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 2015–16. 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

Roman Food and Drink

Kirk Freudenburg

An L5-level Latin course. Readings in Latin on the topic of food, drink and the protocols of dining in ancient Rome.

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Ancient Athenian Civilization

Emily Greenwood

A survey course offering a critical introduction to the city of ancient Athens and its political institutions, culture, society, and history from 510 BCE to 323 BCE.

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Plato's Republic

verity harte and Mary Margaret McCabe

This course offers a detailed philosophical engagement with and enriched understanding of Plato's Republic as a whole.

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Kleiner course

Living the Life of Nero: Megalomania and Making Great Art

Diana Kleiner

The Roman Age of Nero witnessed an extraordinary efflorescence of art and architecture that set the stage for Rome’s magisterial 2nd century.

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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

Rivers and Civilizations

Joseph Manning and Harvey Weiss

This course explores fundamental historical questions by re-examining social history in the "Fertile Crescent," and explores why exploring this topic is of crucial relevance for the contemporary world.

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Advanced Courses In Greek

Inwood 413

Alcibiades and Socrates in Plato’s Dialogues

Brad Inwood

In this course you will not only improve your Greek through reading, translation and grammatical study, but you will also learn a great deal about the slippery business of reading Platonic dialogues.

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Advanced Courses In latin

Solodow course

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Joseph B. Solodow

An intense study of a brilliant, protean poem second only to the Aeneid in its influence upon Western literature and art. An L5 course, which satisfies the language requirement

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