Welcome to the Classics website. This is the department where students study not only Greek and Latin, but also the ancient Mediterranean world in all its aspects. In space, this means the Mediterranean basin and areas contiguous to it; in range of time, this means from the middle of the third millennium BCE to the middle of the first millennium CE. These boundaries are extended by the collaborative work we undertake with archaeologists in the Departments of Anthropology and History and with medievalists in the Departments of English, History, and Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. The end result is an enormous span of times, places, and methods, as we tackle not only the languages and literatures of antiquity, but also all aspects of material culture as we can capture it through our work in archaeology, social history, cultural studies, economics, and so on.
We hope that visitors to this site will learn more about the regular courses that we offer, the various tracks of undergraduate and graduate study, and the varied expertises of the faculty. If you are in Knoxville, we hope you will drop in and see us!