Call for Papers: 2019 Graduate Student Conference

Published: June 6, 2018

The UCLA Classics graduate students are pleased to announce a conference on “Failure and Flaws in Classical Antiquity” on January 25-26, 2019, featuring a keynote address by Prof. Emily Greenwood (Yale) on “Failure and Attribution: The Ethics and Politics of Reading Classical Failure.” We invite abstract submissions from graduate students in Classics and related fields; please see the full…

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In Memoriam Ann Bergren, 1942-2018

Published: May 16, 2018

The Department sadly announces the passing of Professor Emerita Ann L.T. Bergren. Ann died suddenly at her home in Venice on May 10, 2018. She is survived by her son and his wife, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman and Erin O’Connor, and grandchildren Foxberg and Otto Chrisman. There will be a private family service in Brooklyn, New York….

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Welcome, Assistant Professor Adriana Vazquez!

Published: March 21, 2018

The Department of Classics is delighted to announce that Dr. Adriana Vazquez has accepted the offer of a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Classics at UCLA  and will be joining the department permanently in the Fall.  Read her profile here.

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Giulia Sissa is awarded the Premio Nazionale Vincenzo Padula

Published: December 12, 2017

Professor Giulia Sissa has been awarded the Premio Nazionale Vincenzo Padula, for non-fiction for the Italian version of her book on jealousy (La Gelosia. Una passione inconfessabile published by Editori Laterza). Those who prefer to read the English version, click here. Congratulations, Professor Sissa!

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Sarah Morris is Awarded the Centennial Medal from Harvard University

Published: May 31, 2017

Professor Sarah Morris has been awarded the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.  The medal “honors alumni who have made contributions to society that emerged from their graduate study at Harvard. It is the highest honor the Graduate School bestows, and awardees include some of Harvard’s most accomplished…

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Alex Purves Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Published: March 8, 2017

Professor Alex Purves has been selected by the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Teaching to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty. The selection committee has particularly honored her contribution to graduate teaching by adding a citation for “Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level” to the award. Congratulations, Professor Purves!

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Congratulations to Professor Amy Richlin!

Published: January 12, 2017

Professor Amy Richlin was doubly honored at the recent meetings of the Society for Classical Studies in Toronto.  She was presented with a Leadership Award from the Women’s Classical Caucus. This award recognizes an individual for outstanding contribution in encouraging women to enter and remain in our field.   She was also the focus of…

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Ancient Methone in Focus

Published: November 1, 2016

The Daily Bruin recently featured the Ancient Methone Excavation Project led by Classics professors Sarah Morris and John Papadopoulos. To read the entire article, “UC Students and Professor Participate in Summer Excavation in Greece,” please visit:

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Congratulations to Department Chair, Kathryn Morgan!

Published: October 1, 2016

Congratulations to Department Chair Kathryn Morgan who has just been elected as a member of the Nominating Committee for the Society for Classical Studies (she previously served on the Program Committee and the Board of Directors). Professor Alex Purves has also recently served on the Nominating Committee. To read more, please visit:

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Plautus’s Haunted House Party at the Getty Villa

Published: September 15, 2016

Each Fall, the Getty Villa produces a classical tragedy or comedy. This year, productions of “Haunted House Party,” adapted from Plautus’s Haunted House, will take place from September 8 to October 1st. Archaeologist Shelby Brown and UCLA’s Amy Richlin share key facts about the play, its historical setting, and adapting ancient jokes for today:

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