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classical studies

Overview

Courses are organized under three main headings:

Elementary and Intermediate Language Courses

Designed to prepare students for advanced courses in Greek and Latin literature. They also carry credit towards the University Foreign Language requirement. Each of these courses is offered once a year.

Ancient Culture and Civilization Courses

Open as electives to all students and are conducted entirely in English translation. They can be applied to, and form the basis of, the Minor in Ancient Civilization. Some count towards University Core requirements and are marked as such. A selection of these courses is offered each year, usually four to six.

Advanced Language Courses

Reading courses in Greek and Latin Literature are designed for Classics' majors and graduate students, but are open to anyone who possesses the necessary language background. (Usually completion of our Intermediate sequence, a 4 or 5 on the AP Latin exam, or at least a 600 on the SAT II.) Six are offered each year, usually four Latin, two Greek.

Modern Greek Courses

Offered at the beginning and intermediate levels. These courses carry credit towards the University Language Requirement, and help prepare students for study abroad programs and graduate work.  

Students should note that courses in other departments, which may not be listed here, will sometimes carry credit towards the Minor in Ancient Civilization.

Note: View Boston College Course Schedule Information for complete and up-to-date course listings, including links to course descriptions, instructor information, and indications of which courses are open, closed, or restricted. Only a selection of these courses is offered in any given term.

Classics Courses

Elementary and Intermediate Language Courses
offered annually

  • Elementary Latin I-II
  • Elementary Greek I-II
  • Intermediate Latin I-II
  • Advanced Intermediate Latin (fall only)
  • Intermediate Greek I-II

Courses in Ancient Culture and Civilization
selections annually

  • Classical Mythology
  • Greek History
  • Roman History
  • Greek Civilization
  • The City of Rome
  • Culture of Athenian Democracy
  • Roman Spectacles
  • Roman Religion
  • Roman Law and Family
  • Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Rome
  • Art and Myth (Fine Arts Core)
  • Art and Archaeology of Homer and Troy
  • Greek Art and Archeology
  • Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East (Cultural Diversity Core)
  • Christian East: Orientis Lumen
  • History and Structure of Latin (requires some Latin)
  • Studies in Words
  • Greek Philosophy

Reading Courses in Greek and Latin Literature
selections annually

Greek Authors and Genres

  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon
  • Aristophanes
  • Euripides
  • Herodotus
  • Homer
  • Oratory
  • Sophocles
  • Thucydides

Latin Authors and Genres

  • Apuleius, Golden Ass
  • Cicero and Sallust: Catiline
  • Horace: Odes
  • Latin Epigram: Catullus and Martial
  • Livy
  • Lucretius
  • Ovid: Amatory Poems
  • Roman Love Poets
  • Tacitus
  • Virgil: Aeneid

Modern Greek Courses

Elementary and Intermediate Language

  • Elementary Modern Greek I-II (alternate years)
  • Intermediate Modern Greek I-II (alternate years)

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