Classical Studies

The Department of Classical Studies is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the societies of ancient Greece and Rome and the ancient Mediterranean. Our faculty offer a wide array of courses in languages and literature, archaeology, history, mythology, and religion.  Courses in Classical Civilization require no knowledge of Latin and Greek and range from introductory lecture courses to smaller seminars that consider critical approaches and scholarship central to the study of the ancient world.

The Department offers two major programs, CLASSICS and CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION, both of which involve the study of all facets of the ancient world.  Students in both majors need to learn at least one of the classical languages, but the Classics major puts more emphasis on reading texts in the original.


FIELD TRIP TO THE MET, November 2017

NYC trip


Jackson Barnet ('18): "From Democracy in Name to Democracy in Practice?  Contextualizing the Transition to Oligarchy of 411 BCE in Athens."

Brendan McGlone ('18): "Meetings with a Remarkable Manuscript:  A Study of a Late Medieval Collection of Latin Sermons."  

Katie Barnes ('18):  "The Not So Wild Country East of Dikte:  A Multivariate Analysis of Late Bronze Age East Cretan Tomb Assemblages."

Katie Barnes ('18) researches Bronze Age East Cretan burials

Ward Archibald ('17) translates and stages new production of the Bacchae

Beth Alexion '16 explores how the Athenian model of transitional justice could be implemented in modern war-torn communities.

Sarah Harper '16 analyzes 'magical realism" in Apuleius' Metamorphoses

Sarah McCully '16 researches ancient amulets and figurines from Ashkelon

Jack Spira '16 examines Traditions and Translations of the Iliad

Holt Akers-Campbell ’16 on methods of animal husbandry in the Roman Mediterranean and their lessons for modern practices