Research Culture

The Yale Department of Classics is a thriving research community. Members of the Faculty are engaged in research spanning Greek and Latin Literature, Ancient History, Art & Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy, and modern Classical Receptions. For a detailed overview of areas of research in the department, click here. However, this broad summary hardly does justice to the originality of the research being done by individual scholars. We invite you to browse the Faculty’s individual pages to get a better sense of the research that we are engaged in.

ImageThe department hosts a number of invited lectures throughout the semester, at which visiting scholars present their current research. This regular lecture program is supplemented by occasional conferences and colloquia. In addition, the department is involved in a number of collaborative research ventures: the Yale Initiative for the Study of Antiquity and the Premodern world (YISAP), which hosts an interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Ancient Societies’; the Yale Economic History Workshop;and a workshop on the Cultures of the Classical (together with Renaissance Studies). We also cooperate with the Department of Classics at Brown University in holding annual Yale-Brown colloquia, and we participate in the Yale-UCL Collaborative for faculty and students.

Individual members of the department participate in international research networks: Egbert Bakker is an Associated member of the research group ‘Textual Cohesion’, organized by OIKOS, the Netherlands National Research School in Classical Studies, he is also a Correspondent (foreign member) of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as a member of the Network for the Study of Archaic and Classical Greek Song, which organizes annual conferences on Archaic Greek Poetry. Pauline LeVen is a member of Moisa, The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music & its Cultural Heritage.

A number of the Faculty hold editorial positions on international journals and series, or serve on their advisory boards (Bakker, Gaifman, Greenwood, Harte, Kraus, Manning, Metcalf), or have edited recent prominent companions. Egbert Bakker is co-editor of Brill’s Companion to Herodotus (2002), and has recently edited Blackwell’s Companion to the Ancient Greek Language (2010); Kirk Freudenburg edited The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire (2005) and Oxford Readings in Classical Subjects: Horace’s Satires and Epistles (2009); Chris Kraus recently co-edited the Oxford Readings in Classical Studies volume on Livy (2009). Bill Metcalf edited the Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage (2012).

Caesar Denarius

Silver Denarius of Julius Caesar, 44 BCE, YUAG, Yale University Gift of Prof. Tracy Peck, 1895.