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The Department of Classical Studies offers courses in the languages, literatures, history and archaeology of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. These two cultures are the intellectual, social, political, legal, scientific and artistic origin of Western civilization. Along with the Hebrew Bible, the scholarly study of these cultures is the original subject of university study. Their brilliance and beauty have not ceased to beguile and inform students for more than 2,000 years.

Classical studies encompasses all aspects of life in Greece and Rome. In addition to the aesthetic, spiritual, moral and intellectual value, classical studies has practical uses. The study of Latin is a proven key to communication skills in English and the Romance languages, and both Latin and Greek continue to be sources of technical concepts and vocabulary in all fields of study, from cybernetics to political economics.

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Photos courtesy of the VRoma Project (l to r): Head of Silvanus, crowned with pine, Museo Montemartini (from Via of the Imperial Fora), Rome (photo: Ann Raia); Trojan Horse, detail, terracotta amphora, Archaeological Museum, Mykonos (Photo: Barbara McManus); Mycenaean Woman, fragment, fresco, National Archaeological Museum, Athens (photo: Barbara McManus); Bust of Constantine, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome (Photo: R. Scaife).