Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Laurier
Focusing on the period from the dawn of European civilization in Greece to the fall of the Roman Empire, Ancient Mediterranean Studies examines:
- the development of the first democracies
- the empire of Alexander the Great
- the rise and fall of Rome
Part of the Department of Archeology and Classical Studies, Ancient Mediterranean Studies allows students to explore the language, literature, history, politics, philosophy and culture of Greece and Rome.
- Students can enhance their studies with courses in related disciplines, such as English, languages and history.
- The Department of Archeology and Classical Studies offers opportunities for undergraduate fieldwork. Previous classes have travelled to Italy and Greece.
- The Greek World
- Roman Civilization
- Greek and Roman Mythology - The Gods, Sport in Greece and Rome
- Greek and Roman Mythology - The Heroes
|4U Requirements||IB Requirements||Admission Range|
|English at 60%||HL or SL English at 4||
IB Minimum score: 28
Our Ancient Mediterranean Studies graduates can be found anywhere the ability to think analytically is required.
- teaching (there is currently a strong demand for Latin teachers)
Her fascination for Greek and Roman history drew Kendra Gerber to Laurier’s Ancient Mediterranean Studies program. “I have been pleasantly surprised by learning more than just the history,” she reflects. “Most professors include lectures about the architecture and art of both empires.”
Gerber chose to attend Laurier because of the great things she heard about the courses, professors and campus. As a student, she’s discovered that smaller class sizes mean she can get to know her professors, and benefit from their knowledge and experience beyond the traditional classroom setting. “I love meeting professors and seeing their passion for their area of study. It gets me even more excited about my classes!”
After graduation, Gerber would like to continue working in the subject area she loves, maybe as a Museum Curator. She acknowledges, however, that she might end up pursuing her passion in a career she hasn’t considered yet. “There are so many options at Laurier – who knows what doors will open up!”
Classical studies professor Dr. Judith Fletcher is fascinated by mythical tales. “My favourite drama is Agamemnon by Aeschylus,” she says. “Agamemnon is setting off for war, but before he leaves he kills his 13-year-old daughter as a sacrifice. Ten years later, he returns home – with a girlfriend. His wife wraps him in a tapestry and stabs him to death.” The story may be almost 2,500-years-old, but like many classic tales, still resonates.
Fletcher has given public lectures at Stratford when the festival puts on productions of Medea or The Birds, and she’s also interested in how mythology is used in contemporary culture, such as in the Harry Potter novels, movies like Apocalypse Now and The Wizard of Oz, or video games. “It’s not some kind of dead culture,” she says. “Mythology is constantly changing and evolving.”
She credits C.S. Lewis for her own interest in mythology. “I read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was about 11 years old. Lewis was heavily influenced by Greek mythology — there were wood nymphs, dryads, giants and centaurs. It was my first exposure to mythical stories and I was completely hooked.”