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Discovery of the ancient Mediterranean world and its enduring value.

Students who seek a degree in Classical Studies at DePauw develop a foundation of critical thinking, writing, analysis and interpretation skills that are critical for leadership positions in a wide variety of careers.

Classical Studies offer opportunities to approach the ancient world from multiple perspectives – literature, art, religion, ecology, history and society.

Courses & Majors


Greek and Latin, all levels, Greek and Roman Mythology, Ancient Greek World/Ancient Roman World, Classica Africana, Aegean, Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology


Classical Civilization (major or minor, Latin (major or minor), Classical Archaeology (minor), Greek (major or minor)


Soprintendenza Archeologica Dell'umbria          Penn Museum


  • Brown University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Indiana University
  • Washington University

Careers & Awards


Law, Museum curation, Journalism, Art conservation, Library science, Politics, Higher or secondary education, Writing


Asher Fund for Research in Humanities, Fulbright Award for Research in Macedonia (Seth Elder, 2008), The Etruscan Foundation Fieldwork Fellowship (Rebecca Kerns, 2017)



Seth Elder ’08, a Latin major and Greek minor, received a Fulbright award to conduct research in Macedonia. After returning to the United States, he worked in home restoration and became a site director for Indiana Landmarks. He worked as town manager for Dillsboro, Ind., from 2015-2017 and now runs his own company, Elder Restoration, which specializes in the restoration of historic windows.


Pedar Foss, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests include landscape archaeology, Roman art and archaeology and Latin literature. Co-editor with Rebecca Schindler of book reviews for the American Journal of Archaeology.

David Guinee, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests include Latin pedagogy, Latin epic poetry, late antiquity and myth. Smithsonian expert for study tours of Italy.

Jinyu Liu, Ph.D., Columbia University. Recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship (2011-2014); principal investigator of “Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid into Chinese with Commentaries,” a multi-year project sponsored by a National Social Science Fund of China major grant (2015-2020).

Kristin Mann, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests include fable collections, literature and culture of the Roman empire, gender and sexuality. Favorite class to teach is Sex and Gender in Greco-Roman Antiquity.

Rebecca Schindler, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Director of excavations for the Trasimeno Archaeological Field School in Umbria, Italy (2015-present). Research interests include Greeks in South Italy and Sicily, archaeological ethics and spatial analysis in archaeology.

Michael Seaman, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests include ancient history, ancient Greek and Roman warfare and historiography. Favorite classes to teach are ancient athletics and ancient warfare.

James Wells, Ph.D., Indiana University. Author of “Pindar’s Verbal Art: An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style.” Research interests are performance of ancient Greek poetry, translation, ecology and environment.

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