About the Department
The material of Classics is unsurpassed in its fascinating stories and its ability to constantly surprise us. Historically, promoters of Classics have touted the cultures, literatures, and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans as “our” shared Western heritage, a reservoir of wisdom to guide modern institutions and modern life. But our twenty-first century students rightly want to go both deeper and broader, and we strive to help them get there. Students in our department learn to view the Greek and Roman worlds as they were, listening to primary sources for the wide range of human experience and thought that they communicate to us and learning to ask new questions of them. Classics is, above all, about discovery – both of the ancient world and of ourselves.
Research & Teaching
Our faculty are devoted scholars, teachers, and mentors. Our numerous current projects include examinations of the idea of the emperor and the nature of imperial power, the economic and political history of ancient Greece, and music in Roman comedy. We bring this far-ranging expertise into the classroom and delight in sharing our love of Classics to a new generation of thinkers.
The department is happy to welcome school and community groups to the Washington University campus, and our faculty and students can visit classes and other groups at their location in the St. Louis area.