Your first two years in the program are devoted to coursework, which includes a mixture of specialized seminars, comprehensive surveys in both languages, and three courses in non-literary areas of study. Courses are available in a wide range of subjects, such as Ancient Literary Criticism, Greek Hymns, Latin Historiography, Ovid’s Elegiac Poetry, the Origins and Interpretation of Attic Tragedy, and Narratological Perspectives on Classical Literature. There are also specialized methodological courses in Numismatics, Paleography, and Papyrology, which make use of Yale’s outstanding collections of ancient coins, artwork, and papyri. Through this coursework you will fine-tune your language skills and get a good handle on the techniques of classical scholarship.
The third and fourth years are geared towards gaining valuable teaching experience and completing your qualifying exams, which are based on thorough, yet manageable reading lists. When the time comes for your dissertation, a first-rate and engaging faculty is ready to help focus and develop your research interests. You will also have access to the exceptional resources of the university, including a specialized Classics Library, unrivalled collections of artifacts and papyri, the Beinecke Rare Book Collection, and numerous electronic databases. In addition, the generous Berkeley, Biddle, and Woolsey funds provide ample opportunity to visit ancient sites and study with scholars overseas. The Classics department at Yale offers its students the resources and the encouragement to explore their interests, gain a firm grounding in philology, and develop a holistic view of the classical world in a supportive and vibrant academic community.