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Classical Studies

At Trinity, the classics are studied for one simple reason: the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome represent a continuum of which we - and our civilization - are a part. Together they form the axis of the humanities. Trinity's Classical Studies Department - one of the College's oldest - offers the kind of comprehensive study of classical languages, literature, philosophy, art, and history that ordinarily is found only at much larger universities, while at the same time providing the individualized attention that is available only at a smaller school.

Classical Studies majors enjoy a broad and stimulating exposure to the liberal arts, which prepares them well for life after college. Classical Studies majors are encouraged to explore widely in other subject areas, just as students from other disciplines are encouraged to read classics. And just what do classics majors do after graduating from Trinity? A survey of alumni from the last 10 years indicates that they are successfully engaged in law, medicine, publishing, education at both the secondary school and college levels, religion, business, social work, and journalism. Trinity's Classical Studies Department is, indeed, a good place to begin learning for a rewarding future.

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Faculty Research

Faculty in the Trinity College Classical Studies Department pursue active and exciting research programs that benefit our
students and contribute to new knowledge. To find out more,
visit our Faculty Research Page.

Martha Risser presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Baltimore, Maryland on “‘Field C’ at Caesarea Maritima: An Analysis of the Stratigraphy and Pottery,” with co-presenters M. Zimmerman and Jane DeRose Evans.

Meredith Safran spoke on "Ancient Coins, Timeless Power: the Currency of Influence in NBC’s Grimm 1.10" at the 2013 Film and History Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Senior Classics thesis writers Zach Haines, Amanda Keyko, Claire Anderson, and Jesse Schley

P. Tebt. 2, 334 (above), a petition from a woman named Herakleia deserted and robbed by her husband (200/1 CE). A nice example of a private document, in Greek, from Roman Egypt.

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