News Articles

Ancient Philosophy Recruitment

August 5, 2013 - Department news

The Department will be seeking a new appointment in Ancient Philosophy in the 2013-2014 academic year.

First Title in New Series Appears

August 5, 2013 - Department news

California Classical Studies, the new open-access publication series sponsored by the Department and supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, has published its first volume. Leslie Kurke's The Traffic in Praise: Pindar and the Poetics of Social Economy is a new digital edition, with minor corrections, of her 1990 monograph.

Tony Long Retires

July 29, 2013 - Department news

Anthony A. (Tony) Long  retired at the end of June but will continue to be active as a Professor of the Graduate School while he pursues his extensive program of lectures and conferences and visiting appointments and ongoing research.

Center for Tebtunis Papyri Challenge Grant: Anglo-California Foundation to match donations

July 18, 2013 - Department news

The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the Anglo-California Foundation. The grant is intended as the cornerstone for an endowment supporting CTP’s research projects, training for its students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and outreach programs.

Donations invited for Charles E. Murgia Latin Prize

May 3, 2013 - Department news

To honor Charles' memory and support the study of Latin at the undergraduate level, the Department seeks to raise an endowment, the income from which will provide a prize or prizes for achievement in undergraduate Latin courses.

Charles Murgia Memorial May 5

March 4, 2013 - Department news

Emeritus Professor Charles E. Murgia died at his Oakland last week at the age of 78.

Leslie Kurke to Receive APA Goodwin Award

December 4, 2012 - Department news

Leslie Kurke is the 2012 recipient of the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit of the American Philological Association for her recent book Aesopic Conversations: Popular Tradition, Cultural Dialogue, and the Invention of Greek Prose.

Kore and Kritios Boy Casts Finally Arrive

November 19, 2012 - Department news

With final restorations completed, the Department's casts of an archaic Kore and of the Kouros known as the Kritios Boy have been installed in Dwinelle Hall Lobby.

Memorial for Greenie: sound recording available for a short time

October 30, 2012 - Department news

More than 120 friends of Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr. (Greenie) gathered on Sunday, October 28, to honor his memory and recall his friendship and scholarship. A sound recording of the event is available online for a limited time.

Donations invited to increase Greenewalt fellowship endowment

October 22, 2012 - Department news

In connection with the October 28, 2012, memorial event honoring Emeritus Professor Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr., the Department invites friends to contribute to the endowment for graduate student support established in his name in 2010.

Open-Access Digital Publication Project Launched

October 8, 2012 - Department news

The Department of Classics of the University of California, Berkeley, is pleased to announce the initiation of new publication series entitled California Classical Studies. The series is intended to provide a peer-reviewed open-access venue for disseminating basic research, data-heavy research,  and highly specialized research of the kind that is either hard to place with the leading publishers in Classics or extremely expensive for libraries and individuals when produced by a leading academic publisher.

Third Annual Berkeley Ancient Italy Roundtable

September 17, 2012 - Department news

The Berkeley Ancient Italy Roundtable (BAIR) will take place October 26 and 27, 2012, on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, opening with a keynote address by Professor John Dobbins of the University of Virginia.

Three colleagues promoted to tenure

July 16, 2012 - Department news

Frank Bezner, Nikolaos Papazarkadas, and Kim Shelton have all been promoted to Associate Professor as of July 2012.

Crawford Greenewalt dies

May 7, 2012 - Department news


It is with great sadness that we record the death on Friday, May 4, 2012, of Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr., emeritus professor of Classical Archaeology — Greenie, as we all knew him. He was much loved in the Department and on campus, and will be greatly missed.

A campus memorial event with reception is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2012, from 2 to 4 pm, in the Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus.


Hendrickson wins Rome Prize

April 28, 2012 - Department news

Classics graduate student Tom Hendrickson has won a Rome Prize Fellowship and will spend the 2012-2013 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. Tom will receive the Arthur Ross Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize, one of the four AAR predoctoral fellowships awarded this year in the area of Ancient Studies. His dissertation research is on Life and Libraries in Ancient Rome.

For the official announcement see the AAR web site.

