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).

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
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


Summer 2021
Abigail Hoskins

Reading and discussion of stories from the ancient Mediterranean world about gods and their children, the creation of the world, the triumphs and tribulations of heroes, and more.  Hybrid format.  Meets L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Philosophy & Values.  CCN 13508


Congratulations to Professor Kim Shelton, who has just been honored with Berkeley's Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Award, in recognition of her unwavering commitment to students and to maintaining excellence in teaching in these difficult times.

Kim Shelton

Mario Telò is co-organizer of the panel "The Before and the After: Arche and Avenir in a Time of Crisis," which is taking place April 9-11 as part of the annual convention of the American Comparative Literature Association. The program of the third day (including an abstract of his paper) can be found here.


It is with great sadness that the department announces the death of Emeritus Professor Leslie Threatte, who passed away on March 25 at his home in Greece.  See our tribute here.

Leslie Threatte


The Greek Chamber Music Project performing a new work inspired by ancient robots; sponsored by the Departments of Classics and Rhetoric.

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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