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Societies in the Classics

If you have a passion for the classics in the classroom, we encourage you to explore it further beyond class hours as well. There are several different ways you can engage with your interest in antiquity.
Students from the Classics Society recruit new members while in costume at the activities fair.

Classics Society

The Colgate Classics Society is open to all lovers of the ancient Greek and Roman world. We aim to generate interest in the classics by hosting events with classical themes. Past events have included film screenings and a Classics Jeopardy night with questions pertaining to the Greek and Roman world.

We are also constantly looking for new ways of presenting the classics, taking advantage of the many resources Colgate has to offer. Check out the video below to see how we used the Ho Tung Visualization Lab!

Eta Sigma Phi

Eta Sigma Phi is an Honorary Greek Letter Society of undergraduate students across the United States. Originally Phi Sigma, the society was founded in 1914 at the University of Chicago to honor students of Greek and Latin. The organization became nationalized in 1924. According to its constitution, the society aims to:
  1. "Develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities."
  2. "Promote closer relationships among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationships."
  3. "Engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the languages, literature, history, and art of ancient Greece and Rome."
Colgate University's Delta Zeta chapter was founded in 1963. Today there are several honor students of the classics who have been accepted into the society and actively carry out the organization's goals.