Department of Classics

University of Mississippi
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    Learn about what it's like to major in Classics at the University of Mississippi.
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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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    Sharing Classics
    Dr. Aileen Ajootian leads visiting high school students on a tour of the University Museum.
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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


    Inaugural Classics Capstone Conference: Andriantes: Sculptures in the Landscape, From Greek to Roman

    Four student presenters and Professor Ajootian pose.

    L. to r., Dawson Dinsmore, Sarah Lowery, Dr. Aileen Ajootian, Constance Hartline, Lucas Sewell.

    On November 19, 2019, the four students in Dr. Aileen Ajootian's inaugural Classics Capstone Seminar presented 10-15 minute talks on their research on Greek and Roman sculpture in the landscape. The Capstone Seminar is a new addition to the Classics curriculum, and we look forward to many more of these mini-conferences in years ahead!

    The papers included:

    Lucas Sewell, "The Temple of Zeus at Olympia, West Pediment: The Many Mysterious Meanings."

    Dawson Disnmore, "Seeking the Knidia."

    Sarah Lowery, "The Prima Porta Augustus: The Imperial Unknown."

    Constance Hartline, "The Sperlonga Statue Groups: Propaganda and Travel Through Mythology."


    Students and Faculty offer Aequora Latin Club at Oxford Intermediate

    Beginning in January 2018, a team of faculty and student volunteers from the Department of Classics have run a weekly after school Latin club for 5th and 6th graders at Oxford Intermediate School. The club uses a curriculum and program model called Aequora, developed by the Paideia Institute to support literacy skills while learning about Latin and Roman culture through fun activities and games. The undergraduate students involved get hands-on experience leading a class, working one-on-one with students, and participating in a team. More than thirty OIS students have been involved in the program so far, and three UM faculty members and nearly twenty UM students.

    Sophomore Madeleine McCracken and "Caelia" work on a Latin sentence relay race.

    Sophomore Madeleine McCracken and "Caelia" work on a Latin sentence relay race.

    Madeleine McCracken leads "Vocab Victory".

    Madeleine McCracken leads "Vocab Victory".

    Henry Busby, Dr. Aileen Ajootian, and Mary Reagan Starrett work with club member "Voconius".

    Henry Busby, Dr. Aileen Ajootian, and Mary Reagan Starrett work with club member "Voconius".

    Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger and UM senior Mary Grace Stewart work with OIS students.

    Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger and UM senior Mary Grace Stewart work with OIS students.


    In Memoriam: Dr. Lucy Turnbull

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    Dr. Lucy Turnbull works with a student on an item from the Robinson Collection in 1971.

    We received the sad news Sunday, April 21 of the death of our emerita colleague, Dr. Lucy Turnbull.

    Dr. Turnbull joined the University of Mississippi faculty in 1961, teaching classical art history, archaeology, mythology, and civilization and also working to catalogue and curate the recently acquired David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. She was an dedicated teacher and an outstanding scholar of Greek art and archaeology, who served as campus leader during times of great challenges to the University. She was instrumental in the expansion of the University Museum in the 1970s, and directed the Museum for much of the 1980s.

    After her retirement in the early 1990s, Dr. Turnbull remained active in the Oxford community and in her church, and continued as a true colleague to us in the Department of Classics. She will be deeply and sincerely missed.

    We invite you to visit Dr. Turnbull's obituary and a tribute page, or to read a short piece honoring her in the 2012 College of Liberal Arts publication, View From Ventress. Finally, below is a link to an essay by Lucy "On Museums" from another University publication in 1971; this last really captures her spirit as an educator and the best kind of classicist.

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    Dr. Cook named University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

    Poster for public talk: Documenting Freedon in Ancient Greece and a Broze Inscription in Oxford, Mississippi. Monday Defburary 11, 2019 at 7:00 in Bryant 209. Reception preceding at 6:30 in the Bryant Hall Gallery.We are very proud to announce that the Mississippi Humanities Council has named Associate Professor of Classics Dr. Brad Cook the 2019 University of Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year. As part of the celebration of this well-deserved recognition, Dr. Cook will be presenting a public lecture on some of his current research on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 in Bryant 209. His talk, "Documenting Freedom in Ancient Greece and a Bronze Inscription in Oxford Mississippi," stems from his work with a small portable inscription in the University Museum that records the manumission of a female slave.

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Ave atque vale: Dr. Edward Capps III

    The Department of Classics is saddened to report that our emeritus colleague Dr. Edward Capps III passed away in Oxford, MS on August 15, 2018.

    Dr. Capps was born in 1935 in Oberlin, Ohio where his father was a Professor of Classical Art at Oberlin College; his grandfather was a Professor of Classics at Princeton. Educated at Swarthmore College and Yale, Dr. Capps joined our department in 1964 and taught ancient languages, literature, mythology and civilization courses for many years to many thousands of University of Mississippi students. From 1969 to 1972 he served as Vice-President for Mississippi in the Classical Associate of the Middle West and South. Dr. Capps retired in 2002 and was named Professor Emeritus, but continued to teach freshman liberal arts seminars for some years after that.

    Donations and memorials in honor of Dr. Edward Capps III, may be made to the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation (www.mpbonline.org/more/support/).