The Program in Classical Studies will introduce you to the literature, languages, history, culture, philosophy, politics, religion, mythology, art, and architecture of the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome and to the enormous impact of ancient Greece and Rome on the modern world. Courses in the Program of Classical Studies cover an extensive period of time from the Bronze Age through the Roman Empire and explore a variety of topics such as spectacle and sport, love and war, law and culture, Athenian tragedy and comedy, and ancient women and children. The Program also offers introductory, intermediate and advanced Ancient Greek and Latin courses.
You can earn degrees in either Classics, where the focus is on the Greek and Latin languages, or in Classical Studies, where the focus is on Greek and Roman literature, culture, and history (and courses in the Greek and Latin languages are, in most cases, optional). Latin is still taught in some high schools (and elementary schools) in Canada and the United States, and you can also earn a BEd Classical Studies (Latin) at York. For more details on teaching Latin in Ontario, see the website of the Ontario Classical Association under Students/TEACH LATIN.
The study of the classical world will develop excellent critical, analytical, and logical reasoning skills while teaching you how to make rational arguments and express them clearly. With these skills, you'll be well prepared for a career in law, teaching, librarianship, museum work or for graduate school. You can also engage with your professors and fellow students and learn about graduate school and future careers by joining the Classical Studies Students Association.
- Exciting York Summer Opportunity, Summer 2015, Archaeological Field School in Spain. The Department of History at York has developed a summer course to be run in May/June 2015 on "Roman Spain: Archaeology & History." The course is taught in English and can be taken for credit towards a Classical Studies degree. The course involves two weeks of classes here at York (May 4-15) and then four weeks working on an archaeological dig at Cabrera de Mar, near Barcelona in Spain (May 18-June 12). Dr Alejandro Garcia Sinner, will run the course. He has dug at the site since 2006 and it formed the central focus of his PhD dissertation. Please see the poster. For more information, please contact Dr Sinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Roger S. Fisher has published a new book, Antigone v. Creon: Sophocles’s Antigone as a Courtroom Drama (Irwin Law, 2014). The book contains a groundbreaking new English translation of the play and offers an authoritative reading of the play as a work of legal literature. For more information, see the story in YFile December 10, 2014 "New book explores the legal themes in 'Antigone.'
- Donald G. Kyle (BA 1973). one of our York graduates, has published (2014) A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity (edited with Paul Christesen), Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Literature and Culture. Professor Kyle has a BA in History and Humanities from York University (1973) and a PhD from McMaster University (1981). He is the author of many articles on ancient sport and spectacle as well as several books: Athletics in Ancient Athens (1993), Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome (1998), History, Sport. The Only Woman in All Greece: Kyniska, Agesilaus, Alcibiades and Olympia (2003), and Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World (Winner of the 2008 Book Award of the North American Society for Sport History), 2007. He teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Department of History (Ancient Greece and Rome).
- Jonathan Edmondson has publshed (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy (edited with Christer Bruun, University of Toronto), Oxford University Press.
- Michael Herren has published (2014) an extensive annotated bibliography “Classics in the Middle Ages” with Oxford Bibliographies Online.
- William den Hollander (PhD History, York, 2012) recently published his dissertation as Josephus, the Emperors, and the City of Rome: from Hostage to Historian. The book is published by Brill in the series Ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
- PhD (History) student Chris Dawson has won the Crake Doctoral Fellowship at Mount Allison University for 2014-15
- Jonathan Edmondson gave the annual Hoyt Lecture in Classics at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia on March 18, 2014. He spoke on "Commodus in the Arena: Myth, Power and Public Spectacle in Imperial Rome".
- A revised paperback edition of Augustus, edited by Jonathan Edmondson, first published in August 2009, was released in March 2014 by Edinburgh University Press in the "Edinburgh Readings on the Ancient World" series. In Canada and the U.S. it is distributed by Oxford University Press.