Classics

Walter G. Englert

Greek and Latin literature, ancient philosophy.

Ellen Millender

Greek and Roman history, Greek historiography, women in the ancient world. On sabbatical and leave 2008-09.

Nigel Nicholson

Greek and Latin literature, literary theory. On leave 2008-09.

Jonathan Pratt

Greek and Latin literature, rhetoric.

Sonia Sabnis

Latin and Greek literature, imperial prose.

Kathryn Steed

Roman history and historiography, Greek and Roman law and oratory.

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. Students intending to do graduate work in classics must pursue the latter option.

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 theIntercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) during one semester of the junior year. The ICCS, of which Reed College is a member, offers two intensive programs. Both offer courses in Greek and Latin literature, Italian, and art history. The first program, located in Rome, focuses on Roman material culture, history, and archaeology. The second program, located in Catania, Sicily, focuses on Greek culture, particularly in relation to the other cultures of the Mediterranean.

Classics majors have also spent a semester of their junior year at the College Year in Athens program, which offers courses in Greek literature, history, archaeology, and art, as well as Latin literature, or the whole of their junior year at Oxford University or Trinity College, Dublin.

Classics majors are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of courses in other departments that will deepen their knowledge of the ancient world and relevant methodologies. Such departments include anthropology, art history, history, linguistics, philosophy, religion, and the departments of the literature and languages division.

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 prepares students for graduate work in the discipline, whether in classics programs, ancient history programs (within classics programs or within history programs), archaeology and ancient Mediterranean studies programs, or classical philosophy programs. It is also excellent preparation for the professional study of fields such as law, communications, information and library studies, and curatorial studies.

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.
  5. Relevant courses in other subjects such as anthropology, art history, linguistics, philosophy, and religion.

    Classics Course Descriptions



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