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BA Classical Civilization

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
68230 USD
National
68230 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 80 USD
Department
Department of Classics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1425
ACT (avg)34
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About this course

The major in Classical Civilization is designed to offer students an opportunity to study an entire Western civilization in its many diverse but related aspects. The literature, history, philosophy, religion, art, archaeology, and other aspects of Greek and Roman antiquity from the earliest beginnings in Greece to the Middle Ages are studied for their intrinsic artistic value, their historical significance, and their power to illuminate problems confronting contemporary societies. Each year, the department offers courses that focus on ways that subsequent ages have used and made sense of classical antiquity. Ancient texts are studied primarily in translation, though under the guidance of instructors who have expertise in Greek and Latin.

Candidates for the major complete at least twelve term courses (including the senior seminar) in Classics and related departments. Of these, two must be in ancient history and/or classical art and archaeology; and two must be in Greek or Latin, or both, numbered 131 or higher (the latter courses should be completed by the end of the junior year). Students must also take a survey of the literature and culture of ancient Athens (CLCV 256) and a survey of the literature and culture of ancient Rome (CLCV 257). It is strongly recommended that candidates elect one course each in the general areas of ancient epic, drama, philosophy, Roman civilization, and the classical tradition. Candidates for the major are encouraged to take related courses in other departments.

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Eligibility Criteria

Prerequisites 

None

Number of courses

12 term courses (incl two-term senior sem)

Specific courses required

CLCV 256 and 257

Distribution of courses

2 courses in ancient hist and/or classical art and archaeology; 2 courses in Greek or Latin (or both) numbered 131 or higher

Senior requirement

Senior project (CLCV 450, 451 or CLCV 452)

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100
  • TOEFL-PBT: 600
  • SAT: 1425
  • ACT: 34

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Course Modules

Greek

GREK 110a, Beginning Greek: The Elements of Greek Grammar  Noreen Sit

Introduction to ancient Greek. Emphasis on morphology and syntax within a structured program of readings and exercises. Prepares for GREK 120. No prior knowledge of Greek assumed.  L1  RP  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

GREK 120b, Beginning Greek: Review of Grammar and Selected Readings  Staff

Continuation of GREK 110. Emphasis on consolidating grammar and on readings from Greek authors. The sequence GREK 110, 120 prepares for 131 or 141. Prerequisite: GREK 110 or equivalent.  L2  RP  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

* GREK 125b, Intensive Beginning Greek  Timothy Robinson

An introduction to classical Greek for students with no prior knowledge of the language. Readings from Greek authors supplement intensive instruction in grammar and vocabulary. The course is intended to be of use to students with diverse academic backgrounds and interests. Prepares for GREK 131. Not open to students who have taken GREK 110, 120.  L1, L2  RP  2 Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-11:15am

GREK 131a, Greek Prose: An Introduction  Jennifer Weintritt

Close reading of selections from classical Greek prose with review of grammar. Counts as L4 if taken afterGREK 141 or equivalent.  L3

GREK 141b, Homer: An Introduction  Egbert Bakker

A first approach to reading Homeric poetry in Greek. Selected books of the Iliad or the Odyssey. Counts as L4 if taken after GREK 131 or equivalent.  L3
MWF 10:30am-11:20am

GREK 390a, Greek Syntax and Stylistics  Victor Bers

A review of accidence and syntax, elementary composition, and analysis of Greek prose styles of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C., including a comparison of "prosaic" and "poetic" syntax. Prerequisite: previous familiarity with some Greek prose beyond the elementary level, or permission of instructor.  L5, HU
TTh 9am-10:15am; Th 10:30am-11:20am

* GREK 419b, Helen After Troy  Pauline LeVen

Focus on the representation of Helen of Troy in Homer, Sappho, and other lyric poets. Readings from Gorgias's Encomium of Helen, Euripides' Helen, and Longus. Attention to problems of aesthetics, rhetoric, and poetics. L4 Greek or permission of the instructor.  L5
MW 1pm-2:15pm

* GREK 451a, Herodotus  Andrew Johnston

Introduction to selected works of Herodotus in Greek, with attention to grammar, dialect, and structure. Discussion of the author's historical methods and of other issues in secondary scholarship.  L5, HU
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm

