Course Description




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.

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. 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

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