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Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Welcome to Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) at Penn State!

CAMS is the study of cultures that arose and flourished around the Mediterranean basin (including Egypt, Greece, Rome, Anatolia, Israel, Mesopotamia, and North Africa) from ancient Mesopotamia (ca. 4000 BCE) to the end of Greco-Roman antiquity (ca. 600 CE). CAMS investigates the whole scope of the ancient Mediterranean world and trains students to interpret the linguistic, historical, and archaeological evidence of its cultures.

Committed to Diversity

The Department of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) at Penn State is devoted to fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all who study the ancient world. As an open and welcoming academic community, we embrace a view of the ancient Mediterranean and its legacies as the common heritage of all people, regardless of gender, color, race, nationality, religion, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

In keeping with our conviction that scholarship on antiquity benefits from a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, CAMS supports diversity in research areas, classroom activities, and above all in its membership, especially among groups historically under-represented in the field.

We affirm Penn State’s commitment as a public institution of higher education to effectively serve the members of our communities at all levels – on campus, across the state, and beyond – and we welcome the input of our students, colleagues, and friends as we pursue this goal.

Featured Graduate

McCarter selected as Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies marshal

Congratulations to William McCarter, our Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies major student marshal for spring 2021 commencement! A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, Will is graduating with a B.A. degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and a B.S. degree in Economics with minors in Business as well as Health Policy and Administration. Next year, he will attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Featured Graduate

Samantha Doleno

Congratulations to CAMS student Samantha Doleno, who has been selected the French and Francophone Studies major student marshal for spring 2021 commencement! A Paterno Fellow and Schreyer Scholar, Sam is graduating with B.A. degrees in History, French Language and Culture, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, as well as minors in Latin and Ancient Greek. Following graduation, Samantha plans to attend graduate school and ultimately earn her Ph.D. in classics.

Sept. 3, 2021: Dr. Jackie Murray (University of Kentucky) on Race in Greek and Roman Epic

Oct. 8, 2021: Dr. Nathan Pilkington (University of North Carolina Wilmington) on Carthage

Jan. 14, 2022: Dr. Bet Hucks (University of Heidelberg) on Roman Aegyptiaca

Feb. 11, 2022: Dr. Julia Rhyder (Harvard University) on Ritual in Early Judaism

Mar. 18, 2022: Dr. Jeremy Simmons (University of Maryland) on Long-Distance Trade in Antiquity

Apr. 15, 2022: Dr. David Lewis (University of Edinburgh) on War and Violence on Ancient Crete

Apr. 22, 2022: Dr. Mathura Umachandran (Cornell University) on New Trends in Classical Reception Studies

May 8, 2021
11:00 am
The CAMS Department will be hosting a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate our graduates. Click on this post for the Zoom link.
April 16, 2021
– April 18, 2021
This workshop, jointly organized by Anna Peterson (Penn State) and Janet Downie (UNC), will explore the relationship between lived space, society, and power and its depiction in Greek literature of the first three centuries C.E.