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.
Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah H. Roberts, Chair
Assistant Professor Robert Germany
Assistant Professor Bret Mulligan
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).
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).
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.
Greek or Latin: Six courses drawn from the range of courses counted towards Classical Culture and Society are required. Of these, two must be in either Latin or Greek beyond the elementary level and at least one must be in Classical Culture and Society at the 200 level.
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 or above and at least one must be in Classical Culture and Society at the 200 level.
Superior performance in course work and the senior thesis constitutes the basis for Departmental Honors.
COURSES IN GREEK LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
001 Elementary Greek HU
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
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 Greek Lyric HU
Introduction to the study of Greek literature through readings in Herodotus’ Histories and selections of 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
Readings in Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, with critical interpretation and discussion. Prerequisite: Greek 101 or the equivalent. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
170 Readings in Koine Greek HU
Readings in the Greek Septuagint and New Testament. Prerequisite: GREK001 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Does not count toward the major.
201 Advanced Greek: Plato and Thucydides HU
Reading Plato's Symposium and Thucydides' history of the Sicilian Expedition. Typically offered every Fall at Bryn Mawr.
202 Advanced Greek: Tragedy HU
Reading Sophocles, Euripides, and selections from Aristotle’s Poetics. Prerequisite: Greek 101-102 or the equivalent. Typically offered every Spring.
350 Seminar in Greek Literature HU
An advanced seminar in Greek language and literature, with special emphasis on the interpretation and discussion of texts in Greek and the reading of relevant scholarship. Topic to be determined by faculty; topics of recent seminars include: "Plato and the Sophists" and "Translating the Classics: Theory, History, Practice". May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level Greek course or consent. Offered occasionally.
480 Independent Study HUBack to Top
COURSES IN LATIN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
001 Elementary Latin HU
Introduction to the Latin language, including vocabulary, grammar, style, and techniques for reading and translation of poetry and prose; with attention to Roman history, mythology, literature, religion, and more. This is the first semester of a year-long course. Typically offered every Fall.
002 Elementary Latin HU
Completion of the introduction to the Latin language, with readings in prose (especially Cicero and Sallust on the Catilinarian Conspiracy) and poetry (especially Ovid and Vergil). Prerequisite: LATN001 or equivalent. Typically offered every Spring.
101 Introduction to Latin Literature: The Language of Love and Hate in the Roman Republic HU
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
Deepening acquaintance with Latin language and literature through close reading of a Roman comedy. Review of Classical Latin grammar by comparison with Archaic Latin. Additional emphasis on colloquial Latin, meter, stagecraft, and reception. Class will stage a public performance! Prerequisite: Latin 101 or BMC 003 or very strong HS prep. Typically offered every Spring.
170 Stilus: Latin Reading & Stylistics HU
This course is designed to be an ongoing practicum in Latin stylistics. Students will meet once a week in an informal setting where they will learn to use Latin actively, as a supple, living instrument of written expression. Prerequisite: Open to all students who have completed Latin 002, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in any other Latin course; may be repeated indefinitely. Does not count toward the major.
201 Advanced Latin Literature: Vergil HU
Readings in Vergil's Eclogues, Georgics, and/or Aeneid. Prerequisite: Latin 101-102 or the equivalent Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
202 Advanced Latin Literature: Ovid's Love Poetry HU
Focuses on the culminating works of the Latin Elegiac tradition—Ovid’s Amores and Ars Amatoria, and their engagement with questions of genre, poetics, subjectivity, fiction, and truth. Selections from other Roman elegists and important scholarship will be read in English. Prerequisite: Latin 101-102 or the equivalent Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
350 Seminar in Latin Literature HU
An advanced seminar in Latin language and literature, with special emphasis on the interpretation and discussion of texts in Latin and the reading of relevant scholarship. Topic to be determined by faculty; recent topics have included "Poetry and Patronage in Flavian Rome" and "Translating the Classics: Theory, History, Practice." May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level Latin course or consent. Offered occasionally.
480 Independent Study HU
119 Culture and Crisis in the Golden Age of Athens HU
Introduction to classical culture though a team-taught study of the Athenian achievement in literature, politics and philosophy from the Persian Wars to the trial and death of Socrates, largely through primary sources. The last third of the semester will feature an open-ended, student-led simulation of the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War, in which students will debate social reconciliation after the expulsion of the tyrants, the organization of Athenian government, the expansion of citizenship, the future of the Athenian empire, and the fate of Socrates. Typically offered in alternate years.
121 The Roman Revolution HU
An introduction to the literature and culture of ancient Rome, focusing on the transformative period of the late republic and early principate, including topics such as the Romans' self-image, religion, sex and gender, and the relationship between art and politics. Typically offered in alternate years.
209 Classical Mythology HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Religion)
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 and Religion)
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. Offered occasionally.
213 Tragedy and the Tragic: Suffering, Representation, and Response HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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)
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 from antiquity to the present day. Offered occasionally.
219 Rites of Laughter: Ancient Comedy and its Legacy HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
A survey of Greek and Roman comic theater, from its ritual origins to its classical role in civic cultural life. Special emphasis will be given to related modern forms of entertainment and to ancient and modern theories of the comic. Prerequisite: None
221 The Ancient Novel HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
An exploration of the earliest prose fiction in the Western literary tradition in relation to other ancient genres and to the early modern novel, with attention to formulations of gender, heroism, truth, love, and violence. Offered occasionally.
290 History of Literary Theory: Plato to Shelley HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and English)
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)
Prerequisite: Students must be at least at the intermediate level in at least one language other than English.
398 Senior Seminar HU
A bi-college, team-taught seminar focused on refining the ability to read, discuss, and critique classical culture and the scholarship of various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy, law, social history), leading towards the completion of a prospectus for the senior thesis. Typically offered yearly in alternation with Bryn Mawr.
399 Senior Seminar HU
R.Germany, B.Mulligan, D.Roberts
Typically offered every Spring.
460 Teaching Assistant HU
Prerequisite: Qualified students may, with the consent of the instructor, serve as teaching assistants in certain courses. May only be taken twice.
480 Independent Study HU