Greek, Latin and Classical Studies
Students may complete a major in Greek, Latin, Classical Languages or Classical Culture and Society. Students may complete a minor in Greek, Latin or Classical Culture and Society. Students may complete an M.A. in Greek or Latin in the combined A.B./M.A. program.
Annette Baertschi, Assistant Professor
Catherine Conybeare, Associate Professor
Radcliffe Edmonds, Associate Professor (on leave 2007-08)
Alex Gotttesman, Lecturer
Richard Hamilton, Professor and Chair
Russell T. Scott, Professor, Major Adviser
In collaboration with the Department of Classics at Haverford College , the department offers four concentrations in classics: Greek, Latin, classical languages, and classical culture and society. In addition to the sequence of courses specified for each concentration, all students must participate in the Senior Seminar, a full-year course. In the first term students study various fields in classics (e.g., law, literary history, philosophy, religion, social history), while in the second term they write a long research paper and present their findings to the group. Senior essays of exceptionally high quality may be awarded departmental honors at commencement.
Students, according to their concentrations, are encouraged to consider a term of study during junior year at the College Year in Athens or the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.
The sequence of courses in the ancient Greek language is designed to acquaint the students with the various aspects of Greek culture through a mastery of the language and a comprehension of Greek history, mythology, religion and the other basic forms of expression through which the culture developed. The works of poets, philosophers and historians are studied both in their historical context and in relation to subsequent Western thought.
College Foreign Language Requirement
The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing GREK 101 and 104 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in GREK 104.
Requirements in the major are two courses at the introductory level, two courses at the 100 level, two courses at the 200 level, one course at the 300 level and the Senior Seminar.
Also required are three courses to be distributed as follows: one in Greek history, one in Greek archaeology and one in Greek philosophy.
By the end of the senior year, majors will be required to have completed a sight translation from Greek to English.
Prospective majors in Greek are advised to take Greek in the freshman year. For students entering with Greek there is the possibility of completing the requirements for both A.B. and M.A. degrees in four years. Those interested in pursuing advanced degrees are advised to have a firm grounding in Latin.
Requirements for a minor in Greek are two courses at the introductory level, two courses at the 100 level, two courses at the 200 level.
Courses for which a knowledge of Greek is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.
GREK B010, B011 Traditional and New Testament Greek
The first part of this year-long course will focus on introducing standard (Classical) Greek grammar through the fall semester. Early in the spring semester the class will split into two sections, with one section reading classical Greek authors such as Xenophon and Plato, and the other reading sections of the New Testament. ( Hamilton )
GREK B101 Herodotus
Selections from Herodotus' History. (Mulligan, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2007-08.
GREK B104 Homer
Several books of the Odyssey are read and verse composition is attempted. A short essay is required. (Gottesman, Division III)
GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides
The Symposium and the History of the Sicilian Expedition. (Gottesman, Division III)
GREK B202 The Form of Tragedy
(Roberts, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2007-08.
GREK B403 Supervised Work
The major in Latin is designed to acquaint the student with Roman literature and culture, which are examined both in their classical context and as influences on the medieval and modern world.
College Foreign Language Requirement
The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing LATN 003-112 or 101-112 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in LATN 112.
Requirements for the major are LATN 101, 102, two literature courses at the 200 level, two literature courses at the 300 level, HIST 207 or 208, Senior Seminar, and two courses to be selected from the following: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology or Greek at the 100 level or above; French, Italian or Spanish at the 200 level or above. Courses taken at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome are accepted as part of the major. By the end of the senior year, majors will be required to have completed a sight translation from Latin to English.
Students who place into 200-level courses in their first year may be eligible to participate in the A.B./M.A. program. Those interested should consult the department as soon as possible.
Requirements for the minor are normally six courses, including one at the 300 level. For non-majors, two literature courses at the 200 level must be taken as a prerequisite for admission to a 300-level course.
Courses for which knowledge of Latin is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.
LATN B001, B002 Elementary Latin
Basic grammar, composition and Latin readings, including classical prose and poetry. (Baertschi, Conybeare)
LATN B003 Intermediate Latin
Intensive review of grammar, reading in classical prose and poetry. For students who have had the equivalent of two years of high school Latin or are not adequately prepared to take LATN 101. This course meets three times a week with a required fourth hour to be arranged. (Baertschi)
LATN B101 Latin Literature: Catullus and Cicero
Prerequisite: LATN 002 or placement by the department. (Fenton, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2007-08.
LATN B112 Latin Literature: Livy and Horace
Prerequisite: LATN 101 or placement by the department. (Scott, Division III) .
LATN B201 Advanced Latin Literature
(staff, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
LATN B202 Advanced Latin Literature: Ovid
Readings from major authors of the first and second centuries C.E. (Mulligan, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2007-08.
LATN B203 Medieval Latin Literature
Selected works of Latin prose and poetry from the late Roman Empire through the 12th century. (Conybeare, Division III)
LATN B301 Vergil
(Baertschi, Division III) .
LATN B302 Tacitus
(Scott, Division III)
LATN B303 Lucretius
(Conybeare, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
LATN B304 Cicero and Caesar
(Scott, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
LATN B305 Livy and the Conquest of the Mediterranean
(Scott) Not offered in 2007-08.
