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The goals of this course are to introduce students to Latin poetry and metre, and through the reading of the Latin text, to help students strengthen their grasp of grammar and syntax and improve their facility in translation.


Third-year Latin aims to enhance students’ skills in reading unadapted Latin and to introduce them to some of the great authors of classical Latin literature.


Latin 202 completes the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax, which it illustrates by a series of readings slightly adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  These include passages from such famous authors and works as Cicero on dreams, the historian Sallust on the decline of Rome, and the poet Ovid’s telling of […]


Latin 201 completes most of the fundamentals of Latin grammar and syntax that were begun in Latin 101 and 102, which it illustrates by a series of readings adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  We shall be reading passages from such famous authors and works as Livy’s legends of early Rome, Julius […]


Latin 102 continues with the basics of Latin grammar that we began in Latin 101, and illustrates these by a series of readings adapted from the major authors of classical Latin literature.  Students will be reading passages from such famous authors and works as Julius Caesar’s memoir of his campaigns in Gaul, Pliny the Younger’s […]


Latin 101 Latin was the language of the Romans and, at the height of the Roman Empire during the first three centuries of the common era, was spoken throughout the whole of Western Europe and a large part of North Africa. After the fall of the Roman Empire in the west in the fifth century, […]


This course is designed to equip students with the necessary tools for independent reading of unadapted Greek texts.


This course is designed to introduce intermediate students to ancient Greek prose literature; the selection of authors to be read varies each year, but can draw from genres as diverse as history, philosophy, biography, satire, religious texts, or even romance or early science fiction. The works to be read will be entirely unadapted but students […]


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This course will focus on the origins and development of the earliest cities in the ancient Near East, particularly those that emerged in Greater Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BCE. Such cities include, for example, the ancient urban complexes of Uruk and Ur in southern Iraq, Brak and Hamoukar in Syria, and Susa in south-western […]


Lucretius, De Rerum Natura How does the physical world work? Where does everything come from? Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura is a poem that attempts to answer these questions, along with many, many others. It combines the structure of epic with the concerns of philosophy, and shows the influence of ancient authors as diverse as Homer […]


Virgil’s Aeneid: from Zero to Hero – Aeneas on the battlefield. Readings: book 2 (the fall of Troy) and sections of books 11 and 12 (war in Italy).


Pindar and Lyric Poetry Epic is the beginning of Greek poetry and tragedy is fascinating, but if you want to read poetry about subjects that range from athletic champions to love and longing, look to lyric poetry. In this class, we shall explore the range of Greek lyric poetry beginning with Pindar, reading several of […]


Greek Orators: Murder, Adultery, and Government Corruption In this course we will read selections from the courtroom oratory of Antiphon and Lysias. A number of specific cases will be read in Greek, and a few more selected from other Athenian logographers in English translation. Attention will be paid to the language of the speeches, their […]


Roman Scandals: Representations and Receptions of Rome Ancient Rome is notorious for its bloodthirsty gladiatorial shows and for its sensational luxury, manifested in fabulous feasts and awesome orgies. These are our modern images of Rome – but how well do they reflect Roman antiquity? The central aim of this course is to interrogate modern representations […]


Cicero’s Philippics and their influence. We will read sections of Philippic II (including accounts of Antony’s unfortunate youth and propensity for inappropriate behaviour in public) and a short selection of other Latin authors (including Seneca the Elder and Quintilian) discussing the reception and impact of the Philippics as a whole.