Featured Courses This Year

The Classics Department at Yale is home to some of the finest teaching in Yale College. Every year the Department offers a full array of courses for both majors and non-majors alike. The courses featured below range from introductory level ‘Classical Civilization’ courses (the designation CLCV means that all Classical texts are taught in English translation) to advanced courses in Ancient Greek (GREK) and Latin (LATN). These courses comprise only a small sample of what the Department will have on offer in 2013-14. For the full list, click here. In most cases the ‘Civilization’ courses (CLCV) have no prerequisites and fulfill the Yale College core requirement in the Humanities and Arts (HU). To learn more about these courses, simply click on the course icon below.

Courses In English Translation

Billings course

Socrates

Joshua Billings

A controversial and inspirational figure in his time, put to death for "corrupting the young," he has influenced nearly every major thinker of the western tradition.

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Freudenberg course

The Romans: A Cultural Introduction

Kirk Freudenburg

An exploration of ancient Roman culture, with special focus on the lives that were lived by common citizens, non-elites, foreigners, freedmen and slaves..

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Ancient Athenian Civilization

Emily Greenwood

An introduction to the city of ancient Athens and its history, society, culture, and political institutions, many of which continue to fertilize contemporary debates.

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Kleiner course

Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Verity Harte

In this course on Greek and Roman philosophy, you will discover who was the ‘first Greek philosopher’ and which are the earliest surviving Greek philosophical words.

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Kleiner course

Roman Art: Empire, Identity, and Society

Diana Kleiner

Masterpieces of Roman art from the Republic to Constantine studied in their historical and social contexts.

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Kleiner course

Cleopatra: A Legend for All Time

Diana Kleiner

The life of a queen who became a celebrity and remains a legend serves as the starting point for an exploration of art and architecture produced in Egypt and Rome during the late Hellenistic period and early Roman Empire.

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Kleiner course

Roman Architecture

Diana Kleiner

The great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire.

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Kleiner course

eClavdia: Women in Ancient Rome

Diana Kleiner

The contributions of Roman women to one of the greatest cities--and one of the greatest empires—in world history.

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LeVen course

Performance and Society in Ancient Greece

Pauline LeVen

Music, song, dance, theater and performance are at the heart of Greek culture.

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Manning 308

Ancient Economy

Joseph Manning

To survey the economies of the ancient Mediterranean world (Classical Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Near East)h.

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Advanced Courses In Greek

LeVen course

Helen after Troy

Pauline LeVen

This advanced level Greek bridge course is a survey of prose and poetic texts related to the mythical figure of Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships and thousands of poetic and prose texts.

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Advanced Courses In latin

Kraus course

Latin Lyric

Christina Kraus

An introduction to Latin lyric poetry, concentrating on Horace's Odes, but with readings also from Catullus and Horace's Epodes.

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Solodow course

Roman Food and Drink

Joseph Solodow

An L5 course that satisfies the language requirement. A variety of readings in prose and verse about Roman meals. Featured authors: Petronius, Juvenal, Horace, the two Plinys, Ovid, Catullus.

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