College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Eleanor W. Leach 1937-2018

We are very sorry to report that Professor Eleanor W. Leach died on Friday, February 16, at the age of 80. Ellie will be sorely missed by all of us; it was characteristic of her strong spirit and commitment that she remained active as teacher and scholar up until the very end. Read an obituary from the IDS here.

The memorial service for Eleanor W. Leach is scheduled for:
Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
111 South Grant Street
Bloomington, Indiana


Greek and Latin were the only courses offered in the early days of Indiana University (1824-1827), when it came into being as Indiana State Seminary and employed only one faculty member. Much has changed at Indiana University and in the study of the ancient world since those times. Today, the Department of Classical Studies has eight faculty and provides a wide range of courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in ancient Greek and Roman languages, literature, art, archaeology, and civilization, and exciting study abroad opportunities. The Department also participates actively in the Program in Ancient Studies, which brings together faculty and students from sixteen departments and programs for lectures, colloquia, and workshops on various aspects of antiquity.

Department News & Events

Spring 2018 lecture sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies:

Michèle Lowrie
Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Classics and the College
University of Chicago
March 29, 4:30pm
Walnut Room, IMU

Joe Goodkin
Odyssey: A Folk Opera
April 10, 4-5pm
Rawles Hall 100

Dr. Jonathan Ready was awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for his project "Orality, Textuality, and Homeric Epic: An Interdisciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts."

Dr. Margaret Foster's The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece is out now! Click here to learn more.

We are excited to announce that Julie Mebane will join Classics faculty as Assisistant Professor in Fall 2018! Click here to learn about Dr. Mebane and her work.

Dr. Jonathan L. Ready's The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives is now available through Oxford University Press! Click here to learn more about Dr. Ready's new book.

Dr. Teresa Ramsby of UMass Amherst visited the IUB campus before the Thanksgiving break to present her lecture, entitled "Portrait of a Goddess: Anna Perenna and the Coin of Gaius Annius".

Class members from Professor Nicholas Blackwell's Topography and Monuments of Athens course were amazed by the replica of the chryselephantine Athena Parthenos statue inside the Nashville Parthenon.

Learn more about this trip and the Nashville Parthenon here.

Thanks to the generosity of its alumni and friends over the years, the Department is able to provide substantial scholarships to many students who pursue a major in Classical Studies. We were delighted to honor this year's scholarship winners at our annual Awards Ceremony.

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