Beginning Classical Greek


Learn the language of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and the New Testament. The three course sequence (GRE 101, 102, 103) fulfills the B.A. language requirement. No previous foreign language experience needed.

Offered Terms 4, 6, and 8.

Why take Beginning Classical Greek?

  • knowing Greek puts you in touch with the writers and the thinkers who created western civilization.
  • you will understand the culture, literature, politics, and social life of ancient Athens first-hand, in the words of Plato, Euripides, or Aristophanes.
  • Greek is an excellent way to improve your vocabulary and grammar in English.
  • The Greeks' influence on science, medicine, and psychology is enormous.
  • Knowing Greek is an excellent preparation for further study in law, literature, medicine, philosophy, science, theatre, theology.

Also Offered

LAT 5-205 Introduction to Latin Literature and Culture

Three couples dining

Intensive engagement with a cultural topic through reading Latin texts of the Republic or Empire, in tandem with listening, speaking, or writing in the target language. Topics may include Roman comedy, Roman performance culture, Roman banquets, or Roman elections. In this course, you will read Petronius satiric novel, The Banquet of Trimalchio, explore Roman dining culture, and prepare an authentic Roman meal.  Prerequisite: LAT 103 or permission of the instructor.

Latin 7-368 Roman Historians

Domitian defeating a German

Civil War, encounters with foreign nations in Carthage or Germany, the stories of great (and not so great) leaders and emperors.  Students will read from the histories of Caesar, Sallust, Livy, or Tacitus, or from the biographies of the Caesars in order to understand the Romans' contribution to and influence upon the writing of history.

Prerequisite: LAT 205. Offered every third year. (Humanities)

Classics Courses in Translation for 2018-19

Beginning and Intermediate Latin will be offered in 2019-20.