Classics

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Classics at UC Berkeley has long been one of the world's leading centers for the study of Graeco-Roman antiquity. It is the intellectual home of a distinguished faculty, excellent graduate students, and many visiting scholars, including the annual Jane K. Sather Professor of Classical Literature. Alumni and alumnae occupy teaching positions at major universities both in North America and overseas.

The mission of the department has four major components:

  1. To give students across the University access to the literature, history, archaeology, mythology, and philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman world through an array of undergraduate courses on classical culture in translation. These courses introduce students to texts, artifacts, and ideas that are worth studying both in their own right and as abidingly influential elements in the imagination and history of later cultures. Such study deepens students' understanding of present-day issues by inculcating a sense of historical perspective that takes account of both the differences and the continuities between contemporary and ancient cultures.
  2. To enable undergraduates to immerse themselves in the language and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through its majors in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilizations. These majors equip students with knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied in many areas (e.g., law, politics, business, biosciences, computer science, and media), as well as provide essential preparation for graduate study in Classics, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and other fields.
  3. To train and mentor future scholars and teachers through its top-rated graduate programs in Classics and Classical Archaeology. These programs combine intensive linguistic training in both Greek and Latin with wide-ranging intellectual exploration (including literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and linguistics).
  4. To seek, through its faculty appointments, the breadth and excellence that can sustain these three goals. The department encourages individual and collaborative faculty research, intellectual engagement with students at all levels, and effective participation in the administrative and advisory work of the department, the College of Letters and Science, the Academic Senate, and the campus and university as a whole.

The department encourages faculty participation in other programs and cooperation with other departments. It includes several faculty with joint appointments, and it enjoys strong connections with Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Rhetoric, Theater Dance and Performance Studies; the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology; and the Graduate Theological Union. On campus, Classics faculty are involved in the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, the Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy, the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Archaeological Research Facility.

Undergraduate Programs

Classical Civilizations: BA, Minor
Classical Languages: BA
Greek: BA, Minor
Latin: BA, Minor

Graduate Programs

Classics: PhD
Classical Archaeology: PhD

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Classics

CLASSIC 10A Introduction to Greek Civilization 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Study of the major developments, achievements, and contradictions in Greek culture from the Bronze Age to the 4th century BCE. Key works of literature, history, and philosophy (read in English translation) will be examined in their political and social context, and in relation both to other ancient Mediterranean cultures and to subsequent developments in Western civilization.

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CLASSIC 10B Introduction to Roman Civilization 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
Investigation of the main achievements and tensions in Roman culture from Romulus to the High Empire. Key sources for literature, history, and material culture are studied in order to reveal Roman civilization in its political and social context. All materials are read in English.

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CLASSIC 17A Introduction to the Archaeology of the Greek World 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The physical remains of the Greek world from the Bronze Age to 323 BCE will be studied, with emphasis on its artistic triumphs, as a means of understanding the culture of ancient Greece.

