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Research and Global Experience

In the past five years, Classics students have used research opportunities to:

  • Edit medieval manuscripts
  • Produce digital editions of ancient texts
  • Translate a Latin “reader’s digest” version of Homer’s Iliad
  • Create an online database for Furman’s ancient coin collection
  • Annotate geospatial features in ancient texts

Classics research has taken our students all over the world: students have studied with the Homer Multitext Summer Research Seminar at the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University; the University of Leipzig’s Seminar in Ancient History; and the University of Leipzig Department of Computer Science. Students have presented their research as close by as Greensboro, NC and as far away as Leipzig, Montreal, and Mexico City.

The Classics department has also recently started the Furman Editions project: “Editions, done right, for learners.” In this project, Classics students are doing research and working with their professors to create editions of never-before-published texts.

The department has affiliate relationships with College Year in Athens (CYA) and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS), for students who want to have concentrated travel study experiences in Athens or Rome. Furman-led study away trips have further explored sites such as Crete, Sicily, Turkey, Pompeii, southern Spain, Florence, Olympia, Delphi, and Thessaloniki.