Department of Classics

University of Mississippi
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    Professor Aileen Ajootian
    Dr. Ajootian continues her research as Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for 2014-2015.
    David M. Robinson Memorial Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
    Considered to be the best of its kind in the South, the Collection is available to students for study and research.
    Professor Molly Pasco-Pranger
    The chair of the Department of Classics researches and teaches Latin literature, Roman religion, Roman social history, Hellenistic poetry, women and gender.
    Farrington Gallery
    The lobby of Bryant Hall provides quiet study space for Classics students.
    The University of Mississippi Museum David M. Robinson Collection
    The current reinstallation project will introduce a contemporary redesign of the Collection in four gallery spaces, allowing for more of the Collection to be displayed.
    Bryant Hall
    Constructed in 1911, the building is the home of the Department of Classics.
    Bryant Hall
    Constructed in 1911, the building is the home of the Department of Classics.
  • News & Events

    Classics Class Explores ‘Who Owns The Past?’

    classics class studying antiquities took an educational trip to New York over spring break.







    A University of Mississippi class focusing on “Who Owns the Past?: Ethics in Archaeology” recently traveled to New York to learn about the financial, legal and political considerations in the ongoing international battle to properly preserve ancient artifacts.

    Hilary Becker, assistant professor of classics, teaches the 300-level class made up of Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College students. Over spring break, the class visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art, and Christie’s Department of Ancient Art and Antiquities, among other educational attractions in New York.

    “This is an opportunity to look at ethical dilemmas, using current events and case studies involving antiquities and ancient sites,” Becker said. “There are cases like the famous Elgin Marbles that once graced the Parthenon, but they’re in London now. The fact that they’re in London means millions of people can see them each year, but the Greeks think they should be in Athens because they would attract people there, and the marbles are also part of their heritage.”

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    Lecture: Preserving the Past—The Path to the Future

    Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 2.30.07 PMProfessor Nancy Wilkie from Carleton College on Looting, Repatriation and Archaeology in War Zones
    Wednesday, March 25, 5:30PM
    209 Bryant Hall.

    Professor Wilkie, a member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, is president of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield.

    The lecture is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Mississippi/Memphis Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. For information about accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger at and 662/915.7097.


    Dr. Aileen Ajootian Named ASCSA Whitehead Professor

    Dr. Aileen Ajootian, professor of classics and art, has been selected to serve as Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for 2014-2015. In this prestigious position, Dr. Ajootian will reside at the American School and continue her research project treating several large but fragmentary Roman architectural sculpture programs excavated in the Forum at ancient Corinth. Upon completion, the study will be submitted to the ASCSA for publication in their series of Corinth volumes. In addition, she will teach a seminar to the Regular Members of the School, who are graduate students in Classics from US and Canadian universities. As Dr. Ajootian describes it, the seminar, Studying Ancient Sculpture: From Apotheke and Marble Pile to Publication, “is designed to encourage young scholars to focus on ancient sculpture, to help them learn current methods of analysis, to guide them through the process — from visual analysis and physical description to research, interpretation, and publication.” The University of Mississippi has been Cooperating Institution of the American School for many years, and Dr. Ajootian herself has maintained a close research relationship with the School throughout her years at the University.

    Classics lecture: Dr. Malcolm Bell

    agoraWednesday, February 25, 2015
    7:00 p.m.

    Location: Oxford Campus, Bryant Room 209 (Auditorium)

    Please join the Department of Classics for a public lecture on Greek archaeology. See flier for details!
    Open to the Public.

    Article on Dr. Lucy Turnbull in View From Ventress

    Dr. Lucy Turnbull

    Retired Professor of Classics Dr. Lucy Turnbull is featured in the 2012 View from Ventress, a publication of the College of Liberal Arts.

    Retired classics professor known for bravery and ‘rare talent’ in teaching — View From Ventress.