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The Program in Classical Studies will introduce you to the literature, languages, history, and culture 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 elementary, 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. Did you know that a degree in Classics is one of the best preparations for doing well on the LSATs (see "The Best Prospective Law Students Read Homer")? Did you know that Classical Studies and Classics are excellent preparations for all sorts of exciting and interesting careers (See "What can I do with my Degree in Classics or Classical Studies?").


  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015, York Orientation Day. 



  • Congratulations to Sarah Veale (Classical Studies 2015) on being awarded the Vanier College Convocation Prize in Classical Studies 2015. This prize is awarded to Vanier College students who graduate summa cum laude, who have made outstanding contribution to the life of Vanier College and to York University, and who have received the highest grade point average in Classical Studies. Sarah will be embarking on graduate studies in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, and she has been awarded a graduate scholarship from SSHRC.
  • Announcing the courses offered by the Program in Classical Studies in SU 2015 and F/W 2015-16 (the list is located in the shaded box to the left -- click Course Timetables).
  • Congratulations to Sarah-Jayne Lucas on winning the 2015 Archaeological Institute of America Joseph and Maria Shaw Student Summer Travel Fellowship to participate in the University of Alberta summer archaeological dig at Ossaia near Cortona in Italy.
  • Prof. Jonathan Edmondson has publshed (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy (edited with Christer Bruun, University of Toronto), Oxford University Press. For more information, see the story in YFile March 24, 2015 "Inscription guide lights path through Roman world."
  • Prof. Jaclyn Neel has published Legendary Rivals: Collegiality and Ambition in the Tales of Early Rome (Brill, 2015). For more information see the publisher's website at ( .
  • Sarah Veale (a Classical Studies major) has been awarded the F/W 2014-2015 York University Faculty Association Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, which is given to students with the highest GPA in their faculties.  
  • Prof. 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).
  • Prof. Michael Herren has published (2014) an extensive annotated bibliography “Classics in the Middle Ages” with Oxford Bibliographies Online.
  • 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.


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