Unique among colleges and universities in the United States, our tradition of the Greek Play goes back to 1909. Every other year, students perform an authentic Greek drama. The production adheres to the original conventions that governed theatre in the time of the great tragedians, believing that the best plays will emerge from the conditions for which they were written.
The College boasts a classic outdoor Greek theatre named The Dell. This unique facility allows the plays to be performed in daylight for an audience seated in a semi-circle around the performers.
The event is one of the most anticipated in the area and in recent years has been accompanied by a Greek festival with students from neighboring schools.
We help our students to gain firsthand experience of the ancient Mediterranean by studying in Greece and Italy under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome . Many of our students also participate in the College Year in Athens program.
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Since 1965 the department has been home to the Delta Alpha chapter of Eta Sigma Phi , a nationwide honors society for superior students of Greek and Latin. Our chapter participates in nationwide translation contests and has sent members to participate in the national convention. The annual initiation ceremony is a great occasion on which to meet faculty and students of neighboring Classics programs in Virginia, including Sweet Briar College, Hampden-Sydney College, and Hollins University.
The Classics department is also the academic home of the Lynchburg chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The AIA's national lecture program brings working archaeologists of different interests to our campus to share their research and sends our faculty off to do likewise. The David F. Anthony Sr. Memorial Lecture is given every spring by an archaeologist living in Virginia. The membership of the local chapter includes professional archaeologists, faculty, teachers, and students. The lectures are a great opportunity to meet lovers of archaeology in the Lynchburg community.
Every year around Christmas, Latin classes take to the halls of Randolph to sing Christmas carols in Latin. We also perform at the tree lighting ceremony with other carolers in other languages. On the 21st of April we celebrate Parilia with a BIG birthday cake in honor of the City of Rome. Throughout the year the department takes field trips, as part of classes or just for fun to see plays and Museum exhibits. We sponsor occasional competitions, most recently a critical reading of Gladiator and impromptu celebrations like a Roman Banquet and Dancing in the Dell.