The field of classics is dedicated to the study of the languages, literatures, history, art, ideas, myths, societies, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. As such, it is an inherently interdisciplinary field of study, grounded in the critical reading of Greek and Latin texts but involving the examination of all aspects of classical civilization and the ancient Mediterranean world. The program of the Classics Department at Lawrence emphasizes formal training in Greek and Latin, plus interdisciplinary engagement with topics in classical civilization, as a basis for the study of Greek and Roman literature, history, art, mythology, culture, and thought.

Accordingly, the department offers two related but distinct concentrations within the major. The concentration in Classical Languages and Literatures focuses on the study of Latin and Greek literature in the original languages, and is especially recommended for those students who are planning to go on to graduate study in classics. The concentration in Classical Civilization combines the study of Greek or Latin with coursework in ancient history, society, and culture, and is intended for students who wish to engage with the ancient world from multiple disciplinary perspectives.


STUDENTS AND ADVISORS: Click here for updated 2016-17 course descriptions and schedule , which are different from what currently exists on the Class Schedule and Course Descriptions page in the Classics section.

Photo Credits

Parthenon: LennieZ from nl, via Wikimedia Commons

Wall Painting: By Carole Raddato from FRANKFURT, Germany, via Wikimedia Commons

Roman Forum: "Tavares.Forum.Romanum.redux". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Buerger Coin Collection

Lawrence is privileged to be steward of the Buerger Collection of Ancient and Byzantine Coins. The collection is remarkable for its scope and quality--among them are some of the rarest coins from the ancient world. It is the envy of many leading research institutions in the country. These objects of aesthetic beauty and historical significance have served as stimulating opportunities for student learning in art history, classical studies, and history.

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