Ancient Greek and Roman History

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Classics (University of Toronto)—PhD
History (York University)​—PhD


The Department of Classics at the University of Toronto and the Graduate Program in History at York University participate in the Joint Collaborative Program in Ancient Greek and Roman History (COLPAH). The program in History provides a broad historical context and methodological framework; Classics provides integration with other fields of study within the ancient world and access to linguistic, cultural, and ancillary disciplines. The program operates only at the doctoral level.

Students are enrolled in one of the two units. The program is administered by a Program Committee of four faculty members,​ two from each unit, one of whom is the Director. The two units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision for research. Upon successful completion of the doctoral degree requirements of the partici​pating home department and the collaborative program, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Ancient Greek and Roman History” on their transcript and parchment.

Interested applicants should contact the Director of the joint collaborative program as well as the Graduate Coordinator of the unit in which they intend to register.

Contact and Address

University of Toronto

Telephone: (416) 978-5513
Fax: (416) 978-7174

​Joint Collaborative Program in Ancient Greek and Roman History (COLPAH)
Department of Classics
University of Toronto
125 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7

York University

Telephone: (416) 736-5123
Fax: (416) 736-5836

Joint Collaborative Program in Ancient Greek and Roman History (COLPAH)
Department of History
York University
2140 Vari Hall
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3


Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admissions criteria of the unit through which they wish to enrol. Interested applicants register in the joint collaborative program with the approval of the Program Committee upon admission to the PhD program in either unit.

  • A strong background in ancient history will be expected of all interested applicants, as will a level of preparation in the ancient languages and languages of research that is appropriate for the institution in which they register.

Program Requirements

  • Students take the required seminars CLA 3020H, CLA 3200Y, as well as 1.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in Greek and Roman history offered by the collaborating units. They will take all other courses to fulfil the requirements of either the graduate program in Classics at the University of Toronto or the graduate program in History at York University.

  • Students take all examinations and meet all language requirements of their home unit.

  • The Program Committee approves the major and minor fields of all students in the joint collaborative program; the major field must always be in Greek and Roman history, whereas the minor field will normally be in a complementary area of ancient history but can, where appropriate, be selected from other areas of study covered by the participating units.

  • Students must complete the requirements of the collaborative program in addition to those of their home unit.​

Course List

CLA 3020H ​Research Methods in Ancient History (Credit/No Credit)
CLA 3200Y Work in Progress in Ancient History (Credit/ No Credit)​