Home Academics Classical Mediterranean and Middle East About About Classical Mediterranean and Middle East Classical Mediterranean and Middle East Classical Mediterranean and Middle East About About About Home Department Updates Department Newsletter Majors & Minors Majors & Minors Majors & Minors Home Where to Start Designing a Major Declaring a Major Honors Program Course Descriptions Course Descriptions Course Descriptions Home Course Syllabi Class Schedules Faculty & Staff Student Opportunities Student Opportunities Student Opportunities Home Fellowships, Scholarships and Grants Jobs and Internships Arabic Study Away Study Away Study Away Home Semester Programs January Programs Student Experience After Macalester Old Main, Room 311 651-696-6376 [email protected] The department of the Classical Mediterranean and Middle East is largely interdisciplinary, and engages with the diverse cultures and civilizations of the ancient and modern world. CMME Students at Macalester have the opportunity to examine texts in Arabic, Hebrew, Greek or Latin; reconstruct cities and settlements from Rome to Israel through archaeological and architectural analysis; and study and interpret materials from myth to mosaics—all with the purpose of assessing the crises, failures and successes of the complex, multicultural worlds of the ancient Mediterranean. As scholars of the classical Mediterranean and Middle East, students interpret evidence in its historical context and develop a deep linguistic, literary, cultural, religious and material knowledge of this region in antiquity. Classics provides a place for the critical analysis of ancient and foreign cultures and how their stories and histories have been received and retold in the shaping of the modern world. Above all, Classics helps students enter and engage sympathetically with a worldview different from their own, and aids in the development of their skills in writing, critical reading, language acquisition, and argumentation.