Welcome to USC Dornsife Classics

The Department of Classics invites students to share in the study of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and the civilizations they helped to shape. We offer an undergraduate major and minor, including honors option, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Because we are a small and collegial department, students have the opportunity to work closely with distinguished faculty and to develop individualized or collaborative research programs.

GUEST LECTURE: Phillip Horky

"The Spectrum of Animal Rationality in Plutarch."

Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:00 PM, VKC 260


Phillip Sidney Horky is Lecturer of Classics at Durham University.  His research focuses on ancient philosophy in its historical and literary contexts.  He has written a book entitled Plato and Pythagoreanism (Oxford University Press, 2013) and is currently developing a source book entitled Pythagorean Philosophy: 250 BCE to 200 CE (for Cambridge University Press).  He is an alumnus of the Classics Department at the University of Southern California (PhD 2007). 


Guest Speaker: John Babcock Van Sickle

Picturing Virgil’s Pastorals in Graphic Novel Style


GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Rebecca Langlands

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 5:00 PM, LVL 17

“Roman Exempla and Cultural Memory”



Guest Speaker: Prof. Ioannis Mylonopoulos (Columbia University)

Thursday December 4, at 5:00 PM, THH 301

"Poseidon and his Youths on Cape Sounion: The Archaic Sanctuary, the Colossal Kouroi, and Political Dedications in Early-Sixth-Century Attica"


Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Masterson

“Understanding and Writing about Same-Sex Desire between Men in the Later Roman Empire”

In this talk Mark will speak of the challenges in and reasons for writing about same-sex desire among men in the Roman empire of the 300s and 400s CE. Speaking specifically from his disciplinary location as a Classicist, he will also address evidence and conclusions in his new book, Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood (Ohio 2014).


Mark Masterson is Senior Lecturer of Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has published articles and book chapters on Statius, Vitruvius, the Historia Monachorum, Eugene O’Neill, Emperor Julian, Arnobius and Iamblichus, St. Augustine and current New Zealand health policy, the state of masculinity studies in Classics. His monograph, Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood  (Ohio) will be released in late October.

Talk by Jacob Mackey: "Virginibus puerisque canto: Children, shared intentionality, and religious transmission in pagan Rome”

Jacob Mackey will be presenting a talk titled, “Virginibus puerisque canto: Children, shared intentionality, and religious transmission in pagan Rome,” on Thursday, October 23, at 12:00 PM, in THH 118. Please RSVP to prijic@usc.edu by Tuesday at noon.

NEW Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The new major requirements ask each student to choose a TRACK of courses whose learning objectives provide distinctly different sets of skills and types of knowledge about ancient Greece and Rome.

Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium

Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium

Friday, May 2, 2014 - Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - UCLA at the Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles

What's it like to study Classics at USC Dornsife?

Hear about the undergraduate Classics major from professors and undergrads in our video, Classics at USC Dornsife.

Upcoming Events

Graduate History Conference: Deep LA
American Origins with Patrick Griffin
Rengapoi: Hyper-Arts Innovation Japan Style
Internship Week
  • Department of Classics
  • University of Southern California
  • THH 256
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352