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Ancient history and classics is an interdisciplinary major offered jointly by the Department of Classics and the Department of History. The major combines two areas of study which are closely related:
The two fields intersect at many points. Both classics and ancient history involve the study of Greek and Roman political and social institutions such as religious practices and beliefs; laws and legal procedures; the organization of states; the conduct of warfare; expressions of gender, sexuality, age and class; and Greek and Roman art, architecture, science and technology. Both fields rely on the written and material remains of Greek and Roman culture that are preserved through manuscripts on papyrus, parchment and paper; inscriptions on stone and metal; and abundant archaeological material.
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The Department of Classics is devoted to the study of the languages, literature, and cultures of Greece and Rome, focusing on Antiquity but including all periods from the Bronze Age to Modern Greece. This study is important, as the origins of Western and much Near Eastern literature, philosophy, art, religion, and social forms lay in the ancient world, making Greece and Rome vital contributors to ongoing discussions of "who we are" in a broader sense.
Graduates in classics find their marketable skills considerably enhanced by their humanities education. A major in classics, Greek or Latin in coordination with a minor in another subject and relevant specialized course work provides excellent preparation for a career in medicine, business, law, education, politics, government, media, publishing and many other areas of employment.
Readings from Herodotus, Thucydides or Xenophon.
Readings from the comedies of Plautus and Terence.
Cities in the ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome, with an emphasis on their physical form and historical importance.
An advanced survey of Rome's history from the foundation of the city to the establishment of the Republic's Mediterranean Empire, ca 150 B.C.