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Department of ClassicsClassics 199 in Delphi, Greece.

The Department of Classics offers courses in Greek and Latin languages and classical literature, as well as ancient history and other aspects of classical culture and life. The department acquaints students with the cultural achievements of the classical world that have served as the basis for Western society.

The study of classical antiquity can serve as a strong base for a liberal arts education, and can be a rewarding supplement to any field, regardless of the student’s eventual career goals. A major or minor in classics can especially enrich programs in law, medicine, philosophy, religion and history.



Dr. Mary-Kay Gamel Giving Annual City Dionysia Keynote Address

Date posted: October 29th, 2014

The annual City Dionysia keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Mary-Kay Gamel, Professor of Classics, Comparative Literature, and Theatre at University of California Santa Cruz on Friday, November 14, 4:30pm in Clark 309. Her lecture is titled, “Metamorphoses Medea.”

Dr. Vladimir L. Marchenkov Coming to Speak at CWRU

Date posted: October 29th, 2014

Dr. Vladimir L. Marchenkov, Professor of Aesthetics and Theory at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University will be speaking on “Magic, Fable, and Opera: Monteverdi and the Quest for Immortality” at the World Literature Colloquium on Wednesday, November 5, 6:00pm – 7:30pm in Guilford 323.

World Literature Colloquium Series Begins Oct 20

Date posted: October 15th, 2014

The first World Literature Colloquium of the 2014-2015 academic year will be a lecture by Associate Professor of English, Sarah Gridley, entitled “Hic Sunt Dracones: Deep Edges in Eliade, Tolstoy, and Atwood.” It will be held on October 20 at 4:30 in Clark 206.

Registration for the Ohio Classical Conference at CWRU

Date posted: October 15th, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Ohio Classical Conference will be held in conjunction with the City Dionysia on November 14-15, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The registration form is now available for download.  Please click this link to access the registration form and additional information regarding the meeting. [...Read more]


The Classics Department is offering two exciting study abroad opportunities for students in the spring of 2015. Read more about studying in Athens and Rome here.

The New Yorker pays tribute to Cambridge Classicist, Mary Beard, in “The Troll Slayer.”

Ancient Tomb Discovered by Archaeologists in Greece. Read the full story here.

Graduate Students are encouraged to apply to the 2015 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program. Applications are due 12/1/2014.



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