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Sanjaya Thakur

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Sanjaya Thakur is associate professor and chair of the Classics Department at Colorado College, where he also holds the Judson Bemis Professorship in the Humanities.  Professor Thakur earned a B.S. from UCLA, double-majoring in Biology and Latin, two Master's degrees (Classical Studies and Classical Art/Archaeology) and a PhD from the University of Michigan.  He has led many study tours through Greece, Italy, and Spain and is an avid traveler.  He has held a number of national leadership positions in the field of Classical Studies, and currently is the chair of the Committee on Diversity in the Profession for the Society for Classical Studies.

Professor Thakur is the Director of the Classical Summer School at the American Academy in Rome (2021-23). He has published numerous articles, primarily on the literature and history of the age of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. He teaches a wide range of courses on Greek and Roman history, Latin language and literature, ancient athletics, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, and Greek and Roman art and archaeology. He has also co-directed and organized am Associated Colleges of the Midwest seminar in advanced interdisciplinary learning (SAIL), entitled Mediterranean Trivium, based in Italy.

Upcoming Tours

Italy’s Amalfi Coast: A One-Week Stay in Vietri sul Mare

9 days | Starting at: $5,090
Apr 26, 2023 - May 4, 2023
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The Italian Riviera: A One-Week Stay on the Ligurian Coast

9 days | Starting at: $4,790
Sep 2, 2023 - Sep 10, 2023
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