• Classics Department


  • Classics



    Latin Classes


    LAT 103-104

    INTRODUCTORY STUDIES IN LATIN I & II introduce the fundamental morphology, lexicon, and syntax of the Latin language. Classical Latin is the basis of instruction, but the historical changes of the language are taken into account. Thus, the student will begin to acquire not only the Classical language, which was the basis of all subsequent developments, but also will learn about the changes that occurred in Late Latin and Ecclesiastical Latin. Students will also read short selections from classical and ecclesiastical authors, as well as from the Vulgate. LAT 103 is a prerequisite for LAT 104.
    3 credit hours


    LAT 203-204

    INTERMEDIATE STUDIES IN LATIN I & II review and augment the grammar learned in the first year. Students will also read longer selections from classical authors, from the Vulgate, and from ecclesiastical authors, such as those found in Wheelock’s Latin Reader. LAT 104 is a prerequisite for LAT 203. LAT 203 is a prerequisite for LAT 204. Evidence of intermediate-level proficiency is required for further Latin courses.
    3 credit hours


    LAT 301

    SURVEY OF LATIN PROSE is designed for the reading of selections of Latin prose of various genres and periods from a comprehensive anthology such as Russell’s Anthology of Latin Prose. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the major styles of Latin prose from early classical to Christian Patristic authors. This course is required of majors and minors.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 302

    LATIN PROSE COMPOSITION focuses on practical exercises to develop correct and fluent expression in written Latin prose and to explore in a deeper way the nature of language itself. This course is required of majors, and shall be offered every third semester.
    Prerequisite: Latin 301
    3 credit hours


    LAT 311

    VIRGIL is designed for reading the Eclogues, the Georgics, and the Aeneid, and to introduce students to the impact of Virgil on subsequent thinkers and poets. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 321

    HORACE is designed for the reading of the poet who, after Virgil, has been arguably the most influential poet upon Christian Humanism. In the Middle Ages his Satires and Epistles were most read, while in the Renaissance the Epodes and Odes were brought to the fore again. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 331

    ROMAN PHILOSOPHY is designed for the reading of the Roman philosophers in any of the genres in which they wrote. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 341

    CICERO is designed for the reading of the works of Cicero, either a major long work or selections of the various genres into which his corpus falls, in order to introduce the student to the high classical standard of his prose and to the influence of his thought on subsequent thinkers. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 351

    THE ROMAN HISTORIANS is designed for the reading of selections from the Roman historians, especially Livy and Tacitus, to introduce the student to Latin historical prose, to the methods of historical investigation practiced by Roman historians, and to the impact their practice had on subsequent thinkers, especially those who were themselves historians. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 361

    ALII ROMANI is designed for the reading of poets, dramatists, and prose writers who have influenced the humanist tradition in specific ways, but are not otherwise covered in the curriculum, notably Terence, Ovid, Juvenal, and Seneca. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 371

    LITURGICAL LATIN is designed for the reading of the Latin of the Vulgate, the Breviary, and the Mass in the “duo usus unici ritus romani”. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 380

    THE LATIN FATHERS is designed for the reading of the Church Fathers who wrote in Latin. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours


    LAT 390

    MEDIEVAL LATIN is designed either for the reading of selections from medieval authors, such as those found in Sidwell’s anthology Reading Medieval Latin, or for the closer reading of a single medieval author. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: LAT 204
    3 credit hours

  • Hebrew Classes


    HEB 105

    ELEMENTARY BIBLICAL HEBREW I is the first semester of the two-semester sequence in elementary biblical Hebrew. This sequence prepares the student to recognize nearly all grammatical forms found in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, to master an 800-1000 word vocabulary, and to translate prose portions of the Old Testament with the aid of a dictionary. No prerequisite.
    3 credit hours per semester


    HEB 106M

    ELEMENTARY BIBLICAL HEREW II is the second semester of the two-semester sequence in elementary biblical Hebrew. This sequence prepares the student to recognize nearly all grammatical forms found in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, to master an 800-1000 word vocabulary, and to translate prose portions of the Old Testament with the aid of a dictionary. Prerequisite: HEB 105.
    3 credit hours


