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Dr. Jacqueline DiBiasie Sammons and UM undergrads in Herculaneum

Posted on: August 6th, 2018 by mpranger

Assistant professor of Classics Dr. Jacqueline DiBiasie Sammons and three UM undergrads, Arianna Kitchens, Madeleine McCracken, and Mweyeria Offord spent part of Summer 2018 hard at work locating and digitally documenting graffiti in the ancient city of Herculaneum. Dr. DiBiasie Sammons is the field director for the Ancient Graffiti Project and will be taking more students to continue the project’s work in Pompeii in Summer 2019. The Mike and Mary McDonnell Endowment for the Study of Classics helped fund all three students’ work on the project.

Read more about Dr. BiBiasie Sammons and the Ancient Graffiti Project here.

Professor and three students in University of Mississippi t-shirts pose in front of ancient Herculaneum.

L to r: Dr. DiBiasie Sammons, Madeleine McCracken, Arianna Kitchens, Mweyeria Offord.

Three students: Arianna shines a flashlight on an ancient plastered wall as Mweyeria observes; Madeleine approaches with notebooks to record.

The students at work in a Roman house in Herculaneum.

Ancient Italy in Context: June 2016

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by mpranger

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!

Tomb_of_the _Scipios

McDonnell foundation doubles gift to Classics

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by mpranger

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.


umissinrome x 2

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by mpranger

This summer saw two (!) groups of University of Mississippi Classics students embark on faculty led study abroad experiences in Rome with Department of Classics faculty.

At Ostia 5/16/14.

At Ostia 5/16/14.

Right after graduation this May, Dr. Molly Pasco-Pranger set off for the Urbs Aeterna with six young women for a Maymester intensive study of Rome and its surrounding area. Covering as much ground as we could in ten “class” days made for some achy feet, but the group reports they appreciated the bodily experience that walking the city gave them and learned more than they could have imagined.  Read more about their adventures at

On the beach at Paestum.

On the beach at Paestum, 6/13/14.

Just as Dr. Pasco-Pranger’s group left Rome, another seven UMiss students, along with a student from Brown University, met Dr. Hilary Becker to begin a month long archaeological field school experience centered on the excavations at S. Omobono.  That group is still in the field, learning a variety archaeological tools and methods and working actively on the site.  They’ve also taken field trips around the city and to Caere, Orvieto and Campania.  Follow the progress of the field school at

We’re excited about these faculty-led opportunities for our students and hope to repeat and expand on them soon!

My Excellent Adventure, 9/5, 5:00

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by mpranger

Wednesday, September 5, starting ca 5 PM, our world-traveling Classics majors will report on their adventures during Spring and Summer 2012. The presentations will be
in Bryant Hall 111. Pizza and drinks in the Bryant Hall Gallery will follow the presentations. pizza will be served in the Gallery.

Scholarship opportunity: Kenchreai Archaeological Field School

Posted on: March 7th, 2012 by mpranger

Through our membership in Sunoikisis (see link in the menu to right) UM students are eligible for a full scholarship to the Kenchreai Archaeological Field School, June 1-28, 2012.  Deadline for applications is March 16!  See Dr. Pasco-Pranger for more information ASAP.

Scholarship Opportunity for Kenchreai Field School

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 by mpranger

This is a Reading potterynewly announced scholarship opportunity that is too good to miss applying for!  Fees, most meals and accommodations are paifd by the scholarship plus the recipient will receive $1500 to help cover travel to Greece and incidentals

Scholarship Opportunity for Kenchreai Field School | Sunoikisis.

Summer programs listing

Posted on: February 9th, 2011 by mpranger

If you’re looking for summer classics-related programs, check out the American Philological Associations listings.

Study abroad in Sicily

Posted on: February 3rd, 2011 by mpranger

I just got this notice of a new semester long study abroad program– the deadline is perhaps a little early for this year, but it’s one to keep an eye on in the future!

In the fall semester of 2011, Rhodes College is planning to debut a new semester-long study-abroad program in Catania, Sicily, which will be led by Professor David Sick. This is a collaborative effort between Rhodes, CET Programs, and the University of Catania. The curriculum will focus on ancient Greek and Roman culture and the classical tradition in Italy, but will also offer courses in other subjects such as geology and international studies. Students will also be able to take the Sunoikisis Latin course, Latin Literature from 70 to 180 CE. The faculty aim to build upon the work of our colleagues with the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies who organized the excellent program in the same location a few years ago. Participation by non-Rhodes students is welcome. For more information and the application form, go to Applications are due by February 15.