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Classics is the study of the Greco-Roman world, with the aim of understanding more about it and its influence on the modern world. It has been a cornerstone in European education since the Middle Ages, and involves the study of the visual arts, artifacts, literature, history, languages, and philosophy of Ancient Greece and Rome. Its approach is interdisciplinary and requires advanced knowledge of both Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as familiarity with archeological methods, historiography, literary analysis, and hermeneutics.

Course Details

Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)

Difficulty: Advanced

Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education

Course Description

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of classics and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. Students must attain advanced Greek and Latin. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Literary Theory
  • Historiography
  • Introduction to Archeology
  • Hermeneutics in Greek Literature
  • Hermeneutics in Latin Literature
  • Greek and Latin Mythology


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • Greek Translation
  • Latin Translation
  • Greek Paleography
  • Latin Paleography
  • Papyrology
  • Ovid
  • Homer
  • Virgil
  • Xenophon
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Greek Comedy
  • Roman Satire
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Pre-Socratics
  • Neoplatonism
  • Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Cynicism
  • Post-Aristotelian Philosophy
  • Pyrrhonism

Final Project

The final project in classics consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a dissertation elaborating an original argument, interpretation, or perspective. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.

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