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Minor in Ancient Civilization


The interdisciplinary minor in Ancient Civilization introduces students to the history, literature, art, philosophy, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Students explore the world of the Greeks and Romans by reading primary texts in English translation and by studying their art and archaeological remains. Studying the Latin or Greek languages is not required.

Students will:

  • investigate the deep connections between the ancient world and our own
  • confront the foreignness of Greek and Roman cultures
  • develop analytical skills that will be useful in any future career

The program is recommended for students in any major who want to learn about the ancient world in a coherent program without committing to language study.

Requirements

The minor consists of six courses (18 credits or more), two required and four electives.

Required courses:

  • One broad gauge course in the Greek world: either CLAS 1186 Greek Civilization, or CLAS 2205 Greek History
  • One broad gauge course in the Roman world: either CLAS 2262 The City of Rome, or CLAS 2206 Roman History

Electives

The four electives may be chosen from various offerings in the areas of literature, philosophy, history, art, and religion, taught in Classics and other departments. However, courses in the Greek and Latin languages do not normally count for the minor.

Sample courses include:

  • Classical Mythology
  • Roman Spectacles
  • Multiculturalism in the Roman Empire
  • Roman Law and Family
  • Art and Myth in Ancient Greece
  • Culture of Athenian Democracy
  • Greeks and Barbarians
See the complete list of eligible courses in recent and upcoming semesters.
 

For questions about the Minor in Ancient Civilization, including questions about the eligibility of particular courses from outside the Classics department, please contact:

Professor Mark Thatcher
Director of the Minor in Ancient Civilization
Stokes S245
mark.thatcher@bc.edu

Minor in Latin


The minor in Latin introduces students to one of the primary languages and literature of the ancient Mediterranean. Students work to master the ancient language by reading primary texts and also by studying their literary forms and contexts. Students will:

  • confront foundational texts of classical literature, history, philosophy, political science, and theology in their original form

  • develop a firm grounding in the grammar, structure, and vocabulary of ancient Latin

  • learn habits of mind and analytical skills that will be useful in any future career

The program is recommended for students in any major who want to learn about the ancient world by reading Latin sources in the original language.

Requirements

The Latin minor consists of 6 courses / 18 credits:

    • 4 courses (12 credits) in Latin above the Elementary level

    • 1 of the following courses on Roman culture: City of Rome (CLAS 2262) or Roman History (CLAS 2206)

    • 1 elective: either Latin (intermediate or above) or a course on Roman civilization

Electives include

  • CLAS 1702, Rome: Art, Regime, & Resistance
  • CLAS 2201/HIST 2207, Roman Spectacles
  • CLAS 2206, Roman History
  • CLAS 2230/ENGL 2200, Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2236/HIST 2206, Roman Law & Family
  • CLAS 2240/ENGL 2240, Dangerous Women in Classical Literature
  • CLAS 2242/THEO 2241/HIST 4211, Roman Religion
  • CLAS 2250/HIST 2837, Multiculturalism in the Roman Empire
  • CLAS 2262/ARTH 2252, City of Rome
  • CLAS 2270, Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Rome
  • CLAS 2280/ENGL 2202, Beast Literature
  • CLAS 2286/LING 3325, History & Structure of Latin
  • CLAS 2295/ENGL 2295, Ancient Comedy
  • CLAS 2384/LING 2384/THEO 2384, Church Latin
  • THEO 5448, Latin Patristics
     

For questions about the Minor in Latin, including questions about the eligibility of particular courses from outside the Classics department, please contact:

Professor Hanne Eisenfeld
Director of the Minor in Latin
Stokes S239
hanne.eisenfeld@bc.edu

Minor in Ancient Greek


The minor in Ancient Greek introduces students to one of the primary languages and literature of the ancient Mediterranean. Students work to master the ancient language by reading primary texts and also by studying their literary forms and contexts. Students will:

  • confront foundational texts of classical literature, history, philosophy, political science, and theology in their original form

  • develop a firm grounding in the grammar, structure, and vocabulary of ancient Greek

  • learn habits of mind and analytical skills that will be useful in any future career

The program is recommended for students in any major who want to learn about the ancient world by reading ancient Greek sources in the original language.

Requirements

The ancient Greek minor consists of 6 courses / 18 credits:

  • 4 courses (12 credits) in ancient Greek above the Elementary level
  • 1 of the following courses on Greek culture: Greek Civilization (CLAS 1186) or Greek History (CLAS 2205)
  • 1 elective: either ancient Greek (intermediate or above) or a course on Greek civilization

Electives include

  • CLAS 1186, Greek Civilization
  • CLAS 1701, Death in Ancient Greece, Achilles to Alexander
  • CLAS 2205/HIST 2201, Greek History
  • CLAS 2207/HIST 2202, Greeks & Barbarians
  • CLAS 2208/ARTH 2206, Art & Myth in Ancient Greece
  • CLAS 2216/ARTH 2216, Art & Archaeology of Homer & Troy
  • CLAS 2230/ENGL 2200, Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2240/ENGL 2240, Dangerous Women in Classical Literature
  • CLAS 2254/HIST 4202, Culture of Athenian Democracy
  • CLAS 2260/ENGL 2111, Greek Drama & Society
  • CLAS 2280/ENGL 2202, Beast Literature
  • CLAS 2295/ENGL 2295, Ancient Comedy
  • ARTH 3311, Greek Art & Archaeology
  • PHIL 3332, Political Thought of the Greeks
  • PHIL3500, Christian Faith and Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 4405, Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL4445, The Greeks and their Gods
  • PHIL5505, Aristotelian Ethics
  • PHIL5520, Aristotle: An Introduction
  • PHIL 5528, Skepticism/Stoicism/Neoplatonism
  • PHIL5586, Platonic Dialogues
  • THEO 5425, Greek Patristics
  • THEO 7803, Graeca

For questions about the Minor in Ancient Greek, including questions about the eligibility of particular courses from outside the Classics department, please contact:

Professor Gail Hoffman
Director of the Minor in Ancient Greek
Stokes S241
gail.hoffman@bc.edu