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Scott Farrington

Associate Professor of Classical Studies (2014)

Contact Information

farrings@dickinson.edu

East College Room 107
717-254-8302

Bio

Professor Farrington earned his PhD at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His publications have focused primarily on the historian Polybius and the nature and development of historical and literary prose in antiquity. His most recent article (Classical Philology, 2021) reinterprets the ancient proverb “Nothing to do with Dionysus.” He offers classes in Greek, Latin, and the history of the ancient world and its reception.

Education

  • B.A., Loyola University, 1993
  • M.F.A., University of Alaska, 1999
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder, 2008

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

GREK 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.

LATN 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.

HIST 213 Roman History
Cross-listed with CLST 253-01.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.

GREK 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: 202 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

CLST 253 Roman History
Cross-listed with HIST 213-01.

Spring 2024

GREK 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.

CLST 140 Ancient Worlds on Film
Cross-listed with FMST 210-01.

FMST 210 Ancient Worlds on Film
Cross-listed with CLST 140-01. 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.

GREK 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.