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From Mythology to Feminism, from Greek and Latin Literature to Greek and Roman History and Archaeology, the Classical Studies Faculty at Purdue University offers broad expertise in Classics. CLCS courses (readings in English) are taught exclusively by faculty; language courses (LATN and GREK) are taught by faculty and highly experienced graduate students. Undergraduate Classics students at Purdue enjoy the opportunity to study with outstanding teachers who are leading authorities in the field.


The Classics Faculty at Purdue pursue productive and remarkably diverse research interests. Keith Dickson specializes in comparative world mythology, epic, ancient medicine and magic. He is the author of Nestor: Poetic Memory in Greek Epic (Garland, 1995), and Stephanus the Philosopher: Commentary on Galen’s Therapeutics to Glaucon. Studies in Ancient Medicine (Brill, 1998). Madeleine Henry, who is Head of the School of Languages & Cultures, is noted for her groundbreaking research program on women's history and on the representation of women in literature in ancient Greece. Her publications include Prisoner of History: Aspasia of Miletus and her Biographical Tradition (Oxford UP, 1995), Menander’s Courtesans and the Greek Comic Tradition (Lang, 1988), and Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean 800 BCE-200 CE (coedited with Allison Glazebrook, Wisconsin 2011). Elizabeth Mercier teaches etymology and Latin and Greek language at all levels. She has recently presented papers on Roman roads, medieval secular Latin poetry, and curse tablets from Roman Britain. Erin Moodie specializes in ancient drama and satire and has published several recent articles on Aristophanes, Juvenal, and Terence.  Nicholas Rauh has published extensively in Greek and Roman History, and Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology. He is the director of the Rough Cilicia Survey Project in Turkey, and is the author of The Sacred Bonds of Commerce. Religion, Economy, and Trade Society at Hellenistic Roman Delos, 166-87 BC. (Gieben, 1993), and Merchants, Sailors, and Pirates in the Roman World (Tempus, 2003). Antonia Syson is an emerging authority on Roman epic as a purveyor of fictive knowledge, and has published on Latin pedagogy and Roman rhetorical theory. She is currently working on "The Poetics of Dirt in Roman Epic: Pietas, Purity, Metaphor, and Memory," which develops the central questions and observations of her first book, Fama and Fiction in Vergil's Aeneid (Ohio State UP, 2013).

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