The Department of Classics offers courses in ancient Mediterranean languages and literatures, including Greek, Latin, and Akkadian, as well as history, archaeology, science and medicine, and other aspects of the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, the Near East, and Egypt. Our courses also explore how these ancient civilizations continue to influence contemporary language, art, politics, and religion.

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.

The study of antiquity challenges us with different values, ideas, and perspectives. We are committed to free and open debate in a context of tolerance and respect. Along with our professional organizations, the Society for Classical Studies (see also here), the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, we condemn the misappropriation and misrepresentation of the history, peoples, images, and symbols of ancient Greece and Rome for ideologies of hatred and exclusion, particularly nationalism, racism, and white supremacy.


Join the student organization!

The Department of Classics has a student organization, Atlantis, that you are invited to join! Interested students are invited to join us for an open meeting in Mather House 100, this Saturday, October 2, at 6:30 PM (MH is the building between the Thwing and the large church on Euclid). Dr. Rachel...

Classics Major Completes SOURCE-Funded Research Project: “The Real Housewives of Pompeii”

Classics major Jillian White received SOURCE-funding to complete a research project this summer on women's' agency in the ancient city of Pompeii entitled "The Real Housewives of Pompeii." Dr. Evelyn Adkins, Assistant Professor of Classics, was her project mentor. Jillian will be presenting at SOURCE Intersections this coming Friday,...

Classics Day 2019

97 students from Benedictine High School, Shaker Heights High School, St. Edward High School, Bard High School Early College, and University School attended this year's Classics Day! We also had 13 volunteers, including 4 CWRU student volunteers from Atlantis (Dominica Rollins, Anna Anders, Jillian White, and Jillian Henkelmann). Students...