CLAS 122. Classical Mythology

Classical Mythology is devoted to the legends and lore of ancient Greece and Rome. Readings in primary sources of classical mythology (e.g. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses) provide material for lectures and discussion of the great heroic tradition of the classical world: the stories of Achilles and Hector before Troy; Perseus, Andromeda, and the slaying of Medusa; Jason, Medea and the quest for the Golden Fleece; Aeneas, Romulus, and the founding of Rome. This course is an introduction, too, to the discipline of Classics and the world of classical antiquity.

CLAS 222. Archaeology of Ancient Greece and Rome

A survey of the material remains of ancient Greece and Rome, from the rise of Minoan Crete through the fall of the western Roman Empire in A.D. 476. The sculpture, painting, pottery, jewelry, religious objects, and great temples and monuments of the classical world will be studied closely. Particular attention will be paid to certain sites of immortal fate: the remains of the sanctuary of Demeter and her daughter Persephone at Eleusis near Athens; the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the shadow of Vesuvius; and the archaeological record of Roman Britain (Hadrian’s Wall) and Roman Africa and Egypt may all be examined in detail.

CLAS 250. The Ancient Novel

A detailed study of a masterpiece of surviving classical Latin literature, Petronius' novel the Satyricon or Satyrica. This lecture course will consider all aspects of this novel of the Age of Nero: the identity of its mysterious author; its genre and antecedents in both Greek and Latin literature; and the historical, social, and literary context in which it was composed. Outside readings in the history of the Neronian age and other extant works of classical literature from the period will enhance a better appreciation of the consummate artistry of this enigmatic and spellbinding work.

CLAS 251. Women in Antiquity

This Classics course may focus on the lives of women (both mortal and immortal) in ancient Greece and Rome, with special consideration of the surviving literary and historical evidence. The women of imperial Rome (especially of the Julio-Claudian dynasty): Livia, Antonia Augusta, Agrippina the Younger and Elder, and Messalina, may provide a particular focus; depictions of women in tragic poetry (especially of Sophocles and Euripides), as well as epic (especially Virgil’s Dido and Camilla), lyric (Sappho and Horace), and elegiac verse (especially Propertius and Ovid) may also provide a suitable direction for inquiry. Readings in primary sources in translation will be supplemented by secondary works that explore depictions of the feminine in ancient Greek and Roman authors.

CLAS 310. Archaic and Classical Greece

A comprehensive lecture course that considers the history and literature of the ancient Greeks, from the dawn of Minoan culture in Crete through the rise of Macedon in the fourth century B.C.  The world of the Mycenaean Bronze Age, of Homer and Hesiod and the great lyric poets, leads on to the Dark Ages, the Archaic Period, and the glory of classical Athens with the splendid tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and the choral odes of Pindar.  Close consideration of the Persian Wars and the monumental struggle between Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, through the pages of the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides.  Together with CLAS 319 this course offers a complete introduction in survey to the world of the ancient Greeks.

CLAS 320. Alexander the Great

A Classics course that will survey the accomplishments and age of Alexander the Great through a study of both history and literature. Moving in chronological fashion through his brief lifetime, we shall study closely his astonishing victories in Persia and elsewhere, his political settlements, his private life, and how his dramatic performance on the world stage paved the way for the ultimate transition to a Roman East. Some comparison of Alexander and Julius Caesar. Readings in the surviving primary sources for his life: Plutarch; Arrian’s Anabasis; Diodorus Siculus; Quintus Curtius Rufus; and the Greek Alexander Romance, as well as some attention to the vast secondary literature that has surrounded Alexander. This course provides a good introduction or supplement to the surveys of the Roman Republic and Empire, as we survey the beginnings of the Hellenistic Age.

CLAS 321. The Roman Republic

A comprehensive lecture survey of the history and literature of ancient Rome from the legends of the founding through the battle of Actium in 31 B.C. Chronological study of the Roman regal and republican periods, with special attention to the personalities and conflicts of the first century B.C. and the fall of the Republic. Authors read may include selections from Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita; assorted lives of Plutarch; Caesar’s (and Lucan’s) Bellum Civile; selections from the works of Cicero (especially the Second Philippic); the poetry of Lucretius and Catullus; Sallust’s Bellum Iugurthinum; Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics; Horace’s lyric poetry; Propertius’ and Tibullus’ elegiacs; a comedy or two of Terence; and the remains of archaic Latin (especially Ennius and Naevius).

CLAS 322. The Roman Empire

A comprehensive lecture survey of the history and literature of ancient Rome from the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. through the collapse and fall of the western Roman Empire. Detailed examination of the nature of the imperial principate, with special attention to the personalities of the Roman emperors and the response of poets and historians to the madness around them. Authors read in English translation may include Tacitus with selections from his monumental histories; Dio Cassius on the Augustan principate; Suetonius with his lives of the Caesars; Virgil with his Aeneid; Ovid (especially his Heroides and Fasti); Juvenal and Persius; Petronius; Seneca (especially his tragedies); Pliny the Younger; epic poets of the Silver Age (especially Statius and Valerius Flaccus).

CLAS 490. Independent Study

CLAS 491. Directed Reading


GREE 110 – GREE 111. Introduction to Classical Greek

An introduction to the language and literature of the ancient Greeks, with some consideration, too, of the rich history and culture of the founders of western civilization. Students move from a study of the Greek alphabet and basic grammar and syntax to the reading of prose and poetic texts of Greek literature. By the end of the spring semester of this full-year course students have the ability to approach straightforward texts of Greek literature with the aid of a lexicon.

GREE 330. Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry

A variable content advanced reading course in Greek prose and poetry. This course will focus on a different author or genre each semester. Students will read extensively from the works of a given author; possible topics include Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey; Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns; Greek Lyric Poetry; Aeschylus; Sophocles; Euripides; Aristophanes; Herodotus; Thucydides; Greek Pastoral; Plato and the treasures of Hellenistic and imperial Greek poetry.

GREE 490. Independent Study

GREE 491. Directed Readings


LATI 110 – LATI 111. Introduction to Latin

An introduction to the language and literature of the ancient Romans, with some attention to the history and culture of ancient Rome. Students advance from a study of the basic principles of grammar and syntax to the reading of passages of prose and poetry from the great corpus of surviving Latin literature. By the end of the year students will have the ability to read passages of straightforward Latin prose and poetry with the aid of a dictionary.

LATI 225. Intermediate Latin

The intermediate level of Latin provides a review of grammar and syntax alongside a reading of texts of Latin prose and poetry. Students gain experience and confidence in the reading of continuous works of Latin literature through a close study of the works of major Latin authors such as Cicero; Livy; Virgil; Horace. Some consideration of the history of ancient Rome and the literature of both the Republic and Empire are considered.

LATI 330. Readings in Latin Prose and Poetry

This variable content course is an advanced reading course in Latin literature that focuses on a particular author of genre. Topics may include Virgil and Roman epic poetry; Lucretius and his Epicurean gospel, the De Rerum Natura; Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Horace’s odes; the elegies of Propertius and Tibullus; Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus; Cicero’s oratory, philosophical works, and letters; the Roman comedies of Terence and the satires of Juvenal; the Neronians Lucan; Petronius; Seneca.

LATI 490. Independent Study in Latin

LATI 491. Directed Readings in Latin