The study of Classics is a dynamic, multifaceted discipline engaged in the exploration of a remarkably multicultural part of the world—the ancient Mediterranean—from early pre-history to Late Antiquity. Our goal is to fully understand the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome in the context of the wider Mediterranean basin, an area of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity.

Faculty

Our faculty are scholars and researchers, who publish widely, translate texts, and guest lecture at conferences and other educational institutions. They work closely with students to develop their scholarship, critical thinking skills and capacity to understand how ancient cultures and civilizations influence contemporary society.

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The study of Classics is a dynamic, multifaceted discipline engaged in the exploration of a remarkably multicultural part of the world—the ancient Mediterranean—from early pre-history to Late Antiquity.

Our goal is to fully understand the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, in the context of the wider Mediterranean basin—an area of religious, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. As a deliberate strategy, Classical scholarship engages with literature, drama, art, politics, philosophy, archaeology, and history. We are therefore inherently interdisciplinary and inclusive in our approach to understanding the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome as completely as possible.

south face, Erichtheion

At the same time, we are keenly aware of the role that Classical culture and the scholarship that surrounds it has played in the production of modern institutions, forms of power, and aesthetic standards in the modern West.  We regard it as our particular challenge to both recognize the enduring value of the cultural productions of ancient Greece and Rome and to question their deployment in the modern world. By studying ancient Greece and Rome in all their complexity, we can better understand—and critique—the structures of power that have claimed them as ancestors.

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Classics News

A girl laying in the grass in the park.

This Week in Photos: A Walk in the Park

September 25, 2020
On any given day a walk through Tappan Square could lead to a performance, art exhibit, or even a wedding day photo shoot. On this day the park is many things for many people.

Classics Facilities

Art Library

Clarence Ward Art Library

A visual feast for those who love art and the creative process, the Clarence Ward Art Library has more than 110,000 books, exhibition catalogs, and bound periodicals, as well as about 250 journals.
King Building

King Building

King Memorial Building is the main classroom building for social sciences, humanities, math, and computer science classes.