Graduate Overview

Classics students

The Department of Classics offers an MA in Classics with a focus in ancient history or Latin, and a PhD in Classics with a focus in classical literature, ancient history or Mediterranean archaeology. 

The Learning Environment

Our prestigious faculty is well-known for research and scholarship in a variety of fields, notably Roman archaeology, ancient religion, Greek and Latin epic poetry, linguistics, epigraphy and Greek urbanism. Graduate students engage in training that combines specialization with a foundation of considerable breadth. In the first year of study, students strengthen their command of the classical languages, and have the opportunity to survey methods, content and issues of the field as a whole. In the second year, students choose a particular area of interest and begin an independent investigation.

Advanced Language Study

Students concentrating in classical languages and literature develop a broad background in ancient Mediterranean cultures with courses in ancient history and archaeology. Students concentrating in Greek and Roman history study two classical languages and also take courses in archaeology. Students concentrating in archaeology study two classical languages to the MA level and one to the PhD level.

Cutting-Edge Facilities

The department maintains a reference library, slide library, computer lab, facilities for archaeological data analysis and a well-equipped lab designed for materials analysis. Additionally, the department is home to the world-renowned UB Artifacts Collection, the leading journal Arethusa, and the new series, Arethusa Books, which represent our enduring commitment to original scholarship.

Meet Our Faculty

  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Greek literature; Roman, Greek, and Indo-European religion and myth; anthropology of Greece and Rome; Greek alphabet and other writing systems; Indo-European linguistics; the interaction between the Near East and Greece
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Imperial Latin literature; Roman epic; late antique literature; reception of classical literature
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Greek, Cypriot, and Roman art and archaeology; houses and households; cities and urbanism, agriculture and the ancient countryside
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Greek literature, esp. that of the Roman Empire; the ancient novel; ancient politics; history of ideas
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Ancient Greek democracy; classical and Hellenistic Greek history
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: History and archaeology of the City of Rome; archaeology of Roman Italy and the western empire; history and theory of archaeology; Roman social history; the Roman countryside
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Classical epic, mythology, and traditional oral narrative; classical language instruction; medieval and modern Irish literature; history of archaeology on the Western Coast of Turkey
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Latin literature of the late Republic and Augustan period; ancient rhetoric and oratory; ancient and modern literary criticism and aesthetics
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Epic poetry, history and historiography of Ancient Greece
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Roman archaeology of the Mediterranean; Roman economy; Roman religion; Roman to early medieval countryside; Roman to early medieval cities; landscape archaeology; medieval archaeology; medieval pottery; GIS and IT sciences applied to archaeology
  • 7/12/18
    Research Interests: Latin literature; epic; gift theory; digital classics; conversational Latin
Student Testimonials

"I joined UB for the dynamic faculty and the opportunity to do something different. Very few other places offered graduate courses on gender and on theory. Their guidance not only gave me credentials, but also shaped me as a professional." 
– Allison Glazebrook, PhD '01

Contact

Please contact us if you have questions about the department, the application procedure or research opportunities for graduate students.  

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0459

malamud@buffalo.edu

Park Professor of Classics
Director of Graduate Studies
Co-editor, Arethusa
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0459

malamud@buffalo.edu

Alison Blaszak

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0467

Fax: (716) 645-2225

ablaszak@buffalo.edu

Graduate and Undergraduate Secretary
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0467

Fax: (716) 645-2225

ablaszak@buffalo.edu