Heidi Wendt, At the Temple Gates: The Religion of Freelance Experts in the Roman Empire (Oxford 2016)

This book investigates freelance religious experts in the Roman Empire. Unlike civic priests and temple personnel, freelance experts had to generate their own authority and legitimacy, often through demonstrations of skill and learning in the streets, in marketplaces, and at the temple gates. Read more. 

Bill Gladhill, Rethinking Roman Alliance: A Study in Poetics and Society (Cambridge 2016)

This book studies of the most versatile concepts in Roman society, the ritual event that concluded an alliance, a foedus. Foedus signifies the bonds between nations, men, men and women, friends, humans and gods, gods and goddesses, and the mass of matter that gives shape to the universe. Read more. 


A research-creation approach to millennia-old questions: What's it like to perform the Iliad? It's hard to imagine- a single poet/rhapsode, performing for between 18-25 hours. How many breaks did they take? How did they divide up the poem? How did the audience keep track of such a long, complex story? Learn more.

Michael P. Fronda, Between Rome and Carthage: Southern Italy during the Second Punic War (Cambridge 2010)

Even after crushing the Roman army at Cannae, Hannibal failed to elicit widespread rebellion among Rome's Italian allies. Why did some communities decide to side with Carthage and others to side with Rome? This is the fundamental question posed in this book. Read more. 

Stephen Menn, Plato on God as Nous (St. Augustine's Press, reissue 2002)

The first sustained modern investigation of Plato’s theology, which focuses on the Timaeus as Plato’s most complete effort to provide what (according to the Phaedo) Anaxagoras had failed to deliver: an explanation of the world through Reason. Read more. 

Stephen Menn, Descartes and Augustine (Cambridge, revised 2002)

This book is the first systematic study of Descartes' relationship to Augustine. It offers a complete reevaluation of Descartes' thought and as such will be of major importance to all historians of medieval, neo-Platonic, or early modern philosophy. Read more. 

Lynn Kozak and Miranda Hickman (eds), The Classics in Modernist Translation (Bloomsbury 2019).

This volume sheds new light on a wealth of early 20th-century engagement with literature of Graeco-Roman antiquity that significantly shaped the work of anglophone literary modernism. Read More.

Walking through Elysium: Vergil's Underworld and the Poetics of Tradition (UTP 2020).

Walking through Elysium stresses the subtle and intricate ways writers across time and space wove Vergil’s underworld in Aeneid 6 into their works. Read more here.


The Classical Studies faculty engage in diverse research and participate in several interdisciplinary collaborations and international research networks. Current faculty research focuses on Archaic and Classical Greece, Republican and Early Imperial Rome, Roman Italy, classical historiography, Greek and Roman religion, performance, reception, and comparative texts. Consult our People pages for complete academic and research profiles of our faculty. Prospective graduate students should look at the Graduate Studies page for more information on graduate supervisors and research areas.

Faculty research projects, editorial commitments, and cooperative initiatives provide rich opportunities for both graduate and undegraduate students to gain hands-on experience and professional training. Classics professors are deeply committed to student involement in the research process and related professional activities, such as conferences, workshops, and community events. 

Classical Studies maintains an institutional membership in the Canadian Institute in Greece, whose academic resources and accommodations are open to our students during research trips to Greece.

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