Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2006/2007)
6.5 Classics
6.5.1 Programs and Regulations

Programs of the Department of Classics are designed to acquaint students with the ancient Greek and Roman cultures from which our Western Civilization has developed. The Department provides instruction in the Greek (Classical and New Testament) and Latin Languages and Literatures. In addition, the Department offers a wide selection of courses in Greek and Roman Studies which are primarily intended for students who desire an acquaintance with the ancient world without a knowledge of the languages.

6.5.2 General Degree
6.5.2.1 Major in Classics

This program emphasizes the learning of classical languages as a means to study ancient literary and historical texts. Candidates for a Major in Classics shall decide their program in consultation with the Department.

Students who wish to pursue a Major in Classics will take either Classics 1120 and 1121 or Classics 1130 and 1131 and at least 30 additional credit hours in Classics, of which at least 18 credit hours must be in either Greek or Latin. A total of at least 18 credit hours in Classics must be at the 3000 level or above.

6.5.2.2 Major in Greek and Roman Studies

This program emphasizes the study of Greek and Roman civilization through the close reading of ancient texts in translation.

Candidates for a Major in Greek and Roman Studies will complete their programs in consultation with the Department Head.

  1. Classics 1050 or 1100 or 1200

  2. Either a. or b.:

    1. Classics 1120 and 1121

    2. Classics 1130 and 1131

  3. Fifteen credit hours in courses at the 2000 level.

  4. Eighteen credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or above

6.5.2.3 Minor in Classics

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Classics will take 24 credit hours in Greek and Roman Studies courses. In place of any of these the student may substitute courses in Greek or Latin.

6.5.2.4 Honours in Classics

Candidates for Honours in Classics shall consult the Department before finalizing their program.

  1. Classics 1120 and 1121 and Classics 1130 and 1131;

  2. At least 9 credit hours selected from Classics 2200, 2205, 2300, and 2305;

  3. Classics 4998 or 4999;

  4. At least 36 additional credit hours in Classics at the 3000 level or above, of which 18 must be in Latin or Greek. Classics 2202 and 2302 may be substituted for courses at the 3000 level.

6.5.2.5 Joint Honours in Classics

Classics may be combined with another subject to form a Joint Honours program. The Joint Honours Program in Classics shall include at least 51 credit hours in Classics, including the following.

  1. Classics 1120 and 1121 or Classics 1130 and 1131;

  2. At least 6 credit hours selected from Classics 2200, 2205, 2300, 2305;

  3. At least 30 additional credit hours in Classics at the 3000 level or above, of which at least 15 must be in Greek or Latin. Classics 2202 and 2302 may be substituted for courses at the 3000 level.

6.5.2.6 Honours in Greek and Roman Studies

Candidates for Honours in Greek and Roman Studies shall consult the Department before finalizing their program.

  1. Classics 1050 or 1100 or 1200;

  2. Either a. or b.:

    1. Classics 1120 and 1121

    2. Classics 1130 and 1131

  3. 15 credit hours in courses at the 2000 level;

  4. 36 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or above, including 4998 or 4999.

6.5.2.7 Joint Honours in Greek and Roman Studies

Greek and Roman Studies may be combined with another subject to form a Joint Honours program. The Joint Honours Program in Greek and Roman Studies shall include at least 51 credit hours in Classics.

  1. Classics 1050 or 1100 or 1200;

  2. Either a. or b.:

    1. Classics 1120 and 1121

    2. Classics 1130 and 1131

  3. 15 credit hours in courses at the 2000 level;

  4. 27 credit hours in courses at the 3000 level or above.

6.5.3 Prerequisites

Note:

Although there are no formal prerequisites for any course in Greek and Roman Studies, students are encouraged to ensure that they have adequate preparation for the courses numbered above 3000 in which they intend to register.

  1. Classics 2200 is the normal prerequisite for Classics 2205.

  2. Classics 2205 is the normal prerequisite for any Latin course in the 3000 or 4000 series.

  3. Classics 2300 is the normal prerequisite for Classics 2305.

  4. Classics 2305 is the normal prerequisite for any Greek course in the 3000 or 4000 series.

In special circumstances, prerequisites may be waived with the permission of the Head of the Department.

Medieval Studies 3000 may be substituted for a Greek and Roman Studies course in both the Classics degree programs (Honours, Joint Honours and general degree) and the Greek and Roman Studies degree programs (Honours, Joint Honours and general degree).

