Classics Department, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Classics Department, University of North Carolina at Asheville "Classics" refers to the study of ancient Greek and Latin languages, literature, history, culture, and art & archaeology.

The discipline of Classics has been central to the rise of universities, and it continues to be fundamental in the humanities and to a Liberal Arts education. A solid foundation in reading Classical Latin and Greek provides a means of understanding the past and the intellectual roots of the present while formal coursework provides students the opportunity to develop abiding skills of critical thinking, engaged inquiry and reflective expression. As Classics also transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, this course of study cultivates students who think broadly, synthetically and are able to view issues from a variety of perspectives.

Mission: The Department works to further the university’s mission to “develop students of broad perspective who think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and participate actively in their communities.” These skills are excellent preparation for the current labor market as well as for lifetime learning.

Do you ever feel like you are living in Pompeii?

Do you ever feel like you are living in Pompeii?


Congratulations again to our graduate, Shepherd Ellis, winner of the Classics Department's Guy Cooper Award and graduating with Distinction in Classics!

a modern tragedy
A Mystery at Oxford

a modern tragedy

The university has half a million ancient papyrus fragments. They’ve started to go missing.


Congratulations to our spring 2020 graduate Shepherd Ellis. We hope to watch you graduate in person this August!


Congratulations to our Classics major R.J. Palmer on winning a competitive Undergraduate Research Program Advisory Council (URPAC) grant this summer for his proposal “Classical Weaving, Experimental Archeology on Greek Textiles and Household GDP," and to his faculty adviser on this project, Dr. Laurel Taylor.

May the Fourth Be With You!

May the Fourth Be With You!

May the 4th be with you... and always remember what Laocoön said (via Virgil): I fear the Stormtroopers, even bearing gifts. #StarWarsDay '𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘰 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘴𝘵ā𝘵𝘶𝘮 𝘦𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘴" (Aeneid II, 49).

Great op-ed by Rick LaFleur. By the way,  you can read Harry Potter in Latin with us this fall: CLAS 408 "Lingua Latina ...
The Secret Lives of Words: Ben Hur, Harrius Potter, and the classics

Great op-ed by Rick LaFleur. By the way, you can read Harry Potter in Latin with us this fall: CLAS 408 "Lingua Latina Vivit cm Harrio Potter!" The course is currently full, but we'll add more seats if needed.

Way back in my college and grad school days, I recall occasionally being asked by some new acquaintance, "What are you studying?" I’d


Classics Zoom party this Wednesday April 29 at 11:30am until 12 noon--our annual farewell to seniors, presentation of new inductees of the Eta Tau Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, and announcement of departmental awards and honors. Alumni and friends of our department are welcome to join us--email or FB message Dr. Holland Goldthwaite for an invite!

HT to University of Arkansas Classics department!

HT to University of Arkansas Classics department!

Metrical distancing!

Fun classical things to do at home!

Fun classical things to do at home!

Classical Quarantine Project #10: Use an app to give ancient statues teeth

Greek particle help!! 😂

Greek particle help!! 😂

For those of us (γέ) who have spent far too much time puzzling over particles in Greek sentences.


Ancient Wisdom for Today!

Profile of former Classics major Dr. Anthony Fauci
College of the Holy Cross

Profile of former Classics major Dr. Anthony Fauci

Founded in 1843 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College is a highly selective, four year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution.

Society for Classical Studies
Society for Classical Studies

Society for Classical Studies

"Consumer technology giant Xiaomi mailed the shipment to the Italian Civil Protection Department, and they stapled to the side of the crates an ancient line of poetry from the Roman philosopher Seneca: "We are waves from the same sea, leaves from the same tree, and flowers from the same garden. Siamo onde dello stesso mare, foglie dello stesso albero, fiori dello stesso giardino." (Note that while this is a great gesture, we are having trouble verifying this as an authentic Seneca quotation. It is nowhere to be found in the TLL or in various searches of the Senecan corpus.)


