It is the mission of the Classics department to understand the classical roots of our language and our culture. Ancient societies provide us with different perspectives for considering our own society.
Students will be better equipped to discuss social relationships, law, economy, class, the exercise of power, identity, the history of language, rhetorical strategies, and much else.
We find fascinating material in these old sources--not only in what the authors wish to tell us, but when we read between the lines and discover incidental clues about what might really have been happening.
Kathleen (Ploy) Keener