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About the Major

Concentrators pursue two of the following three areas in depth: Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies. Courses go beyond the traditional study of the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome to provide a broader view of the ancient world and its relation to our own time. The skills students acquire are transferable to a wide variety of contexts.

Students Will Learn To:

  • Produce translations of passages by major authors in the target language (Greek and Latin for classical language majors; Greek or Latin for classics majors), demonstrating proficiency in vocabulary, grammar, and syntax
  • Analyze sources, whether textual or material, in their social and historical contexts
  • Compose original scholarly arguments using appropriate research methods and types of evidence
  • Critically engage with the discipline's history, including the role that racism and other forms of cultural oppression have played in this history
  • Productively juxtapose the classical past with modernity.

A Sampling of Courses



Provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the field of classical studies, focused through the Roman site of Pompeii and the eruption of Vesuvius in 70 CE. Through Pompeii, its destruction, and its remarkable level of preservation, we will study the art, architecture, archaeology, literature, philosophy, religion, history, daily life, sexuality, food, and social structures of Rome, as well as the place of Rome in the modern imagination. Students will gain a comprehensive overview of the many approaches and sub-disciplines represented within classical studies.

Explore these select courses:

An introduction to the language and culture of ancient Rome. Thorough grounding in Latin grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Reading and discussion of elementary passages that cast light on the society and culture of ancient Rome and its empire. No knowledge of Latin required.

A study of the philosophical classics from early Greek times to the Renaissance. Emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

The word "martyrdom" is a site of live debate about ethics, from religious extremist martyrs to the label "martyr complex." Who is willing to suffer, and for what? Is that willingness justifiable, pathological, or terrorism? Must one die, or is it enough to suffer?. Christians in antiquity also asked these questions in response to persecution under the Roman Empire, as well as in the centuries after. Others in antiquity too considered the difference between suicide and noble, voluntary death. We will analyze the phenomenon of martyrdom in antiquity through a variety of textual attestation.

Reading from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey in the original Greek. Consideration of the Greek concept of heroism and the role of epic poetry, with attention to the society and culture of the Homeric world.

Meet Our Faculty

Anne Feltovich

Chair and Associate Professor of Classics

Greek and Roman comedy; Greek and Roman gender and sexuality; Greek archaeology

Amy Koenig

Assistant Professor of Classics

Roman imperial literature, the Greek and Roman novel, ancient medicine, and Greek papyrology

Jesse Weiner

Associate Professor of Classics

Latin epic poetry, didactic poetry, drama, and reception studies

Miriam Kamil

Visiting Instructor in Classics

Latin poetry, emotion studies, textual transmission, Ovid, Sappho, classical reception

Explore Hamilton Stories

Jacob Hane ’22

Passion for Latin, Classics Lead Hane ’22 to Yale Divinity School

When Jacob Hane ’22 began studying Latin in middle school, he never imagined it would lead him to pursue graduate studies at a divinity school.

Amy Koenig

Koenig Presents at Philosophy, Classics Conferences

Assistant Professor of Classics Amy Koenig was recently invited to participate in a visiting scholars’ panel at the 26th Annual SUNY Oneonta Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.

Jesse Weiner

Weiner Presents at Classical Association Meeting

Associate Professor of Classics Jesse Weiner recently presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Classical Association / Classical Association of Scotland.

Careers After Hamilton

Hamilton graduates who concentrated in classics are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Latin Teacher, Wellesley Middle School
  • Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Southern Maine
  • Attorney
  • Principal Dancer, Kansas City Ballet
  • President, Breckinridge Capital Advisors
  • Manager, Books & Manuscript Dept., Sotheby’s
  • Marketing Director, Hewlett Packard Co.
  • Veterinarian


Department Name

Classics Department

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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