In covering the languages, literature, ideas, history and art of ancient Greece and Rome, Classics is a truly wide-ranging, holistic discipline. Students of Classics come into contact with profoundly influential works and figures that have shaped our thinking about issues that still concern us today: abuses of political power and the rise of demagogues; questions of cultural identity; the problematic nature of empire and colonialism; the nature-nurture debate; the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, among others. An understanding of the rich Classical past is not only immensely rewarding in itself, it also gives students a keen lens through which to view the modern world now.
Explore the department's taught and thesis-based courses and qualifications.
Undergraduate and postgraduate Classics students have access to a unique collection of antiquities and a lively student scene.
Lauren Buckeridge, studied a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Classics
FREE Shuttle Services Between ILAM and Arts Centre Campuses
For Semester 1 of 2019, UC Arts is trialling a free shuttle service between Ilam and Arts Centre campuses. This service is the result of a partnership between UC and the International Antarctic Centre and is to support students and staff in the Dept. of Classics and Music Performance who attend classes on both sites. Information on how to access the shuttle, timetables, and conditions of use will be uploaded onto course LEARN pages and emailed to eligible classes in Classics and Music Performance. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Classics Departmental Course Guide
The departmental 2019 Classics Course Guide can be downloaded here. It contains in-depth information about the department and its courses.
News, events and seminars
A unique bronze spoon and patera from the early period of the Roman Empire have been gifted to the University of ...
A night-time public lecture about the ancient Greek afterlife, by University of Canterbury Classical scholars, in the ...
Department of Classics staff
are located in Old Chemistry Building UC Arts City Location, 3 Hereford Street