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History

What began in 1914 as a small club at the University of Chicago, has now grown into a large society made up of students interested in Classics across America.

Classics by definition is the study of classical antiquity, traditionally Classical Greece and Rome. In the Western World it is considered one of the building blocks of the humanities.

The purpose of Eta Sigma Phi is, according to their website, to “develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities, to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship, and to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.” The organizations motto is φιλοσοφοῦμεν καὶ φιλοκαλοῦμεν, which translates to “we love wisdom and beauty.”

φιλοσοφοῦμεν καὶ φιλοκαλοῦμεν

-Paraphrasing of a speech by Pericles in Thucydides’ “The Peloponnesian War’

Bust of Thucydides