Department Overview


The University at Buffalo Department of Classics, the only department of Classics in the State University of New York system, offers programs of study at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels. Students have the chance to study with nationally prominent scholars in a collegial, friendly program with many opportunities for research and travel.  We offer a comprehensive Classics program with particular strengths in the following areas:



The department offers a strong interdisciplinary basis for the study of Roman culture in its many aspects, including archaeology, history, literature, rhetoric, aesthetics, linguistics, numismatics, and epigraphy.

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Faculty Participants:

Neil Coffee:  Epic poetry, Roman imperial literature and culture

John Dugan: Latin literature; prose and poetry of the late Republic; Greek and Roman rhetoric and oratory; ancient and modern literary theory and aesthetics; Cicero.

Stephen L. Dyson:  History and archaeology of the City of Rome, archaeology of Roman Italy and the western empire, history and theory of archaeology, Roman social history, the Roman countryside.

Martha Malamud:  Imperial Latin Literature, Roman Epic, Late Antique Literature, Reception of Classical Literature

Roger Woodard: Roman religion, Mythology, Classical linguistics, Italic

Affiliated Roman Culture Faculty:

Jerold C. Frakes: Professor of English:  Medieval European Literatures

Donald T. McGuire, jr.: Latin Imperial Poetry, Epic Poetry, Greek and Roman History and Historiography, History of Architecture, and Modern Popular Culture and the Ancient World




The department offers comprehensive training in both Greek and Roman archaeology, providing multiple opportunities for students to participate in active field projects.

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Gournia Excavations, Crete 

Faculty Participants:

Bradley A. Ault: Greek, Cypriot, and Roman art and archaeology; houses and households; cities and urbanism, agriculture and the ancient countryside.

Stephen L. Dyson: History and archaeology of the City of Rome, archaeology of Roman Italy and the western empire, history and theory of archaeology, Roman social history, the Roman countryside.

Affiliated Archaeology Faculty:
Peter Biehl: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Neolithic and copper-age Europe and Middle East, archaeological method and theory

Timothy Chevral:  Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Archaeology of iron-age and medieval Scandinavia; complex societies

L. Vance Watrous: Professor, Department of Visual Studies; Adjunct Professor
Aegean prehistory; Greek art

Ezra Zubrow:  Professor, Department of Anthropology
Archaeological theory; GIS applications in archaeology; Nordic archaeology


The department offers innovative, interdisciplinary training in uncovering and interpreting the social and political history of the Greeks from the early Archaic age to the Roman period.

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Faculty Participants:

Carolyn Higbie: Greek poetry and poetics, Greek epic tradition, Greek archaeology and epigraphy

David A. Teegarden: Greek history, ancient Greek democracy, social scientific theory

Roger Woodard:  Greek Literature, Indo-European Myth and Religion, Linguistics

Affiliated Greek History Faculty:

James J. Bono: Department of History: the cultural history of science and medicine during the Renaissance and early modern periods; the history of the body and sexuality; the role of metaphor and narrative in science; and the function of technologies of communication in the production and dynamics of knowledge and culture.


The department offers multiple opportunities for students to participate in large-scale, active research projects in the emerging and exciting field of digital Classics, such as the Tesserae Project and the Ancient Greek Political Ecology Project.  The Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo strongly supports Digital Humanities work at UB, providing funding and organization for working groups and individual projects. Opportunities are available to undergraduates through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

Faculty Participants:

Neil Coffee:  classics and computing (Tesserae Project, DH 2011 Abstract)

David A. Teegarden: macro political analyses of the ancient Greek world

Affiliated Faculty:

Jean-Pierre Koenig: Professor, Department of Linguistics


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About the University at Buffalo:


The University at Buffalo (popularly referred to as “UB”) is one of four “university centers” within the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system. UB is New York’s premier public institution for graduate and professional education, as well as the state’s largest and most comprehensive public university, with a student body of ca. 27,000 students, including ca. 18,000 undergraduates and ca. 9,000 graduate and professional students. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, The University at Buffalo stands in the first rank of the nation’s research-intensive public universities.

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About Buffalo and the Western New York region:


The City of Buffalo, with a population of ca. 1.1 million in its greater metropolitan area, is the second largest city in the state of New York and the economic and cultural hub of the Western New York region. Though a small, livable city, Buffalo boasts many of the advantages of much larger urban areas, including world-class cultural institutions, a vibrant arts scene, and major-league sports teams. The Western New York region offers excellent recreational opportunities, including camping, boating, and skiing. The Niagara River, with its world-famous Niagara Falls, forms the border between Western New York and Ontario, with Toronto, one of the largest and most captivating cities in North America, a two-hour drive from Buffalo.

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