2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

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 Martine Baertschi, Assistant Professor (on leave semesters I and II)
Francisco Barrenechea, Lecturer
Catherine Conybeare, Associate Professor
Radcliffe Edmonds, Associate Professor and Chairc semester II
Russell T. Scott, Professor and Chair, semester I (on leave semester II)
Asya Sigelman, Assistant Professor

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.

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 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.
(Sigelman, Language Level 1)

GREK 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.
(Sigelman, Language Level 1)

GREK B101 Herodotus
Selections from Herodotus’ History.
(Sigelman, Division III: Humanities)

GREK B104 Homer
Several books of the Odyssey are read and verse composition is attempted. A short essay is required.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Offered at Haverford in 2010-11.

GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides
The Symposium and the History of the Sicilian Expedition.
(Edmonds, Division III: Humanities)

GREK B202 The Form of Tragedy
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Offered at Haverford in 2010-11.

GREK B350 Topics in Greek 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.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

GREK B398 Senior Seminar
(Staff)

GREK B399 Senior Seminar
(Staff)

GREK B403 Supervised Work
(Staff)

Latin

The major in Latin is designed to acquaint the student with Roman literature, history and culture in all its aspects. Works in Latin language, ranging from its beginnings 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.

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 successfully a sight translation examination 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 Elementary Latin
Basic grammar, composition, and Latin readings, including classical prose and poetry.
(Scott, Language Level 1)

LATN B002 Elementary Latin
Basic grammar, composition, and Latin readings, including classical prose and poetry.
(Barrenechea, Language Level 1)

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.
(Barrenechea, Language Level 2)

LATN B101
Catullus and Cicero.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Offered at Haverford in 2010-11.

LATN B112 Latin Literature: Livy and Horace
Livy and Horace. Prerequisite: LATN 101 or placement by the department.
(Conybeare, Division III: Humanities)

LATN B201 Advanced Latin Literature: The Augustan Age
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Offered at Haverford in 2010-11.

LATN B202 Advanced Latin Literature: Literature of the Empire: Petronius
Readings from major authors of the first and second centuries C.E.
(Barrenechea, Division III: Humanities)

LATN B203 Medieval Latin Literature
Selected works of Latin prose and poetry from the late Roman Empire through the 12th century.
(Conybeare, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

LATN B205 Latin Style
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: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

LATN B301 Vergil’s Aeneid
(Baertschi, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

LATN B302 Tacitus
(Scott, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

LATN B312 Roman Satire
(Conybeare, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature: Roman Historians
Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-fourths of the reading will be from primary sources. One additional hour TBA. Prerequisite: a 200-level Latin course.
(Conybeare, Scott, Division III: Humanities)

LATN B398 Senior Seminar
(Staff)

LATN B399 Senior Seminar
(Staff)

LATN B403 Supervised Work
(Staff)

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: 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.

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 beyond the elementary 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: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B110
Cross-listed as CITY B110

CSTS B115 Classical Art
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B115
Cross-listed as CITY B115
Cross-listed as HART B115
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS H121 Roman Revolutions
(La Londe, Division III: Humanities)

CSTS B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
(Lindenlauf, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B125
Cross-listed as HART B125
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B160 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B160
Cross-listed as CITY B160
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B191 The Worlds of the Greek Heroes
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.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

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.
(Barrenechea, Division III: Humanities)

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: Humanities)
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: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HIST B206
Not offered in 2010-11.

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: Humanities)
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 Division III)
Cross-listed as HIST B208
Not offered in 2010-11.

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: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

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: Humanities)

CSTS B220 Writing the Self
What leads people to write about their lives? Do women and men present themselves differently? Do they think different issues are important? How do they claim authority for their thoughts and experiences? Readings will include Abelard and Heloise’s Letters, Augustine’s Confessions, Guibert de Nogent’s A Monk’s Confession, Patrick’s Confession, Perpetua’s Passion, Radegund’s Fall of Thuringia, and a collection, Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality.
(Conybeare, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B220

CSTS H221 The Ancient Novel
(Germany, Division III: Humanities)

CSTS B223 The Early Medieval World
(Truitt, Division I or Division III)
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B224 High Middle Ages
(Truitt, Division I or Division III)
Cross-listed as HIST B224
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B231 Medicine, Magic and Miracles in the Middle Ages
(Truitt, Division I or Division III)
Cross-listed as HIST B231
Cross-listed as ARCH B231
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
(Lindenlauf, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B234
Cross-listed as HART B234
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B248 Reception of Classical Literature in the Hispanic World

A survey of the reception of Classical literature in the Spanish-speaking world. We read select literary works in translation, ranging from Renaissance Spain to contemporary Latin America, side-by-side with their classical models, to examine what is culturally unique about their choice of authors, themes, and adaptation of the material.
(Barrenechea, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B248
Cross-listed as SPAN B248

CSTS B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome

A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources, with attention to art and the archaeology and topography, we will explore the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film and interpretive approaches such as gaze studies and carnivalesque.
(Baertschi, Scott, Wright, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B255
Cross-listed as CITY B260
Cross-listed as HIST B285
Not offered in 2010-11.

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 æheroes’ and their literary representation; ancient vs. modern forms of heroism.
(Baertschi, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B270
Not offered in 2010-11.

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: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B274
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS H290 History of Literary Theory
(Roberts, Division III: Humanities)

CSTS B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
(Donohue, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARCH B359
Cross-listed as HART B358
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B364 Magical Mechanisms
(Truitt, Division I or Division III)
Cross-listed as HIST B364
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B368 Topics in Medieval History
(Truitt, Schwartz, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HIST B368
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B369 Topics in Medieval History
(Truitt, Schwartz, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HIST B369
Cross-listed as ARCH B369
Not offered in 2010-11.

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: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B375
Not offered in 2010-11.

CSTS B398 Senior Seminar
(Staff)

CSTS B399 Senior Seminar
(Staff)

CSTS B403 Supervised Work
(Staff)

CSTS B425 Praxis III:
(Staff)
From year to year, additional course listings in the departments of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Foreign Languages, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion may also be appropriate for credit in this concentration.