Minor in Classical Studies in Rome
Rome offers students the ideal location for studying Classical Studies. The ancient Roman world is still present in the city’s monuments, artwork, and inscriptions, in its rich museum collections, and in the profound influence of the classical tradition on its contemporary architecture. In this setting, our courses explore not only ancient Roman, but also ancient Greek society, history, literature, philosophy, religion, mythology, archaeology, art, and architecture.
Classical Studies students learn to analyze major historical, cultural, philological, and artistic developments in the classical world, and to interpret different kinds of sources, from poetry and art to political tracts and architecture, in these contexts. They apply methods, knowledge, and theories from various disciplines, and develop their ability to think and communicate analytically and rigorously. This knowledge and these skills complement their studies in other fields, such as communications, political science, and international affairs, as well as other humanities fields like art history, history, and English literature.
- Identify, analyze, and interpret major historical, cultural, philological, and/or artistic developments of the ancient Mediterranean world.
- Analyze text, language, and material culture as primary sources, and contextualize these historically, socially, and culturally.
- Discern how developments in ancient Mediterranean art, language, literature, and/or thinking are shaped by dynamic social and cultural interactions and appreciate the impact of context and audience on historical interpretation of these factors.
- Apply methods, theories, and techniques appropriate to the field, context, and medium.
- Apply knowledge, insights, and perspectives drawn from multiple Classical Studies disciplines and source types to new contexts.
- Effectively and critically communicate ideas and information orally and in writing, and do so in response to primary and secondary sources.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR (AS OF FALL 2019)
Six courses including:
- At least one GRK or LAT course
- Five courses related to the Ancient World from the following fields: AH, ARCH, CL, GRK, HS, LAT, PH, RL
- Of these courses, at least three must be at the 200 or 300 level
The Minor should seek to chart a coherent path through the courses related to Classical Studies. It should engage either with the breadth of the academic field or with an ‘area concentration’ within it. It is highly recommended that the student consults with Faculty Advisors in the Department of History and Humanities for guidance on direction, content, and opportunities of the minor.
Courses can be chosen from the following list. Other relevant courses may be agreed upon with the student’s faculty advisor
AH 141 World Art I: Visual Culture of the Ancient World
AH 190 Cities, Towns, and Villas: Rome, Ostia, Pompeii
AH 199 Introduction to Art and Architecture: Rome, A Case Study
AH 220 Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
AH 221 The Etruscans and their Neighbors: The Art and Archaeology of Pre-Roman Italy
AH 223 The Art and Architecture of Imperial Rome
AH 243 Keeping the Dead Alive: Roman Funerary Art and Architecture in Context
AH 290 Ancient Rome and Its Monuments
AH 354 Ancient Roman Portraiture
AH 364 Pagans, Jews, and Christians: Art and Religion in Late Antique Rome
AH/CL 222 Perception of Space: Wall-painting in the Ancient Mediterranean
AH/CL 266 Special Topics in Ancient Art
AH/CL 352 Rome in the Age of Augustus
AH/CL 366 Special Topics in Ancient Art
ARCH 101 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
ARCH 201 Archaeological Theory and Methods
ARCH 202 Archaeological Excavation and Methodology
ARCH 203 Material Culture Studies and Archaeology
ARCH 204 Technology of The Ancient World: Aqueducts, Armor, Automata
CL 260 Classical Mythology
CL 261 Sexuality, Eroticism, and Gender in Myth and Literature of Greece and Rome
CL 268 Ancient Greek Civilization
CL 270 Ancient Rome in the Cinema
CL 278 Literature and Society in Ancient Rome
CL 281/381 Independent Study
CL 290 Ancient Eats: Food in Ancient Rome
CL 299/399 Special Topics in Classical Studies
CL 362 Roman Law
CL 480 Senior Thesis
CL/HS 221 History of Ancient Greece
CL/HS 231 History of Ancient Rome and Italy
CL/HS 255 Peoples of the Roman World: Ethnic, Social and Cultural Identities
CL/HS 285 Wine and the Culture of Drinking in Classical Antiquity
CL/HS 299/399 Special Topics in Classical Studies and History
CL/RH 372 Classical Rhetoric and Oratory
CL/RL 288 Religion in the Graeco-Roman World
GRK 101 Elementary Greek I
GRK 102 Elementary Greek II
GRK 282 Directed Readings in Greek
HS 281 Independent Study (focused on the ancient world)
HS 381 Independent Study (focused on the ancient world)
LAT 101 Elementary Latin I
LAT 102 Elementary Latin II
LAT 103 Intensive Elementary Latin
LAT 282 Directed Readings in Latin
PH 210 Ancient Philosophy
PH/PL 311 Greek and Roman Political Philosophy
Six courses, which include:
- LAT 282 Directed Readings in Latin or CL 282/381 Independent Study in Greek or Latin
- CL 278 Literature and Society in Ancient Rome
- CL/HS 221 History of Ancient Greece or CL/HS 231 History of Ancient Rome and Italy
- CL 260 Classical Mythology
- Two 200 or 300 level courses in AH, HS, RL, or PH to be chosen from the following
- AH 220 Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology
- AH 221 The Etruscans and their Neighbors: the Art and Archaeology of Pre-Roman Italy AH 223 The Art and Architecture of Imperial Rome
- AH 224 The Art and Archaeology of Magna Graecia
- AH 243 Roman Funerary Art: Honoring the Dead in Ancient Rome (On-site)
- AH 290 Ancient Rome and Its Monuments
- AH 354 Ancient Roman Portraiture
- AH/CL 299 Special Topics in Ancient Art
- ARCH 201 Archaeological Theory & Methods
- ARCH 202 Archaeological Excavation and Methodology
- ARCH 203 Material Culture Studies and Archaeology
- CL 261 Sexuality and Eroticism in Ancient Greece and Rome
- CL 268 Ancient Greek Civilization
- CL 281 Independent Study
- CL 290 Ancient Eats: Food in Ancient Rome
- CL 299 Special Topics in Classical Studies
- CL 362 Roman Law
- CL 381 Independent Study
- CL/AH 352 Rome in the Age of Augustus
- CL/AH 360 Selected Topics in Ancient Art
- CL/COM 372 Classical Rhetoric and Oratory
- CL/COM 372 Classical Rhetoric and Oratory
- CL/HS 255 Peoples of the Roman World: Ethnic, Social and Cultural Identities
- CL/HS 285 Wine and the Culture of Drinking in Classical Antiquity
- CL/HS 299 Special Topics in Classical Studies and History
- CL/HS 399 Special Topics in Classical Studies and History
- CL/RL 288 Religion in the Graeco-Roman World
- LAT 282 Directed Readings in Latin (if retaken with different readings)
- PH 210 Ancient Philosophy
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MINORS
- No more than one grade of lower than a C- will be accepted in courses applying to the minor.
- In the case of multiple minors, no course may apply to more than one minor.
- No more than two courses may apply to both the major and the minor. As of Fall 2020, no more than three classes may apply to both the major and minor.
- At least four courses must be taken in residence at John Cabot.
- Requirements for the minor must be completed by the time of graduation.