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Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/21/2008 - 11:30.


Please note that as of July 1, 2014, the Departments of Greek and Roman Studies and Religious Studies have merged into the Department of Classics and Religion. Our web page will be undergoing changes to reflect this merger, but it will take some time. In the meantime, if you require information that is specific to Religious Studies, please visit

Check out the article about our merger in UToday - Departments merge in Faculty of Arts 


Greek and Roman Studies focus on the civilizations of the Mediterranean area, the Near East, and Western Europe in ancient and medieval times.

To understand the modern world we need to know its historical foundations and traditions.  Looking at these helps us to see ourselves in better perspective and gain understanding of other cultures.  Most modern fields of thought, belief and creativity began and developed in ancient and medieval times, so this field has links with many others and offers a valuable complement to many other programs.              


Research in Greek and Roman Studies is based on the many writings and material remains which have survived from ancient times or are even now being rediscovered.  These range from everyday materials and records of human living to classic masterpieces of literature and art.  Areas of study include history, politics, social and economic organization, languages, literature and ideas, religions, art, science and technology.