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The Department of Classics at Columbia University is one of the most dynamic centers for the study of Classical Antiquity in the United States. It offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and postbaccalaureate programs and degrees, and it hosts a variety of ongoing lecture series, seminars, colloquia, and dramatic productions. Situated in the heart of New York City - home to countless universities, galleries, libraries, museums, research institutions, and theaters - the Department of Classics at Columbia University is at the crossroads of the cultural and classical life of North America.The department aims to encourage broad access to the ancient languages, their modern reception, and participation in the field. We understand such practices to be in keeping with a general commitment to combatting discrimination and harassment within the department, the discipline, and the wider academic community. You can find the full statement on diversity and inclusion here.
Lectures, Drama, Collections
The Columbia collection holds more than 2000 papyri and 3600 ostraca, some of which preserve ancient fragments of literary works, among them, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Euripides’ Orestes, and Plato’s Phaedrus.
Affiliated Programs At Columbia
The Center for the Ancient Mediterranean connects faculty, students, and departments that have an interest in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and neighboring regions, serving as a source of information and coordinating courses and conferences.