Greenewalt receives AIA's Bandelier Award

April 28, 2012 - Department news


Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology, (whom his friends know as Greenie) has been honored by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) with the Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology in recognition of his over 50 years of participation in and leadership (from 1976 to 2007) of the Sardis Expedition in Turkey. Greenie retired in January 2010 after more than 40 years on the Berkeley faculty.

See the fuller story on the campus news site and the AIA testimonial.


Faculty News 2011

December 12, 2011 - Department news

News of the activities and publications of faculty in 2011 (or since their previous report).

Todd Hickey becomes Director of CTP

November 9, 2011 - Department news

Todd Hickey has assumed the role of Director of the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri.

Second Annual Berkeley Ancient Italy Roundtable

September 14, 2011 - Department news

The Berkeley Ancient Italy Roundtable (BAIR) will take place October 21 and 22, 2011 on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, opening with a keynote address by Erich Gruen.


Leslie Kurke appointed to named chair

April 29, 2011 - Department news

Leslie Kurke will become Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature on July 1.

Parthenon casts mounted in Dwinelle Lobby

February 14, 2011 - Department news

A few of the restored ancient sculpture casts from the collection owned by campus units are finally on display in Dwinelle Hall.

Faculty News 2009 and 2010

January 11, 2011 - Department news

Recent honors, publications, and other activities of the faculty.

Former Students Honor Tony Long

November 30, 2010 - Department news

Former students of Tony Long have published a group of papers from the conference held in his honor in 2007 to celebrate his 70th birthday.

California Consortium in Late Antiquity Conference October 22-23, 2010: City-Empire-Christendom

September 9, 2010 - Department news

The California Consortium in Late Antiquity is sponsoring a workshop conference on campus on October 22-23, 2010.

Berkeley Ancient Italy Roundtable sponsors its first workshop

September 9, 2010 - Department news

The Berkeley Ancient Italy Roundtable (BAIR) will take place October 8 and 9, 2010 on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, opening with a keynote address by James Packer.

Twin Honors for Leslie Kurke

April 27, 2010 - Department news

Kim Shelton elected to the Society of Antiquaries of London

October 8, 2009 - Department news

Classics welcomes Maria Mavroudi: New Faculty in Byzantine and Medieval periods

October 8, 2009 - Department news

Classics welcomes Maria Mavroudi

Ted Peña joins the Department as Professor of Archaeology

October 7, 2009 - Department news

Nelly Oliensis promoted to full Professor

October 5, 2009 - Department news

Noted author addresses graduating classicists

May 23, 2009 - Department news

Award-winning author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn, who also holds a PhD in Classics from Princeton, was the commencement speaker at the Classics/AHMa ceremony.

Tony Long Elected to American Philosophical Society

May 1, 2009 - Department news

Tony Long, Irving Stone Professor of Literature and Professor of Classics, is among the 35 new members elected in 2009 to the American Philosophical Society.

Andrew Stewart Wins Distinguished Teaching Award

April 24, 2009 - Department news

At the annual Distinguished Teaching Award ceremony on April 22, Andrew Stewart was honored one of five 2009-2010 recipients.

Leslie Kurke Chosen Faculty Research Lecturer for 2010

April 24, 2009 - Department news

Four Faculty Honored for Freshman Seminar Offerings

February 6, 2009 - Department news

Four Classics professors were among the 73 campus faculty honored at a reception acknowledging contributions to the Freshman Seminar Program.

Graduate Student and Alumni News 2008

January 5, 2009 - Department news

Faculty News 2008

December 31, 2008 - Department news

Archaeology Recruitment Begins

September 17, 2008 - Department news

Dylan Sailor Awarded Tenure

June 24, 2008 - Department news

Dylan Sailor has been promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1, 2008.

Changes to Sather Lectures Schedule

May 28, 2008 - Department news

With the upcoming Fall 2008 Sather Lecture series of Mary Beard, the Department will try out a new day for the lectures (Thursday) and an earlier hour for the second through sixth lectures.

Frank Bezner Joins Faculty

May 14, 2008 - Department news

Dr. Frank Bezner, an expert in Medieval Latin and medieval hermeneutics, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature.

Kim Shelton Joins Regular Faculty

April 17, 2008 - Department news

Kim Shelton becomes a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Classics on July 1, and the future of Nemea Excavations and the Nemea Center is put on a firmer basis.

