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On Wednesday, October 8, thirteen students were inducted as charter members into the new Christendom College chapter of Eta Sigma Phi. Classical and early Christian studies professor Dr. Andrew Beer along with a group of Christendom students founded the chapter of the national classics honorary society.

Eta Sigma Phi seeks to foster the study of the ancient classics, to enhance the appreciation of Greek and Roman culture, and to promote good will and friendship among classical students.

Dr. Beer is thrilled with the foundation of the chapter and has high hopes for its future.

“The chapter will provide a formal means of association for all lovers of Classics at Christendom, both among themselves and with their like-minded peers across the country,” Beer says. “We hope both to benefit from the new opportunities membership brings to us and to contribute our own unique charism to the society’s flourishing.”

The first chapter of Eta Sigma Phi was established in 1914 by students at the University of Chicago, and has since spread nationwide to many universities. The Christendom chapter plans to provide many unique opportunities for classics students, including a Latin table at lunch, reading groups and celebrations of classical authors.  Members will get the chance to participate in the national Greek and Latin translation competitions and possibly even attend the society’s national convention.

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