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History, literature, philosophy

Third-year student Michéla d’Entremont finds the Classics program feeds her range of interests - from ancient art and architecture to the social history of the Roman empire.

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Take part in the Platonic tradition

Dr. Eli Diamond says Dalhousie is one of the great centres of studying Platonic thought with a long history of important work.

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Let the Pythian Games begin

Dr. Jack Mitchell brought back the Pythian Games. Now students compete for prizes every year, performing classical drama and poetry.

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Breathe life into the ancient world

First-year student Zoë Vatter says the program really brings to life the everyday world of ancient Greece and Rome.

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Learn languages, old and new

Learn Latin, Greek, and even Modern Standard Arabic. Study languages that inform thousands of years of art, religion and philosophy.

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Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Classics at Dalhousie:

  1. Size: We offer the second-largest Classics program in Canada, but in an intimate setting.
  2. Recognition: Tradition of internationally distinguished teachers and graduates.
  3. Social: Convivial program with active student society, Res Publica - and overall warm and friendly atmosphere.
  4. Languages: Emphasis on ability to study texts in original Greek and Latin.
  5. Interdisciplinary: Ability to focus on Religious Studies, Arabic, or Ancient History.
  6. Focus: Honours students choose between research streams of literature, history or philosophy.
  7. Platonic studies: With three full-time philosophy professors, we are known for our strength in Classical philosophy.

What will I learn?

Classics professor and student

Classics students discover how ancient Roman, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic languages and cultures help form today's Western identity.

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Greek statue

Dal Classics majors have a long tradition of becoming great lawmakers. Read about alumnus Justice Peter Bryson.