Classics

Dan-El Peralta Undocumented Book Cover

Dan-el Padilla Peralta feels an unusual connection to the former prisoners he taught this summer as part of Columbia’s Justice-in-Education initiative.

Charles Anthon Columbia University
Charles Anthon (CC’1815, LLD’1831) was a major American figure in the field of classics during the 19th century although his reputation has since receded into history. Learn more about why a professorship is named after him.

Giovanni di Paolo

Teodolinda Barolini was beguiled the first time she encountered the poetry of Dante’s Divine Comedy in high school.

Stathis Gourgouris, a professor of classics, English and comparative literature who directs the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, believes that antiquity has relevance to contemporary life. In the classroom he strives to make connections across centuries and regions.  

Dennis Tenen, an assistant professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia, has an unusual background for a humanities scholar.

Suicide of Ajax, by Exekias

The examination of mental disorders would seem to be the almost exclusive domain of psychiatrists and psychologists, not humanities scholars. Yet William V. Harris, the William R.