6.5.4 Course List

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

6.5.4.1 Courses in Greek

1130

Elementary Ancient Greek I

is an introduction to the grammar and syntax of ancient Greek, with particular attention paid to the acquisition of basic skills in reading, composition, and aural comprehension.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 1130 and the former Classics.

1131

Elementary Ancient Greek II

is a continuation of the work begun in Elementary Ancient Greek I.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 1131 and the former Classics 130B.

Prerequisite: Classics 1130 or its equivalent.

2300

Intermediate Ancient Greek

is a continuation of the grammar, syntax, reading, and composition completed in the elementary program.

Prerequisite: Classics 1131.

2302

Readings in New Testament Greek

- inactive course.

2305

Selected Attic Authors

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 2305 and the former Classics 2301.

3310

Greek Tragedy I

3315

Attic Orators

3320

Greek Historians

3331

Greek Comedy

- inactive course.

4300

Greek Tragedy II

- inactive course.

4310

Greek Epic Poetry

4320

Greek Lyric Poetry

- inactive course.

4335

Greek Literature of the Roman Period

- inactive course.

4340

Greek Philosophical Authors

4370

Hellenistic Poetry

- inactive course.

4391

Special Authors

- inactive course.

4395

Greek Prose Composition

- inactive course.

4998

Honours Comprehensive Examination

4999

Honours Essay

6.5.4.2 Courses in Latin

1120

Elementary Latin I

is an introduction to the grammar and syntax of Latin, with particular attention paid to the acquisition of basic skills in reading, composition, and aural comprehension.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 1120 and the former Classics 120A.

1121

Elementary Latin II

is a continuation of the work begun in Elementary Latin I.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 1121 and the former Classics 120B.

Prerequisite: Classics 1120 or its equivalent.

2200

Intermediate Latin

is a continuation of the grammar, syntax, reading, and composition completed in the elementary program.

Prerequisite: Classics 1121.

2202

Medieval Latin

- inactive course.

2205

Selected Latin Authors

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 2205 and the former Classics 2201.

3210

Latin Lyric Poetry

3215

Latin Orators

- inactive course.

3225

Latin Epistolography

- inactive course.

3230

Latin Elegiac Poetry

4210

Latin Historians

4220

Latin Hexameter Poetry

4235

Latin Philosophical Authors

- inactive course.

4240

Latin Drama

4250

Latin Satire

4271

Latin Patristic Authors

- inactive course.

4291

Special Authors

4295

Latin Prose Composition

- inactive course.

4998

Honours Comprehensive Examination

4999

Honours Essay

6.5.4.3 Greek and Roman Studies

Note:

For the following courses, no knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

1050

Introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology

is a survey of the principal myths and legends of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Attention will be paid to the literary and artistic representations of these myths, as well as to modern methods of interpretation.

1100

Introduction to Greek Civilization

is a general illustrated survey of the origins and evolution of Ancient Greek Civilization. The course introduces the student to Greek social and political institutions, religion and myth, and achievements in art, philosophy, science and literature, as well as the influence of Ancient Greece on the modern world.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 1100 and either of the former Classics 1000 or 2000. This course may qualify as a Research/Writing course.

1200

Introduction to Roman Civilization

is a general illustrated survey of the origins and evolution of Ancient Rome. The course introduces the student to social, political, and legal institutions, the growth of the Roman Empire, Roman art, literature, and religions, as well as Rome's pervasive influence in the modern world.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 1200 and any of Classics 1000, 1101, or 2001. This course may qualify as a Research/Writing course.

2010

Greek Art and Architecture

is an introduction, through illustrated lectures, to the study of the art and architecture of Ancient Greece.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 2010 and either of the former Classics 3100 or 3101.

2015

Roman Art and Architecture

is an introduction, through illustrated lectures, to the study of the art and architecture of Ancient Rome.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 2015 and either of the former Classics 3100 or 3102.

2020

Hellenistic Civilization

is an illustrated survey of the political, social, intellectual and artistic developments in the Mediterranean world and the Near East from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. until the incorporation of the Kingdom of Egypt in the Roman Empire in 30 B.C. Particular attention is given to the fusion of eastern and western thought-patterns and ideologies under the influence of Greek culture.

2025

Introduction to Ancient History

(same as History 2020) is an introduction to the history of ancient city-states, kingdoms and empires, including economic, social, political and cultural developments.