John Ferrari Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

April 11, 2008 - Department news

Professor G. R. (John) Ferrari is one of six Berkeley Faculty Members awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2008-2009.

Susan Pulliam to Retire

March 19, 2008 - Department news

CASMA Management Services Officer Susan Pulliam has announced her plan to retire in June.

Good Placement News

March 6, 2008 - Department news

New and recent PhDs are obtaining academic positions.

Faculty News 2007

December 31, 2007 - Department news

An update on the activities of the faculty since the previous report in a departmental newsletter.

Greek Composition Prize Renamed for Tom Rosenmeyer

November 9, 2007 - Department news

Digs and Doings: Summer research update

October 16, 2007 - Research news

Reports from on-going research projects and archaeological excavation of our faculty and students in summer 2007.

New Faces in the Classroom

October 15, 2007 - Department news

The academic year begins for the Classics Department with new faces in the classroom. Nikolaos Papazarkadas joins the department as its newest faculty member while the familiar face of Lauri Reitzammer (Ph.D. 2006) teaches a course for the department this fall.

Updated: New Fellowship and Scholarship Funds Honors Corinne Crawford

October 8, 2007 - Department news

To honor the memory of graduate student Corinne S. Crawford (1980-2007), the Department has estalished an endowment fund to assist the research of Classics graduate students, especially those in areas that were especially important to her. A second fund, to establish an undergraduate scholarship, has also been created.

Emeriti Gallery Updated

September 17, 2007 - Department news

The gallery of portrait photographs of retired professors that adorns the south wall of the seminar classroom has been expanded to accommodate the retirements of the past few years.

Classical Archaeology and Medieval Latin Recruitments Begin

September 7, 2007 - Department news

In Fall 2007 the Department of Classics begins the recruitment process for two possible positions, one in Medieval Latin and one in Classical Archaeology.

Death of Former Sather Professor Michael Frede

August 12, 2007 - Department news

Michael Frede, Sather Professor in 1997-98 and earlier in his career a member of the Berkeley faculty, has died while attending a Hellenistic philosophy colloquium in Greece.

Corinne Crawford (1980-2007)

June 27, 2007 - Department news

Classics graduate student Corinne Crawford died June 26, 2007, from injuries sustained in an accident.

W. Kendrick Pritchett, distinguished historian and epigraphist, passes away

May 30, 2007 - Department news

Emeritus Professor of Greek Kendrick Pritchett died at his home in Berkeley on May 29, 2007, at the age of 98.

Erich Gruen receives Berkeley Citation

May 12, 2007 - Department news

At the Commencement ceremony for Classics and AHMA, May 11, 2007, Erich Gruen was presented with the Berkeley Citation.

Mark Griffith and Leslie Kurke honored with named chairs

May 11, 2007 - Department news

Andrew Stewart named to Petris Chair

April 30, 2007 - Department news

Andrew F. Stewart, Professor of Art History and Classics, has been honored with an endowed distinguished professorship, the Nicholas C. Petris Chair in Greek Studies.

Dylan Sailor wins Rome Prize Fellowship

April 20, 2007 - Department news

Kathleen McCarthy wins a Distinguished Teaching Award

April 3, 2007 - Department news

Thomas G. Rosenmeyer: Distinguished colleague passes away

February 8, 2007 - Department news

Emeritus Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Thomas G. Rosenmeyer died at home in Oakland on Tuesday, February 6, 2007.

Hearst Egyptian Papyri Finally Arrive in Berkeley

November 1, 2006 - Research news

The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and The Bancroft Library celebrated the arrival of important Egyptian Middle Kingdom papyri. Excavated for UC over 100 years ago, the pieces were hidden in Germany during World War II and spent 40 years in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  

Digital edition of Bundy's Studia Pindarica now available

October 15, 2006 - Department news

The influential 1962 monographs of the late Professor Elroy Bundy, Studia Pindarica I and II, have been converted to modern text-based PDF files and made available to all at the open-access eScholarship Repository of the California Digital Library.

Ron Stroud receives Berkeley Citation

May 12, 2006 - Department news

At the Classics/AHMA Commencement ceremony in May 2006, Emeritus Professor Ronald Stroud received the Berkeley Citation.