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  • 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.


Melissa Mueller awarded ACLS fellowship

March 01, 2018

Melissa Mueller, Associate Professor of Classics, has been named a 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow by the American Council of Learned Societies. With the support of the Fellowship, Prof...

Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project receives the AIA's Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

February 04, 2018

The Archaeological Institute of America has recognized the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project with the 2018 Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology....

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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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