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Welcome to the Department of Classics

We study the languages and cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans, whose civilizations shape our present cultural, intellectual, professional, and civic lives. Our students develop deeply informed critical perspectives and excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills. They pursue careers in education, law, journalism, business and entrepreneurship, and health sciences. Every student at UW can benefit by adding Latin, Greek, or Classical Studies to their university education.

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τί δὲ καινὸν εἴη τεθεαμένος ἔφη "γέροντα τύραννον."
Asked what was the strangest thing he had seen, he said, “An aged tyrant.”
Diogenes Laertius on Thales

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