Our History & Governance

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our small club was started... 

On June 9, 1900, when five classicists founded the new New York Latin Club in order to provide a forum for individuals interested in classical antiquity to gather, exchange ideas, and sponsor lectures by distinguished classicists. Later christened the New York Classical Club, the organization gradually expanded its mission to include the promotion of Greek and Latin study in schools and colleges, using the resources of an endowment fund granted tax-exempt status in 1959 as the New York Classical Club Greek and Latin Scholars Fund. One of the ways that the club reached many young New Yorkers was by providing area schools with medals that could be awarded to students for excellence in Latin and Greek.

In 1997, the Club became a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit corporation whose purposes, according to the by-laws, are the following:

  • to promote the development and maintain the well-being of classical studies

  • to provide learning opportunities for exchange of ideas and free discussion among lovers of classical learning

  • to provide learning opportunities both to members and to the general public

  • to improve teaching on the elementary, secondary, post-secondary and graduate levels in the classical fields

  • to establish and administer scholarships, fellowships and prizes in the classical disciplines.

We invite you to explore our site and the classical world in New York City.


Club officers

Dr. David Petrain (Hunter College, CUNY; Graduate Center, CUNY), President

Ms. Talia Varonos (The Nightingale-Bamford School), Vice-President

Ms. Alexa Jervis (The Buckley School), Secretary-Treasurer

Mr. Runako Taylor (The Brearley School), Censor

Dr. Panayotes Dakouras (The Nightingale-Bamford School), Custodian of Funds