Department of Classics

The Department of Classics offers instruction in the Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, & Modern Greek languages, literature, history, and philosophy, all leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The Classics program at Miskatonic University provides a solid foundation in Ancient Greek & Latin by reading from original language texts. It further builds on this foundation through instruction in prose and poetry culminating in the student writing a research paper in Latin. During the course of study, students will take classes in Archaeology, History, and Philosophy.

The Classics Department offers courses from beginning to advanced levels in Ancient Greek and Latin, and literature, and also in Modern Greek. Along with classes in classical literature, mythology, ancient history, philosophy, and religion.  These classes are offered only after the student has completed LAT 101 to 202 & GRK 101 to 202.

Concentration in Classics

Currently there is only one track in Classics at Miskatonic.  This track, Classical Philology & Ancient Civilizations covers both Ancient Greek & Latin along with the history of both cultures.

Concentrators are strongly encouraged to take courses in Art History and Archaeology to integrate these various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis or by undertaking another kind of senior project that achieves the same goals and is acceptable to the department.

CLASSICAL PHILOLOGY & ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

  • Greek & Latin 101, 102, 201, & 202
  • Modern Greek 101 & 102
  • CLAS 301, 302, 303, & 304 (Greek and Roman history).
  • Five other courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.
  • Four Latin courses on the 300-level or above.
  • Four Greek courses on the 300-level or above.

HONORS

  • Students may earn honors by presenting a satisfactory thesis.  In order to qualify for honors, students must maintain an overall “A” average in the concentration.

GRK 101 · Greek I

The Greek alphabet and the pronunciation of classical Greek are introduced straightaway. The declension of

nouns and adjectives and the conjugation of regular verbs are studied systematically.

GRK 102 · Greek II

Additional forms and syntactic principles are introduced to complete the basic examination of the Greek

language (pronouns, verbs, third-declension adjectives, and irregular verbs). Thus by the end of the semester

the essential properties of the language have been covered.

GRK 201 · Greek III

Grammar and forms are systematically reviewed throughout the course, and time is usually available for the

reading of some noteworthy selections from the Greek New Testament.

GRK 202 · Greek IV

A translation course built on translating portions of the Greek Septuagint and Greek New Testament.

GRK 301 · Greek New Testament Seminar

Translating selected texts from the New Testament.

GRK 302 · Greek Septuagint Seminar

Translating selected texts from the Greek version of the Old Testament.

GRK 303 · Greek Patristics Seminar

Selections from Greek Church Fathers.

GRK 304 · Classical Greek Seminar

Selections from Classical Greek authors.

LAT 101 · Latin I

Introduction to Latin vocab, syntax, and vocabulary. This course utilizes Lingua Latina:  Familia Romana

LAT 102 · Latin II

This class is a continuation of Latin I.

LAT 201 · Latin Grammar

The study of basic Latin forms, syntax, and vocabulary. The course is devoted entirely to the reading of

selections of unaltered Latin texts in order that the student may begin to attain accuracy in translation.

LAT 202 · Latin Grammar

A continuation of Latin 201

LAT 301 · Classical Latin Seminar

Latin texts from 81 BC to AD 17. This period began with the first known speech of Cicero and ended with

the death of Ovid.

LAT 302 · Virgil Latin Seminar

Translating selected texts from Virgil’s Aeneid.

LAT 303 · Saint Augustine Latin Seminar

Translating selected texts from Augustine’s Confessions.

LAT 304 · Ecclesiastical Latin

LAT 305 · Medieval Latin Seminar

Selections from Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and other medieval authors.

CLAS 305 · Greco-Roman Mythology

Survey of ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

CLAS 306 · Greek Civilization

Survey of Greek culture from the time of Homer until the time of Christ.

CLAS 307 · Roman Civilization

Survey of Roman culture from the Estruscans until the time of Christ.

CLAS 308 · Topics in Roman History and Classical Studies

A topic in Classical Roman Studies approved by the Academic Dean.

CLAS 309 · Topics in Greek History and Classical Studies

A topic in Classical Greek Studies approved by the Academic Dean