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CLASSIC 17B Introduction to the Archaeology of the Roman World 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course provides a broad-based introduction to the archaeology of the ancient Romans from Rome’s origins in the Iron Age down to the disintegration of the Roman empire in the sixth century A.D. It aims to
familiarize students with the more significant archaeological sites, monuments, artifact classes and works of art relating to the Roman world, and to introduce them to the important research questions in Roman archaeology and the
methods that archaeologists employ to investigate these.
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CLASSIC 24 Freshman Seminars 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
The Berkeley Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Berkeley Seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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CLASSIC 28 The Classic Myths 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The society, culture, values and outlook on life of the ancient Greeks as expressed in their mythology; their views on life, birth, marriage, death, sex and sexuality; on culture and civilization, the origin and meaning of the world. Their use of myth to think about, and give order to human experience. The course includes some of the most important works of Western literature in English translation (the 'Odyssey', the 'Theogony', twelve plays
by leading Greek dramatists (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides), along with their historical and religious context, as well as drawing on material evidence (vase paintings, sculpture, archaeological sites).
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CLASSIC N28 The Classic Myths 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
The society, culture, values and outlook on life of the ancient Greeks as expressed in their mythology; their views on life, birth, marriage, death, sex and sexuality; on culture and civilization, the origin and meaning of the world. Their use of myth to think about, and give order to human experience. The course includes some of the most important works of Western literature
in English translation (the 'Odyssey', the 'Theogony'), twelve plays by leading Greek dramatists (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides), along with their historical and religious context, as well as drawing on material evidence (vase paintings, sculpture, archaeological sites).
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CLASSIC 29 Introduction to Greco-Roman Magic 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2009
This course will focus on ideas about magic in the Greek and Roman worlds from about 750 BCE through 400 CE. Topics will include witches, holy men, love spells, necromancy, spirits, and mystery religions. We will examine how magic was represented in high literature (by authors like Homer, Ovid, Apuleius, and Lucian). as well as the more practical evidence of curse tablets and the Greek Magical Papyri. Consideration will be given to analyzing
the relationship between magic, religion, and philosophy. Our goal will be to study the common threads that connect different Greek and Roman magical practices, as well as to understand them in their cultural contexts.
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CLASSIC 34 Epic Poetry: Homer and Vergil 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2009, Fall 2003
Greek and Roman epics including the , , .

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CLASSIC 35 Greek Tragedy 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Spring 2015
Greek tragedy with readings of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

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CLASSIC 36 Greek Philosophy 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to the philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

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CLASSIC 39D Utopia, Dystopia 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2006, Fall 2002
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students an opportunity to explore intellectual topics with a faculty member and peers in a seminar setting. In this course we will examine utopian literature from its classical beginnings, in Plato's Republic, and in his Timaeus and Critias (which tell the story of the lost world of Atlantis), as well as in some plays of Aristophanes. We will also consider later developments, in Thomas More's
Utopia, and in such works as William Morris' News from Nowhere, and Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Towards the end of the semester the seminar participants will be divided into groups, each of which will be asked to devise its own utopia on a particular theme, for oral presentation in class.
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CLASSIC R44 Roots of Western Civilization 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course covers Homeric and Classical Greece, Rome in its transition from republic to empire, and the world of the Old Testament. Lectures, discussions, and reading assignments will involve interdisciplinary approaches with an emphasis on the development of skill in writing. Satisfies either half of the Reading and Composition requirement plus one of the following Letters and Science breath requirements: Arts and Literature, Historical Studies
, or Social and Behavioral Sciences.
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CLASSIC 98 Directed Group Study for Freshmen and Sophomores 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013

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CLASSIC 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013

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CLASSIC 121 Ancient Religion 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The religious practices, beliefs and mentality of Ancient Greece c. 1650 BC to c. 400 AD., as expressed in cult, ritual and festival, and their social function, based on the evidence of primary texts (literary and documentary), and material remains (sanctuaries, monuments, sculpture, mosaics, painting, vase-painting). Explores how Greek religion addressed notions of history, community, identity, science, creativity, sexuality, spirituality, and
the complex roles and relationships of male and female in society.

No previous knowledge or experience of the ancient Greek world expected; students of all levels and backgrounds welcome.

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CLASSIC 124 Classical Poetics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2011, Spring 2008
Study of a selection (in English translation) of the most important works of classical antiquity that theorize about literature and of the works of some post-classical authors who wrote on similar themes under the influence of their classical predecessors. Authors studied may include Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Augustine, Sidney, Pope, and Lessing.

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CLASSIC 130 Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Topic to vary from year to year. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required; but provision will be made for students who wish to study some of the readings in the original language. Enrollment limited.

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CLASSIC 161 Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in the Ancient World 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
Study of topics in gender, feminism, and sexuality in ancient cultures. Topics vary from year to year.

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CLASSIC 163 Topics in Greek Philosophy 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
The course is designed to deal with a single topic or selection of topics in Greek philosophy studied in translation. Possible topics are: the close study of one or more of Plato's or Aristotle's texts, Hellenistic philosophy, neo-Platonism.