GREK 461a, Ancient Greek Wisdom Poetry  Egbert Bakker

Selections from the corpus of archaic Greek elegy (Solon, Theognis) and didactic poetry (Hesiod, Works and Days).  L5, HU
MW 11:35am-12:50pm

Latin

LATN 110a, Beginning Latin: The Elements of Latin Grammar  Staff

Introduction to Latin. Emphasis on morphology and syntax within a structured program of readings and exercises. Prepares for LATN 120. No prior knowledge of Latin assumed. Preregistration, which is required, takes place at the Academic Fair. See the Calendar for the Opening Days or the departmental Web site for details about preregistration.  L1  RP  1½ Course cr

LATN 120b, Beginning Latin: Review of Grammar and Selected Readings  Staff

Continuation of LATN 110. Emphasis on consolidating grammar and on readings from Latin authors. The sequence LATN 110, 120 prepares for 131 or 141. Prerequisite: LATN 110 or equivalent.  L2  RP  1½ Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-10:15am

* LATN 125b, Intensive Beginning Latin  Staff

An accelerated course that covers in one term the material taught in LATN 110 and 120. Readings from Latin authors supplement intensive instruction in grammar and vocabulary. Admits to LATN 131 or 141. Not open to students who have completed LATN 110 or 120.  L1, L2  RP  2 Course cr
MTWThF 9:25am-11:15am

LATN 131a, Latin Prose: An Introduction  Staff

Close reading of a major work of classical prose; review of grammar as needed. Counts as L4 if taken after LATN 141 or equivalent.  L3

LATN 141b, Latin Poetry: An Introduction  Staff

The course is devoted to Vergil. Counts as L4 if taken after LATN 131 or equivalent.  L3
MWF 11:35am-12:25pm

* LATN 390b, Latin Syntax and Stylistics  Joseph Solodow

A systematic review of syntax and an introduction to Latin style. Selections from Latin prose authors are read and analyzed, and students compose short pieces of Latin prose. For students with some experience reading Latin literature who desire a better foundation in forms, syntax, idiom, and style.  L5, HU
MW 2:30pm-3:45pm

* LATN 421b, Vergil's Aeneid  Christina Kraus

An in-depth study of Vergil's Aeneid within its political context.  L5
TTh 9am-10:15am

LATN 424a, Latin Lyric  Christina Kraus

Reading and analysis of selections from the canon of Latin lyric poetry. Focus on Horace's Odes, with some attention to his Epodes and to works by Catullus and lesser-known Republican poets. Emphasis on literary interpretation.  L5
MW 9am-10:15am

* LATN 426a, Lucretius the Epicurean Versus Seneca the Stoic  Joseph Solodow

Lucretius's De Rerum Natura and selected letters and essays of Seneca, as representatives of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophies, respectively. Studied from the twin perspectives of literature and philosophy, with attention to historical background and social context. LATN 131, 141 or equivalent.  L5,HU
TTh 2:30pm-3:45pm

* LATN 463a, Ciceronian Invective  Irene Peirano

A close reading of Cicero's Philippic 2 and selections from the In Pisonem; selected readings from other representatives of the genre of Roman invective. Emphasis on Cicero's language, style, and rhetorical technique, and on invective as a literary genre.  L5
MW 1pm-2:15pm

* LATN 485b, Poetry and Monarchy at Rome  Andrew Johnston

The monarchy at Rome from the Augustan age through late antiquity, as illuminated by the writings of poets who variously flattered and subverted the “principes” and emperors, collaborating with their ideological programs or problematizing their position within the republic. Study of bucolic, epic, didactic, panegyric, epigram, and lyric poetry from the ages of Augustus, of the Flavians, and of Theodosius. Topics include questions of tradition and innovation, further voices, society and patronage, and revision and erasure.  successful completion of L3 or L4 Latin (or the equivalent), for some students the L5 Latin bridge course will be recommended.    L5
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm

* LATN 494b, Independent Tutorial in Latin Language and Literature  Pauline LeVen

