The field of classics embraces all aspects of Greek and Roman culture from the prehistoric to the medieval period. The study of the Greek and Latin languages is essential to the discipline.

The undergraduate's primary aim in studying classics at the university is to learn Greek or Latin (or both) well enough to read the ancient authors in their original languages.

Through the study of classical literature in the original and in English translation, and through the study of other areas encompassed by the classics, such as ancient history, philosophy, art history, mythology, and rhetoric, a student gains an understanding of the culture and ideals of the classical world and their influence on the languages and institutions of Western civilization.

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Recent Submissions

  • Livia the Poisoner: Genesis of an Historical Myth 

    Calhoon, Cristina G. (University of California, Irvine, 1994)
    This dissertation examines the ambiguity with which Roman literary tradition has invested the figure of Livia, portrayed both as the embodiment of the virtues of the ancient Roman matron and as the prototype of the unscrupulous ...