Welcome to Berkeley Classics

Berkeley Classics is widely recognized as one of the outstanding departments in the field, known for its distinctive blend of philological rigor, disciplinary breadth, and theoretical adventurousness. It is the intellectual home of a distinguished faculty, excellent graduate students, and an extraordinarily talented and diverse group of undergraduates.

The department is fully enmeshed in the intellectual life of the university, with strong connections to (e.g.) Art History, Comparative Literature, History, and Philosophy.  Our faculty participate in AHMA, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and the Archaeological Research Facility; they also direct a number of important centers on campus, which serve as a resource for our students while attracting researchers from around the world.

Featured Courses

Summer 2020
Lauren Miller

Who are the Romans? How has their culture impacted our world today? This course will delve into the literature and history of ancient Rome, as well as its contemporary reception.  Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Philosophy & Values.

Fall 2020
Mario Telò

An introduction to essential aspects of the cultural and literary landscape of ancient Greece, from its rise to the end of the classical period.  Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values.  3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section.


The department offers its warm CONGRATULATIONS to the fabulous class of 2020!

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We are excited to announce Release 1 of Donald Mastronarde's open-access online edition of the scholia on Euripides, Orestes 1-500, available at EuripidesScholia.org.

Hecuba MS

The Department of Classics will be offering its summer curriculum remotely in Summer 2020.  Though Berkeley did not make the news official till early April, our instructors have been planning for this change since early March. Please join us for our virtual classical summer!

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Ellen Oliensis reading Wallace Stevens, Ovid, and Horace, John Shoptaw reading some of his recent poems.
Ellen Oliensis discussed her new book, Loving Writing: Ovid's Amores, with Tim Hampton.

Commencement 2020

The Classics Department hopes to welcome this year's graduating seniors back to campus next year for an in-person ceremony held jointly with the class of 2021. Meanwhile, we have produced a brief celebratory video honoring the class of 2020.

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