Ancient History and Classics (BA)

Ancient history and classics is an interdisciplinary major offered jointly by the Department of Classics and the Department of History. The major combines two areas of study which are closely related:

  • Classics is the study of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the people they directly affected.
  • Ancient history is the study of political, military and cultural events and developments the cultures and people of ancient Greece and Rome experienced over time, from the Bronze Age to the beginning of the Middle Ages.

The two fields intersect at many points. Both classics and ancient history involve the study of Greek and Roman political and social institutions such as religious practices and beliefs; laws and legal procedures; the organization of states; the conduct of warfare; expressions of gender, sexuality, age and class; and Greek and Roman art, architecture, science and technology. Both fields rely on the written and material remains of Greek and Roman culture that are preserved through manuscripts on papyrus, parchment and paper; inscriptions on stone and metal; and abundant archaeological material.

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Graduates in classics find their marketable skills considerably enhanced by their humanities education. A major in classics, Greek or Latin in coordination with a minor in another subject and relevant specialized course work provides excellent preparation for a career in medicine, business, law, education, politics, government, media, publishing and many other areas of employment.

courses you might take:

GREEK 2103 : The Greek Historians

Readings from Herodotus, Thucydides or Xenophon.

LATIN 2106 : Roman Comedy

Readings from the comedies of Plautus and Terence.

HISTORY 2213 : The Ancient Mediterranean City

Cities in the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome, with an emphasis on their physical form and historical importance.

HISTORY 3220 : The Rise of the Roman Republic

An advanced survey of Rome's history from the foundation of the city to the establishment of the Republic's Mediterranean Empire, ca 150 B.C.



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