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Department of Classics

Welcome to the Department of Classics at Florida State University!



The Department of Classics at Florida State University is the oldest in Florida and has emerged as one of the leading centers of classical studies in the United States. The faculty in Classics is distinguished in teaching and research. Several members of the faculty have received university and national teaching awards. The department boasts special strengths in many areas of classical studies, including archaeology, ancient history, and Latin and Greek literature. The Department also plays an important role in training Latin teachers for the schools.

The Department offers students the intimacy of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a large state university. There is an enthusiastic community of approximately 80 majors and 45 graduate students. There are a variety of student organizations, including the Archaeology Club and Eta Sigma Phi.

We are pleased to welcome Professor Susan Rotroff as the Spring 2016 Langford Family Eminent Scholar. Professor Rotroff is the Jarvis Thurston & Mona Van Duyn Professor Emerita at Washington University - St. Louis. She is well known for her work on ancient ceramics and their social context, among other aspects of Classical Archaeology. Professor Rotroff is offering an undergraduate course on Ancient Sanctuaries and a graduate seminar on Greek Sculpture in its Context. We also welcome Professor Robert Lamberton, Professor Emeritus at Washington University - St. Louis, for the Spring 2016 term. Professor Lamberton is an expert in Greek epic, and is offering a graduate course on Hesiod.

The Department of Classics is also pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sarah Craft (PhD, Brown University) as the first Post-Doctoral Fellow in Classics. Dr. Craft’s fields of expertise include the Late Antique world, travel in Antiquity, and the landscape of Early Christianity in the Roman World.



Post-Doctoral Fellowship position


The Department of Classics announces its second Postdoctoral Fellowship for a two-year, non-renewable, period beginning August 2016. In addition to engagement with the undergraduate and graduate students and participation in the research program of the Department, the duties of the position shall include a teaching load of 2 courses each term, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The salary is set at $45,000 per annum; if eligible under ACA requirements, health insurance benefits are available. This position is open only to those who have received the Ph.D. after January 1, 2012; the Ph.D. must be in hand by July 1, 2016 (this is a requirement of the University and is not negotiable).

We seek an individual whose innovative research in Classics emphasizes Latin epic and its broader contexts. We are particularly interested in connections to historical thought and writing. The successful candidate will have a research program that complements those of existing faculty. In addition, we seek someone who will have an interest in participating in a conference (in the planning stages) on “Epic and History at Rome” to be held during the two-year period of this fellowship.

Applicants must apply through FSU’s OMNI system at (click on “Browse Job Openings” and search for Job ID #39846). Applicants should upload in a single PDF file a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample (a dissertation chapter or an article). Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Department at All materials should be received by March 7, 2016. Please address questions about this position to Professor Daniel J. Pullen, Chair, at We will arrange for interviews via Skype later in the Spring term. 

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