Ilaria Battiloro, Massimo Osanna, Alberto Bonisoli, Marcello Mogetta

The co-directors of the Venus Pompeiana Project, Ilaria Battiloro (right) and Marcello Mogetta (in the hard hat), meet with Prof. Massimo Osanna, the director of the Archaeological Park, and Alberto Bonisoli, the new Italian Minister of Culture. 

The Roman goddess Venus was the patron deity of the city of Pompeii, and her temple occupied a prominent location at the southern edge of the site, overlooking the river plain below.

IAS Princeton

Professor Gurd will be spending 2018-2019 as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, working on a large-scale project called Auditory Culture in Greco-Roman Antiquity, an ongoing, multi-volume project which aims to document and interpret the cultural uses of sound in antiquity. Its subject matter includes all ancient attempts to theorize, manipulate, and exploit sound.

Greek dancers

Ancient Greeks celebrate the news!

Although some graduate programs at MU will close or merge with others, the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies will continue to offer its MA and PhD degrees.

Princeton Review, Classics major

See why the Princeton Review recommends a classics major for professional career tracks

Philological Library

Matthew Harder, a graduate student studying the topography of Rome and cultural interactions in central Italy, has been awarded a Research Alumni Program Fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin.  This prestigious fellowship will allow him to spend a 6-week research stay in Berlin, where he will be hosted by the FU Institut für

Labrunerie Greek Prize, Wake Foster Latin Prize

Congratulations to Aidan Alemifar, the winner of the 2018 Ferd Labrunerie Prize in Ancient Greek, and to Erica Rose Hampton, the 2018 winner of the Wake Foster Prize for Latin. 



William Biers

We are very sad to report that William Biers, Professor Emeritus of Greek Art and Archaeology, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 12.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.  Professor Biers was a specialist in Greek archaeology and ceramics (especially “plastic” vases), and in ancient technologies.

Heartland Graduate Workshop



Experiencing Place and Space in the Ancient Mediterranean

Heartland Graduate Workshop in Ancient Studies 2018 

University of MIssouri





Barbara Wallach

Barbara Wallach with Luitpold Wallach's (now completed) edition of Alcuin's Libri Carolini

We are very proud to announce the publication of Luitpold Wallach's critical edition of the Libri Carolini  as a special issue of Illinois Classical Studies (Vol.42.2 Fall 2017). Luitpold Wallach served as a faculty member in the Department of Classics at the University of Illinois from 1967-1978.  Barbara Wallach and Antony Augoustakis co-edited his unfinished edition of the first two books of the Alcuin's Libri Carolini, a protest from the Frankish kingdom of Char


Click on Courses to find all the AMS undergraduate classes offered in Fall 2018.

AMS: What We Teach

Courses in the department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies cover every aspect of life in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as other civilizations in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Near East. They come in four varieties: