Ancient Studies


One of the rock-cut tombs at Petra, Jordan; a Nabataean site that became a part of the Roman empire under Trajan (emp. 98 C.E.-117 C.E.).

The ancient studies program acknowledges the importance of approaching the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Students are encouraged to create for themselves, through related courses in history, classics, religion, art, government, philosophy and archaeology, a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic cultures bordering on the Mediterranean Sea (including the Near East) from antiquity to the time of the Muslim conquests in the seventh century C.E.