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.
- Congratulations to Matthew Clark (Humanities), who was recently promoted to the rank of (full) Professor.
- Congratulations to Sarah Blake (Humanities), who was recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
- Congratulations to Sarah Veale, winner of the 2012-2013 Classics Award at York University. This award is given annually to the most promising student in Latin or Greek.
- Congratulations to our Classical Studies students who are graduating this year and off to graduate school: Itay Avitzur (Brock University) and Leah Bernardo-Ciddio (Oxford University).
- Congratulations to Sarah Rowlands, who has finished her MA at Brock University and is moving to the University of Chicago to pursue a PhD.
- Michael Herren, Distinguished Research Professor, has been awarded a Research Prize from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation. The prize will enable him to begin work on the first complete edition of the oldest Latin-English dictionary, the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary, dated to the late seventh century.
- Professor Rob Tordoff has published Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama, a book that he co-edited with Ben Akrigg (Cambridge University Press).
- Professor Matthew Clark has published Exploring Greek Myth (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).