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Classics: 2007-2008

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Description

The Classics department (in cooperation with the Bryn Mawr department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies) offers instruction at all levels in Greek and Latin language and literature. In addition, courses in Classical Studies provide opportunities to study ancient history, literature, and culture in English translation. Since the study of Greek and Roman civilization includes work in a number of different disciplines, courses of interest to the student of Classics may also be found in a variety of departments at Haverford and Bryn Mawr (Archaeology, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, and Religion). The major programs in Classics reflect the diversity of the field: students may major in Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), Greek or Latin (with a related modern field), or Classical Culture and Society. Majors are encouraged to study abroad in either Athens or Rome during a semester of their junior year.

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Faculty

Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah H. Roberts, Chair
Assistant Professor Bret Mulligan
Visiting Assistant Professor Andrew Fenton

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Major Requirements

Classical Languages: Eight semester courses beyond the elementary level divided between Greek and Latin, of which at least two in each language must be at the 200 level or above, and Senior Seminar (398/399). Equivalent courses may be taken at Bryn Mawr College.

Greek or Latin: Six semester courses beyond the elementary level in one ancient language, of which at least four must be at the 200 level or above; Senior Seminar (398/399); a minimum of three semester courses beyond the introductory level in a related field (another language, archaeology, comparative literature, English, history, religion, philosophy). Equivalent courses may be taken at Bryn Mawr College.

Classical Culture and Society: Two courses in either Latin or Greek beyond the elementary level; one course in Greek or Roman history; three courses, at least two of which must be at the 200 level or above, in one of the following concentrations: archaeology and art history, history and society, literature and the classical tradition, philosophy and religion; three electives dealing with classical antiquity, at least one of which must be at the 200 level or above, and at least one of which (except in the case of history and society concentrators) must be drawn from courses in history and society; Senior Seminar (Classics 398/399). This is a bi-college (Haverford/Bryn Mawr) major.

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Minor Requirements

Greek or Latin: Six semester courses in the language, of which at least two must be at the 200 level or above; the number of required courses may be reduced for those who are already beyond the elementary level when they begin the minor.

Classical Culture and Society: Six courses drawn from the range of courses counted towards Classical Culture and Society 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.

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Requirements for Honors

Superior performance in course work and in Senior Seminar constitutes the basis for Departmental Honors.

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Courses

COURSES IN GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

  • 001 Elementary Greek HU
    D.Roberts
    Introduction to ancient Greek, with selected readings in poetry and prose. This is the first semester of a year-long course. Typically offered every Fall.
  • 002 Elementary Greek HU
    D.Roberts
    Completion of the basics of ancient Greek, followed by readings in Lysias and Plato. This is the second semester of a year-long course. Typically offered every Spring.
  • 101 Introduction to Greek Literature: Herodotus and Lyric Poetry HU
    B.Mulligan
    Introduction to the study of Greek literature through readings in Herodotus’ Histories and selections from Greek lyric poetry. Emphasis will be on developing reading skills and on critical interpretation and discussion. Prerequisite: Greek 001-002 or the equivalent. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
  • 102 Introduction to Greek Poetry: Homer HU
    B.Mulligan or D.Roberts
    Readings in Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, with critical interpretation and discussion. Prerequisite: Greek 001-002 and Greek 101 or the equivalent. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
  • 201 Advanced Greek: Plato and Thucydides HU
    Staff
    Typically offered every Fall at Bryn Mawr.
  • 202 Advanced Greek: Tragedy HU
    D.Roberts
    Sophocles, Euripides, and readings in Aristotle’s Poetics. Prerequisite: Greek 101-102 or the equivalent. Typically offered every Spring.
  • 311 Topics in Greek Philosophy: Socrates and Sophists HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy)
    R.Sharma
  • 480 Independent Study HU
    Staff
    Offered occasionally.