For students with advanced Latin language skills who wish to engage in concentrated reading and research on material not otherwise offered in courses. The work should result in a term paper or examination. A limited number of these courses may be offered toward the major. Offered subject to faculty availability.
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Classics

* CLSS 401a, Introduction to Latin Paleography  N. Raymond Clemens

Latin paleography from the fourth century C.E. to c. 1500, based on primary source materials in the Beinecke Library. The development of letter forms and abbreviations; the cultures that produced various genres of books in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Class transcriptions of ancient, medieval, and humanistic texts. 
M 3:30pm-5:20pm

* CLSS 402b, Advanced Latin Paleography  Barbara Shailor

The challenges of using hand-produced Latin manuscripts in research, with an emphasis on texts from the late Middle Ages. Gothic cursive scripts and bookhands c. 1200–c. 1500; fragments of unidentified codices; complex or composite codices with heavy interlinear and marginal annotations. Manuscripts and fragments selected largely from collections in the Beinecke Library. Prerequisite: CLSS 401 or permission of instructor.  L5, HU
M 3:30pm-5:20pm

* CLSS 405b, Greek Papyrology  Ann Hanson

Literary and documentary papyri of Greek and Roman Egypt, concentrating on documents housed in the Beinecke Library from the late Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Topics include using papyri as sources for social and other histories; gaining familiarity with the language of the papyri; and the reading of literary and documentary hands. Prerequisites: proficiency in Greek; reading knowledge of German and French.  L5, HU
F 2:30pm-4:20pm

* CLSS 490a and CLSS 491b, Two-Term Senior Essay for the Intensive Major in Classics  Staff

Qualified students may write a two-term senior essay in ancient literature or classical archaeology under the guidance of a faculty adviser. A written statement of purpose must be submitted to the director of undergraduate studies.
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CLSS 492a or b, One-Term Senior Essay for the Intensive Major in Classics  Staff

Qualified students may write a one-term senior essay in ancient literature or classical archaeology under the guidance of a faculty adviser. A written statement of purpose must be submitted to the director of undergraduate studies.
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Classical Civilization

* CLCV 020a, The Arts of Persuasion  Egbert Bakker

Introduction to the theory and practice of rhetoric in ancient Greece and Rome. Analysis of rhetoric's role in American history and society, using insights from the study of ancient rhetoric. Students write their own speeches to be delivered in class. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.  WR, HU
MW 2:30pm-3:45pm

CLCV 042b, Magic, Witchcraft, and Mystery Cults in Classical Antiquity  Jessica Lamont

Exploration of evidence for magic, witchcraft, and the occult in Greco-Roman antiquity. Topics include theoretical approaches to magic, magical objects (curse tablets, voodoo dolls, and amulets), practitioners of magic (witches and sorcerers), magical spells, and charms. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.  HU
MW 2:30pm-3:45pm

* CLCV 065a, Education and Learning in Antiquity

Exploration of educational systems in antiquity, from ideals of education in the Athenian polis to the fusion of classical and Christian models of education in the later Roman Empire. Topics include pedagogical methods and texts, evolution of “school” as an institution, ancient theories of education, and the impact of ancient educational systems on society at large. Course readings combine recent scholarship on ancient education and primary sources in translation. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.  WR, HU
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CLCV 125a / PHIL 125a, Introduction to Ancient Philosophy  Brad Inwood

An introduction to ancient philosophy, beginning with the earliest pre-Socratics, concentrating on Plato and Aristotle, and including a brief foray into Hellenistic philosophy. Intended to be taken in conjunction withPHIL 126.  HU
TTh 11:35am-12:25pm

CLCV 134b / HSHM 414b, Ancient Greek Medicine and Healing  Jessica Lamont

An introduction to Greek medicine and healing practices from the fifth century BCE to the second century CE, with attention to central concepts, methods, and theories. The relation of scientific theories to clinical practice, magic, temple medicine, and Greek philosophy are considered.  HU
MW 9am-10:15am

CLCV 161b / ARCG 161b / HSAR 247b, Art and Myth in Greek Antiquity  Milette Gaifman

