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Student Success: Elizabeth R. Lavender

My interest in academic study of ancient Greece and Rome developed in high school. When looking at colleges, I identified schools with strong programs in Classics and chose UGA over other options. Memorable experiences from my years as an undergraduate major include coursework on the late ancient Roman Empire and Augustine, Aristophanes, Greek rhetoric and tragedy, and Roman art history; meeting new friends at Classics Club, a branch of the national undergraduate society Eta Sigma Phi; and studying in the departmental library in Park Hall. Faculty in Classics went above and beyond to support my learning, advising a presentation at an undergraduate conference at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. and my senior capstone project on representations of familial relations in late antique literature. The department also sponsored my application to the Society for Classical Studies’ Lionel Pearson Fellowship. This funding award made it possible for me to complete a master’s degree in Roman history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. I then committed to doctoral studies in Classics at Yale, where I am now writing a dissertation on postclassical debates about natural factors in child development and education. I treasure my memories of UGA Classics and am immensely grateful for the training and community the program offered.

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UGA Classics explores Greek and Roman culture (material; intellectual; religious) from Troy to Augustine; Classical languages and literatures (Greek, Latin, and in English translation); and the reception of Classical Antiquity with A.B. and M.A. Classics degrees with multiple areas of emphasis. Double Dawgs degrees focus on careers in Historic Preservation and World Language Education. Minor degrees in Classical Culture and Classics and Comparative Cultures complement degree programs across campus. New to Classics? Take a course with us on campus or in Europe and acquire future-ready skills.

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