Classics at Rhodes

Classical Civilisation, Greek and Latin can be taken as single credits or as major subjects.

Classical Civilisation is a two-year major. This means in effect that anyone wanting to major in it can take Classical Civilisation 1 in either the first or the second year of the degree registration. Classical Civilisation 2 would normally be taken in the third year.

Students in Greek and Latin need not have studied these languages beforehand. This also applies to those who wish to major in either language.

It can safely be assumed that Classical Civilisation 1 and 2 and Latin 1B will be offered in any year. The question of which Greek and other Latin courses can be offered will depend on the number of likely takers and staffing resources. People who are interested in any of the latter courses should contact the School of Languages to discuss what can be arranged.


There is an excellent museum housed in the School of Languages. Its several hundred artefacts include painted vases, coins, sculptures, glassware, jewellery, writing materials and toys. The School of Languages also has a large collection of visual aids, especially slides, many of them taken by staff members at archaeological sites and museums. The considerable library holdings enable students to do thorough research for their assignments and to explore almost any theme in which they are interested. Also the growing number of web sites can easily be accessed on the university's computing facilities. Tours of the classical world, which are open to participation by students, are regularly undertaken by the School of Languages.

Classical Studies and the Degree Curriculum

Classical Civilisation, itself a multi-disciplinary subject, combines happily with almost any subject in the humanities curriculum, eg Anthropology, English or any form of language or literary studies, Modern Fiction, Journalism and Media Studies, History, Politics, Philosophy, Fine Art Studies, Drama.

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