Classics

Sewanee’s Department of Classics prepares students to investigate the literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world, enabling them not only to understand and to appreciate foundational texts and ideas but also to interrogate them critically and to continue a dialogue set in motion millennia ago. We aim to develop our students' spirit of inquiry so that they can more fully evaluate how key concepts such as justice, truth, and integrity are formulated both by the ancients and by those who live today. The Department strongly believes that the mastery of Greek and/or Latin provides the best window into the ancient world, and consequently each of our majors and minors is built upon this premise.

Apart from the intellectual discipline, many students benefit from study of the foundational languages of the legal and medical professions and the hard sciences.

Students read ancient authors and modern works bearing on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome and are tested on those readings during the comprehensive examination.

The University is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and majors are encouraged to spend a semester studying there.

News

holloway athens trip
Dr. Holloway Presents at Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
September 25, 2018
Prof. Paul Holloway presents Reflections of the Hermeneutics of Literarkritik in Athens.
Read more
A Successful Summer in England
August 13, 2018
Dr, Jim Crawford (Theater) and Dr. Chris McDonough (Classics) took a group of 8 students on the Sewanee-in-England program this summer, where they spent time in London, York, Chester, and Hadrian's Wall (where Dr. McDonough is pictureed enjoying the beautiful weather at Housesteads Fort.) Students had a good time talking with Kamila Shamsie, the author of "Home Fire" (an updated version of Antigone set among the Pakistani community in London). McDonough taught CLST 121 (Greco-Roman in Britain), and Crawford taught THTR 227 (Classic Plays on the London Stage).
Read more
Dr. McDonough Speaks at Celtic Classics Conference
August 13, 2018
Dr. Christopher McDonough gave an address at the Celtic Classics Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland on July 12 entitled "Divico in Oil and Metal: Imagining the Unrecorded Lives of Caesar's Helvetians."
Read more