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.

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Ancient Roman Revolutions

After nearly 500 years of republican governance and a devastating series of civil wars, Rome transitioned to sole rule in 31 BCE. The principate, as the new system came to be known, was devised by a ruthless and charismatic leader named Augustus, who aspired to create a hereditary monarchy operating under the façade of republican continuity. Although Augustus successfully implemented a dynasty, his descendants proved far less adept at ruling. This course focuses on two of Augustus’ most notorious successors: Caligula and Nero.

Roman Borderlands

Though movies and novels often focus on the city of Rome, the majority of Romans actually lived outside of Italy. What did their lives look like? In this course, we will focus on the material remains of life on the fringes of the Roman Empire, from Syria to Britannia to Noricum, as a way to think through how diverse groups of people responded to Roman rule. 


Selections from the "Metamorphoses" and other writings; emphasis on Ovid's artistic and social importance.

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