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 2014–15. 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

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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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

Becoming Hadrian: Autobiography and Art in the Second-Century A.D. 

Diana Kleiner

Marguerite Yourcenar’s famed fictional Memoirs of Hadrian will serve as the starting point for an exploration of Hadrian and the art he commissioned in Rome and abroad.

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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

The Late Antique World from Constantine to Muhammad (c. 270–630)

Noel Lenski

In this class, students will discover one of the most dynamic and important periods in world history.

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Manning 330a

Ancient Empires

J.G. Manning and François Gerardin

Discover the intriguing history and learn about the institutions of ancient empires and why it matters to us today.

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Pereino 246a

Theories of Authorship and Canon

Professors Hindy Najman and Irene Peirano

A study of the relationship between authorship and canon formation comparing ancient and modern theories.

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Advanced Courses In latin

Pereino Aeneid

Virgil’s Aeneid

Irene Peirano Garrison

An in-depth study of Virgil’s Aeneid with special emphasis on the last four books which will be read in the original.

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Solodow 411

Early Rome: Aeneas to Romulus

Joseph Solodow

An L5 course that satisfies the language requirement. Reflections of early Roman history, which was mostly legend and fiction, in several Augustan writers — Virgil, Livy, and Ovid.

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