Visual exploration of Greek mythology through the study of ancient Greek art and architecture. Greek gods, heroes, and mythological scenes foundational to Western culture; the complex nature of Greek mythology; how art and architecture rendered myths ever present in ancient Greek daily experience; ways in which visual representations can articulate stories. Use of collections in the Yale University Art Gallery.  HU
TTh 11:35am-12:25pm

CLCV 170a / ARCG 170a / HSAR 250a, Roman Art: Empire, Identity, and Society  Diana Kleiner

Masterpieces of Roman art from the Republic to Constantine studied in their historical and social contexts. The great Romans and the monuments they commissioned—portraits, triumphal arches, columns, and historical reliefs. The concept of empire and imperial identity, politics and portraiture, the making and unmaking of history through art, and the art of women, children, freedmen, and slaves.  HU
TTh 9am-10:15am

CLCV 175b / ARCG 252b / HSAR 252b, Roman Architecture  Diana Kleiner

The great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire. Study of city planning and individual monuments and their decoration, including mural painting. Emphasis on developments in Rome, Pompeii, and central Italy; survey of architecture in the provinces.  HU
TTh 9am-10:15am

CLCV 205a / HIST 205a, Introduction to Ancient Greek History  Jessica Lamont

Introduction to Greek history, tracing the development of Greek civilization as manifested in the political, military, intellectual, and creative achievements from the Bronze Age through the end of the Classical period. Students read original sources in translation as well as secondary scholarship to better understand the rise and fall of the ancient Greeks—the civilization at the very heart of Western Civilization.   HU
MW 1pm-2:15pm

* CLCV 212b / HUMS 145b, Ancient Greek and Roman Novels in Context  Pauline LeVen

A thorough examination of ancient novels as ancestors to the modern novel. Focus on seven surviving Greek and Roman novels, with particular emphasis on questions of interpretation, literary criticism, and literary theory, as well as cultural issues raised by the novels, including questions of gender and sexuality, ethnicity, cultural identity, religion, and intellectual culture of the first centuries A.D.  WR, HU
T 3:30pm-5:20pm

* CLCV 216b / LITR 239b / MGRK 216b, Dionysus in Modernity  George Syrimis

Modernity's fascination with the myth of Dionysus. Questions of agency, identity and community, and psychological integrity and the modern constitution of the self. Manifestations of Dionysus in literature, anthropology, and music; the Apollonian-Dionysiac dichotomy; twentieth-century variations of these themes in psychoanalysis, surrealism, and magical realism.  HU  Tr
F 1:30pm-3:20pm

* CLCV 230b / ARCG 424b / HSAR 424b, eClavdia: Women in Ancient Rome  Diana Kleiner

The contributions of Roman women to one of the greatest cities—and one of the greatest empires—in world history. Lost stories of real-life Roman women recovered from public and residential buildings, portraits, paintings, and other works of Roman art and architecture.  HU  RP
T 1:30pm-3:20pm

CLCV 236b / HIST 225b, Roman Law  Noel Lenski

Basic principles of Roman law and their applications to the social and economic history of antiquity and to the broader history of international law. Topics include the history of persons and things, inheritance, crime and tort, and legal procedure. Questions of social and economic history and the history of jurisprudence from the fifth century B.C.E. to the present.  HU
MW 10:30am-11:20am

CLCV 241a / ARCG 241a / HSAR 241a / HUMS 226a, The Greek Nude and Ideals in Art  Milette Gaifman

Survey of ancient Greek art, in particular, representation of the nude body from the seventh century B.C. through modernity. Masterpieces such as Discus Thrower and Venus de Milo, and Michelangelo’s David or Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, present fundamental distinctions between naturalism, realism, and idealism and the lasting impact of the Greek nude beyond antiquity. Focus on heroic nudity, the relationship between athleticism and visual arts, how male and female bodies are treated differently, and what constitutes ideal beauty. Use of collections in the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.  HU

TTh 2:30pm-3:45pm

CLCV 245b / HIST 207b, Writing the Past from Homer to Christianity  Andrew Johnston

Exploration of Greek and Roman constructions and representations of the past from the earliest works of classical literature through the rise of Christianity. Topics include: science and history as objects of inquiry; geography, ethnography, and writing about "the Other;" the role of myth and fiction; orality and social memory; monuments and texts; autobiography and self-representation; propaganda and politics; chronology and chronography; teleology, prophesy, and Christian histories.   WR, HU
MW 1pm-2:15pm

