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The Classics Department

The Classics Department

The Department of Classics at the Claremont Colleges is an intercollegiate program, with faculty members from Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer.

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"I took a class with Professor Ken Wolf called Religious Tolerance in Medieval Spain [and] that class was everything I ever wanted out of my college experience."

The Department of Classics at the Claremont Colleges is an intercollegiate program, with faculty members from Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer.

The Classics Department offers a major and a minor in Classics and a major in Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS).

Classics is the study of the ancient Mediterranean world, including Greece, Rome, the Near East, and North Africa. The study of the Greco-Roman Classcis was the original liberal arts curriculum, and is the original interdisciplinary scholarly endeavor. Classicists are trained in the ancient languages as well as textual and literary criticism, history, archaeology, religion, and philosophy.  The study of the Ancient Greek and Latin constitutes the foundation of an education in the Classics. These two “dead” languages provide the medium through which Western literature, history, science, mathematics, and philosophy were originally formulated. The material record of the ancient Mediterranean is equally rich, providing insight into the origins of, among other things, religion and urban life.

Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) is the study of the Mediterranean and Near East in the periods known as Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages,  roughly from the third to the fifteenth centuries. Late Antiquity witnessed the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the rise of the "barbarian kingdoms" in the west, and the emergence and spread of of Islam in the east and south. Despite the competing political and religious claims of its opposing shores, the ties between the greater Latin, Greek, and Arabic cultures that shared the Mediterranean basin in the Middle Ages remained strong. Not only did each of these cultures identify with an Abrahamic religious tradition, but each saw itself as an heir to the rich secular traditions of the Greek, Roman, and Persian empires. Students of LAMS explore these fertile encounters from a fresh, multi-disciplinary perspective with appropriate attention to the original languages: Greek, Latin, and Arabic.

Michelle BerenfeldAssistant Professor of Classics (909) 607-3390Scott 207
Shane BjornlieAssociate Professor of History (909) 621-8840Kravis Center 208
Christopher ChinnAssociate Professor of Classics and Department Chair (909) 607-2926Pearsons 7
Sasha-Mae EcclestonPostdoctoral Fellow (909) 607-3286Pearsons 1
Ellen FinkelpearlHelen Chandler Garland Professor of Ancient Studies Professor of Classics (909) 607-3048Balch 305
Benjamin Keim (On Leave 2014-2015)Assistant Professor of Classics (909) 607-1820Pearsons 6
Richard McKirahanEdwin Clarence Norton Professor of Classics (909) 607-2912Pearsons 5
David RoselliAssociate Professor of Classics (909) 607-3058Balch 215
Jody ValentineVisiting Assistant Professor (909) 607-1820Pearsons 6
Kenneth WolfJohn Sutton Miner Professor of History (909) 607-3420Pearsons 8
Amy CrownAcademic Department Coordinator (909) 607-3452Pearsons 4

Mailing AddressPomona College, Classics, 551 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 607-3452

Fax(909) 621-8540

Campus LocationPearsons Hall 4