The study of ancient Greek language and literature offers an opportunity to experience ideas and important texts in their original language.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of classics at Mount Allison:
As part of the Mount Allison Department of Classics, both Greek and Latin are introduced to students studying classics, offering a unique opportunity to study ancient texts in their original language.
While the study of classics can be approached either in the original languages or through courses using English translation, those deeply interested in the subject should bear in mind the importance of the languages themselves, and the benefits of a direct experience of the ancients through study of Greek and Latin.
Greek courses include:
- introductory and intermediate grammar and vocabulary of ancient Greek*
- readings in Greek literature, prose, and poetry
Find a list of Greek courses in the academic calendar – classics.
*No previous knowledge of Greek is required
Popular career paths for Greek studies graduates include:
- foreign affairs specialist
- communications professional
- health and social policy researcher
- immigration officer
- public policy analyst
- research assistant
- intelligence officer
- cultural resource manager
“If you love studying languages, Latin and
Greek are some of the best ones. I revel in the ability to pick up an
amazing story in its original language and be able to make sense of it
Honours classics, minor in Latin (’14)
“Learning Greek is a different experience from learning modern languages. It is really enjoyable trying to figure out the text by sorting out the grammar and putting it into English. It is an interesting discipline for students who are keen on looking at a different kind of language than we are used to in modern times.”
Classics, minors in German, Latin, and Greek (’15)
J.E.A. Crake Foundation
The classical studies program benefits from the support of the J.E.A. Crake Foundation. The foundation funds a number of initiatives for the department, including:
- Crake Travelling Scholarship for Summer Study in Greece or Italy – awarded to a second or third-year student in classics
- Annual Crake Lectures, bringing leading international scholars to Mount Allison
- A departmental reading room and audio visual resources
Archaeological Excavation in Pompeii Summer Field School
The classics department offers a summer learning program in southern Italy that gives you the opportunity to learn archeological techniques as part of a research team on a working excavation. You will learn to assist in the excavation, collection, and recording of artifacts, as well as in the processing and study of the finds.
The classics department aims to involve all members of the Mount Allison community, and over the years has organized events like an authentic Roman banquet, Greek dinners, dramatic readings of classical texts, screenings of films and television series, and field trips to Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, London, Rome, and Athens.