WHAT You’ll LEARN

  • Historical perspectives on the challenges of living in a multiethnic world
  • Impact of the ancient world on the modern
  • Values of ancient Mediterranean civilizations
  • Ancient Greek or Latin and their impact on English
  • How to synthesize different types of evidence, including text and image

WHO YOU COULD BE

  • Author
  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Photographer
  • Assistant attorney general
  • Risk management specialist

OVERVIEW

What makes us human? Should the needs of the many take priority over the needs of the few or the one? What place should immigrants have in our society? What does the divine want from us, and should this be a concern of the state? Courses in classics allow students to explore how the ancient Greeks and Romans wrestled with such questions, and point us to age-old answers and unimagined possibilities.

Studying the languages, literature, myth, history, and art of the ancient Mediterranean world helps students explore what is distinctive about that world and what links it to our modern one. Courses in a diverse range of subjects encourage students to confront their own values and to better understand the cultural assumptions of our present world. Course topics include Greek and Latin literature (in the original languages and translation), ancient religions including early Judaism and Christianity, and gender and sexuality.

 

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ALUMNI
Christine Mellick-Miller ’13

"The rule-based reasoning, memorization, and all the pages I wrote—both for the classics department and the other humanities departments—have been absolutely invaluable during my three years of law school."