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Department Overview

What is Classics?

The field of Classics has traditionally been defined as the study of the cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans. At Swarthmore our curriculum includes training in Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. In addition, the department offers a range of courses on the history, literature, philosophy, religion, and cultural life of antiquity, including classes that explore the reception of the ancient world in later periods up to the present day.  The rigorous training in Greek and Latin that is the hallmark of Swarthmore's Classics program has meant that the department enjoys remarkable success in producing students who go on to become leaders in the field.  But because it is a truly interdisciplinary field, Classics also appeals to students with a wide variety of interests and career goals.

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The Gil Rose Prize 2018

The Classics department is delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Gil Rose Prize is Irene Elias '18.

The winner in 2017 was Emma Remsberg '17.

Endowed by John Marincola ’76 in honor of Gilbert P. Rose, Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages, this prize is awarded to a senior student of Latin and/or Greek, who, in the judgment of the department faculty, displays deep knowledge of the ancient language(s) and whose written work is both rigorous and imaginative.

Irene Elias