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 M. Baertschi, Assistant Professor
Francisco Barrenechea, Visiting Assistant Professor
Catherine Conybeare, Associate Professor (on leave semesters I and II)
Radcliffe Edmonds, Associate Professor, Major Adviser
Richard Hamilton, Professor (on leave semester II)
Russell T. Scott, Professor and Acting Chair
In collaboration with the Department of Classics at Haverford College, the department offers four major programs of study: Greek, Latin, Classical Languages, and Classical Culture and Society. In addition to the sequence of courses specified for each major, all majors must participate in the Senior Seminar, a full-year course. In the first term, students refine their ability to read, discuss, and critique classical texts through engagement with scholarship from various fields of Classical Studies while in the second term, they conduct independent research, culminating in a substantial thesis paper and a presentation to the department. 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 in programs such as 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 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.
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.
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. (Edmonds, Language Level 1)
Selections from Herodotus’ History. (Baertschi, Edmonds, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2009-10.
Selections from the Odyssey. A short essay is required. (Barrenechea, Division III)
The Symposium and the History of the Sicilian Expedition. (Hamilton, Division III)
(Edmonds, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2009-10.
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. (staff, Division III) Offered at Haverford in 2009-10.
Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Greek:
GREK H001 Elementary Greek
GREK H002 Elementary Greek
GREK H101 Introduction to Greek Literature: Herodotus and Greek Lyric
GREK H202 Advanced Greek: Tragedy
GREK H350 Seminar in Greek Literature: Translating the Classics: Theory, History, Practice
GREK H480 Independent Study
The major in Latin is designed to acquaint the students with Roman literature, history and culture in all its aspects. Works in Latin language, ranging from the beginnings of Rome to the Renaissance, are examined both in their historical context and as influences on post-classical cultures and societies up to the present day.
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.
Basic grammar, composition and Latin readings, including classical prose and poetry. (Baertschi, Barrenechea, Language Level 1)
Intensive grammar review and 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. (Barrenechea, Language Level 2)
Livy and Horace. Prerequisite: LATN 101 or placement by the department. (Scott, Division III)
Readings from major authors of the first and second centuries C.E. (Baertschi, Division III) Not offered in 2009-10.
Selected works of Latin prose and poetry from the late Roman Empire through the 12th century. (Conybeare, Division III) Not offered in 2009-10.
A study of Latin prose style based on readings and exercises in composition. Offered to students wishing to fulfill the requirements for teacher certification in Latin or to fulfill one of the requirements in the major. (Barrenechea, Division III)
(Baertschi, Division III) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Scott, Division III) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Scott, Division III) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Conybeare, Division III) Not offered in 2009-10.
Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Topic for semester I: Ovid Fasti. Topic for semester II: Horace Odes and Epodes. Three-quarters of the reading will be from primary sources. Prerequisite: a 200-level Latin course. (Scott, Baertschi, Division III)
Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Latin:
LATN H001 Elementary Latin
LATN H002 Elementary Latin
LATN H101 Introduction to Latin Literature: The Language of Love and Hate in the Roman Republic
LATN H102 Introduction to Latin Literature: Comedy
LATN H170 Stilus: Latin Reading and Stylistics
LATN H202 Advanced Latin Literature: Ovid
LATN H350 Seminar in Latin Literature: Translating the Classics: Theory, History, Practice
LATN H399 Senior Seminar
LATN H480 Independent Study
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: a sight translation from Greek to English, and another 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 nine courses distributed as follows:
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 beyond the elementary level and at least one must be in classical culture and society at the 200 level.
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B110) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B115, CITY B115 and HART B115) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Lindenlauf, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B125 and HART B125)
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B160 and CITY B160) Not offered in 2009-10.
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 2009-10.
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 2009-10.
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 2009-10.
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. (Edmonds, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B206) Not offered in 2009-10.
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 2009-10.
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)
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)
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 2009-10.
(Truitt, Division I or III; cross-listed as HIST B223)
A survey of the many forms of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on a wide range of literary and archaeological sources, this course will explore the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will also be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment, for instance Japanese Kabuki and Noh theater, televised professional wrestling, and the representation of ancient show and spectacle in contemporary film, as well as to important interpretive approaches such as gaze studies and the theory of the carnivalesque. (Baertschi, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B255, CITY B260, and HIST B285)
An overview of 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 2009-10.
This course explores how contemporary film, a creative medium appealing to the entire demographic spectrum like Greek drama, looks back to the ancient origins. Examining both films that are directly based on Greek plays and films that make use of classical material without being explicitly classical in plot or setting, we will discuss how Greek mythology is rewritten, re-assessed and appropriated for modern audiences and how the classical past continues to be culturally signifcant. In addition to literary-historical interpretation, particular attention will be paid to feminist theory, film and gender studies, and psychoanalysis. (Baertschi, Division III; cross-listed as COML B274) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Donohue, Division III; cross-listed as ARCH B359 and HART B358) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Truitt, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B368) Not offered in 2009-10.
(Truitt, Division III; cross-listed as HIST B369 and ARCH B369) Not offered in 2009-10.
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)
Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Classical Studies:
CSTS H119 Culture and Crisis in the Golden Age of Athens
CSTS H213 Tragedy and the Tragic: Suffering, Representation, and Response
CSTS H219 Rites of Laughter: Ancient Comedy and its Legacy
CSTS H293 Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice
CSTS H399 Senior Seminar
CSTS H460 Teaching Assistant
CSTS H480 Independent Study