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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2024 Excavations

Classics & Archaeology is excited to announce the Summer 2024 Excavations!

All 3 locations are now accepting applications! Click the links below to find out more!


Don't forget to apply for our Travel Awards!


Temple of Apollo

Plan Selection!

Are you considering a Major in Classics & Archaeology?

To review our Plan options click the link: Major/Minor/Joint Honours

Symposium Speakers

Exhibition - Antiquities through Modern Eyes!

The Antiquity Through Modern Eyes Symposium, hosted by Professor Cristiana Zaccagnino (Classics & Archaeology) and Professor Emy Kim (Art Conservation), was a great success! The Exhibition will be on display at Kingston City Hall from April 2023 to March 2024!

To read more about the Exhibition and the Diniacopoulos Collection, please visit our website by clicking HERE!

Bjorn Bols


Spotlight on Bjorn Bols!

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

Paint Night

Paint Night!

The CAGC will be holding its second event of the year, Paint Night!

Date: Friday, Nov 24
Time: 4:30-8:30!

See the Poster for Details!

We hope to see you there!

Dionysius and the City of Rome

Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. Beatrice Poletti who has recently published her book Dionysius and the City of Rome!

To view the publication, click HERE!

Photo of the Rieti Valley in Italy - green fields dotted with trees, with a small lake and mountains in the distance.

Classics and Archaeology 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 and Archaeology Presents... Dr. Jitse H.F. Dijkstra on Wednesday, October 22nd, at 2:30 pm in Watson Hall - Room 217!

We hope to see you there!