You will find an academic and social home in the Department of Classics. Our program is rigorous, but as a small department, we provide extraordinary individual attention to students. Many students find they are able to double-major in Classical Civilization and another field of interest. 

The skills and knowledge acquired through the classics are easily transferable to other areas. You'll also develop a unique sense of perspective that comes from the study of a cultural history that is so broad and pervasive.

  • Ariadne Argyros

    Joining a Community of Thinkers and Learners

    "My interest in classics stems from mythology; I love the way humans create anthropomorphic figures to explain human emotions and behavior. By exploring outside our own frame of reference, we can gain an understanding of different ways of thinking about our own society and the issues that we care so much about. Ultimately, I study classics in an effort to be a more conscious and productive citizen of the world. Throughout my time at UVM, I’ve taken some pretty incredible courses that have influenced my career path, namely Mythology, Ancient Egypt through the Ages, and Museum Anthropology. The courses were fascinating and fostered my love of the ancient world and its importance to modern society. The classics department as a whole also really impacted my time here. The professors are warm, funny, and incredibly knowledgeable and they are genuinely happy to talk to students about anything and are involved in many activities and events during and after school-hours. They’ve written letters of recommendation on my behalf and the department awarded me a scholarship to help fund my archaeology field schools. The students are also really passionate and involved; you really feel like you’re part of a fun, nerdy family." - Ariadne Argyros '18

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A collage of famous people who studied classicsMeet your Classics Colleagues

Study the classics and you will join the ranks of some of the most influential men and women of all time--in all fields of endeavor. A few examples: Toni Morrison, William Shakespeare, Joe Paterno, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Jefferson, T. S. Eliot, John Stuart Mill, Sir Isaac Newton, e. e. cummings, Immanuel Kant, Salvador Dalí, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gertrude Stein, Indiana Jones, Karl Marx, Robert Graves, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Cleopatra, Ezra Pound, Bertrand Russell, Jules Verne, Sigmund Freud, Blaise Pascal, Desmond Tutu, J. R. R. Tolkien, Moses Maimonides, Desiderius Erasmus, W. H. Auden, René Descartes, Camille Paglia, Albert Einstein, John Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Umberto Eco, W. E. B. DuBois, Jean Racine, Jorge Luis Borges, St. Augustine, Wole Soyinka, Queen Elizabeth I, Ted Hughes, John Milton, J. K. Rowling, Galileo Galilei, Vince Lombardi, Mary Shelley, James Joyce, Sting, Max Weber, David Packard, James George Frazer, Willa Cather, Thomas Hobbes, James Baker, Martin Luther, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Friedrich Nietzsche, H. D., William Gladstone, Mahatma Gandhi, Oscar Wilde, Michel Foucault, Alexander the Great, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ted Turner, Lord Byron, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Derek Walcott, Richard Wagner, Sören Kierkegaard, Sylvia Plath, Carl Jung, Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Henry David Thoreau, William Wordsworth, Iggy Pop.

New and Ancient

"Parodos" from Euripides' "Helen." Euripides' original rhythms are set by Classics Professor John Franklin's "new ancient" melodies. Vocalists are UVM undergraduate and graduate students. Franklin has "recomposed" music in ancient Greek style for two plays, the Libation Bearers of Aeschylus (1999, London Festival of Greek Drama) and Aristophanes' Clouds (2000, Edinburgh Fringe). Musical selections from these are included on his CD, "The Cyprosyrian Girl: Hits of the Ancient Hellenes," along with other impressions of ancient music. 

Read the transcript of the music.

Greek Theatre for Modern Audiences

In the spring of 2018, Classics faculty, staff, students, and alumni came together to translate, stage, and perform a new collaborative translation of Euripides' Helen, in honor of Professor Emeritus Z. Philip Ambrose.

Read more about the production here.