The Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta is recognized as one of the leading departments for the study of History and Classics in Canada and globally. Our students work with professors who are excellent teachers (many have won campus awards), and world-class researchers active at the forefront of their chosen fields.


  1. The Ancient World

    Who discovered King Tut’s tomb? Why were the coins of Ancient Athens called “owls”? Where can you find a local replica of Augustus’ statue? (and why was Rome’s first emperor called “Augustus” anyways?) Join us for a whirlwind tool of the ancient world, from the Stone Age to the Pyramids, the Parthenon, China’s Terracotta army and beyond, and gain an understanding of the civilizations that shaped the modern world. This and more in CLASS 110 with Frances Pownall this fall!

  2. Ancient Greek History

    Have you ever wondered if the Homeric king Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War, actually existed? Was Alexander the Great really great? Why did the Persian king Xerxes attack Greece? Who were the Spartans, and what was unique about them? How did the Athenians acquire such a large empire? Who was Pericles and what did he accomplish? Why was the Parthenon in Athens built? Why did the Athenians and the Spartans attack one another in the Peloponnesian War? Why did the Athenians execute the philosopher Socrates? You will learn the answers to these and any other questions you have ever had about Ancient Greece in CLASS 280​ Introduction to Ancient Greek History!

  3. Greek Literature in Translation

    'All fiction is fan fiction' All myth is re-written to put a unique stamp on an old story. Come meet the Oedipus and Atreus in CLASS 321 this fall and see how murder, madness, and betrayal play themselves out in authors, both ancient and modern!

  4. The Hellenistic World: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra

    Was he really that great? Was she really that beautiful? Distinguish fact from fiction this winter in CLASS 330 with Frances Pownall!

  5. Where Do Revolutions Come From?

    Where do revolutions come from? Who makes revolutions -- "great men" or social movements? What is the relationship between revolution and war? Is there a relationship between how a revolution was carried out and the result -- be it a democracy or a dictatorship? How have modern revolutions understood the relationship between the individual and the state? How have they shaped the relationship between various social classes, and between men and women? How have nationalism, religion, and decolonization shaped modern revolution? Join Heather Coleman and Guy Thompson as they examine War and Revolution and they impact on Society!

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  1. Susan Smith Talks about Mustard Gas with PBS

    During World War II, the U.S. government conducted experiments with mustard gas and other chemicals on thousands of American troops. A new NPR investigation has found that some military experiments singled out African-American, Japanese-American and Puerto Rican servicemen by race. Judy Woodruff learns more from Caitlin Dickerson of NPR and Susan Smith of University of Alberta.

  2. The Kastro Kallithea Study Season 2015. An Impression by Matt Gabert and Karey Rodgirs

  3. Interview David Rupp about the Canadian Institute in Greece at UAlberta

    Dr David Rupp

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