Ancient Greek ruins.

Classics, Greek & Latin

Many of the foundations of Western culture—from literature and philosophy to art and architecture—can be traced to the early Greek and Roman civilizations. Majors in classical studies, Latin and Greek form a broad understanding of the richness and complexities of these cultures and the long reach of their influence.

The Original Liberal Arts

History, archaeology, literature, linguistics, politics, art, religion, mathematics—whatever your interests, chances are you can find a connection to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations through the Classics department curriculum. The Classics department also offers preparation for those interested in teaching Latin as well as Greek for pre-ministerial students.

Beyond the Classroom

The Classics department brings the ancients alive through a range of on-campus activities. You may thank Aristotle for the the three-act dramatic structure, then experience his principles at work by taking part in a Classics department reading or production of an ancient play. Trade your favorite Latin quips at the weekly Classics tea. Or enjoy a field trip to explore the classical collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

When in Rome, or Athens

Find yourself where Roman soldiers once marched or democracy was born; study abroad in Greece or Italy lets you experience places where vibrant modern cultures blend with the distant past. The department's affiliation with the Agora excavations in Athens offers a particularly exciting opportunity for a literally hands-on exploration of classical Greece.

From Ancient Civilizations to a 21st-Century Future

Grace McIntire '19 was awarded a National Latin Exam (NLE) New Latin Educators Scholarship. NLE scholarships are given to students who are earning a degree in Latin or classical studies with the intent to teach Latin.

Richard Bock '16 majored in history, classical studies, and archaeology and is currently in graduate school at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. At R-MC, Bock participated in the Athenian Agora excavations. He also traveled to Italy in conjunction with the course Italy Before the Romans, taught by Classics Professors John Camp II and Elizabeth Fisher. Travelers explored the great ruins and archaeological sites in Rome, such as the Forum and the Colosseum, and traveled throughout Pompeii, Syracuse and Agrigento.

With two M.A. degrees as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Drew Wilburn '96 is on the faculty at Oberlin College, where his research focuses on the archaeology of ancient magic in the Roman Mediterranean.