Reading List


The Majors' Reading List consists of a group of central Greek and Latin texts selected by the faculty, to be read in English (if not in the original) by the beginning of the senior year. Many of these texts will have been assigned in different classes, while others will complement class readings. By reading, considering, and discussing the texts on the list, bi-college Classics students—whatever the focus of their particular major—will emerge with a stronger common basis for discussion and with a better sense of the range and depth of the classical heritage.

All the texts may be read in English; many will be read in connection with a class. Students may read the texts on their own, or in informal reading groups with their classmates, or in groups sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities

For most works we will recommend a particular translation or translations, but if students would like to read a different version, they can consult with any faculty member if the translation is a reasonable alternative.

Recommended Texts

Greek Texts

Latin Texts

Recommended Synoptic Text

  • Beard and Henderson, Classics: A Very Short Introduction

Recommended Historical Surveys

  • Pomeroy, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture
  • Potter, Ancient Rome: A New History