oh, all the stories he could tell about the old days)! He remembers fondly Chuck  Saylor's seminar on Latin Lyric, Ted Tarkow's History of Greek Literature course, and Gene Lane's Age of Pericles seminar. His email address remains dimaiom@salve.edu.

Congratulations to our distinguished students! This year’s Labrunerie Greek Prize has been awarded to Sorsha Smith. Sorsha has also received the CAMWS Award for outstanding accomplishment in classical studies. Ryan Corr has won the Wake Forest Latin Prize. Andrew Buchheim is a recipient of this year’s Arts and Sciences Greek Chalk Award, honoring excellence as a graduate student instructor. Nice Job everyone!

January 2015:
Darcy Krasne has published "Where Have All the Aetia Gone?: Aetiological Reassignment in Valerius's Argonautica," in the volume Von Ursachen sprechen. Eine aitiologische Spurensuche / Telling origins. On the lookout for aetiology, edd. Christiane Reitz and Anke Walter (Georg Olms Press).

Ray Marks has published ”Nosces Fabios certamine ab uno: The Tale of the Three Hundred Fabii in Punica 7," in Illinois Classical Studies 39: 139-169.

Sean Gurd has published “Revision in Greek Papyri,” in Probabilities, Hypotheticals, and Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek Thought, ed. Victoria Wohl (Cambridge University Press). He also delivered a paper at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, “Incompletion, Revision, and the Ethics of Reading.”

Matthew Farmer travelled to Freiburg, Germany, to meet with members of the project Kommentierung der Fragmente der griechischen Komödie, a new book series that aims to produce commentaries on all the surviving fragments of Greek comedy. Prof. Farmer is contributing a commentary on Theopompus, a comic poet known (among other things) for parodies of the Odyssey.

Dennis Trout is pleased to say that two (too long awaited) pieces finally appeared in print in the last month or so: “Vergil and Ovid at the Tomb of Agnes: Constantina, Epigraphy, and the Genesis of Christian Poetry,” in Ancient Documents and their Contexts. First North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (2011) and “From the Elogia of Damasus to the Acta of the Gesta Martyrum: Re-staging Roman History,“ in Attitudes Towards the Past in Antiquity: Creating Identities. Proceedings of an International Conference held at Stockholm University, 15-17 May 2009.

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.

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