About Greek & Roman Studies
Greek & Roman Studies is the study of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, especially Greece and Rome, and embraces a number of disciplines, including archaeology, art history, history, literature and philosophy. As the basis of Western thought and culture, the study of Greek & Rome remains a critical and essential foundation for all humanistic inquiry. It is the origin of the liberal arts and the original interdisciplinary subject. McMaster boasts one of the oldest and best-reputed Greek & Roman Studies departments in Canada, which, unlike many departments, encompasses all the classical disciplines and offers programs at all levels including BA, MA and PhD.
Our courses cover the earliest Western literature, the first democracies, classical painting, sculpture and architecture, the history of warfare, the Olympic Games, gladiators, gender and sexuality in ancient society, slavery and ancient religion and ethnicity.
Students at McMaster develop their skills in writing, research, critical thinking and delivering oral presentations. Students also have the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience at archaeological excavations and with collections at the McMaster Museum of Art including the Bruce Brace Coin Collection and the Antiquities Collection.