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Hugo's Classics Pre-College programs connect students with mentors at leading universities for summer or academic year programs

Students pursue independent research projects designed around itheir specific intersts: latin or ancient greek language and translation, ancient history, mythology, religious and social pratices, art, and architecture.

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A mentorship in Classics allows students to engage deeply with the Greco-Roman world of the past through an interdisciplinary lens. While strengthening their language skills in Latin or ancient Greek, students of Classics also learn about the philosophy, art, politics, history and culture of antiquity. A Classics mentorship truly brings the ancient world to life for students craving to go beyond the introduction offered by high school Greek or Latin.

A mentorship in the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome is a gateway to the humanities.  A study of classics is interdisciplinary by nature, involving the study of some of the most influential western literature and art, along with political and military history, as well as social issues such as gender roles and sexuality, religion, the development of legal systems, and slavery.  Students completing a mentorship in classics hone their research, communication, analytical and critical thinking skills as they consider different kinds of evidence, including ancient texts, surviving buildings and other structures, and artifacts uncovered through archaeological excavation. Past research projects have ranged from a literary analysis of the character Medea, to a paper documenting how British dramas were integral in shaping Americans’ impressions of Julius Caesar.



Analysis of ancient Roman cuisine and culture, with a focus on the connection between indigestion and notions of luxury in Roman thought

Research paper examining slavery in the ancient worlds and its impact on other incidences of slave labor, linking chattel and wage slavery iconography to classical allusions

Series of blog posts on an original website discussing female characters in Greek and Roman mythology and modern reactions to and embodiments of these mythological ideals

Academic essay on Roman houses as reflections of their owners' social status in the ancient world, written through an examination of secondary sources and original Latin translations

Exploring myths about the Olympian gods through ancient and contemporary sources

A virtual gallery exhibition juxtaposing several works of antiquity and images representing antiquity with images that point to Classics' persistence today

High-level translation of Seneca’s Thyestes from the original Latin to English with annotations and analysis