Department of Classical Studies

Classical Studies offers you the opportunity to explore and enjoy the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Whether your interests lie in the people themselves, or in their art, their literature, their history, as long as you want to learn more about the great classical forerunners of western culture, our Department has much to offer you. Here you will find some of the most interesting, unusual, and significant course material for an understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world as a parent of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the modern western world, presented to you in a variety of class types and teaching techniques.

Even if you do not intend to major in Classical Studies, we welcome you in any of our courses. No matter how many or how few courses you decide to take, we will endeavour to make the classical past alive and significant for you.
The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we are living and working on the traditional territory of ‎ the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
  1. Nov. 9, 2017Congratulations 2017 Award Winners!

    Congratulations to all those honoured at the Annual Wine and Cheese Gathering!

    The winners of prizes and scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students were...

  2. Oct. 23, 2017Book Launch - Themes in Greek Society and Culture

    Come join the Classical Studies department at the launch of Themes in Greek Society and Culture, a book by UWaterloo's very own Dr. Christina Vester and Brock University's Allison Glazebrook.

  3. Oct. 11, 2017Study Abroad in Sicily with CLAS 390/695 (Spring 2018)

    Interested in seeing sites you’ve only heard about or dreamed of seeing? Join us as we explore the many places, stories, heroes, legends of Southern Italy and Sicily! This Spring Semester (2018) the Departments of Anthropology and Classical Studies will be conducting a study trip abroad to Italy with a focus on the sites and history of Southern Italy and Sicily (Magna Graecia).

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  1. Mar. 5, 2018Lecture by Lothar Willms

    The University of Waterloo Classical Studies Department is proud to present a lecture by Lothar Willms from the University of Heidelberg and Brown University, "Transgression, the Tragic and Metatheater: A New Look at Greek Tragedy" on Monday, March 5th, from 10:30am - 11:20pm in ML 349. All are welcome for this free lecture. See poster for details.

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David Porreca

David Porreca

Co-Director, Medieval Studies


Ph.D.,  Warburg Institute, University of London
Dissertation: “The Influence of Hermetic Texts on Western Europe Philosophers and Theologians (1160-1300)”
MA, University of Toronto

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