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Summer Classics at Harvard University

May 5, 2016

The Department of the Classics offers a variety of courses in the languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome. Explore Harvard’s peerless libraries and scholarly resources as you deepen your knowledge of classical antiquity. Cambridge and the vibrant Boston area, with its museums, cultural events and attractive recreational areas, also have much to offer for students’ leisure time.

Ancient Law Workshop: April 22–23

April 14, 2016

We are pleased to announce the workshop "Law, Economics, and Society: Purchase and Sale in Ancient Law and its Reception," to take place at Harvard University, April 22–23. The workshop will bring together scholars from the USA, UK, and Europe to explore the ways in which the law(s) of sale and purchase in the Ancient Greek and Roman world interact with and are affected by economic factors and local customs.

Classics for pre-meds

March 31, 2016

An article in the Harvard Crimson discusses the feasibility of a Classics concentration for pre-med students: "Over the course of the past few years, the Classics Department has mapped out and publicized a dedicated plan of study for concentrators who are also on the pre-med track."

Ancient graffiti in Pompeii, in the style typical for a political campaign. (Mirko Tobias Schäfer / Flickr)

Pompeiian Graffiti

March 31, 2016

Rebecca Benefiel, professor of Classics at Washington and Lee (and Harvard Classics alumna, PhD '05) talks to The Atlantic about her work mapping and analyzing the graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Tech's Most Valuable Teacher Is A Harvard Classics Concentrator

February 24, 2016

“Some tech champions can’t stand the liberal arts. They’re sawing off the legs of their own stool, overlooking the contributions of people like Tim O’Reilly, a Harvard classics major ['75] whose training guides have helped countless engineers.” On Forbes.com, O'Reilly talks about how his education influenced his career as a tech entrepreneur.