What is Classics?

Classics refers to the study of the Greek and Roman worlds.  Multi-disciplinary in approach, it involves the studies of history, literature, archaeology, religion, mythology, drama and philosophy, in addition to the ancient languages of Greek and Latin. Today our understanding of Greek and Roman culture is further enhanced by the latest digital techniques that increasingly pervade studies in archaeology, epigraphy, papyrology, and ancient science and medicine.  At Queen’s, students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the latest techniques by participating in one of two archaeological excavations supervised by our own faculty, or through a variety of projects and assignments.  

It can be said that studying Classics can lead to a wider appreciation of human values and achievements, and a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times.  Our undergraduates have gone on to a variety of occupations and have been accepted into graduate programs nationally and internationally.

Feel free to contact any of our faculty (see our Faculty page for our experts listings), or come visit us in the department with questions you have about our courses and programs.


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Temple of Apollo

Choose Classics for your Degree!

Classics is now open for Plan selection!

Please see our options for Major/Medial/Minor

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MA students learn about ancient coins from Diniacopoulos Collection

On Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Professor Cristiana Zaccagnino (Classics) and Professor Emy Kim (Art Conservation) held their second workshop about ancient coins from the Diniacopoulos Collection with their graduate students.

Emily Croft


Spotlight on Emily Croft                    Graduate student, Emily Croft, interviewed on the Classical Studies program at Queen's University.

"Eupronios Krater" - ancient vase with handles

MA Symposium

The Annual Classics MA Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 9:00am-4:00pm - all are welcome to attend!

Stone Relief from a Sarcophagus

Faculty News

The Department was well represented at the CAC 2022 Annual Meeting at Western University in London: 

Professor Jan-Mathieu Carbon and Cristiana Zaccagnino gave a joint paper on their research on birds and Professor Reeves presented on graffiti from Humayma, Jordan.  Our graduate student Andrew Field delivered a paper on his research on Theocritus. Full information about the conference and the abstracts can be found here: https://www.uwo.ca/classics/news/conferences/cac2022.html 

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Classics Presents...

The Colloquium Speaker Series is an ongoing series of talks by Professors from other universities discussing their own areas of specialization.

Upcoming Speaker:
Classics Presents... Dr. Roberta Stewart (Professor, Department of Classics, Dartmouth College) on Monday, March 28th @ 4:30pm (on Zoom).

Employment Opportunities


TEACHING POSITION AVAILABLE – Adjunct Position #3 Fall 2022

CLST 214 Ancient Science

Department of Classics

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON CAN K7L 3N6

The Department of Classics at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching courses in the following: Ancient Science; CLST 214 taught in the fall term with an estimated enrolment of around 100 students.   Candidates should have a Ph.D, and teaching experience at the university level in Classics.  This is a fall term appointment for the period September 1st, 2022, to Dec 31st, 2022, with classes in session from September 6th, 2022 to December 5th, 2022.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during this process, please contact: Judy Vanhooser, Departmental Administrator, jv1@queensu.ca.

The academic staff at Queen's University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/queens-qufa-collective-agreement.

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Applications should include a complete and current curriculum vitae, letters of reference from two (2) referees, and letter of intent identifying the position for which you are applying. Other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a teaching dossier are welcome. Please arrange to have applications and supporting letters sent directly to:

Dr. Daryn Lehoux, Head

Department of Classics

Queen’s University

Email classics@queensu.ca

Applications will be received until May 27st 2022.  Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter, and the final appointment is subject to budgetary approval.  Additional information about the Department of Classics can be found at https://www.queensu.ca/classics/.



Course Description:

CLST 214  Ancient Science  Units: 3.00  

Ancient concepts of nature and of natural phenomena: what did the ancients (e.g. Babylonians and Greeks) know about the natural world and how did they come to know it?

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above.  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Posted: May 16 , 2022




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