Study the Ancient Civilizations of Greece and Rome

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greek and Roman Studies continues to operate remotely during our regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday).

In-person service is not being provided at our campus location. The best way to connect with the department is by email: 
GreekAndRomanStudies@cunet.carleton.ca or

andrea.mcintyre@carleton.ca
For the most up to date campus information, please visit Carleton’s COVID-19 information website.

 

Greek and Roman Studies (also known as Classics) is the study of the Ancient civilization of Greece and Rome, which dominated the Mediterranean world for over a thousand years. Many of the things we take for granted—from literary forms such as tragedy and comedy to our system of laws and ideal of democratic government—have their origins in Ancient Greece and Rome.

The 'Tholos' temple of Athena Pronoia, at Delphi, Greece. 380—360 B.C.E.

The ‘Tholos’ temple of Athena Pronoia, at Delphi, Greece. 380—360 B.C.E.

Read Greek Literature — Study Roman History — Discover Classical Art

Greek and Roman studies opens a window into a fascinating world that, although very different from our own, is at the same time very familiar. Archaic Greece and Imperial Rome are far-removed from us, but we still remember the names of Achilles and Hector, Caesar and Cleopatra, and their stories still inspire us. As students of an entire civilization, Classicists study all aspects of Ancient culture.

  • Literature
  • History
  • Art and Architecture
  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Science and Technology
  • Mythology
  • Religion
  • Politics
  • Social and Economic life
  • Philosophy
Roman gravestone sculpture. British Museum.

Roman gravestone sculpture. British Museum.

Master Ancient Greek and Latin

Classics students enjoy the challenge of learning Ancient Greek and Latin, and gain deep insight from reading texts in their original languages. At Carleton students also have the opportunity to study other Ancient languages, such as Old Norse or Syriac, and contemporary languages with Ancient roots, such as Hebrew and Arabic.

The earliest Medieval manuscript of Homer's Iliad

The earliest Medieval manuscript of Homer’s Iliad

Visit Ancient sites or go on an Archaeological Dig

Greek and Roman studies students don’t just read about Ancient Civilizations. They have the opportunity to take courses that include trips to Greece or Italy, or tour Greek and Roman sites in places like Britain, France, or the Middle East. They can also gain course credit for taking part in actual archaeological excavation around the Mediterranean.

Carleton Greek and Roman Studies students in Knossos, Crete.

Carleton Greek and Roman Studies students in Knossos, Crete.

What you will study