Classical Studies explores the influence of Greek and Roman culture throughout the centuries. Introductory classes aim to provide you with the grammar and vocabulary skills required to read simple Latin and Greek texts in their original form. Study Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey, as well the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.
The study of classical literature is a companion and tool to all other liberal arts courses; serious work in the humanities in any field before the 18th century requires some knowledge of Latin and Greek. StFX’s dedicated humanities professors understand this and are committed to helping you grasp their culture and traditions in philosophy, theology, literature, art and history. The StFX Humanities Colloquium is an example of success in this endeavor.
In the first year, those with no previous background in the language take Introductory Latin and/or Greek, designed to acquaint you with the basic structural features needed to develop reading comprehension and a strong command of the language. In addition to grammar and vocabulary, classes explore simple texts, from classical Greek/Latin philosophy and literature, to the New Testament – even the cultural influence on modern filmmakers, who have revisited the period with Hollywood blockbusters like Alexander, Troy and Gladiator.
The study of ancient languages gives a clarity and elegance to thought and expression that is particularly helpful in professions like law, education and government service.
Classical Studies can be taken as an elective by students in Arts, Science or Applied Programs.
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