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Classics

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Department Overview

What is Classics?

The field of Classics is devoted to the study of the cultures of the ancient Greeks and Romans.  The curriculum includes training in the Greek and Latin languages at the Elementary, Intermediate, and Seminar levels.  In addition, the department offers a range of courses on the history, literature, philosophy, religion, and cultural life of antiquity, including classes that explore the reception of the Classical past in later periods up to the present day.  The rigorous training in Greek and Latin that is the hallmark of Swarthmore's Classics program has meant that the department enjoys remarkable success in producing students who go on to become leaders in the field.  But because it is a truly interdisciplinary field, Classics also appeals to students with a wide variety of interests and career goals.

ancient mural

Spring 2019: Clst 108-

Kyle Mahoney

Capstone Seminar: Greek and Roman Religion: Text, Theory, and Archaeology

W 1:15-4:00 Trotter 115

isis

Spring 2019: Anch 56-

William Turpin

Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire

MWF 11:30-12:20 Kohlberg 230

twombly

Spring 2019: Greek 012-

Jeremy Lefkowitz

Homer's Iliad.

T TH 11:20-12:35 Trotter 115

sanskrit

Spring 2019: Clst 024-

Varrun Khanna

Sanskrit Grammar.

Tuesday 7:00-10:00 pm Trotter 203

17cht

Spring 2019: Anch 026-

Kyle Mahoney

Athletics and the Competitive Spirit in Ancient Greece.

T Th 2:40-3:55 Trotter 215

painting

Spring 2019: Latin 034-

William Turpin

Apuleius, Augustine, and the African Tradition.

T Th 2:40-3:55 Trotter 115

greek

Spring 2019: Greek 002-

Kyle Mahoney

Intensive First-Year Greek.

MF 9:30-10:20 T Th 9:00-9:45 Trotter 115

bible

Spring 2019: Relg 057 / Ling 007-

Helen Plotkin

Hebrew for Text Study I.

MWF 9:30-10:20 Bond Lodge 5

May be counted toward the Classical Studies Major

creation painting

Spring 2019: Art History 040-
Patricia Reilly

Michelangelo to Mussolini: Classical Tradition in Rome

T Th 2:40-3:55 Beardsley 316

May be counted toward the Classical Studies Major

talmud

Spring 2019: Religion 006B-

Gwynn Kessler

The Talmud. T Th 1:15-2:30 Pearson 210

May be counted toward the Classical Studies Major

roman pillars

Spring 2019: Pols 100-

Jonny Thakkar

Honors Seminar: Ancient Political Thought

Monday 5:00-9:00 pm Trotter 309

May be counted toward the Classical Studies Major

Spring 2019: Clst 108-

Kyle Mahoney

Capstone Seminar: Greek and Roman Religion: Text, Theory, and Archaeology

W 1:15-4:00 Trotter 115

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The Gil Rose Prize 2018

The Classics department is delighted to announce that the winner of this year's Gil Rose Prize is Irene Elias '18.

The winner in 2017 was Emma Remsberg '17.

Endowed by John Marincola ’76 in honor of Gilbert P. Rose, Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages, this prize is awarded to a senior student of Latin and/or Greek, who, in the judgment of the department faculty, displays deep knowledge of the ancient language(s) and whose written work is both rigorous and imaginative.

Irene Elias