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From Mythology to Feminism, from Greek and Latin Literature to Greek and Roman History and Archaeology, the Classical Studies Faculty at Purdue University offers broad expertise in Classics. CLCS courses (readings in English) are taught exclusively by faculty; language courses (LATN and GREK) are taught by faculty and highly experienced graduate students. Undergraduate Classics students at Purdue enjoy the opportunity to study with outstanding teachers who are leading authorities in the field.


The Classics Faculty at Purdue pursue productive and remarkably diverse research interests. Keith Dickson is the author of Nestor: Poetic Memory in Greek Epic  (Garland 1995), and Stephanus the Philosopher: Commentary on Galen’s Therapeutics to Glaucon (Brill 1998), along with articles on comparative world mythology, epic, ancient medicine, and ancient magic. Elizabeth Mercier teaches etymology and Latin and Greek language at all levels. She has presented papers on Roman roads, medieval secular Latin poetry, and curse tablets from Roman Britain. She is currently working with medieval Latin manuscripts through the Pontifical Institutes in Toronto and Rome. Erin Moodie specializes in ancient drama and satire and has published articles on Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, and Juvenal. She is the author of Plautus’  Poenulus: A Student Commentary  (University of Michigan Press 2015), which won the 2018 Ladislaus L. Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. She is currently writing a book about subversive metatheater in ancient comedy. Nicholas Rauh has published extensively in Greek and Roman History, and Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology. He co-directs a survey project on the south coast of Turkey, and is​ the author of The Sacred Bonds of Commerce. Religion, Economy, and Trade Society at Hellenistic Roman Delos, 166-87 BC (Gieben 1993), Merchants, Sailors, and Pirates in the Roman World  (Tempus 2003), and A Short History of the Ancient World (Toronto, 2017).

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