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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Alpha Iota Society

Alpha Iota is the University of South Carolina’s chapter of the national organization Eta Sigma Phi, an honorary society for classical studies which welcomes all undergraduate students who study or have studied the Greek and/or Latin language. The chapter meets on a biweekly basis during the academic year. At the meetings, members plan events, conduct necessary business, and discuss interests in the field of Classics. The meetings and events present one with great opportunities to network, discuss interests, and learn more about Classics. 

The society’s purpose, according to the Constitution of Eta Sigma Phi, is as follows: “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; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”


USC’s Classics Honors Society, Alpha Iota, inducted four new members on March 17.

Students and faculty gathered at Dr. Cathy Castner’s house to mark the event.  Pictured (from left   to right): Claudio de Gregorio, Natasha Dryer, Ellen Jones, Colin Shields, Silas Phillips, Erin Welty, and Laura Beuscher.  On the following morning, members of Alpha Iota drove to Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School to  help out with the annual Spring Convention of the SC Junior Classical League.