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Department Overview

***Fall 2021 first course recommendations***

Beginning ancient languages:
CLST 023:   Introduction to Sanskrit
CLST 032:  Classical Hebrew I
GREK 001:  Intensive First-year Greek
LATN 001:  Intensive First-year Latin

Entry-level courses in ancient history and cultures:
ANCH 012:   FYS: The World of the Pharaohs: An Introduction to Egyptology
ANCH 031:   The Greeks and the Persian Empire
CLST 029:    Mythology of India

There are no formal placement exams for Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, and Hebrew. Instead we meet with students individually before the semester begins to determine the best class in each case. For more information please contact the instructor or the department chair (

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.

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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