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Classics at APSU

Welcome to Classics at Austin Peay!

The study of the Greek and Latin languages, as well as the literature, history, and culture of Greece and Rome, have been fundamental to liberal arts education for some 2,000 years.  Austin Peay State University carries on that tradition by offering majors in Greek, Latin, Classics (both languages), and Latin with Secondary Teaching Certification.  The programs are language intensive, but also have a healthy component of courses in the cultures of Greece and Rome.  More information on the specifics of each program can be found at the pages that follow.  APSU also has an active chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics Honors Society.  In addition to the opportunities that this organization provides, the Johanna W. Mitchell Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior. 

Austin Peay has regularly hosted speakers to come for lectures on our lovely campus in the rolling hills of northern middle Tennessee.  Prof. Olga Palagia of the University of Athens, Dr. Jonathan Shay, author of the influential book ‘Achilles in Vietnam,’ and Dr. Barbara Tsakirgis of Vanderbilt Univ. are just a few of the scholars who have come to share their knowledge of the ancient world with our students.

From the first literature in the western canon, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, to the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, to the New Testament and beyond, Greek has been a flexible tool for the finest expression of human thought.  Take advantage of the opportunity to explore this wonderfully rich language and its long heritage.

If Latin is more to your taste, spend your time here at the Peay studying Vergil, Plautus, Livy and all those other wonderful authors who wrote in the language that Ben Jonson called ‘the Queen of Tongues.’  The study of Latin remains vital and the current nationwide shortage of secondary school Latin teachers provides an added incentive for those who wish to pursue studies in Latin.



Prof. Timothy F. Winters, Ph.D. (Ohio State Univ.)  has been teaching Classics at the university level for 20 years.  His research interests are in Greek epigraphy, archaeology, and historiography.  Prof. Winters lived in Greece for two years where he studied at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.  He has directed APSU’s Study Abroad to Greece program since its inception in 1999.  He has also taught archaeology at the American School. 


Prof. George Pesely, Ph.D. (Univ. of California at Berkeley) is the professor of Ancient History.  His research interests are in Greek history of the Classical period, particularly the figure of Theramenes.  Prof. Pesely teaches courses in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, The Early Middle Ages, and Warfare in the Ancient World. 


Prof. Albert Randall, Ph.D. (Univ. of Oklahoma) has taught Ancient Philosophy at Austin Peay for many years.  He has a deep interest in the cultures of the Mediterranean in both ancient and modern times. Prof. Randall has often taught courses specially designed for the United States Army personnel stationed at Fort Campbell just north of Austin Peay.


Mrs. Mary E. Winters, M.A. (Ohio State Univ.) has taught Latin and English for 25 years. She has sponsored many trips to Italy, Greece, and other destinations in Europe and elsewhere.  Mrs. Winters lived in Greece two years and has studied archaeology, art history, and mythology.  She currently teaches Latin and Mythology. 


Dr. Lynn Sims teaches linguistics in the Dept. of Languages and Literature.  Classics students often take her classes as they are pertinent for their specific interests.