Classics is the study of the ancient Greek and Roman world, its languages, its cultures, and their impact on later cultural traditions.
Our evolving understanding of these concepts (e.g. "ancient," “culture,” “Roman”) gives our discipline dynamism, while a common body of texts function as its shared center. Classics is also interested in how later peoples understood and transformed this inheritance, generating the rich Classical tradition in literature and the other arts.
As part of our ongoing work to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in our department, we have published an update to the equity plan we initially shared over the summer. You can find the updated plan here! As always, we […]
The ancient Greeks are very important to the contemporary white supremacists whose work I document on my website Pharos (pharosclassics.vassar.edu). They regard the ancient Greeks as genetic and spiritual ancestors of modern white people. For them, the philosophical, literary, artistic, and political accomplishments of the Greeks are […]
On November 10th and 11th, 2020, the Haverford Classics Department hosted a pair of workshops showcasing antiracist work in our field. These workshops were inspired by the teach-ins held during the fall 2020 strike. To view the recordings, you will […]
November 3rd, 2020 As members of the Department of Classics we write to express our outrage at the killing of Walter Wallace Jr., our condemnation of institutionalized violence against Black communities and individuals, and our continuing commitment to anti-racist action. […]
Today I woke up in the beautiful beach town Essaouira. Although I am unable to return home to the US, I must admit, Morocco is not a bad place to be stuck. After making breakfast in a brightly lit Airbnb […]
Farmer, M. 2020. “Theopompus’ Homer: Paraepic in Old and Middle Comedy.” Classical Philology 115.3:339–364 Abstract: The remains of the comic poet Theopompus suggest an author preoccupied with Homer: three of twenty titles reference the Odyssey (Odysseus, Penelope, Sirens), a fragment without title shows Odysseus […]
The new classics.sites will feature student and faculty work and experiences in the department, as well as provide timely updates about our program! Our department website still includes program requirements, faculty bios, and more.
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Bryn Mawr and Haverford Classics departments shared a statement on the murder of George Floyd, the field’s complicity within and perpetuation of racist systems, and our commitment to dismantling anti-black racism in all forms. […]
Welcome to Haverford’s classics.sites. Here we plan to feature student and faculty work and experiences in the department, as well as provide timely updates about our program! Our department website still includes program requirements, faculty bios, and more.