LATN B312 Roman Satire
(staff, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-quarters of the reading will be from primary sources. Prerequisite: a 200-level Latin course (staff, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
LATN B403 Supervised Work
The major in classical languages is designed for the student who wishes to divide her time between the two languages and literatures.
In addition to the Senior Seminar, the requirements for the major are eight courses in Greek and Latin, including at least two at the 200 level in one language and two at the 300 level in the other, and two courses in ancient history and/or classical archaeology. There are two final examinations: sight translation from Greek to English, and sight translation from Latin to English.
Classical Culture and Society
The major provides a broad yet individually structured background for students whose interest in the ancient classical world is general and who wish to pursue more specialized work in one or more particular areas.
The requirements for the major, in addition to the Senior Seminar, are 10 courses distributed as follows:
- two courses in either Latin or Greek beyond the elementary level
- one course in Greek and/or Roman history
- three courses, at least two of which are at the 200 level or higher, in one of the following concentrations — archaeology and art history, philosophy and religion, literature and the classical tradition, or history and society
- three electives, at least one of which is at the 200 level or higher, and one of which must be among the courses counted toward the history/society concentration (except in the case of students in that concentration)
For the minor, six courses drawn from the range of courses counted toward the major are required. Of these, two must be in Greek or Latin at the 100 level and at least one must be in classical culture and society at the 200 level.
CSTS B110 The World Through Classical Eyes
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B110)
CSTS B115 Classical Art
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B115, CITY B115 and HART B115)
CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action
An introduction to Roman public and private law from the early republic to the high empire. The development of legal institutions, including the public courts, the role of the jurists and the importance of case law, is stressed. (Scott, Division III) Not offered in 2007-2008.
CSTS B191 The World of the Greek Heroes: Icon and Narrative
An introduction to Greek mythology comparing the literary and visual representations of the major gods and heroes in terms of content, context, function and syntax. (Hamilton, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B193 The Routes of Comedy
A broad survey, ranging from the pre-history of comedy in such phenomena as monkey laughs and ritual abuse to the ancient comedies of Greece and Rome and their modern descendants, from the Marx Brothers and Monty Python to Seinfeld and South Park. (Hamilton, Division III)
CSTS B205 Greek History
A study of Greece down to the end of the Peloponnesian War (404 B.C.E.), with a focus on constitutional changes from monarchy through aristocracy and tyranny to democracy in various parts of the Greek world. Emphasis on learning to interpret ancient sources, including historians (especially Herodotus and Thucydides), inscriptions, and archaeological and numismatic materials. Particular attention is paid to Greek contacts with the Near East ; constitutional developments in various Greek-speaking states; Athenian and Spartan foreign policies; and the “unwritten history” of non-elites. (Edmonds, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B205) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B206 Society, Medicine and Law in Ancient Greece
An introduction to the social context of Greek history in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. Topics include the Greek household, occupations, slavery, literacy and education, sexuality, ancient medical practices, and the working of law in the polis. Ancient sources are emphasized, including orators, technical writers, inscriptions and papyri. (Gottesman, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B206)
CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
The history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy, the Hellenistic world and the evolution of the Roman state. Ancient sources, literary and archaeological, are emphasized. (Scott, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B207) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B208 The Roman Empire
Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological. (Scott, Division I or III; cross-listed as HIST B208)
CSTS B209 Eros in Ancient Greek Culture
This course explores the ancient Greek's ideas of love, from the interpersonal loves between people of the same or different genders to the cosmogonic Eros that creates and holds together the entire world. The course examines how the idea of eros is expressed in poetry, philosophy, history and the romances. (Edmonds, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B211 Masks, Madness and Mysteries in Greek Religion
A review of ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological, pertaining to the cults of Demeter and Dionysus practiced in ancient Greece , followed by an examination of various modern theories that have been proposed to illuminate the significance of the rites. (Hamilton, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B212 Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans — from the simple spells designed to meet the needs of the poor and desperate to the complex theurgies of the philosophers, the people of the Greco-Roman world made use of magic to try to influence the world around them. This course will examine the magicians of the ancient world and the techniques and devices they used. We shall consider ancient tablets and spell books as well as literary descriptions of magic in the light of theories relating to the religious, political and social contexts in which magic was used. (Edmonds, Division III) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B236 The Ancient Novel
A survey of the Greek and Roman prose fiction commonly referred to as the ancient novel. Reading these works in translation we will examine issues surrounding the rise of the genre and its cultural context, compare methods of characterization and narrative structure, investigate the relationship between historicity and fictionality, and consider connections between the ancient novel and its successors. Authors include: Apuleius, Chariton , Heliodorus, Longus, Petronius and Achilles Tatius. (staff, Division III; cross-listed as COML B236) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B239 Dawn of the Middle Ages
(staff, Division I or III; cross-listed as HIST B239) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B255 Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome
Sport and spectacle in ancient Greece and Rome and comparatively to the institutions of education and sport in modern society. Topics include the Olympic games and other sanctuaries with athletic competitions, the built structures for athletics (stadium, gymnasium, baths, amphitheaters, circuses and hippodrome), festivals and games such as gladiatorial combats. (Scott, Wright, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B255, CITY B260 and HIST B285)
CSTS B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B359)
CSTS B368 Topics in Medieval History
(staff, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B368) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B375 Interpreting Mythology
The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. (Edmonds, Division III; cross-listed as COML B375) Not offered in 2007-08.
CSTS B398, B399 Senior Seminar
CSTS B403 Supervised Work