Classical Studies courses

Most students begin with CLAS-L100: Elementary Latin I (if focusing on Latin), or CLAS-G100: Elementary Greek I (if focusing on Classical Greek). If you have previous Latin or Classical Greek language experience, your language placement will depend on your: Latin Foreign Language Placement Exam; successful completion of an in-person placement test for Classical Greek; or AP credit.

We offer introductory and advanced civilization classes on Roman or Greek culture, classical mythology, classical art and archaeology, film, and more. And, all of our Classical Civilization majors complete a senior capstone, which focuses on a special topic each fall semester. Examples include: early Rome, ancient sexualities, the Trojan War, and the Athenian aristocracy.

Highlighted courses

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CLAS-G305: Greek Tragedy (Euripides)

This course will serve as an introduction to Euripides through a close examination of two of his most controversial and exciting plays: Medea and Bacchae. The primary goal of this class is to become accurate and adept readers of Attic tragedy and, to this end, the majority of class time will be spent translating the Greek, with special attention paid to grammar and syntax.

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CLAS-L305: Ovid

Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C.E.-17 C.E.) is perhaps our first truly Augustan poet. Born into an equestrian family and uninterested in a political career, Ovid devoted himself to the pursuit of poetry. A prolific writer in a number of genres, he provides one of our richest resources for Augustan literary culture. In this course, we will read selections from the Fasti, a six-volume work on the Roman calendar.

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CLAS-C308: Roman Law

This course introduces the Roman legal system and the practice of legal analysis. Studying law allows us to investigate Roman ideas about personal safety and personal space, economic decisions, and the environment.

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CLAS-C212: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

This class explores the literary (Greco-Roman authors), archaeological, architectural, and art historical evidence for the canonical seven wonders of the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds as well as how they have been understood and imagined from antiquity to the present.

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