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.

Faculty

Annette Baertschi, Assistant Professor
Catherine Conybeare, Associate Professor
Radcliffe Edmonds, Associate Professor, Major Adviser
Richard Hamilton, Professor and Chair
Russell T. Scott, Professor

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 majors must participate in the Senior Seminar, a full-year course. In the first term students study various fields in classics (e.g., law, literary criticism and history, philosophy, religion, political and 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.

Greek

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.

Major Requirements

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 their first 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.

Minor Requirements

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. Once the grammar has been fully introduced, early in the spring semester, the class will begin to develop facility by reading part of the New Testament, selections from Xenophon and, finally, a dialogue of Plato. (Hamilton)

GREK B101 Herodotus

Selections from Herodotus’ History. (Baertschi, Division III)

GREK B104 Homer

Several books of the Odyssey are read and verse composition is attempted. A short essay is required. (staff, Division III) Offered at Haverford College in 2008-09.

GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides

The Symposium and the History of the Sicilian Expedition. (Edmonds, Division III)

GREK B202 The Form of Tragedy

(staff, Division III) Offered at Haverford College in 2008-09.

GREK B398, B399 Senior Seminar

(staff) Offered at Haverford College in 2008-09

GREK B403 Supervised Work

(staff)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Greek:

GREK H001 Elementary Greek
GREK H002 Elementary Greek
GREK H102 Introduction to Greek Poetry: Homer
GREK H202 Advanced Greek: Tragedy

Latin

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.

Major Requirements

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.

Minor Requirements

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. (Scott)

LATN B112 Latin Literature

Livy and Horace Prerequisite: LATN 101 or placement by the department. (Conybeare, Division III)

LATN B202 Advanced Latin Literature Latin of the Empire: Petronius

Readings from major authors of the first and second centuries C.E. (Baertschi, Division III)

LATN B203 Medieval Latin Literature

Selected works of Latin prose and poetry from the late Roman Empire through the 12th century. (Conybeare, Division III) Not offered in 2008-09.

LATN B301 Vergil’s Aeneid

(Baertschi, Division III) Not offered in 2008-09.

LATN B302 Tacitus

(Scott, Division III) Not offered in 2008-09.

LATN B304 Cicero and Caesar

(Scott, Division III) Not offered in 2008-09.

LATN B312 Roman Satire

(Conybeare, Division III)

LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature: Suetonius

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. (Scott, Division III)

LATN B398, B399 Senior Seminar

(staff) Offered at Haverford College in 2008-09

LATN B403 Supervised Work

(staff)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Latin:

LATN H001 Elementary Latin
LATN H002 Elementary Latin
LATN H101 The Language of Love and Hate in the Roman Republic
LATN H102 Introduction to Latin Literature: Comedy
LATN H201 Advanced Latin Literature:Vergil

Classical Languages

The major in classical languages is designed for the student who wishes to divide her time between the two languages and literatures.

Major Requirements

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.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the major, in addition to the Senior Seminar, are nine 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)

Minor Requirements

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) Not offered in 2008-09.

CSTS B115 Classical Art

(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B115, CITY B115 and HART B115) Not offered in 2008-09.

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 2008-09.

CSTS B160 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome

(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B160 and CITY B160)

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)

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) Not offered in 2008-09.

CSTS B203 High Middle Ages

(Truitt, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B203)

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)

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. (staff, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B206) Not offered in 2008-09.

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)

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) Not offered in 2008-09.

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 2008-09.

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 2008-09.

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)

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 2008-09.

CSTS B255 Sport and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome

Sport and spectacle in ancient Greece and Rome as compared with 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) Not offered in 2008-09.

CSTS B270 Classical Heroes and Heroines

Examines ancient concepts of heroism, focusing on the model and evolution of classical heroism and different types available to men, women, and children. Topics include: social, cultural, and political functions of heroism; heroic legacies; epic vs. tragic heroes; dangers heroes and heroines may pose; personal costs of heroism; anti-heroes and heroic failures; historical ‘heroes’ and their literary representation; ancient vs. modern forms of heroism. (Baertschi, Division III; cross-listed as COML B270) Not offered in 2008-09.

CSTS B274 From Myth to Modern Cinema: Greek Tragedy in Contemporary Film

Explores how contemporary film, which is, like Greek drama, a creative medium appealing to the entire demographic spectrum, looks back to the ancient origins. In addition to literary-historical interpretation, the course will involve various methodological approaches such as film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory. (Baertschi, Division III; cross-listed as COML B274)

CSTS B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology

(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B359 and HART B358) Not offered in 2008-09.

CSTS B368 Topics in Medieval History

(Truitt, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B368)

CSTS B369 Topics in Medieval History

(staff, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B369 and HIST B369) Not offered in 2008-09.

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 2008-09.

CSTS B398, B399 Senior Seminar

(staff) Offered at Haverford College in 2008-09

CSTS B403 Supervised Work

(staff)

CSTS B425 Praxis III

(staff)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Classical Studies:

CSTS H121 The Roman Revolution
CSTS H215 Tales of Troy
CSTS H221 The Ancient Novel
CSTS H398 Senior Seminar
CSTS H399 Senior Seminar
CSTS H460 Teaching Assistant
CSTS H480 Independent Study

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer