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Welcome to the

ECU Program in Classical Studies

Sara Davis at Odyssey LIVE!

At East Carolina you can:

  • fulfill your language requirement by studying Latin and Ancient Greek.  Our Latin and Greek classes use pedagogical techniques developed by scholars at the University of Michigan.  We teach reading strategies that enable students to read original texts, such as Cicero, Plato, Vergil and Euripides, in their second year.  Latin and ancient Greek courses do not have oral exams.  These classes are offered in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.
  • complete your Foundations Curriculum: Humanities requirements by reading the Western world's foundational literature in English translation or studying ancient Greek and Roman cultures.  Whether you want to study Greek tragedy, classical mythology or epics such as the Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid, the Classical Studies program has the class for you.
Dr. Given wearing a replica of a linothorax, the ancient armor made entirely of linen.
  • satisfy your Foundations Curriculum: Social Sciences requirement by studying ancient history.  Our ancient history courses, offered in the Department of History, cover from 800 B.C. to A.D. 476, and focus particularly on military history and political development.
  • study the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world.  Our archaeology courses, found in the Department of Anthropology, specialize in the ancient Near East and span from the Old Testament to the Byzantine period.
  • major in Classics or Classical Civilization.  Through the Multidisciplinary Studies degree, the Program in Classical Studies offers two concentrations: Classics, in which students focus on the ancient languages and their literatures, and Classical Civilization, in which students concentrate more broadly on the ancient cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world.  Students considering graduate school in Classics should select the Classics major.  Classical Civilization often serves very well as a second major.
  • contribute to the arts at ECU through performances of Greek and Roman literature.  Past events include Odyssey LIVE!, Aristophanes'' Lysistrata and Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. See our Classics Performance Series page for our complete archive.
Recent alumna Lisa Wilbourne, now a high school Latin teacher in Greenville

For more information on the Program in Classical Studies, please explore this website further, using the links at the top and to the left, or contact the program director, Dr. John Given, by email ( or phone (252-328-6538).