To study antiquity is to study ourselves. The insights of Greek and Roman thinkers, artists and writers have shaped Western thought for the last 2,000 years and when we read and study classical antiquity first-hand we gain a deeper and richer understanding of the human experience. The study of classical antiquity at Skidmore trains students to hone their analytical, creative and literary abilities. It also prepares our majors and minors for careers in the dramatic arts, law, museum curating, medicine, publishing, editing, political science, teaching and business — in short, a solid foundation for life after Skidmore.
Making tragedy fun
Hands-on production and staging—including mask-making and playwriting—make Classics 222: Greek Tragedy a big hit. The importance of masks in ancient Greeks’ dramatic toolbox is at the core of an exercise that Dan Curley, associate professor of classics, assigned to the 14 students in his Greek Tragedy course.
Homerathon! (a marathon reading of the Greek poet, Homer) is one of the Classics Department’s
most anticipated yearly events, a time for students, faculty, staff, and other friends
to gather in celebration of our earliest Western poet. Coupled with our Classical
World course (CC 200), the Homerathon! reminds us that the ancient art of storytelling
is alive and well.