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Classical Studies

Classics Courses for 2014-15:
Roman History, Classical Mythology, Epic Tradition: Classical and Modern Odysseys

Greek & Latin Courses for 2014-15:
Beginning Latin I-II-III, Introduction to Roman Literature and Culture, The Greek Hero, The Age of Augustus

Current Courses: LAT 102 Beginning Latin II

Latin Reading Group: meets throughout the Fall on the first three Thursdays of the block at 11:30 a.m. in the Berlin Room of the Thomas Commons.  Anyone with LAT 102 or above is welcome to attend!

Program overview

Understanding the world around us means understanding our past.  Classical Studies offers students a path to the diverse cultures of Greece and Rome and their continuing relevance to the world around us. Classical Studies students not only learn languages that have shaped English and read great literature from Homer to Ovid and Plato to Augustine, they explore ancient cultures of the Mediterranean through the material culture, coins, inscriptions, art and architecture.

Classical Studies classes feature engaged learning.  Students use technology to visit virtual Rome or to study Classics with students from other institutions, create webpages that trace the development of mythological figures through time, perform Roman comedy for the Cornell community, compare ancient dramatic performances with modern productions and Hollywood films, travel to Greece and Italy to explore these cultures on site, and do independent research that results in papers presented at Cornell’s annual Student Symposium.