Classics is a small label for a discipline that explores all the significant aspects of the ancient Mediterranean world: archaeology, history, art and architecture, philosophy, belief-systems, literature and ancient languages. Its particular focus is upon the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome which had such a profound impact upon Western civilisation.
Classics has been taught at The University of Adelaide since its initial foundation (it has one of the two foundation Chairs, the Hughes Professor of Classics). The Department continues to contribute research to a range of international publications and collaborative projects, while offering a wide variety of undergraduate courses.
As researchers, the Department specialises in the study of Late Antiquity in both the Greek-speaking and Latin-speaking halves of the Roman empire. Our publications range from emotions and the representation of pain in Late Latin poetry, to Greco-Roman attitudes to body, mind, and health, to the material culture of the Late Roman Near East. Student evaluations of our teaching consistently place us among the top-ranking departments in the University of Adelaide.