• Classics at UMass

    The Classics Department of UMass Amherst provides undergraduate and graduate students at the Commonwealth’s flagship institution with comprehensive access to the rich and diverse civilizations of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Good teaching and high student achievement are in our DNA.

  • Three ways to major in Classics

    The Department of Classics offers three concentrations within the Classics Major: Greek & Latin Languages, Classical Civilization, and Classical Archeology.

  • Poggio Civitate: commemorating 50 years of excavation

    To celebrate Poggio Civitate’s 50th year of excavation, in November 2016 the Department hosted a colloquium on the theme of Gender and Power in Archaic Etruria. The site was also featured in the July 2016  issue of Archeo, an Italian popular magazine dedicated to archaeology, with a cover story authored by Prof. Tony Tuck. In addition, an exhibit of archival photography from the excavation’s decades of research curated by Prof. Tuck remains on display on the Murlo Archaeological Museum through 2017.

  • Marios Phillipides honored on retirement

    After 39 years in the UMass Department of Classics, Marios Philippides, beloved teacher of Greek, Mythology, and Greek Civ. has retired.


Tenure track job opening

October 11, 2017

The Department of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces a search for a full-time nine-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor....

Looking to complete your language requirement? Try Latin!

August 28, 2017

The goal of Latin 126 is to introduce you to all aspects of the Latin language. By the end of one semester, you will be ready to read an extended excerpt from an original Latin text by an ancient author.

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What will you uncover?

For many majors in Classics, travel, study, and excavation abroad have been an integral part of their University experience.

With advance preparation and careful financial planning, several students each year are able to live, study, travel, or excavate in Italy, Greece, or other countries in Europe or the Near East.

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