Department of Classics

University of Mississippi
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    Sharing Classics
    Dr. Aileen Ajootian leads visiting high school students on a tour of the University Museum.
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    Bryant Hall
    Constructed in 1911, the building is the home of the Department of Classics.
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    Farrington Gallery
    The lobby of Bryant Hall provides quiet study space for Classics students.
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    David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
    Considered the best of its kind in the South, the University Museum's antiquities collection is available to students for study and research.
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    Classics out loud.
    Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger helps a student get started at A Taste of Classics, a public reading of Greek and Roman literature held twice a year.
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    Digging Classics
    The Department helps students participate in archaeological digs around the Mediterranean.
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    Farrington Gallery
    The lobby of Bryant Hall provides quiet study space for Classics students.
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    Award Winning Teaching
    Dean Richard Forgette awards Dr. Hilary Becker the 2015 Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen.
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    David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities
    Considered the best of its kind in the South, the University Museum's antiquities collection is available to students for study and research.
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    Classics on the road.
    Dr. Hilary Becker's Spring 2015 course in archaeological ethics included a trip to New York where students met with museum and auction house professionals.
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    Hands on Classics
    The Museum's extensive ancient coin collection is a resource for many courses in Classics.
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    Performing Classics
    Students perform a staged reading of Aristophanes' Lysistrata in Bryant Hall's Farrington Gallery.
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    Dedicated faculty.
    Drs. Becker, Fenno, Lobur, Pasco-Pranger, and Cook, in full plumage.
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    Reading Classics
    Dr. Jonathan Fenno and Classics majors Sharon Possehl and Hal Moyer participate in a live reading of Sophocles' Ajax.
  • News & Events


    Ancient Italy in Context: June 2016

    Dr. Hilary Becker took 8 intrepid Classics majors and minors on a study tour of sites in Rome, Latium and Campania for four weeks this June. Several of the students were supported by McDonnell Foundation scholarships. Here's just a sampling of their adventures!

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    Paestum

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    Campidoglio

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    Historic Greek-English dictionary discovered, donated

    In sorting through materials shelved in an extra office (our "departmental library"-- now to house a member of the University's ever-growing faculty!), we discovered this week a historical gem! This 1849 Greek-English Lexicon, a forerunner of the Liddell and Scott lexicons widely used today, bears the signature of James Jones Quarles of College Hill, Mississippi. Quarles was the first graduate of the University of Mississippi in 1851, and later a member of the faculty. Further signatures belong to John H. Quarles, who is likely a brother of J. J. Quarles. He is listed in the Historical Catalogue of the University of Mississippi: 1849-1909 as "Not graduating" in 1856. On a later page, Frank Quarles records that this lexicon was left to him by his father, J. J. Quarles. Frank was the grandson of the original owner of the book, and is listed as a "New student" at the University in 1904-05. The Department has donated the Quarles lexicon to the University of Mississippi Libraries' Archives and Special Collections for preservation.

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    Page showing 1850 signature of James Jones Quarles, who was the first graduate of the University of Mississippi in 1851.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    McDonnell foundation doubles gift to Classics

    In 2009 UM alumni Mike and Mary "Bickie" McDonnell of Memphis made a generous gift of $250,000 to establish the Mike and Mary McDonnell Endowment in Classics. The endowment's first priority is the support of study abroad opportunities for Classics majors, and more than two dozen of our students have benefitted from their help since the first funds were donated.  This year, the McDonnells have committed another $250,000 to the endowment. We are beyond grateful for this support for Classics, and are excited to make direct experience of the sites of ancient Mediterranean culture available to even more of our students. You can read more in this article from the UM Foundation.

     


    Dr. Hilary Becker named UM's Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year

    CLA_Humanites_2015posterJoin us for a public lecture celebrating Dr. Becker well-deserved honor on October 28 at 7:00 in Bryant 209.

    Dr. Becker will talk about one aspect of her wide-ranging research in Etruscan and Roman archaeology and economic history in this "case study" focused on the trade in pigments in ancient Roman.

    A reception will follow in the Farrington Gallery on the first floor of Bryant Hall.


    Lecture on 10/15: Imperial Ideology and Distributional Politics under Severus Alexander

    Norena headshotDr. Carlos Noreña, Chair of Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, will present a multimedia look at the public image of the emperor and the allocation of material resources under the Roman emperor Severus Alexander.   Join us Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 in Bryant 209.

    The lecture is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Classics For information about accessibility and accommodations, please contact Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger at mpranger@olemiss.edu and 662/915.7097.