Announcing Our New Department Name

In January of 2020 the faculty of Classics voted to change the name of our department. As of August 2021, we will be the Department of Ancient Greek & Roman Studies (AGRS). Our fall classes can be found in the online class schedule under AGRS (so, not Classics 10A but AGRS 10A).

We believe our new name communicates more clearly and unambiguously what it is that we study and teach, and we hope it will make our department more visible and accessible to the UC Berkeley community and the world beyond. 

Featured Courses

Summer 2021
Ryan Reynolds

How should a citizen react to injustice? To violence? corruption? What impact do problems like imperialism, poverty, slavery, and intolerance have on a society, and can they ever be escaped?  These are some of the questions raised by ancient Roman authors two millennia ago.  Class format:  mixture of synchronous and asynchronous lectures, discussion, and writing assignments.  Meets L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Philosophy & Values.  CCN 13506

Summer 2021
Christopher Jelen

Since its founding over forty years ago, the Intensive Greek Workshop has successfully guided thousands of students to proficiency in Ancient Greek.  The Workshop will be offered remotely once again in Summer 2021.  Complete information here; program overview here.  10 units; CCN 10593



Congratulations to David Youd, PhD student in Classics, for the publication of a new article, "Getting Bronze in the Sun: Making Sense of the Remains of Plautus’ Vidularia" in the July issue of the journal Classical Philology. Through clever textual and historical detective work, David brings to light a long-lost joke from Republican Rome; check out the article here.

For our series honoring 150 Women at Berkeley, Emily Mullin, a graduate student in our department, had a wide-ranging conversation with two Berkeley alumnae, Sarah Olsen (PhD 2016) and Kate Gilhuly (PhD 1999).  Read excerpts from their conversation here.

150 years

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Athena Kirk (PhD Classics 2011); read more here.

detail from Kirk book cover


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Ancient Greek and Latin Thriving at UC Berkeley

This summer some of us were thinking about ways of responding to the isolation the coronavirus has imposed on our community.  One idea was to launch some informal, “just-for-fun” Greek and Latin reading groups for our undergraduates (current and former).  When we canvassed students to gauge their interest, we were delighted by the number and enthusiasm of the responses.  At present there are four groups active. These are open not just to Classics students but to all Berkeley students with some knowledge of Greek or Latin; for more information contact the Chair:

We are also delighted to report that this past summer’s Intensive Greek and Latin Workshops, offered remotely for the first time in their very long history, were a resounding success (sample student comments here).  Based on this overwhelmingly positive experience, we are committing to offering the Workshops remotely again in Summer 2021—and looking forward to building on everything we learned the first time around to make the experience even more rewarding.  More information is available here.

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