Ancient Studies

Bruce Arnold, Chair

Denise Falk, Academic Department Coordinator


112 Ciruti Center
413-538-2581
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/ancient

Overview and Contact Information

The major in ancient studies encourages the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations from an interdisciplinary and inclusive perspective. Currently, majors may choose from among three concentrations: a) art historical/archaeological, b) historical, c) literary/mythological. On consultation with their advisors, students may select courses from among those offered in classics, art history, history, philosophy, politics, and religion. Through this major students will attain a deeper and more sophisticated knowledge of the ancient world.

See Also

Faculty

This area of study is administered by the Department of Classics and Italian. Advisors in Ancient Studies:

Bettina Bergmann, Helene Phillips Herzig '49 Professor of Art History

Paula Debnar, Professor of Classics

Geoffrey Sumi, Professor of Classics

Bruce Arnold, Associate Professor of Classics

Mark Landon, Language Instructor in Classics

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 32 credits:

At least one 4 credit course at or above the level of GREEK-102 or LATIN-1024
At least one 4 credit art historical or archaeological course focusing on the ancient Mediterranean4
At least one 4 credit literary or mythical course focusing on the ancient Mediterranean or India4
At least two 4 credit historical courses: 8
One course on the ancient Greek world
One course on the ancient Roman world
At least two 4 credit 300-level courses:8
One of which is a designated capstone/research seminar
One of which is in the chosen concentration
One additional 4 credit course at the 200 level or above4
Total Credits32

Additional Specifications

  • At least three (4 credit) courses (12 credits total) must be within the chosen concentration
  • Students intending to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to minor in a related area (e.g., art history, classics, history, one of the ancient languages, philosophy, or religion)

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 20 credits:

Two 4 credit courses, each from different areas of concentration8
At least one 4 credit course at the 300 level4
8 credits from relevant 4 credit courses in art history, classics, history, Asian studies, philosophy, religion, or politics8
Total Credits20

Related Courses

Art History
ARTH-216Empire: The Visual World of Ancient Rome4
ARTH-290APIssues in Art History: 'Ancient Painting and Mosaic'4
ARTH-290PMIssues in Art History: 'Pompeii'4
ARTH-290THIssues in Art History: 'The City of Athens from Theseus to Alaric'4
ARTH-310CASeminar in Ancient Art: 'The Lure of the Past: Collecting Antiquity'4
ARTH-310LMSeminar in Ancient Art: 'Love and Metamorphosis'4
ARTH-310RLSeminar in Ancient Art: 'Roman Luxury'4
Classics
CLASS-205Cleopatra: "The Not Humble Woman4
CLASS-211Ancient Greek and Roman Myth4
CLASS-212Greek Tragedy, American Drama, and Film4
CLASS-215Classical Political Thought4
CLASS-225Athenian Democracy and Its Foes4
CLASS-226Bread and Circuses: The Politics of Public Entertainment in Ancient Rome4
CLASS-227Ancient Greece4
CLASS-228Ancient Rome4
CLASS-229The Tyrant and Gladiator: Bad Roman Emperors from Caligula to Commodus4
CLASS-231The City of Athens from Theseus to Alaric4
CLASS-295Independent Study1-4
CLASS-349Socrates Against the Sophists4
CLASS-395Independent Study1-8
Greek
GREEK-101Elementary Greek: Homer's Iliad4
GREEK-102Elementary Greek: Homer's Iliad4
GREEK-222Classical Greek Prose and Poetry4
GREEK-250Intermediate Greek Tutorial2-4
GREEK-322Classical Greek Prose and Poetry4
GREEK-350Advanced Greek Tutorial2-4
History
HIST-225Athenian Democracy and Its Foes4
HIST-226Bread and Circuses: The Politics of Public Entertainment in Ancient Rome4
HIST-227Ancient Greece4
HIST-228Ancient Rome4
HIST-229The Tyrant and the Gladiator: Bad Roman Emperors from Caligula to Commodus4
HIST-232CCSpecial Topics in Medieval History: 'Conquered and Colonized Christianities: 150-1650 CE'4
Latin
LATIN-101Elementary Latin I4
LATIN-102Elementary Latin II4
LATIN-201Intermediate Latin I4
LATIN-207The Slender Muse4
LATIN-209Vergil: Aeneid4
LATIN-210Ovid: Metamorphoses4
LATIN-213Myth, Memory, and History: Writing the Past in the Roman Republic4
LATIN-250Intermediate Latin Tutorial2-4
LATIN-302Cicero and the Enemies of the Roman Republic4
LATIN-307The Slender Muse4
LATIN-308Lucretius4
LATIN-309Vergil: Aeneid4
LATIN-310Ovid: Metamorphoses4
LATIN-312Roma Ludens: Comedy and Satire in Ancient Rome4
LATIN-313Myth, Memory, and History: Writing the Past in the Roman Republic4
LATIN-350Advanced Latin Tutorial2-4
Medieval Studies
MEDST-217CCSpecial Topics in Medieval History: 'Conquered and Colonized Christianities: 150-1650 CE'4
Philosophy
PHIL-201Philosophical Foundations of Western Thought: The Greek Period4
PHIL-350SOTopics in Philosophy: 'Socrates Against the Sophists'4
Politics
POLIT-211Classical Political Thought4
Religion
RELIG-225CCTopics in Religion: 'Conquered and Colonized Christianities: 150-1650 CE'4
RELIG-258BDTopics in the Study of Christianity: 'The Body, Sex, and Early Christianity'4