Major

10 Courses

Two introductory courses in Classical Studies: CLST 100, 110, or 140
One intermediate course in Classical Studies: CLST  251 or 253
Senior Research Colloquium: CLST 390

Greek Emphasis:
Six courses in Greek above 102, or 4 courses in Greek above 102 and Latin 101 and 102

Latin Emphasis: 
Six courses in Latin above 102, or 4 courses in Latin above 102 and Greek 101 and 102

Classical Civilization Emphasis: 
Three courses in Latin or Greek above 102
Two courses in one of these related fields:
a) Art History: ARTH 101 and 202; including CLST 200 depending on topic
b) Archaeology/History: ARCH 120, 130, 140, 150, 210, 222, 223, or 250; including CLST 200 depending on topic; or GRK 233, 331, LAT 233, 331
c) Religion: RELG 103 and 107; including CLST 200 depending on topic; LATN 241, LATN or GREK 393 depending on topic
d) Philosophy: PHIL 201 and POSC 180; including CLST 200 depending on topic; GREK 222, LAT 243, 331
e) Poetry: ENGL 101 (The Epic); including CLST 200 depending on topic; GREK 234, 332, LATN 234, 242, 243, 343, 352

Minor

A minor in Classical Studies consists of six courses:
Two introductory courses in Classical Studies: CLST 100, 110, or 140
One intermediate course in Classical Studies: CLST 251 or 253
Three courses in Latin or Greek above 102

Suggested curricular flow through the major

First year:
Latin or Greek 101-102; CLST 100 and 110

Sophomore:
Latin or Greek 201-202; CLST 140 and 253

Junior:
Two courses in Latin or Greek at the 200 level

Senior:
300 level Latin or Greek, CLST 390

During first-year advising, faculty and interested students will determine which track is most appropriate through

Independent study and independent research

Independent studies are available. Contact the department chair for details.

Honors

Honors may be granted in Classical Studies for a two-semester project that results in a well-researched, sophisticated, finely crafted thesis within the range of sixty to one hundred pages. Students are self-selected but acceptance as an Honors candidate is based on the judgment of the department faculty and their assessment of the student's academic ability and potential for successfully completing the project. They will work closely with one advisor but will receive guidance and resources from other members of the department. Only the best projects will be granted Honors, but any student who completes the project will receive credit for the two semesters of independent study. For a detailed project schedule, see the faculty in the Classical Studies department.

Opportunities for off-campus study

Many majors have taken advantage of the Intercollegiate Center in Rome and the College Year in Athens (instruction in English by American professors under the American system), Durham University, and Advanced Studies in England (ASE). Four-week summer immersion courses taught in ancient Greek or Roman lands are offered occasionally. Students may also participate in archaeological survey, excavation and museum research at Mycenae with Prof. Christofilis Maggidis.

Courses

The following courses are offered abroad:

211 Roman Vistas
A four-week course conducted in Italy (the Bay of Naples; Rome and its environs). The course is designed to integrate the study of ancient sites and artifacts with relevant readings from Latin literature.
Admission by permission of the instructor.
Attributes: Social Sciences

212 Greek Vistas
A four-week course conducted in Greece and Crete. The course is designed to integrate study of ancient sites and artifacts with relevant readings from Greek authors.
Admission by permission of instructor.

301 Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology
Archaeological excavation and geoprospection survey for four to six weeks at the Citadel and the Lower Town of Mycenae in Greece (DEPAS Project). The dig provides training for students in the techniques and methods of field archaeology.
Admission by permission of the instructor; ARCH 201 recommended. May be repeated for credit. If taken as part of the archaeology major, the course satisfies either the Field Experience requirement or counts as an elective in the classical area emphasis. If taken more than once it both satisfies the Field Experience requirement and counts as an elective in the classical area emphasis.This course is cross-listed as ARCH 301.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective

Greek

101 Beginning Attic Greek
All the fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax as well as the acquisition of vocabulary. By the conclusion of the second semester students will be prepared to read classical authors in the original.
Attributes: Appropriate for First-Year

102 Beginning Attic Greek
All the fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax as well as the acquisition of vocabulary. By the conclusion of the second semester students will be prepared to read classical authors in the original.
Prerequisite: 101 or equivalent.

201 Introduction to Greek Prose
A review of syntax and selected readings from prose authors. Consideration is given to authors whose style and grammar best illustrate the characteristics of Attic Greek of the Classical period. Supplemental readings in English provide historical and cultural context for the author chosen.
Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.
Attributes: Appropriate for First-Year

202 Introduction to Greek Poetry
Selected readings from Homer with emphasis on poetic style and composition. Supplementary readings in English help stimulate discussion of literary, historical, and cultural topics regarding epic poetry.
Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

222 Philosophical Writers
Readings in Greek Philosophy including authors such as the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, or others. Supplementary readings in English provide historical context and an introduction to certain issues in ancient philosophy.
Recommended: 112 or the equivalent.

233 Herodotus
Selected readings from The Persian Wars, supplemented with reading of the text in English. Attention is paid to the nature of history and historical writing.
Recommended: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.
Attributes: Humanities

234 Greek Tragedy
A play from the corpus of Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides will be read. Readings in English focus discussion on the authors' poetic style, purpose, and the historical context within which the writing occurred.
Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.
Attributes: Humanities

331 Thucydides
Selected readings from The Peloponnesian Wars, supplemented with reading of the text in English. Particular attention is paid to issues of historiography and Thucydides' place among historians.
Prerequisite: one course at the 200-level or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

332 Greek Comedy
Play(s) from the corpus of Aristophanes will be read. Readings in English help stimulate discussion of structure, technique and political-historical context of Aristophanes' comedy.
Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

394 Seminar
Readings and conferences on selected areas of Greek literature. Research skills are emphasized.
Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level. Offered occasionally.

Latin

101 First-Year Latin
All the fundamentals of Latin grammar and the study of vocabulary. This course prepares students to read classical authors in the original.
Attributes: Appropriate for First-Year

102 First-Year Latin
All the fundamentals of Latin grammar and the study of vocabulary. This course prepares students to read classical authors in the original.
Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.

201 Introduction to Roman Prose
Review of syntax and selected readings from prose authors, with study of literary technique and discussion of supplementary readings in English.
Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.
Attributes: Appropriate for First-Year

202 Introduction to Roman Poetry
Selected readings from Catullus and Ovid, with focus on poetic technique, and discussion of supplementary readings in English.
Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

233 Roman Historians
Readings from Roman historians such as Sallust, Caesar and Livy, with study of Roman political values.
Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent.
Attributes: Humanities

234 Ovid
Selections from the Metamorphoses with study of the more important Greek and Roman myths and their modern reception.
Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent.
Attributes: Humanities

241 Early Christian Latin
Selections from Augustine's Confessions, Prudentius' Psychomachia, and/or the corpus of Claudian and Ausonius. Attention is paid to the intellectual and literary culture of the late 4th century AD. Offered every two years.
Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

242 Vergil, Aeneid
Selections from the epic, with emphasis on Vergil's literary aims and technique.
Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every third year.

243 Lucretius
Selections from the Epicurean philosopher's epic poem On the Nature of Things, with study of the philosophical and poetic background of the work, its reception in antiquity, and its relevance to modern concerns.
Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every third year.
Attributes: Writing in the Discipline

331 Cicero
Letters and speeches, with stress on the political life of the age of Cicero.
Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level. Offered every third year.

343 Lyric and Elegy
Selections from Horace and elegists such as Propertius and Tibullus, with focus on their literary technique and tradition.
Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level. Offered every two years.

352 Roman Satire
Readings from the satires of Juvenal or Horace with study of Roman social life in the early Principate.
Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level.

393 Seminar
Readings and conferences on selected areas of Latin literature. Emphasis on research skills.
Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level. Offered occasionally.

