L307 will read selections from Cicero’s speeches prosecuting Verres for political corruption. In addition to grammar review and vocabular building, we will also learn about ancient rhetoric and Cicero’s deployment of it. The bronze statue depicts Aulus Metllus as an orator wearing a toga and the high boots of a Roman magistrate and making a gesture typically used by Roman speakers. The statue is cast in bronze, ca. 90-70BCE, discovered in Lake Trasimene, now in the Museo Archeologico, Florence.
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.