The classical studies department approaches the ancient Mediterranean world through the humanistic disciplines of language and literature, history and philosophy, and art and archaeology.
Mt. Parnassos above Delphi
After an arduous hike up the steep slopes of Mt. Parnassos, DePauw students perch 800 feet above Apollo's marble shrine and ponder the whim of the gods while yearning for some hometown Marvin's goodness.
A Roman Centurion
Prof. Foss re-enacts the tinnitus (ringing in the ears—it's Latin onomatopoiea) Roman officers would experience after being whacked on the helmet by the club of a Gaulish barbarian.
DePauw Students in Roman Jerusalem
In Jerusalem, DePauw students walk the Roman streets below the walls of the Temple Mount built by Herod.
This curriculum focuses on some of the greatest works of the human spirit. It develops logical and creative thought and demands sophisticated analysis of Greek and Roman literary works and cultural monuments. Students in classical studies study overseas in Italy, Greece and Turkey, and regularly participate in archaeological excavations. Classical studies offers majors and minors in Greek, Latin or classical civilization, as well as a minor in classical archaeology. Classical studies majors pursue careers in law, medicine, business, journalism, government, education, theater and the arts.
Greek and Latin at all levels; Greek Civilization; Aegean, Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology; Greek and Roman Mythology; Ancient Mediterranean World; Impact of Empire; Greek and Roman Law; Archaeology of Ancient Israel