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CLASSIC 170A Classical Archaeology: Greek Vase Painting 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2013, Spring 2007

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CLASSIC 170C Classical Archaeology: Greek Architecture 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Fall 2005, Fall 2003

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CLASSIC 170D Classical Archaeology: Roman Art and Architecture 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2012, Fall 2008

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CLASSIC 172 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014
Introductory overview of the art and archaeology of ancient civilizations of the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BCE) Aegean: Crete, Cyclades, Mainland Greece, and Western Anatolia. Intended to expose to the sites, monuments, art, and artifacts of these cultures and understand the way a variety of evidence is used to reconstruct history. Emphasis also is placed on comparison of enigmatic and evocative cultures and material evidence to see how each evolved and to define similarities
and differences.
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CLASSIC N172A Archaeological Field School in Nemea, Greece 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
Through this field school students will participate in archaeological excavation and museum study in Greece at the site of Nemea and the Classical Sanctuary of Zeus. Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn all major elements of methodology and analysis currently used in classical archaeology. The goal is to teach practical skills in a real research environment
and an understanding of the material culture of Greece throughout various periods of its prehistory and history. Students will participate in a variety of field techniques and research methodologies.
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CLASSIC N172B Archaeological Field School in Mycenae, Greece 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2009 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2008 10 Week Session, Summer 2008 Second 6 Week Session
Through this field school students will participate in archaeological excavation and museum study in Greece at the Bronze Age site of Mycenae (Petsas House). Through extensive travel and hands-on work, students will learn all major elements of methodology and analysis currently used in classical archaeology. The goal is to teach practical skills in a real research environment and
an understanding of the material culture of Greece throughout various periods of its prehistory and history. Students will participate in a variety of field techniques and research methodologies.
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CLASSIC 175A Topography and Monuments: Athens 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2008, Spring 2004, Fall 2001

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CLASSIC 175D Topography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2010, Spring 2008

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CLASSIC 175F Topography and Monuments: Roman Wall Painting 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2012, Fall 2010

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CLASSIC 175G Topography and Monuments: Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012

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CLASSIC C175F Pictorial Representation in the Roman World 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This course presents surviving evidence of pictorial representation in the Roman world. Including the earliest remains from the city of Rome; the suites of painted rooms in the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum on the Bay of Naples; and Roman mosaics from Italy, North Africa, and the eastern Mediterranean.

Topics: ‘four styles’ of Pompeian interior decoration; the architect Vitruvius’ denunciation of contemporary painting in the early Augustan period; the
reproduction of Greek ‘old master’ paintings from pattern books; the surviving paintings of the Domus Aurea, the emperor Nero’s ‘Golden House’ in Rome; the painting of marble statues and reliefs; and the colored mummy portraits preserved by the sands of the Egyptian desert.

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CLASSIC 180 Ancient Athletics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2004, Fall 2003
Study of ancient athletics and athletes including athletic training, facilities, competitions, and the role of athletics in Greek and Roman society.

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CLASSIC H195A Honors Course in Classics 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2014
This is a two-semester Honors course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Classical Languages or Classical Civilizations major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course
is taken.


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CLASSIC H195B Honors Course in Classics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015
This is a two-semester Honors course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Classical Civilizations or Classical Languages major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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CLASSIC 198 Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2013

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CLASSIC 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016

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Greek

GREEK 1 Elementary Greek 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Beginners' course.

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GREEK 2 Elementary Greek 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Beginners' course.

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GREEK 10 Intensive Elementary Greek 8 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Beginners' course (intensive); equivalent to Greek 1-2.

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GREEK 15 The Greek Workshop 10 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
Designed for anyone who wishes to acquire reading knowledge of ancient Greek; replaces 2+ semesters of traditional study. Lectures, discussions, drills and tutorial sessions on grammar and vocabulary; readings in prose and poetry (e.g., Homer, Plato, Greek Tragedy, the Gospels).

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GREEK 40 Intermediate Greek Prose Composition 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
. Development of skills in writing Attic prose and sight reading; grammar review.

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GREEK 98 Directed Group Study for Freshmen and Sophomores 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012

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GREEK 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013

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GREEK 100 Plato and Attic Prose 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Readings from Plato's or , and from other Attic prose authors (e.g., Xenophon, Lysias); some review of grammar.

