Walter G. Englert

Greek and Latin literature, ancient philosophy. On leave 2007-08.

Ellen Millender

Greek and Roman history, Greek historiography, women in the ancient world.

Nigel Nicholson

Greek and Latin literature, literary theory.

Jonathan Pratt

Greek and Latin literature, rhetoric.

Sonia Sabnis

Latin and Greek literature, imperial prose.

The classics major focuses on studies in Greek and Latin language and literature, and on the classical civilization of which they are a part.

It is possible to do major work in Greek or Latin with a minor in the other language, or to do an equal amount of work in both languages. The department recommends the latter option for students intending to do graduate work in classics.

The range of senior thesis topics open to majors is very broad: philological or literary analyses of classical literature, historiography or philosophy; explorations of problems in Greek or Roman history and historiography; and investigations into the nature and function of Greek or Roman society and thought.

Classics majors are strongly urged to consider attending the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) during one semester of the junior year. The ICCS, of which Reed College is a member, offers the opportunity for intensive study of the archaeology, history, and art of Rome, and of Greek and Latin literature.

In addition to serving majors, the department provides elective courses for students in other departments who wish to satisfy foreign language requirements, to study Greek or Roman history, or to take courses in general literature dealing with the classical tradition, in which a knowledge of the languages is not required.

A classics major not only prepares students for continuing work in the discipline, but for graduate study of such allied subjects as history, archaeology, art history, philosophy, medieval studies, and linguistics, and for the professional study of law and theology. It is also excellent preparation for graduate work in English and comparative literature.

Requirements for the Major

  1. Greek (110, 210), 311, 312 or Latin (110, 210), 311, 312.
  2. Introductory course in the other language.
  3. Classics 371, 373, 470.

Recommended but not required:

  1. Additional units in 311, 312 (Advanced Greek or Advanced Latin).
  2. Additional work in the other language.
  3. Classics 353.
  4. French, German, or both.

Classics Course Descriptions

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