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COURSES IN LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

  • 001 Elementary Latin HU
    A. Fenton
    Introduction to the elements of Latin grammar, with readings in prose and poetry. This is the first semester of a year-long course. Typically offered every Fall.
  • 002 Elementary Latin HU
    A. Fenton
    Completion of the elements of Latin grammar, with readings in prose and poetry. Typically offered every Spring.
  • 101 Introduction to Latin Literature: Catullus and Cicero HU
    A. Fenton
    Introduction to the study of Latin literature through readings from Catullus’ poetry and Cicero’s Pro Caelio. Class will include some grammar review, but emphasis will be on developing reading skills and on critical interpretation and discussion. Prerequisite: Students should have had either a year of college Latin or very strong high school preparation. For a course with more extensive grammar review, see Bryn Mawr Latin 003. Typically offered every Fall.
  • 102 Introduction to Latin Literature: Comedy HU
    B.Mulligan
    Prerequisite: Latin 101, Bryn Mawr Latin 003, or very strong high school preparation. Typically offered every Spring.
  • 201 Advanced Latin Literature HU
    B.Mulligan
    Prerequisite: Latin 101-102 or the equivalent. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
  • 202 Advanced Latin Literature: Ovid HU
    B.Mulligan
    Prerequisite: Latin 101-102 or the equivalent. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
  • 480 Independent Study HU
    Staff
    Project course in Greek and Latin authors not covered in formal offerings. Offered occasionally.

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COURSES IN CLASSICAL STUDIES NOT REQUIRING GREEK OR LATIN

  • 119 Culture and Crisis in the Golden Age of Athens HU
    B.Mulligan
    Study of the Athenian achievement in literature, politics and philosophy from the Persian wars to the trial and death of Socrates, based largely on primary sources; discussion of religion and politics in the context of the polis, and of the Athenian use of myth in the form of tragedy. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 120 The Roman Emperors: Ancient Texts and Modern Perspectives HU
    Staff
    Study of the earliest Roman Principes, as reflected in ancient sources, with attention to current historical approaches. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 209 Classical Mythology HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    B.Mulligan
    An introduction to the primary characters and stories of Greek and Roman mythology--including cosmic creation, Olympian and other deities, and heroes--both as they appear in Greek and Roman literature and art and as they are later represented in modern art, music, and film. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 212 The Classical Tradition in Western Literature HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    D.Roberts
    An exploration of the uses of Greek and Latin literature in later writers, with attention to particularly influential ancient authors (Homer, Vergil, Ovid, and others), to a range of modern authors, and to the varieties of literary influence and intertextuality. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 213 Tragedy and the Tragic: Suffering, Representation, and Response HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    D.Roberts
    This course, an exploration of tragedy and the tragic from ancient Greece to the present, is concerned with tragedy as a kind of drama, with the idea of the tragic as manifested in a variety of cultural contexts and forms, and with critiques of tragedy. Offered occasionally.
  • 215 Tales of Troy HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    B.Mulligan
    An introduction to the myth of the Trojan War and its role in the history of western literature and culture, focusing on the development and adaptation of the myth in literature, art, music, and film. Offered occasionally.
  • 217 Male and Female in Ancient Greece HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    Staff
    Investigation of the status, roles, and images of women in archaic, classical, and post-classical Greek culture, and the Greek conceptualization of male/female difference. Special attention to central literary texts of each period, to the Greek family and household, and to gender stereotypes in myth. Offered occasionally.
  • 290 History of Literary Theory: Plato to Shelley HU (Cross-listed in English and Comparative Literature)
    D.Roberts
    An historical survey of literary theory in the West, from the Greeks to early 19th-century Europe, with attention to key critical terms and concepts. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Typically offered in alternate years.
  • 293 Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    D.Roberts
    Prerequisite: Students must be at least at the intermediate level in at least one language other than English.
  • 398 Senior Seminar HU
    Staff
    A bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics and approaches in various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy, law, social History) and to the preparation of a prospectus for the senior thesis. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
  • 399 Senior Seminar HU
    Staff
    Typically offered every Spring.
  • 480 Independent Study HU
    Staff
    Offered occasionally.

Other courses in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies are offered at Bryn Mawr College.

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