2035

History of Classical Greece

(same as History 2035) is a survey of Greek History from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great, with special reference to the social and political institutions of the fifth century B.C.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics/History 2035 and either of the former Classics/History 3910 or Classics/History 2030.

2040

History of Rome

(same as History 2040) is a survey of Roman History from the early monarchy to the reign of Constantine with special reference to society and politics in the late Republic and early Empire.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics/History 2040 and the former Classics/History 3920.

2055

Women in Greece and Rome

is an examination of the role of women in ancient Greece and Rome from the perspectives of religion, literature, art, society, and politics. Critical assessments of relevant scholarship and methodologies (including feminist methodologies) will be included.

2060

The Heroic Epic in Greece and Rome

is a survey of epic poetry from the archaic period to late antiquity, with emphasis on the works of Homer and Vergil.

2701

History of Ancient Philosophy

(same as Philosophy 2701) is a survey of the origin and development of Western philosophy among the Greeks and Romans.

2805

Greek Tragedy and Society

is a survey of the development of Greek tragedy in its social, literary, and theatrical contexts, with comprehensive analyses of selected plays by the major tragedians, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. Students may not receive credit for both Classics 2805 and Classics 2800.

2810

Ancient Comedy and Society

is a survey of the development of Greek and Roman comedy in their social, literary, and theatrical contexts, with comprehensive analyses of selected plays by major comedic playwrights such as Aristophanes, Menander, and Plautus. Students may not receive credit for both Classics 2810 and Classics 2801.

3010

Greek Religion

(same as Religious Studies 3010) is a study of the role of religion in the private and public life of the Greek world.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics/Religious Studies 3010 and the former Classics/Religious Studies 3121.

3020

Roman Religion

(same as Religious Studies 3020) is a study of the role of religion in the private and public life of the Roman world.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics/Religious Studies 3020 and the former Classics/Religious Studies 3121.

3030

Greece and Persia

is a study of relations between Greece and Persia from the foundation of the Persian Empire to the death of Alexander the Great.

3040

Socrates and Athens

is an introduction to and examination of Socrates within the context of Athenian political, social, cultural, intellectual, and religious life, and against the background of the fifth-century enlightenment and the sophistic movement.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 3040 and the former Classics 2050.

3050

Augustus and Rome

is a course that examines the Age of Augustus (27 B.C. to A.D. 14) which witnessed not only Rome's greatest achievements in literature and art but also the replacement of republican government by a monarchy; this course, based on original sources, examines the period through its most powerful and influential figure.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 3050 and the former Classics 2051.

3060

Sport and Athletics in Ancient Society

traces the evolution of athletics and other forms of recreation in Greece and Rome, with the emphasis on their religious, cultural, and social importance. Topics will include sports in Homer, the concept of arete, the Olympic 'ideal', gladiatorial contests, Greek athletics and the Roman Empire.

Note:

Students may not receive credit for Classics 3060 and the former Classics 2160.

3080

Themes and Genres in Greek and Roman Prose

is a detailed study of individual works in prose designed to illustrate themes or genres in the prose literature of Greece and Rome, such as the novel, biography, oratory, and historiography.

3130

Greek and Roman Mythology

(same as Folklore 3130) is a comparative study of specific myths and folktales of Greece and Rome as embodied in the literary and artistic remains of the ancient world with reference to their origins and their influence on later art and literature.

3150

Early Christian Thought: The First Five Centuries

(same as Religious Studies 3150) is an advanced study of selected themes and personalities in Christian thought and literature from the second to the sixth centuries. Particular attention will be given to the controversies centering on the doctrines of the Trinity and the Person of Christ.

3270

Christianity and the Roman Empire

(same as History 3270 and Religious Studies 3270) is a study of the relationship between Christianity and the Roman Empire from the first to the fourth century.

3580

Bronze Age Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean

- inactive course.

3710-3729

Special Topics in Classics

(available only as part of the Harlow campus semester)

4000

Seminar in Greek History and Society

4010

Seminar in Roman History and Society

4020

Seminar in Greek Literature and Culture

4030

Seminar in Roman Literature and Culture

4100-4109

Special Topics in Greek and Roman Studies

will have topics announced by the Department and may include field studies in topography, Greek and Roman art and architecture, archaeology, and related areas, to be held in the Mediterranean and other regions of Graeco-Roman influence.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and the Head of the Department.

4998

Honours Comprehensive Examination

4999

Honours Essay