This working group brings together graduate students from classics, religious studies, and those in pre-modern studies more generally. The group will reflect on the history of classical philology to trace and problematize the emergence and institutionalization of classics as a discipline. What ruptures and what continuities can we see when we examine the history of philology and classics? What is the praxis of classical philology? How has philology been critiqued by philosophies of hermeneutics and literary criticism? How is philology a “shared” heritage? What are modern conceptions and re-conceptions of classics and philology? The group will meet fortnightly with specific readings to answer these questions.