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Mike Taylor discussed Classics over pizza with members of ESP last spring.

Eta Sigma Phi, our chapter of the national undergraduate honorary society, kicked off the academic year at the department’s undergraduate picnic (pictured above).

The group meets in Murphey Hall to plan its yearly activities and movie nights. This semester, the chapter is slated to host a variety of activities, including a celebration of Vergil’s birth in October and a pentathlon. They also are organizing an intercollegiate play festival and undergraduate conference for the spring.

ESP has been at Chapel Hill for a number of years, and is composed of undergraduates majoring and minoring in classical studies or languages who want to meet other students in the department, to become more active on campus, and to further their education and to promote others’ interest in Classical Studies. ESP activities are open to all students with an interest in Greek and Roman history, literature and culture.

To get involved with ESP, email Luke Hagemann, president, at

For information, visit ESP’s website, and check our website for events and announcements.


Intercollegiate Classics Play Festival

We are organizing an intercollegiate undergraduate play festival, to be held in the UNC outdoor Forest Theatre, March 23-24. Various groups will put on various productions of Greek and Roman plays. Classics departments and campus theatre groups from all universities are invited to email Alex Caprara at to discuss their participation.

Inaugural Undergraduate Classics Conference

We are now accepting submissions of paper proposals to be presented at the first UNC Undergraduate Classics Conference. The conference will be held in Murphey Hall, April 13-14.  Papers may engage topics concerning Roman and Greek Literature, History, Archaeology, and Philosophy. An abstract of no more than 500 words must be emailed to by Feb. 15.  Please include name, university, contact number and email, and major.

Departmental Ides of March Assassins Game

All faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students in the Classics Department are invited to partake in a game of Assassins, to be held sometime in March (unfortunately it will not actually be on the Ides because spring break gets in the way). More information will be released closer to the date.