Department of Classics

Research Units

The Department has three research units which provide opportunities for specialized research in Classics. They are:

  • Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA)
    The Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICA) carries out multi-disciplinary archaeological research, conservation, and cultural resource management projects in the territory of ancient Greek colonies in southern Italy and on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. ICA was established as a research unit in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1974. Over the past 30 years, with major support from public and private sources, ICA has developed long-term projects to explore the agricultural hinterlands of ancient Metapontum and Croton in Italy and the territory and urban area of ancient Chersonesos in Crimea, Ukraine. ICA's publications and research have brought it international recognition as a leader in the study of rural populations in the Greek and Roman world.
  • Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP)
    The Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory is a graduate research program in the Department of Classics at University of Texas at Austin, the largest Classics program in the United States. PASP does not grant its own degrees, but provides graduate students in the UT program who are receiving broad training in all areas of Classical civilization with the opportunity to do specialized research at a high level in areas of Aegean and eastern Mediterranean prehistory and archaeology pertaining to inscribed or marked materials.
  • Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC)
    The Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) is a graduate research center of The University of Texas at Austin. It is housed in the Department of Classics, which boasts one of the top ranked graduate programs in Classical languages, Ancient History, and Classical Archaeology in North America. At the same time, because of its focus on the study of religion and of the Bible and its world, ISAC also works in cooperation with the Religious Studies Program of UT Austin. The Institute promotes the development of specialized graduate offerings and degree programs as well as faculty and graduate student research support.
  • Memoria Romana: Memory in Roman Civilization
    The project "Memoria Romana: Memory in Roman Civilization" has three principal and interrelated goals:  first, to study, on a more comprehensive and integrated basis than previously, the role of memory in various aspects of Roman culture - literature (incl. historiography), art, architecture, religion, and social and political history; second, to do so by employing and testing some perspectives, methods, and impulses from current work on Gedächtnisgeschichte, and by continuing to introduce this direction in historical scholarship, which has been centered largely in Germany and France, to scholars in other countries and, especially, more scholars of classical antiquity; and third, to provide financial support to Ph.D. students and others (on an international basis) to carry out work in this area and to highlight the role of Gedächtnisgeschichte by means of scholarly exchange, including conferences.