Classics is a broad field, and we therefore offer three majors: one in Greek, one in Latin, and a third in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History that builds on the allied disciplines of history and archeology.
The classics faculty is convinced that nothing stimulates creativity and imagination as much as the study of ancient thinkers and artists. Many students start taking classics courses out of desire to learn more about their own roots and origins of Western Culture. As they continue, they find their minds growing in new ways that lead to self-understanding and a deeper understanding of our complex world.
Coins and Medals was a collaborative work between Professor of Classics Shawn O'Bryhim and History major Marissa Sobel '13. The exhibition, which opened on April 24 and ran through May 11, 2013, focused on a variety of coins from the permanent collection at the Phillips Museum of Art and encompassed four reflective themes: religion, symbols, identity, and "usurpers." By comparing the coins, viewers were led to understand that coin types carry significant messages, many of which have been present on coinage since antiquity. In addition, they realized that some of their assumptions about coinage are based not on a historical fact, but on contemporary myth.