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GREEK 101 Homer 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Selected readings in the or .

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GREEK 102 Drama and Society 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Reading of one Greek tragedy, and of further selections from the dramatists and/or prose literature of fifth century Athens.

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GREEK 105 The Greek New Testament 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2012
Readings in the Gospels and/or Acts and/or Epistles.

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GREEK 115 Archaic Poetry 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2008
Readings in various Greek poets.

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GREEK 116 Greek Drama 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Selected readings from Greek tragedy and/or comedy.

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GREEK 117 Hellenistic Poets 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2002, Fall 2000
Readings in various Hellenistic poets.

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GREEK 120 Herodotus 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2012, Spring 2006
Readings in Herodotus.

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GREEK 121 Thucydides 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2011, Fall 2007
Readings in Thucydides.

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GREEK 122 Attic Oratory 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2006
Readings in oratory.

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GREEK 123 Plato and Aristotle 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2013, Spring 2010
Readings in Plato and Aristotle.

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GREEK 125 Greek Literature of the Hellenistic and Imperial Periods 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2011
Selected readings in Greek prose or poetry written by authors active during the Hellenistic Age and the Roman Empire (3rd century BCE to 6th century CE).

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GREEK H195A Honors Course in Greek 2 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 1998
This is a two-semester Honors course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Greek major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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GREEK H195B Honors Course in Greek 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Greek major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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GREEK 198 Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012

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GREEK 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014

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Latin

LATIN 1 Elementary Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Beginners' course.

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LATIN 2 Elementary Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Beginners' course.

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LATIN 10 Intensive Elementary Latin 8 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Beginners' course (intensive); equivalent to Latin 1-2.

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LATIN 15 The Latin Workshop 10 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
Designed for anyone who wishes to acquire reading knowledge of Latin; replaces 2+ semesters of traditional study. Lectures, discussions, drills and tutorial sessions on grammar and vocabulary; readings in Latin prose and poetry (e.g., Cicero and Ovid).

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LATIN 40 Intermediate Latin Prose Composition 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Development of skills in writing Latin prose and sight reading; review of grammar.

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LATIN 98 Directed Group Study for Freshmen and Sophomores 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012

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LATIN 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013

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LATIN 100 Republican Prose 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Selected readings in Caesar, Sallust, and Cicero; some review of grammar.

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LATIN 101 Vergil 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Selected readings from Vergil.

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LATIN 102 Lyric and Society 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Reading in Catullus and Horace, and of short selections from prose literature of their periods.

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LATIN 115 Roman Drama 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
Readings in Comedy (Plautus and/or Terence) and Tragedy (Seneca).

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LATIN 116 Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2013, Fall 2011
Readings in the De Rerum Natura and the Georgics.

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LATIN 119 Latin Epic 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2014, Spring 2010
Readings in Latin epic poetry.

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LATIN 120 Latin Prose to AD 14 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2009
Readings in Latin prose authors such as Sallust, Cicero, Caesar, and Livy.

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LATIN 121 Tacitus 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2008, Fall 2005
Readings in Tacitus.

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LATIN 122 Post-Augustan Prose 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2013
Readings in Seneca, the younger Pliny, and other prose writers.

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LATIN 140 Medieval Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduction to medieval Latin: readings in prose and poetry from Cassiodorus to the Italian Renaissance, with emphasis on certain periods.

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LATIN 155A Readings in Medieval Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2010, Spring 2006
Study of texts selected from the early, high, or late medieval periods. Focuses on prose.

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LATIN H195A Honors Course in Latin 2 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This is a two-semester Honors course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Latin major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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LATIN H195B Honors Course in Latin 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This is a two-semester course [H195A-B]. The work for the Honors course may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Latin major or may be a newly conceived project. The work will result in the writing of a thesis, to be evaluated by an Honors committee of three members. Written thesis due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which the course is taken.

