What is Classics and Archaeology?

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. Archaeology is the study of ancient (and more recent) societies through the remains of their material culture. The methods of archaeology are many (excavation, remote sensing, surface survey, imaging, chemical and physical analysis to name a few) and can be applied to any area and period. The study of the physical remains of the Greek and Roman cultures and of the many other cultures that interacted with them is called Classical Archaeology.

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.


 ACCEPTING applications for graduate studies in Classics and Archaeology for 2023-2024   

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Lisa Maher

Special Guest Speaker

The School of Environmental Studies and The Department of Classics & Archaeology Present Dr. Lisa Maher! For more details, please see the poster HERE!

Persistent Places: A Comparative Geoarchaeological Approach to Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Landscapes

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Ellis Hall, room 319


Classics & Archaeology Newsletter!

Classics & Archaeology is excited to present our Annual Newsletter! 2023 was full of excitement but was not without its trials! 

To read all about what went on in 2023, be sure to click HERE for the full Newsletter!

Bjorn Bols


Spotlight on Bjorn Bols!

Graduate student, Bjron Bols, interviewed by CFRC-FM, Queen's Campus Radio on Ancient Greek Wrestling. 

CERES 2024

CERES Journal Launch & Conference

Join us on Monday, April 8th, for the launch of CERES Volume VI!

The conference will be held between 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM in Watson 517. There will be a brief intermission period at 3:00 for the Eclipse and we are excited to announce that Dr. Daryn Lehoux will be providing a brief talk about the eclipse. The conference will be divided up into two sessions where the authors will have a chance to present their research, followed by a brief question period. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more details, view our POSTER!


Faculty News

The Classics Association of Canada is presently underway! 

Panel 1A: Tuesday, May 14th, 8:30-10:30
Dr. Carbon - New epigraphic perspectives on Greek and Roman sports and spectacles

Panel 2A: Tuesday, May 14th, 11:00-12:30
Dr. Skaltsa: New light on an old inscription (IG XII 9, 239): a ‘glocal’ association of athletes at Eretria?

Panel 5D: Wednesday, May 15th, 8:30-10:30
Dr. Poletti: Dionysius, Timaeus, and the Trojan Penates. Notes on Ant. Rom. 1.67

Panel 8C: Wednesday, May 15th, 4:15-5:45
Dr. Skaltsa: Hellenistic Panathenaic amphoras from a monumental public building in the ancient city of Rhodes

To read the Program, please click HERE!

Location: Quebec City
Date: May 13th - 16th, 2024

Joshua Paul

Classics and Archaeology Presents...

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

Upcoming Speaker:

Classics and Archaeology Presents... Dr. Joshua Paul on Wednesday, March 27th, at 2:30 pm in Watson Hall - Room 517!

We hope to see you there!