Greek and Roman Studies

Why study classics?

Some have argued that there are no practical reasons for studying classics, but they couldn't be more wrong. (Tower of the Winds, Athens)

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Roman Forum, Rome

Engaging undergraduate programs

Although one of the oldest of all university fields of study, Greek and Roman Studies is now enjoying a resurgence of popularity. (Roman Forum, Rome)

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Meet our faculty

Our department has a variety of faculty members from different backgrounds. (Delphi)

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Learn about our research

Take part in UVic’s research-inspired learning environment and you’ll learn from teachers who are at the forefront of discovery. (Humayma excavations, Jordan.)

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UVic in Greece program, Assos, Turkey

Study abroad

We offer two types of study abroad courses. (Assos, Turkey)

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Research your future

Shape your future and advance your academic, professional and career goals with a graduate degree from UVic. (Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey)

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It all starts here!

Greek and Roman Studies is one of the most flexible and all-encompassing disciplines at the University of Victoria. Students combine the study of language, literature, history, and archaeology to better understand the ancient Mediterranean world, a time and place surprisingly similar to our own. For example, archaeological evidence and written sources show that people in the past struggled with issues related to technology, the environment, religious diversity and intolerance, and the role of the individual and the state.

Courses in our department help students demonstrate a control of language and the historical perspective useful in virtually any career. In the business world, employers increasingly state their desire to hire humanists who can think independently, conduct research, and express themselves clearly. And while a UVic degree in Greek and Roman Studies certainly better prepares students for professional lives as educators, public servants, doctors, investment bankers, or web designers, studying the Greek and Roman past will also make more thoughtful and articulate members of society.


We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in Greek and Roman Studies (General, Major and Honours) and in Greek and Latin Language and Literature (Major and Honours). We also offer MA and PhD programs.

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Classical Association of Vancouver Island (CAVI) lecture series 2016-17

CAVI is UVic's organziation for people interested in the Greek and Roman worlds.  Monthly lectures by local and international scholars take place at UVic.  Lectures start at 7:30 pm and are free.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Date Room Speaker Title
15 September Senate Chambers (University Centre, A180) Professor Brendan Burke (Department of Greek and Roman Studies, UVic) Becoming Mycenaean: Excavations at ancient Eleon in central Greece
13 October Clearihue, A212 Dr. Michael Chase (National Center for Scientific Research, Paris) Pierre Hadot's concept of Philosophy as a Way of Life
3 November Clearihue, A212 Professor Fanny Dolansky (Brock University) Slavery, Gender, and Healthcare in Elite Roman Households
24 November Clearihue, A212 Professor Nikolaos Papazarkadas (University of California, Berkeley) Lansdowne Guest Speaker Beyond the Acropolis: Producing a National Archaeological Landscape in the Kingdom of Greece

Department Seminars: 2017

Date and Time Room Speaker\Lecture Title

27 January
3:30 p.m

Clearihue, B415 Yourcenar's Hadrian: Fact or Fiction

UVic’s Public Lecture Series features accomplished individuals from a vast array of academic and research endeavours.  As host of this lecture series, UVic continues its commitment to making a vital impact on people, places, and the planet.