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 2012-13. 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
Deaths of Tragedy
A course on Greek tragedy and its reflections in drama and philosophy, focusing on deaths represented in tragedy and the question of the death of tragedy.
The Romans: A Cultural Introduction
An introduction to ancient Roman culture, with special focus on the precarious and discredited lives that were lived on the city’s underside.
Classics in Black
A study of the uses of Greco-Roman classics in Africa and the black diaspora from the late eighteenth century to the present.
Contemporary Receptions of Greek and Roman Classics
This course will explore contemporary responses to Greek and Roman Classics with a view to understanding the role of readers and audiences in the constant adaptation and reinvention of classical texts.
The Roman Republic
On the origins, development, and expansion of Rome from the earliest times to the deaths of Caesar and Cicero in the late 40s BCE
Roman Art: Empire, Identity, and Society
Masterpieces of Roman art from the Republic to Constantine studied in their historical and social contexts.
Introduction to Latin Literature
An introduction to the world of Roman literature in English translation.
A course on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, engaging theoretical concerns about the nature and meaning of myth, and the subsequent reception of Classical stories in later times.
Advanced Courses In Greek
Close reading and discussion of Plato's Phaedrus, with particular attention to style, rhetoric, and dialogue form.
Hesiod and Homeric Hymns
Close reading and discussion of the Greek text of Hesiod’s Theogony and three Homeric Hymns, with attention to larger issues of poetics, myths, and connections with Homeric epic.
Introduction to Homer: the Odyssey
A first approach to reading Homeric poetry in Greek. Close reading and discussion of selected books of the Odyssey.
Daily Life in the Papyri
Introduction to and reading of original texts written in Greek on papyri with attention to socio-economic context as well as to the language and structure of the texts.
Advanced Courses In latin
Introduction to Latin Prose
Latin 131 is an intermediate course designed to introduce students to the continuous reading of Latin prose.
Comparative Grammar of Latin
In 1977 excavators found the stone above in the ruins of a town in what was once ancient Latium.
Close reading and discussion of the Latin text of Petronius’s Satyricon, with attention to larger issues of literature and culture in Neronian Rome.
An in-depth study of Vergil’s Aeneid with special emphasis on the last four books which will be read in the original.
Roman Myth and Pastoral
Literary perspectives on the last years of the Roman Republic. A "bridge" course for incoming students with substantial preparation in Latin. Fulfills the language requirement (L5). Also open to anyone interested in the subject.