CLCV 257b, Cultural Introduction to the Romans  Christina Kraus

An introduction to ancient Roman culture. Focus on the ideals of elite identity and on the lives that were lived on the margins of those ideals, by slaves, prostitutes, freedmen, gladiators, foreigners, and the urban poor. Rome both as a city of grandeur and pageantry and as a place of unthinkable cruelty and injustice.  HU
TTh 11:35am-12:50pm

* CLCV 260a / NELC 168a, The Origins of Writing  Christina Geisen and Agnete Lassen

Exploration of writing in the ancient Near East and the profound effects this new method of communication had on human society. Focus on Egypt and Mesopotamia, where advanced writing systems first developed and were used for millennia.  none  HU
T 1:30pm-3:20pm

CLCV 261b / PHIL 200b, Plato  Verity Harte

Focus on the central philosophical themes in the work of Plato and on methodology for studying Plato. Some prior philosophical study of Plato is recommended, such as PHIL/CLCV 125 or DRST 003.  HU
TTh 2:30pm-3:45pm

* CLCV 319b / HIST 242Jb / MGRK 300b / WGSS 293b, The Olympic Games, Ancient and Modern George Syrimis

Introduction to the history of the Olympic Games from antiquity to the present. The mythology of athletic events in ancient Greece and the ritual, political, and social ramifications of the actual competitions. The revival of the modern Olympic movement in 1896, the political investment of the Greek state at the time, and specific games as they illustrate the convergence of athletic cultures and sociopolitical transformations in the twentieth century.  HU

* CLCV 409b / PHIL 409b, Plato's Philebus  Verity Harte

Discussion of Plato’s Philebus (in translation), the late work in which he examines the competing claims of pleasure and reason to be the basis of human happiness and in which he provides a portrait of the best human life. One course in ancient philosophy and at least one additional philosophy course. Preference given to senior majors in Philosophy and Classics.  HU
M 1:30pm-3:20pm

* CLCV 420b / PHIL 407b, The Central Books of Aristotle's Metaphysics  David Charles

Examination of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Discussion of substance and essence in the central books, Z, H, and Θ and assessment of recent attempts to interpret his account.   Prerequisite: previous study of ancient philosophy and permission of the instructor.   HU
W 3:30pm-5:20pm

* CLCV 450a and CLCV 451b, Two-Term Senior Project for the Major in Classical Civilization Pauline LeVen

Qualified students may write a two-term senior essay under the guidance of a faculty adviser. An appropriate instructor is assigned to each student by the director of undergraduate studies in consultation with the student. In the first term, selected readings compensate for individual deficiencies and help the student achieve a balanced overview. In the second term, students select a topic for research from any area of the literature, history, culture, or philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome, or Hellenistic Egypt, or a topic from the classical tradition.
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* CLCV 452a or b, One-Term Senior Project for the Major in Classical Civilization  Pauline LeVen

A one-term senior project. Students select a topic for research from any area of the literature, history, culture, or philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome, or Hellenistic Egypt, or a topic from the classical tradition. An appropriate instructor is assigned to each student by the director of undergraduate studies in consultation with the student.
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* CLCV 494b, Independent Tutorial in Classical Civilization  Pauline LeVen

For students who wish to pursue a specialized subject in classical civilization not otherwise covered in courses. Students are expected to provide a detailed reading list and a clear outline of their project early in the term. The work should result in a term paper or examination. A limited number of these courses may be offered toward the major. Readings in translation. Offered subject to faculty availability.
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Graduate Courses of Interest to Undergraduates

Various graduate seminars are open to juniors and seniors with the qualifications expected of graduate students, i.e., proficiency in the pertinent ancient and modern languages. Descriptions of the courses are available from the director of undergraduate studies. Permission is required of the instructor, the director of undergraduate studies, and the director of graduate studies.

 

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How to Apply

All applicants for freshman admission must submit one of the following:

  • The Coalition Application with Yale-Specific Questions
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  • $80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
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  • School Report (including Transcript)
  • Standardized Test Results
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