Many will remember the fabulous international epigraphy conference held at Berkeley in January 2016.  We are delighted to announce the publication of a collection of papers from that conference, Greek Epigraphy and Religion, edited by Nikolaos Papazarkadas and Emily Mackil. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Sara B. Aleshire, who endowed Berkeley's Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy.

Greek Epig front cover detail

This coming Monday, March 8, at 10am PST, Kim Shelton will be speaking at a webinar on "Women in Greek Archaeology," sponsored by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  More information + registration link available here.

old photo, archaeologist

Congratulations to Marissa Henry, who has been awarded an SCS Classics Everywhere grant for an outreach project. Marissa is using the grant to lead a myth and creative writing class (virtually) at the Berkeley Public Library. The project is featured on the BPL site as well as a recent SCS blog post.

Rossetti, Proserpina

David Youd delivered a paper, "Polymorphously Per-verse: Queer Metrology in Euripides' Orestes," at the recent Oxford conference on "Queer and the Classical." Conference paper abstracts are available to be read here.

Nandini Pandey (Berkeley Classics PhD 2011) delivered a lecture on Feb. 23 entitled "Roman Diversity: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Empire" at the American Academy in Berlin, where she is currently Gorrissen Fellow in History.  The lecture is archived here.

The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri is delighted to announce the inauguration of a lecture series featuring presentations of new texts as well as papers concerning the society and culture Graeco-Roman Egypt. The first paper in the series will be delivered by Professor Lucia Prauscello this coming Friday, January 29; full details here.  Additional speakers in the series will include Andrew Connor (Monash), Micaela Langellotti (Newcastle), and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer (Oxford); details TBA.

Mario Telò was recently interviewed for the New Books Network podcast, discussing his new book Archive Feelings: A Theory of Greek Tragedy.  You can listen to the interview here.

The department is delighted to announce the Spring 2021 Sather Series, a set of four lectures by former Sather Professors who are rejoining our community, albeit virtually, on four Saturday mornings this semester.  The series will be kicked off by a lecture by François Lissarrague.   More details here.

Sather 2021 poster

Ellen Oliensis delivered the 2020 Housman Lecture for University College London, not in person as originally planned but via zoom; the lecture, entitled "The Trials of Latona in Ovid's Metamorphoses," is available here.

Brueghel the Elder, Latona & the Lycian Peasants

We are excited to report that Marissa Henry's article "Epic's Bastard Son: The Importance of Being Nothos in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus" just appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of the American Journal of Philology

Bacchus mosaic

Classics is joining the campus-wide celebration of 100 Years of Women at Berkeley by launching a series of occasional conversations with alumnae of the department, starting with Gertrude Allen (BA 1967).  Read the conversation here.

150 years

Graduate Admissions update:  Berkeley Classics currently plans to run its regular admisssions process this year.  More information on how to apply may be found here.

We are excited to report that Kelsey Turbeville (PhD Classical Archaeology 2019) is now a User Experience Writer at UserTesting, a UX research company based in San Francisco. As a writer on the design team, she collaborates with designers and other writers to create digital interfaces; another component of her work is researching how people understand and interpret language in context.  Kelsey tells us that this work draws on the skills she developed in graduate school:  "I spend a lot of time analyzing language in a detailed, rigorous manner and considering its impact in the context of a visual environment."

We are delighted to report that Marissa Henry has been awarded a Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship in Classical Antiquity, to complete her dissertation, entitled “Raw, Cooked, Rotten, Sweet: The Pleasures and Politics of Food in Archaic Hexameter" and that Andrew Wein has been awarded both a Dissertation Fellowship from the Townsend Humanities Center and a Mabelle McLeod Lewis Fellowship, for the completion of his dissertation, entitled “Kosmos and Confusion: Political and Aesthetic Value in the Greco-Roman World.”

Our congratulations to graduate alums Margaret Foster and Jonathan Ready, who are taking up positions this fall as Associate Professor and Professor, respectively, in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.

In June, Maria Mavroudi gave a public lecture (sponsored by the Hellenic American Cultural Foundation in New York), entitled "How Byzantine Civilization Influenced Modern-Day Culture," including the reception of Byzantine art by African Americans and political activists after the Civil Rights movement. The lecture was broadcast via Zoom and can be enjoyed here.

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

graduation ribbons

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

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!

temple landscape