News & Events


Below is an archive of past events.  For recent news and upcoming events, see the Classical Studies home page.

Undergraduate Program News:

Classical Studies major Stephen Gazak participated in an archaeological excavation in Italy this summer.  Among other things, the excavation team uncovered some amazing mosaics from a Roman villa.  The excavation will continue for the next few summers, so please contact Dr. DeNardis for info on applying to participate.

Our senior Classical Studies majors are pursuing some exciting topics in the Senior Classics Capstone this fall.  Subjects include:

  • naval battles in the Roman Colosseum
  • the myth of Prometheus
  • Ovid in Chaucer
  • history of the Nicene Creed

Undergraduate Director Dr. Andrew G. Scott will present a paper in October at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States annual conference in New York City:  “Spartan Death in Battle and Plutarch’s Spartan Sayings.”

Graduate Program News:

Three new M.A. students have joined the Graduate Program in Classical Studies this fall:  Elise Bricker, Ginette Gonzalez, and Devon Smith.  Welcome!

M.A. student Kristen Thiers has been busy with a number of research projects.  She was awarded a summer research fellowship by the Graduate School to pursue her project on Greek Aeolic meters in Horace.  In May she presented "Desertam in Sola Miseram: Catullus 64 and Ariadne's Literary Parallels" at the Classical Association of Canada annual conference in Ontario, and in October she will present "Orientalizing the West: The Spread of Eastern Materiality at Archaic Samos, Argos, and Epizephyrian Lokroi" at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States annual conference in New York City.

In spring 2013 the Graduate Program in Classical Studies will offer its first online course!  The course will focus on the archaeology of ancient Greece and is open to students in other disciplines (no language work required), including students pursuing the Ancient Worlds Certificate in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.

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Contact Information

Classical Studies Program
SAC Rm 304
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.6165
Fax: 610.519.5307

Dr. Valentina DeNardis
Luisa Ruggieri

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09/22/09 The Iliad Alive! Reading by Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D.

The Benefits of Studying the Classics

Apart from the intrinsic value of studying the classical world, the benefits of pursuing this field are many. To read about these benefits and learn more about the paths the study of the Classics can lead to, please click here.

Application for M.A. Program Modern Language Exam