The 2018 Fordyce Mitchel Lecturer is Paul Christesen, WIlliam R. Kennan Professor of Ancient Greek History (Dartmouth College). 

This year the lecture series will comprise three lectures, sponsored by the Department of History: 



Monday, October 8 – 4:00 PM (Middlebush 212)


Occasional Papers 2018


All faculty and graduate students interested in the ancient Greek and Roman world or its reception in later periods are invited to submit abstracts for papers to be delivered at the Eugene Lane Occasional Papers session on Thursday, 15 November 2018, from 4:00 until 6:30 PM in Swallow Hall 101 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Tholos, Delphi

The Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AMS) addresses all aspects of life in ancient Greece and Rome, North Africa, the Near East, and other ancient and medieval civilizations bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

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.