Course Descriptions

BA with a Minor in Classical Studies
Course requirements for the minor are: CLAS 110 or 120; CLAS 230 or 240, one of CLAS 110, 120, 230 or 240 or 6 credits from CLAS 211, 212, 213, 214; or ENGL 206 and 207; PHIL 351, 352; or RELS 340 or 345.

110    Latin I
For students with no previous knowledge of Latin, this course will teach a reading command of the language. Recommended for those interested in classical languages, literature, history, philosophy, and religious studies. Six credits.

120    Introductory Greek
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic structural features of classical Greek. In addition to grammar and vocabulary, the class will consider simple texts from classical Greek philosophy and literature as well as from the New Testament. Six credits.

211    Greek History during the Classical Period
A survey of Greek political, social, economic, and cultural history from Minoan- Mycenean times to the end of the Greek city-state. Special emphasis will be placed on Sparta and the “Golden Age” of fifth-century Athens. Three credits.

212    Greek History during the Hellenistic Period
A survey of ancient Greek history during the Hellenistic period, including the conquest of classical Greece by King Philip of Macedon, the rise and fall of Alexander the Great, and the conquest of Hellenistic Greece by Rome. Three credits.

213    History of the Roman Republic
A history of Rome from its origins in the 8th century B.C. to the fall of the Roman republic. Special attention will be paid to political and constitutional developments under Republican Rome and its rise to dominance of the entire Mediterranean. Three credits.

214    A History of the Roman Empire
A history of the Roman Empire from its origins in the Roman republic until the collapse of Roman authority in the West. Special attention will be paid to the reign of Augustus; the pax Romana; the expansion of the empire in Europe and the Near East; the political and constitutional transformation of the Roman republic into an empire; Constantine and the rise of Christianity; the fall of Rome in the West. Three credits.

230    Latin II
A follow-up to CLAS 110, this course includes oral work designed to enhance reading skills, and the study of hymns, poems, epitaphs, and speeches, as well as selections from the New Vulgate. Prerequisite: CLAS 110. Six credits.

240    Greek Literature in Translation
The study of selected works of ancient Greek literature, read in translation, concentrating on the principal figures and themes of ancient Greek mythology. Texts will include the epic poetry of Homer and the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Cross-listed as RELS 220. Six credits.