Following the premise that a thorough and nuanced understanding of Greece and Rome and the formation of Western civilization can only be achieved through knowledge of the ancient languages, Sewanee offers a major in Greek, in Latin, and in classical languages.

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.


Samantha Meyer (C ’17) Earns Commendation in CAMWS Latin Translation Contest
April 10, 2017
Classics major Samantha Meyer (C'17) earned a Letter of Commendation in the college-level Latin Translation Contest of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.
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Dr. McCarter Presents Paper at CAMWS
April 10, 2017
On April 7, 2017 Stephanie McCarter presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, held in Kitchener, Ontario.
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Dean Papillon to Deliver Inaugural Classics Lecture at St. Olaf College
March 27, 2017
Dean of the College Terry Papillon will deliver the inaugural James M. May lecture in Classics at St. Olaf College on March 27th.
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