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  • On October 8, 2021, twenty-five students from American Preparatory Academy in Draper visited USU and attended presentations on a variety of topics, including etymology, the Dromos (see March 26, 2021), and our library holdings in classics. Several attended our class on Latin readings in Julius Caesar and the Latin Lab. It was a pleasure to meet and speak with so many future scholars and potential classics alumni. We hope to see them again soon! Thanks for visiting! 
  • On September 17-18, 2021, the Classics Program at USU hosted the semiannual meeting of the Utah Classics Association. Seven members of our program, including six of our current and matriculated graduate students, presented papers based on their research. 
  • Here's a link to an article featuring ALC student Megan Fairbanks who has created a guide to assist researchers working on Mormon history in the Library's Special Collections and Archives. 
  • Here's a link to an article about the Classics Program's 2021 Summer Book Club! It was atomic fun! 
  • On Friday, March 26, 2021, Daniel Porter, a graduating USU senior in Classics, tested his physical training and the veracity of Herodotus' Histories by attempting to recreate the mile-long run undertaken by fully armed Greek soldiers at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE. Click here to read more about Daniel's project


On Tuesday evening August 31, Classics students and faculty participated in the college-wide celebration of student groups and clubs called


There they met and discussed with many of their peers the fun and benefit of studying the ancient world. They even

demonstrated an important Greek
celebrants rip a living victim apart,
photograph here. If you have
the rich breadth of education
classical world, please contact

Sparagmos at LOTH

religious ritual in which crazed
limb from limb, as depicted in the
any questions about these rites and 
available to you when you study the
Prof. Frances Titchener or Prof. Mark Damen

DESTroy!!  The New Iliad RPG! 

The Classics Program at USU announces a new RPG called D.E.S.Troy (Destination: Exterminate or Save TROY), in which students are assigned roles as Greeks or Trojans. Alumni are allies who can join either side, and teachers naturally play gods who oversee quests and conflict. The point of the game is for one side to exterminate all the warriors on the other side in one-on-one battles. All the action of this game takes place online in Zoom rooms. Here's a link to the rules.

We will play this game next on Friday, November 5, at 3:30 pm. The game requires no knowledge of classical languages or civilization, though such training can never hurt. If you're interested in joining us, email Prof. Damen at "Goddess, sing of the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus..." 


Classic Students

Classics is the study of all aspects of the Greek and Roman world: its history, literature, art, archaeology, linguistics, myth, philosophy, anything the ancients did. If they played a game or wrote love poetry, we cover it! Join us on an odyssey back to classical times and learn how the ancients lived and thought and taught us to do the same. We are their heirs. Come see what you've inherited. 

The Classics Minor at USU requires completion of a total of 21 hours in variable combinations drawn from core courses in the Classics Program, Department of History and other departments across the university.

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