Courses

Latin and Greek

The department offers courses in Latin and Greek from elementary to advanced levels. Topics may vary from year to year (especially at the advanced level), so students should consult the course catalog (under Classics) or ISIS (Latin, Greek) for the range of departmental offerings.

Guidelines for New Students

If you have no previous knowledge of Latin or Greek, in the fall you should enroll in Latin 101 or Greek 101 (in which you will begin to read Homer's Iliad about mid-way through the semester). Because these introductory language courses are offered only in the fall semester, spring entrants who would like to begin Greek or Latin usually enroll the following September.

If, however, you have had some Latin, but fewer than three years, please consult Associate Professor Bruce Arnold since you may be able to begin your study with Latin 102 in the spring. If you have had three years or more of high school Latin, you should take the diagnostic exam and answer a few questions (see the link on the sidebar for "Language Placement Exam") so that we can determine an appropriate Latin course for you 

If you have questions about placement in Greek, please consult Professors Geoffrey Sumi or Paula Debnar.

Classics

When a course is designated by the prefix  “CLASS” (for classics), all readings are in English. Topics vary (e.g., “Tragedy Ancient and Modern,” “Ancient Rome”) so students should consult the course catalog or ISIS (both under Classics) for the range of departmental offerings.

Classics (CLASS) courses offered at the 100- or 200-level are open to first-year students.

See also related course listings in the departments of:

  •  Art History 
  • Asian Studies (e.g., Sanskrit, Indian epic) 
  • History 
  • Philosophy 
  • Religion

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