Classical Civilization

200 Special Topics in Classical Civilizations
This course undertakes topics, issues, and texts in Classical Civilization which are not otherwise offered in the Classical Studies Curriculum. The areas may include literary, historical, or philosophical topics from Bronze Age Greece to Christian Rome.
Will meet either Div 1a or 1b – Humanities, or DIV II-Social Sciences depending upon topic.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, Appropriate for First-Year

Classical Literature and Mythology

100 Greek and Roman Mythology
An introduction to the study and interpretation of Greek and Roman myths, as they appear both in ancient sources and in later music, sculpture, painting, and literature. The course focuses on interpretive approaches that can help us to define the insights of these myths into to human psychology and the predicaments of men and women, and to apply those insights critically to our own time.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, Appropriate for First-Year, Arts, MEMS Elective

110 Introduction to Greek Civilization
Reading and discussion of key literary, philosophical, and historical works of ancient Greece, including works by Homer, Thucydides, Plato, the Greek tragedians and comedians. Topics include Greek artistic and moral values, the conception of a good life, Athenian democracy and imperialism, slavery, homosexuality, and gender. The literature is read in English translation. This course fulfills a literature requirement in the arts and humanities distribution requirement. Offered every year
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, Appropriate for First-Year, Humanities

140 Ancient Worlds on Film
An introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history and civilization (excluding mythology) through viewing popular films about this period and reading the historical and literary sources on which those films are based. The course focuses on the stories of remarkable men and women from antiquity, what those stories reveal Greek and Roman values and ideas, and ways to apply those insights critically to our own time.
Attributes: Arts

Classical Archaeology

221 Greek Art & Archaeology
A general introduction to the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from Prehistoric to Hellenistic times: Bronze Age civilizations (Cycladic, NE Aegean and Trojan, Minoan, Helladic/Mycenaean); Protogeometric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece. A survey of architecture (temple, secular funerary), sculpture, vase-painting, monumental painting, metalwork, and minor arts of these periods, both on mainland Greece and in the Greek colonies (Asia Minor, Pontus, Syria, Phoenice, Egypt, S.I Italy and Sicily); comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments; styles and schools, regional trends, historical contextualization of ancient Greek art and brief consideration of socio-economic patterns, political organization, religion, and writing. Evaluation of the ancient Greek artistic legacy and contribution to civilization. Field trips to archaeological collections and Museums.
This course is cross-listed as ARCH 120. Offered every fall.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, ARTH Ancient Art, Appropriate for First-Year, Arts

224 Roman Archaeology
A general introduction to the art and archaeology of the Roman world from the Late Republic to the 4th century AD. A survey of architecture (temple, public, domestic, palatial, funerary), monumental painting, sculpture, metalwork, and minor arts of these periods in Italy and the rest of the Roman world; particular emphasis on Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Greece/Asia Minor, and North Africa. Comparative study of typological, iconographical, stylistic, and technical aspects and developments; regional trends and foreign influences. Historical and cultural contextualization of Roman art and architecture with consideration of socio-economic patterns, political developments, religion, and writing.
This course is cross-listed as ARCH 130. Offered occasionally.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, Arts

Classical History

251 Greek History
An introduction to the history of ancient Greece focusing on the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian Wars, ancient Greek intellectual and cultural achievements, and the rise of Macedon. Topics include race, gender and sexuality. Students develop habits for reading ancient and modern sources critically. Assignments introduce students to the primary tools, methods, and conventions of researching and writing in the field of ancient history.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, Writing in the Discipline

253 Roman History
An introduction to the history of ancient Rome focusing on the rise and fall of the Republic, the Augustan Age, and the Principate. Topics include race, gender, and sexuality. Students develop habits for reading ancient and modern sources critically. Assignments introduce students to the primary tools, methods, and conventions of researching and writing in the field of ancient history.
Attributes: ARCH Area A Elective, Social Sciences, Writing in the Discipline

 

390 Senior Research Colloquium
This capstone course for the classical studies major includes an individually designed research project on an open question in Classical Studies based on a set of primary sources or data, and a reflective essay that applies one or more classical texts to a contemporary issue or problem of the student’s choosing. A syllabus of common readings is developed based on student interests as determined prior to the course. Class meetings include discussion of common readings, presentation of draft research and ideas for the reflective essay, field trips to museums and visiting lectures, and discussion of the value of the classical studies major to prospective employers and others. Results of the research and reflection will be published on Dickinson Scholar and publicized via the department blog.
Prerequisite: Three LATN or GREK courses above 102 and CLST 251 or 253.