Courses

2018–2019 course-plan

View our 2018 SUMMER COURSES.

View our undergraduate 2018-2019 COURSEPLAN (subject to updates).

Course-codes

The department offers courses in Classical Studies (CLST), Ancient History (ANCH), Latin (LATN), and Classical Greek (GREK). Courses numbered 000–399 are primarily for undergraduates, 400–999 for graduate students.

General Education courses

Many undergraduate courses fill one or more requirements in the College:

  • Writing (e.g., WRIT 026 Ancient Magic / The Hero's Quest / etc.)
  • Foreign Language Requirement (GREK 204 Interemediate Greek Poetry, LATN 204 Intermediate Latin Poetry, GREK/LATN 212 Intensive Intermediate Greek/Latin [summer])
  • Cross-Cultural Analysis (ANCH 026 Ancient Greece, ANCH 027 Ancient Rome, CLST 100 Greek and Roman Myth, CLST 111 Intro to Mediterranean Archaeology, CLST 123 Great Discoveries in Archaeology, CLST 143 Great Books of Greece and Rome, ANCH 146 Ancient Mediterranean Empires)
  • Sector I: Society (PHIL/CLST 211 Ancient Moral Philosophy)
  • Sector II: History and Tradition (ANCH 026 Ancient Greece, ANCH 027 Ancient Rome, CLST 111 Intro to Mediterranean Archaeology)
  • Sector III: Arts and Letters (CLST 100 Greek and Roman Myth, CLST 102 Classical Traditions, CLST 143 Great Books of Greece and Rome)
  • Sector IV: Humanities and Social Sciences (CLST 140 Scandalous Arts in Ancient and Modern Societies)

Freshman seminars

Recent topics have included: Plato's Republic; Indispensable Classics; Poetry of Vergil; The Emotions; Rome & America.

Introductory courses (000- and 100-level)

These courses introduce some of the main fields of classical studies: archaeology, history, intellectual culture, language, literature, reception (taught every 1-2 years):

  • ANCH 026 Ancient Greece (every fall; summer) [Hist&Trad + Cross-Cultural Analysis]
  • ANCH 027 Ancient Rome (every spring; summer) [Hist&Trad + Cross-Cultural Analysis]
  • CLST 102 Classical Traditions [Arts&Letters]
  • CLST 111 Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology (every fall) [Hist&Trad + Cross-Cultural Analysis]
  • CLST 129 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?
  • CLST 123 Great Discoveries in Archaeology (every spring) [Cross-Cultural Analysis]
  • CLST 127 The Material Past in a Digital World
  • CLST 140 Scandalous Arts in Ancient and Modern Societies [Hum&SocSci]
  • CLST 143 Great Books of Greece & Rome [Arts&Letters + Cross-Cultural Analysis]
  • CLST/ANCH 146 Ancient Mediterranean Empires (every fall)
  • CLST 148 [= ANTH 148] Food and Fire [Hum&SocSci]
  • CLST 1XX The Ancient Economy
  • Occasional critical writing seminars (e.g., WRIT 026 Ancient Magic / The Hero's Quest / etc.) [Writing]
  • Various cross-credited courses (e.g., PHIL 003 History of Ancient Philosophy = CLST 103; NELC 101 Ancient Near East = ANCH 025)
  • Elementary Ancient GreekLatin, and Modern Greek (See Greek and Latin)

Intermediate courses (200-level)

These courses offer intermediate level study of a specific topic, focusing on a given period, region, genre, or theme (mostly taught every 2-3 years): 

  • CLST 2XX Excavating Ancient Cities: Troy and Gordion
  • ANCH 202 Cleopatra
  • CLST 207 Ancient Drama [Arts&Letters]
  • CLST 217 Periclean Athens
  • CLST 218 The Augustan Cultural Revolution
  • ANCH 220 The Near East in Hellenistic and Roman Times
  • CLST 223 Ages of Homer: An Archaeological Introduction to the Greek and Bronze Iron Ages
  • CLST 225 Technologies of the Mind in the Greco-Roman World
  • CLST 227 The Age of Caesar
  • CLST 244 Material World in Archaeological Science
  • CLST 251 The Greek & Roman Universe
  • CLST 252 The Archaeology of Private Life
  • CLST 267 The Ancient Novel
  • CLST 271 Greek & Roman Medicine
  • ANCH 275 The Roman Underbelly
  • Various cross-credited courses (e.g., PHIL 211 Ancient Moral Philosophy = CLST 211; ARTH 220 Greek Art & Architecture = CLST 220)
  • Intermediate Ancient GreekLatin, and Modern Greek at the 200-level (See Greek and Latin)

Advanced courses (300-level)

 These courses offer advanced level study of a specific topic, typically involving a research project (taught every 2-3 years): 

  • ANCH 301 Lies My Ancient History Teacher Taught Me
  • CLST 302 The Odyssey and its Afterlife
  • CLST 303 Introduction to Museums
  • ANCH 304 Power & Peril: The Paradox of Monarchy
  • ANCH 305 The Jewish Diaspora in the Roman Empire
  • CLST 308 Visions of Rome in Art, Literature, and Cinema
  • CLST 309 Pottery in Archaeology
  • CLST 310 Ancient and Modern Constitution-Making
  • ANCH/CLST 311 Disasters in the Ancient World
  • CLST 312 Writing History in Greece and Rome
  • CLST 323 The Greek World after Alexander the Great
  • CLST 328 Topography and Monuments of Rome
  • CLST 331 Reading the Iliad in a Time of War
  • ANCH 330/CLST332 The Rise and Decline of Macedonia
  • CLST 335 The Etruscans
  • CLST 336 Archaeology of Anatolia
  • CLST 340 Seafaring in the Ancient Greek World
  • CLST 343 The Iliad and its Afterlife
  • CLST 350 The Greek and Roman Universe
  • ANCH/CLST 353 Rhetoric and Community
  • CLST 354 Translation
  • CLST 357 Religion and the Polis
  • CLST 360 The Epic Tradition
  • CLST 361 Romance in Pagan Antiquity
  • CLST 362 Introduction to Digital Archaeology
  • CLST 366 Archaeology and Science
  • CLST 370 Classics and American Government
  • CLST 371 Greek and Roman Medicine
  • CLST 396 Literary Theory Ancient to Modern
  • Advanced Ancient Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek at the 300-level (See Greek and Latin)
  • Various cross-credited courses (e.g., ENGL 329 Topics in Classicism and Literature = CLST 329)

Summer courses

See the Penn Summer site for information on summer courses. Regular courses include:

  • CLST 100 Greek and Roman Myth (online)
  • CLST 337 Reading the Iliad in a Time of War (online)
  • CLST 257 Religion and the Polis
  • ANCH 026 Ancient Greece
  • ANCH 027 Ancient Rome
  • GREK 112 Intensive Elementary Classical Greek
  • GREK 212 Intensive Intermediate Classical Greek
  • LATN 112 Intensive Elementary Latin (online!)
  • LATN 212 Intensive Intermediate Latin (online!)

Further information

For course-planning purposes, see also: