Classics (BA)

The Department of Classics concentrates on the study of languages, literature and cultures of Greece and Rome, focusing on Antiquity but including all periods from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece. This study is important, as the origins of western and much Near Eastern literature, philosophy, art, religion and social forms lay in the ancient world.

Department strengths lie in ancient religion and myth all the way to the Middle Ages; literary critical readings of antiquity from theoretical perspectives; epigraphy and Latin paleography (advanced by Ohio State’s Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies); and the diachronic Greek tradition.

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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:

CLAS 2220: Classical Mythology

Personalities and attributes of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, their mythology and its influence on Western culture.

CLAS 3103: Comic Spirit in Antiquity

Study of the comic literature of the Greco-Roman world based on extensive readings in English translation drawn from epic, drama, satire, and the novel.

CLAS 3408: Ancient Roman Religion

Study of religious life and institutions in the Roman Republic and Empire, with due attention to the primary sources, in translation, and their difficulties.

CLAS 2205: Sports and Spectacles in the Ancient World

The history and social role of gymnastic and athletic competition in Greece and Rome. The evolution of their modern revivals.



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