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:

Sergio Yona

Sergio with his new book, which arrived in our office on February 9, 2018.  

We are delighted to announce that Sergio Yona's book, Epicurean Ethics in Horace: The Psychology of Satirehas just come out (Oxford University Press):


We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Early Christian Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press), which in 1995 won the award from the Association of American Publishers for “Best New Journal in the Humanities,” has just received the prestigious Codex Award for the best journal on any subject before 1500 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Venus Pompeiana

One of many images of Venus found at Pompeii

We are very proud to announce that Marcello Mogetta has been awarded the prestigious Cotsen Excavation Grant for FIrst Time Directors.  Prof. Mogetta, the co-director of Venus Pompeiana Project, will use the $25,000 award for a large active fieldwork project on Venus, the patron goddess of Pompeii. Congratulations, Marcello!


Delphi, Greece

View from Delphi

The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies are deeply grateful for the many emails and letters written since January 25 in support of our newly formed department.  Spirited, smart, and determined, these calls for the preservation of our graduate program have poured in from alumni near and far; from concerned faculty all over the world; and from many regional, national, and international organizations and research centers.  All of us here in AMS are hea



Congratulations to our December 2017 graduates:

Lauren Anderson, with an M.A. in Greek 

Katy Chenoweth, with a Ph.D. in Classical Studies: "Mapping Seneca: Cognitive Cartography and Moral Imagination in the Natural Questions" (Raymond Marks, dir.).  

Stephanie Kimmey, with a Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology: "The Nemean Wells: Sanctuary Context and Ritual Activities in the Northeast Peloponnese" (Susan Langdon, dir.)  

SCS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Kristin, Claire, and Drew receive their awards

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Buchheim, Kristin Harper, and Claire McGraw have been selected by the AMS faculty as the 2017 winners of the Society for Classical Studies Outstanding Student Awards for their exceptional achievements in teaching, research, and service.  Congratulations!