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LATIN 198 Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012

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LATIN 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Classics
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Frank Bezner, Associate Professor. Medieval Latin literature; Medieval literary culture; Neo-Latin; Intellectual history.
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Susanna Elm, Professor. History of the Later Roman Empire, pagan - Christian interactions, ancient medicine, slavery and the evolution of Christianity, leadership and empire, reception of antiquity.
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Giovanni R. F. (John) Ferrari, Professor. Classics, ancient philosophy, Greek culture, ancient poetics and rhetoric.
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+ Mark Griffith, Professor. Gender and sexuality, Greek literature and performance, Greek and Roman education, Greek tragedy and comedy, Hesiod and wisdom literature, ancient music.
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Christopher Hallett, Professor. Classics, Roman art, visual culture, portraiture, Hellenistic art, Roman Asia Minor, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt.
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Todd Hickey, Associate Professor. Classics, papyrology, Greek, Egyptian, social and economic history, late antiquity.
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+ Leslie V. Kurke, Professor. Classics, Greek literature and culture, archaic Greek poetry, Herodotus.
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Sara Magrin, Assistant Professor.

Maria Mavroudi, Professor. Byzantine studies.
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+ Kathleen Mccarthy, Associate Professor. Classics, Roman literature and culture, slavery.
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Trevor M. Murphy, Associate Professor. Ethnography, classics, Roman prose authors.
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Ellen Oliensis, Professor. Latin Literature, Ovid.
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Nikolaos Papazarkadas, Associate Professor. Greek epigraphy, Greek history.
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J. Theodore Pena, Professor. Roman archaeology, Roman and pre-Roman Italy, city of Rome, Pompeii, ancient economy, ceramic analysis, material culture studies.
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Dylan Paul Sailor, Associate Professor. Rhetoric, classics, Greek literature, Latin Literature, ancient Greek, Latin, historiography, ancient Rome, ancient Greece.
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Kim S. Shelton, Associate Professor. Ceramics, classical civilization and archaeology, Aegean prehistory, religion/mythology.
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+ Andrew F. Stewart, Professor. Archaeology, classics, Greek sculpture, ancient art and architecture, the Hellenistic east after Alexander, the Renaissance reception of antiquity.
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Lecturers

Lisa Pieraccini, Lecturer.

Tom Recht, Lecturer.

Yasmin Syed, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

William S. Anderson, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Latin Literature.
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David J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus. Human rights;war crimes & trials;Indonesia & East Timor; Guantanamo & Abu Grahib;Sierra Leone Special Court;International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda & Former Yugoslavia;Classics;ancient rhetoric & history, classical Greek law;political/legal theory.
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William Fitzgerald, Professor Emeritus.

+ Erich S. Gruen, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek and Roman history, Jews in the Greco-Roman world.
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Ralph J. Hexter, Professor Emeritus.

Robert Knapp, Professor Emeritus.

Anthony A. Long, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek literature, ancient philosophy.
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Donald Mastronarde, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek literature, Greek drama, Greek textual transmission, Greek literary papyrology, Greek palaeography.
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Stephen G. Miller, Professor Emeritus. Archaeology, classics, Greek and Roman art, ancient architecture, Greek athletics.
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Michael N. Nagler, Professor Emeritus.

Ronald S. Stroud, Professor Emeritus. Classics, Greek history and literature, Greek epigraphy.
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Leslie L. Threatte, Professor Emeritus.

Florence Verducci, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Classics

7233 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4218

Fax: 510-643-2959

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Department Chair

Ellen Oliensis

7211 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-9207

eolien@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Adviser (Fall)

Dylan Sailor

7214 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4787

dsailor@berkeley.edu

Head Graduate Adviser (Spring)

Kathleen McCarthy

7221 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-0216

kmccarth@berkeley.edu

Faculty Undergraduate Adviser

Kim Shelton

7209 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-5314

kshelton@berkeley.edu

Faculty Undergraduate Adviser

Nikolaos Papazarkadas

7207 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-7201

papazarkadas@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Cassandra Dunn

7228 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3672

cassandrajj@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services Adviser

Miguel Valencia

7222 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-643-8741

mvalencia@berkeley.edu

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