A message from the "virtual" Department of Classics at UNC Asheville. Our classes have moved online and the university is closed, but we will carry on with our teaching and learning until such time as we can gather together again face-to-face. I don't think any of us quite understood how much we would miss our daily personal interactions and our beautiful campus, and we expect that that feeling will only increase over the next weeks as Asheville's glorious springtime blooms and blossoms there in our absence. We are especially sad for our graduating major and minors--but watch for a virtual end-of-year gathering announcement to celebrate their achievements. In these trying times we truly appreciate all our friends of the Classics department, our faculty and staff, and most of all our students. We hope to see you again soon!
Ex animo,
Lora Holland Goldthwaite, Professor and Chair of Classics

A good example of how studying Classics is good preparation for almost any career:
Meet Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. coronavirus point man who helped save the world from AIDS

A good example of how studying Classics is good preparation for almost any career:

The target is no longer HIV/AIDS, which, thanks to efforts by Fauci and his colleagues, is now a manageable condition. The new adversary is COVID-19, a disease that has sickened nearly 200,000 people around the world.


Important update this evening from Chancellor Cable:
Our Spring Break will be extended by one additional week.
UNC Asheville will remain open as mandated by the UNC System, but no class instruction will take place.
Course instruction will resume on March 23, but will move from in-person to remote delivery through at least April 6. In many cases, remote delivery will mean online, but you will hear details about your particular courses sometime during the next week.
We encourage students to refrain from returning to campus and to continue their course instruction online from a location of their choice.
Campus events of more than 50 attendees are canceled effective immediately. Visiting speaker events will be canceled or postponed.
University-sponsored travel outside the State of North Carolina or within the State to gatherings of 50 or more people, is suspended unless prior written authorization to travel is given by the Chancellor or the Provost. This prohibition includes student organizations.
Any students, faculty and staff who elect to engage in personal travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a minimum of 14 days and not return to campus unless they are free of symptoms.
We continue to monitor the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. Please know that currently there are no known cases at UNC Asheville.

Head of Nero - 3D model by FZP [820320b] - Sketchfab

Head of Nero - 3D model by FZP [820320b] - Sketchfab

Name: Head of Nero Material: Cast (plaster of Paris) Format: Head Museum: By permission of the Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin Museum inventory number: VIII45 Museum of original: National Roman Museum, Rome Photographer/Modeler: Carter Conaway Copyright 2019 Flyover Zone Productions. All rig...


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The interdisciplinarity inherent in the study of the Classical world enables students to gain a broad base of knowledge and critical thinking skills, which are excellent preparation for the current labor market as well as for lifetime learning. We offer our students the advantages of a private education in the public sphere through individualized attention, a rigorous curriculum, multiple opportunities for study abroad, an active program of undergraduate research, and a committed faculty engaged in outreach, teaching and research.


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For those in the Classics dept. interested in contemporary mythological paintings based on myths from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, you are invited to attend the opening of my exhibit, Mythic Images, at Highsmith Union Art Gallery next Friday, April 19th, 6-8pm. Check out the event page here:
Luigi Enrico Rossi κηληθμῷ δ᾽ ἔσχοντο. Scritti editi e inediti (Collected papers) edited by Giulio Colesanti and Roberto Nicolai with the collaboration of Maria Broggiato, Andrea Ercolani, Manuela Giordano, Laura Lulli, Michele Napolitano, Riccardo Palmisciano, Livio Sbardella, Maurizio Sonnino The work collects all scientific writings, including some unpublished works, produced by Luigi Enrico Rossi (1933-2009) in almost fifty years of activity, in which he acted as professor of Greek Literature at the “Sapienza” university of Rome, enlivening the Greek Literature seminar in Rome, speaker at numerous conferences, as well as lecturer at many universities and institutions across the globe. In all his works we can see his characteristic approach to literature, understood as an act of communication within a precise historical context. The topics focus on Greek metric and music, Homer and the archaic epic, lyric poetry and symposium, Attic drama (tragedy and comedy but also satyr play), Hellenistic literature, literary criticism and history of classical studies. On the tenth anniversary of his untimely death, his Roman students, who continue his tradition in the new Seminars of Greek Literature "Luigi Enrico Rossi" at the "Sapienza" university of Rome, want to remember his fundamental work as a scholar collecting all his works, some of which are still unpublished (but already presented by him on various occasions), while others, issued in scientific publications not easy to find, risk with time to become inaccessible. We would therefore be very happy if you would accept our invitation to participate in this enterprise by joining the Tabula in memoriam using the attached form. Rome, 26 November 2018 Giulio Colesanti and Roberto Nicolai
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Hey Classics people! Anyone in the graduating class of 2006? Trying to get back in touch with my people! This was me at the Eta Sigma Pi graduation party in 2006 in case you're wondering who on earth this "Vanessa Anne" is!