The Department of Classical Studies at The University of Western Ontario offers both undergraduate and graduate students a supportive and stimulating research intensive environment in which to explore ancient Greek and Roman culture. Students develop their knowledge and skills under the expert guidance of faculty members who, both in the classrooms and in their research, are engaged in a wide range of scholarly questions and approaches.
By studying the ancient Greek and Roman worlds we gain a deep understanding of the origins and development of Western culture; even more importantly, we engage with important and enduring questions about what it means to be a thinking, reasoning human. As we address these questions, we benefit from a long and rich heritage from the Classical world: nearly three thousand years of language, literature, art, philosophy, and history. To consider these and other aspects of the ancient world by means of a broad variety of methods is a rigorous challenge, but one that trains the intellect, making us into careful readers, acute observers, articulate communicators and informed citizens.
As one of the largest and most respected Departments of Classical Studies in the country, our department plays a leading role in nurturing the discipline across Canada, interacts regularly, through conferences, speaking engagements and publications, with the international community of Classicists, and at the same time we are proud to serve our immediate communities, both on campus at Western and in the city of London, Ontario.
Faculty Appointment - Assistant Professor
We are pleased to announce the appointment, effective 1 July 2014, of Dr. Kyle Gervais as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies.
First PhD Student Successfully Defends Thesis
The Department of Classical Studies is proud to report that Peter Miller, one of our inaugural PhD students, successfully defended his dissertation on April 11, 2014. Peter came to us from the MA program at the University of Victoria and has had a stellar career during his time at Western, with his research excellence having been recognized by both SSHRC and OGS. Peter’s dissertation, directed by Professor Christopher Brown, is entitled "Athletes in Song and Stone: Victory and Identity in Epinician and Epigram". He is currently the Crake Fellow at Mount Allison University. Congratulations, Dr. Miller!
PUBLIC SOLICITATION: Promotion and/or Tenure
Professor David Wilson is being considered for promotion to Professor.
Faculty Award Winner - Dr. David Wilson
Congratulations to Professor David Wilson on receiving the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in research.
2014-2015 Course Brochure
The Classical Studies 2014-2015 Course Brochure is now available. Click here to download a pdf copy.
Scholarship Award Winners - Undergraduate
Please join us in congratulating our undergraduate students who have been awarded scholarships for their hard work and dedication throughout the 2012-2013 school year. For a complete list of award recipients CLICK HERE
Scholarship Award Winners - Graduate
Please join us in congratulating our graduate students who have been awarded scholarships for their hard work and dedication throughout the 2012-2013 school year. For a complete list of award recipients CLICK HERE
**NEW MA in Ancient Philosophy
A new MA in Ancient Philosophy is being established jointly by the Departments of Classical Studies and Philosophy, in which students will develop and solidify their knowledge of Greek and Latin through coursework in Classical Studies and in ancient philosophical subjects through graduate seminars in the Philosophy Department. Click here for information about the New Ancient Philosophy MA.