University of Pittsburgh

Eta Sigma Phi

Eta Sigma Phi is a Classics Honorary Society for students of Latin and/or Greek. The purpose of the society as stated in its Constitution is “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 relationships; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”

Eta Sigma Phi is open to all students who (1) have completed or are enrolled in Latin II or Greek II at the University of Pittsburgh and (2) carry a ‘B’ average in already completed courses in Latin and/or Greek. You do NOT have to be a Classics major to join Eta Sigma Phi. There is also a one-time initiation fee of $20 to be collected from members after their acceptance to the society.

In the upcoming year Eta Sigma Phi will sponsor public lectures on current issues in Classics; a reception will follow each lecture (i.e. there will be free food). Students will also have the opportunity to talk with the graduate students of the Classics Department about applying to graduate schools, obtaining jobs in Classics, and study abroad. The official schedule of events will be posted both on-line and in the Department of Classics.

Members of Eta Sigma Phi are eligible for two national scholarships for study abroad in the summer, one to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the other to the American Academy in Rome. The value of each scholarship is approximately $1500 plus a tuition waver by the schools abroad. There are also nationally sponsored translation contests in Latin and Greek which carry cash prizes.

You can print the application (PDF) form from the website , or you can obtain application forms from Dr. Harry Avery at the Classics Department, 1518 Cathedral of Learning. If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Avery at



Surprise1959All of us in Eta Sigma Phi

Celebrating with Dr. Avery, Eta Sigma Phi faculty advisor (April 2009) Dr. Avery was surprised with a cake to honor his 50th year PhD anniversary.







Celebrating with Dr. Avery, Eta Sigma Phi faculty advisor (April 2009)

Washington D.C. February 27-March 1, 2009. Students viewed the Pompeii exhibit. They also visited the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, the Library of Congress,and the Smithsonian Natural History History Museum.
A few pictures...

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