Resources at Home and Abroad
The Department offers a rich array of resources to undergraduate students, departmental majors, graduate students, professional scholars, and the general public, ranging from opportunities to participate in excavations abroad to research assistantships on campus and to online resources for learning and research.
AHMA | Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology | Nemea Excavations 1973-2004 | Ancient Sculpture Cast Collection | Center for the Tebtunis Papyri | Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy | Tel Dor | Libraries | Classics eScholarship Repository | Classical Antiquity (journal) | GreekMyth.org | Ancient Greek Tutorials | Townsend Humanities Lab
Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (Graduate Group)
While AHMA is a distinct graduate program, Classics and AHMA graduate students often take the same classes and share the same teaching and research opportunities. Classics and AHMA share the same commencement ceremony each May, and the two units share the same welcoming reception each fall. AHMA sponsors its own colloquium series, and its events are included on the Classics events list.
Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
To continue UC's research and teaching presence in Nemea and the vicinity after the retirement of Stephen Miller, the Department established the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology. The Center, under its Director, Dr. Kim Shelton, currently operates two summer schools in Nemea and Mycenae and continues research both in the Nemea Museum and the Nemea/Sardis Archive on campus. Planning is under way for another period of full excavations in the near future.
Nemea Excavations 1973-2004
Through the efforts of the Department of Classics and AHMA, the University of California established an excavation and research presence in Nemea, Greece, in the 1970s. Until his retirement in 2004, Professor Stephen Miller served as Director. Two extended campaigns of full excavations have been conducted, along with other minor work on the site, and graduate students and scholars from Berkeley and other institutions have worked on the dig and in the museum. Since 2005, programs and excavations at Nemea are the responsibility if the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology (previous item).
Ancient Sculpture Cast Collection
The campus possesses a large collection of casts of ancient sculpture intended for study purposes. After many years of neglect, the casts have received study and restoration through the efforts of two graduate seminars.
Center for the Tebtunis Papyri
The Bancroft Library at Berkeley is the custodian of a very large (and as yet mostly unstudied) collection of papyri from Umm el-Breigat (ancient Tebtunis). Conservation, digitization, and study of the collection is organized through the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. With small additions from other sites, the collection now contains pieces in Middle Egyptian hieratic, Greek, Latin, Egyptian Demotic, Coptic, and Arabic. Graduate Student Research Assistantships and travel grants are available, and undergraduates also may participate through the University Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP).
Sara B. Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy
Founded through a bequest of the late Sara B. Aleshire, alumna of AHMA and authority on Greek religion and epigraphy, the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy supports the research of faculty and graduate students, sponsors distinguished visitors, and maintains an extensive epigraphic library of books, offprints, photographs, and squeezes.
In the past, Berkeley students frequently participated in the excavation at Tel Dor, Israel, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Stewart of Art History and Classics. Unfortunately, there is no longer any official Berkeley participation in this project.
The UC Berkeley Library contains over ten million volumes and has a strong and deep collection in most aspects of Classics. The graduate reserve collection for Classics and Classical Archaeology forms part of the Art History/Classics Library, where two rooms are devoted to Classics reference works, journals, and essential research resources. The W. K. Pritchett Seminar Room, where most graduate classes meet, is also part of the Art History/Classics Library suite.
eScholarship Repository: Classics Section
The Department has established a section within the eScholarship Repository of the California Digital Library, an open-access archive. A recent addition to this archive is a digital edition of Elroy Bundy's famous 1962 monograph Studia Pindarica.
The Department has provided the administrative home and head of the editorial board for the distinguished journal Classical Antiquity since 1982.
This rich site, maintained by Professor Anthony Bulloch, serves both the large lecture course on Classical Myth (Classics 28) and the general public, offering many useful links to images, maps, and discussions on myth and religion.
Ancient Greek Tutorials
A suite of online modules and drills to assist those learning ancient Greek, including pronunciation, accentuation, vocabulary, principal parts, morphology drills, and paradigms.
Townsend Humanities Lab
The Townsend Humanities Lab is a community-driven digital resource offering a suite of Web 2.0 tools to foster interdisciplinary teaching, research, and collaboration among Berkeley scholars and their affiliates. The Lab offers tools for project organization and communication (event listings, file sharing, news broadcasts, and RSS feeds), as well as newer collaborative tools for text and image annotation, visualizations, mapping, and collaborative authoring.