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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Congratulations to our Spring 2021 Graduates!

Photo of Lilly Hickox


Spotlight on Lilly Hickox, BAH '21. Undergraduate student presents two (2) projects at Inquiry@Queen's Conference.

Stone Relief from a Sarcophagus

Faculty News

Professor Cristiana Zaccagnino was interviewed by Alan Neal at CBC Radio Ottawa during his All in a Day podcast about Indiana Jones and the figure of the archaeologist 40 years after the film's release. The podcast episode 'Raiders of the Lost Ark: 40th Anniversary' aired on June 17th, 2021.  


Other Recent Faculty News

Classics Presents!

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

NEW! Upcoming Speaker: Tuesday, November 9th, Dr. Kelly Olson, "Dress and Adornment at the Roman Imperial Court"

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