Latin was the language of ancient Rome and is the root of several modern European languages including French, Spanish, and Italian.
Its study offers you the opportunity to read ancient texts in their original form and to gain a greater understanding of how grammar functions.
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.
Latin courses include:
- introductory and intermediate grammar and vocabulary of Latin*
- readings in Latin literature, prose, and poetry
Find a list of Latin courses in the academic calendar – classics.
*No previous knowledge of Latin is require
Popular career paths for graduates include:
- museum curator/guide
- foreign affairs specialist
- health and social policy researcher
- public policy analyst
- cultural resource manager
“I think that the most amazing part of classics
is the languages and the fact that you are able to work with primary
historical documents from a very early point. I am particularly partial
to Latin history and have already been able to translate and work with
excerpts from the work of ancient historians.”
Honours classics, minors in history and Latin (’14)
“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 all.”
Honours classics, minor in Latin (’14)
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.
Dr. Bruce Robertson