    HEB 205

    INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW I: PROSE is the first semester of the two-semester sequence in intermediate biblical Hebrew. This course focuses on prose portions of the Hebrew Bible from the Pentateuch and Historical Books. Attention is now paid to the finer points of Hebrew syntax, the proper use of the textual apparatus provided by the standard form of the Hebrew Bible (the Masoretic Text), and basic principles of exegesis. Vocabulary will be developed to include all words occurring 50 or more times in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: HEB 106
    3 credit hours


    HEB 206/THE 206

    INTERMEDIATE BIBLICAL HEBREW II: POETRY is the second semester of the two-semester sequence in intermediate biblical Hebrew. This course focuses largely on the Psalms and a few instances of embedded poems in the biblical Hebrew narrative. The particular challenges of translating Hebrew poetry will be addressed. Vocabulary will be developed to include all words occurring 10 or more times in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. An exegetical paper will be required. This course fulfills an upper-level elective requirement for the theology major, as well as for the Classics major. Prerequisite: HEB 205. Cross-listed with THE 206. Can be taken as last course in language requirement sequence for Comm Core (HEB 206) or as a Theology elective. Course cannot satisfy both requirements.
    3 credit hours

  • Greek Classes


    GRK 101-102

    ELEMENTARY ANCIENT GREEK I & II concentrate on the basic morphology, lexicon and syntax of Attic Greek with short readings from classical authors and from the New Testament. GRK 101 is a prerequisite for GRK 102.
    3 credit hours per semester


    GRK 201-202

    INTERMEDIATE ANCIENT GREEK I & II review and augment the material presented in GRK 101-102, with continued readings from classical authors and from the New Testament. In addition, one short, complete work is read, such as Plato’s Ion. GRK 102 is a prerequisite for GRK 201. GRK 201 is a prerequisite for GRK 202. Evidence of intermediate-level proficiency is required for further Greek courses.
    3 credit hours per semester


    GRK 300

    SURVEY OF GREEK PROSE is designed for the reading of selections of Greek prose of various genres and periods from a comprehensive anthology such as Russell’s An Anthology of Greek Prose. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major styles of Greek prose from early classical to early Christian authors. This course is required of majors and minors.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 310

    HOMER is designed for the reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey, in order to introduce students to Homeric Greek and to the literary, cultural, and historical significance of the Homeric epics. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material presented is substantially different from that of the student’s first enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 320

    GREEK DRAMA is designed for the reading of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, in order to introduce the student to the language of Greek tragedy and comedy, and to the literary, cultural, and historical significance of these genres. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material presented is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 330

    PLATO is designed for the reading of one longer, complete dialogue, such as the Meno, in order to introduce the student to Plato’s Greek, to his seminal method and thought, and to his impact on subsequent thinkers. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material presented is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 340

    THE GREEK HISTORIANS is designed for the reading of selections from the Greek historians. Particular attention will be paid to Herodotus and Thucydides, in order to introduce students to the idioms and styles of these first historians, to their methods of historical investigation, and to the impact their practice had on subsequent thinkers and historians. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 350

    PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY IN GREEK is designed for the reading of philosophers and theologians, whether pagan or Christian, who wrote in Greek after the time of Plato, such as Aristotle, Plotinus, and the Cappadocian Fathers. The course will introduce the student to the idiom and style of the author of focus, to his thought, and to his impact on subsequent thinkers. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 360

    THE SEPTUAGINT AND GREEK NEW TESTAMENT is designed for the reading of the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament, in order to introduce students to the idiom of these sacred texts and to the influences that shaped it. This course may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours


    GRK 370

    READINGS IN GREEK LITERATURE is designed for the reading of genres of Greek literature not otherwise covered in the curriculum, e.g., lyric poetry, oratory, biography, satire, or the New Comedy. This course will be offered as there is need and interest, and it may be repeated once, if the faculty determine that the material covered is substantially different from that of the student’s previous enrolment. The material covered will be announced as part of the course title.
    Prerequisite: GRK 202
    3 credit hours

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