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.
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Undergraduate and postgraduate Classics students have access to a unique collection of antiquities and a lively student scene.
News, events and seminars
An upcoming University of Canterbury public guest lecture, Beware of Centaurs (and others) Bearing Rocks, has been thous...
On Monday, 9 August Dr Patrick O’Sullivan was interviewed by Susie Ferguson on Morning Report to discuss the use of 3D p...
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are located in Old Chemistry Building Arts Centre City Campus, 3 Hereford Street