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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 courses in Classical Hebrew and Sanskrit, and 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.

Fall 2019: Classical Studies 023-

Varun Khanna 

Introduction to Sanskrit. Tues. 6:30-9:30 pm. Trotter 203

Fall 2019: First Year Seminar Ancient History 011

Kyle Mahoney

The World of the Pharoahs: An Introduction to Egyptology
Wednesday 1:15-4:00 pm, Trotter 115

Fall 2019: Latin 029-

William Turpin

Caligula and Claudius

Tuesday / Thursday 2:40-3:55, Singer 248

A second credit (Latin 029A) may be attached and may count as an honors prep.


Minerva Klimt

Fall 2019: Classical Studies 036-

Kyle Mahoney

Classical Mythology. W Course.
Friday 1:15 - 4:00 Trotter 301
Roman School

Fall 2019: Latin 001-

William Turpin

Intensive First-Year Latin
M F 9:30 -10:50, T Th 9:00 - 9:45, Trotter 215

Fall 2019: Greek 014-

Jeremy Lefkowitz

Greek Prose Survey
M W F 10:30 - 11:20, Trotter 115

Fall 2019: Latin 011-

Kyle Mahoney

Lyric, Pastoral, and Elegiac Poetry.
M W F 9:30-10:20. Trotter 315.
parthenon frieze

Fall 2019: Greek 001-

Rosaria Munson

Intensive First-Year Greek
M F 9:30 - 10:20, T Th 9:00 - 9:45. Trotter 115

Fall 2019: Ancient History 031-
Rosaria Munson

The Greeks and the persian empire
M W F 11:30 - 12:20. Trotter 301



Fall 2019: Latin 103-

Jeremy Lefkowitz

Honors Seminar: latin epic
Monday 1:15-5:00 pm, Trotter 115

Fall 2019: Classical Studies 059-

Helen Plotkin

Hebrew for Text Study II.
M W F 9:30 - 10:20, Lodges 5

Fall 2019: Greek 111-

Grace Ledbetter

Honors Seminar: Plato's Phaedrus
Thursday 1:15-5:00 Trotter 115

Fall 2019: Classical Studies 092-

Helen Plotkin

Readings in Classical Hebrew
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00, Trotter 115

Fall 2019: Classical Studies 023-

Varun Khanna 

Introduction to Sanskrit. Tues. 6:30-9:30 pm. Trotter 203
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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