Roman Forum at night
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The evolution of historical events is part of everyone’s heritage and, the study of the classics ensures that that heritage, is preserved. At St. Stephen’s, students acquire a keener sense of world events through an enhanced understanding of past historical, cultural and religious developments and the responses of societies to complex social and economic changes.

St. Stephen's location in the heart of ancient Rome offers a unique dimension to the Classics Department, for the city inevitably becomes an extension of the classroom, both in history (Roman Topography, Classical Greek and Roman Studies) and language (Classical Greek and Latin) courses.

A primary function of the department is to bring together diverse disciplines to promote further appreciation of the immediate environment. Field trips form the basis of the Roman Topography course, and are undertaken where relevant in Classical Greek, Latin and in the Roman section of Greek and Roman Studies.

Portratit of Alexis de Tocqueville

"When the past no longer

illuminates the future,

the spirit walks in darkness."


Alexis de Tocqueville