Ancient Greek and Roman Studies refers to those disciplines which study ancient Greece and Rome from roughly the Bronze Age until the fifth century AD, as well as the cultures and civilizations that were produced as a result of the Greeks and Romans. It includes disciplines that deal with ideas and themes that originated in the classical world and profoundly influenced later thinkers and institutions. If this area of study interests you, and you want the opportunity to take classes in a variety of disciplines while pursuing a major in another field, then a concentration in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies may prove to be ideal. Less time consuming than a Classics major, the concentration allows you to choose courses from many departments, including Art, Religion, Political Science, History, and Theater. You can explore an interest in the early Christian church with courses such as The New Testament and Early Christianity, or investigate the roots of literature with Latin prose, drama and poetry.
As you pursue your course of study you’ll be aided by a nationally renowned faculty who hold the terminal degrees in their field and who have contributed significantly to the larger Classics community. Professors Richard Prior and Christopher Blackwell have completed such projects as a new translation of Sophocles Antigone, and an annotated translation of Servius’ commentary of Virgil’s Aeneid.
Professor Anne Leen is director of ICLAT392, an innovative course in advanced Latin, organized and taught by Sunoksis, a collaboration among the Classics faculties of the Associated Colleges of the South. In addition, the faculty regularly make contributions to scholarly publications such as Ancient Philosophy and The Stoa: A Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities.
Engaged Learning and Study Abroad
Furman’s commitment to Engaged Learning means your Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Concentration will extend far beyond the borders of classroom walls. You’ll have the chance to attend art exhibits and lectures dealing with the ancient world. Of course, the best way to study a language is to immerse yourself in the culture where it originated, and the Furman Classics Concentration provides a variety of unique programs which allow you to do just that. Students in one of the most recent programs traveled through Italy, Turkey and Greece. The travel/study program is generally six weeks in length, although there will be meetings and assignments during the preceding fall term and the following spring term. Participation is by no means limited to Classics students, but because space is limited, students must apply to the course, and admission is highly selective, based on a number of criteria. The program is usually offered in alternating years in connection with the Religion Department’s study abroad course, Geography and Archaeology of the Biblical World, which may be applied towards your concentration. The inter-disciplinary nature of the program allows students to experience Greek and Roman culture from a variety of perspectives.
Looking To Your Future
A Classical education can prepare you for the world of business by sharpening your ability to read and analyze information, by improving the clarity and persuasiveness of your speech and writing, and by making you an interesting, flexible, cultured person. Having received a concentration in classics, you’ll also have the added benefit of a more specialized area of expertise in the discipline in which you majored. The combination of Furman students have taken their knowledge of Latin, Greek and Classical civilization in many different directions: top law schools, graduate schools, seminaries and divinity schools, and careers in teaching, business and medicine.