Classical Civilizations

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The major in Classical Civilizations is highly interdisciplinary and features many options. This major allows students to choose an area of concentration which may include some study of one of the languages (Greek language or Latin language) or may be done completely in English (classical archaeology & art history, classical history & culture).  The major also requires some comparative study of a pre-modern culture other than Greco-Roman (e.g., Chinese, sub-Saharan African, Egyptian, Mayan).

The major in Classical Civilizations is ideal for students fascinated with the ancient world and with the humanities who are preparing for a variety of careers, including law, medicine, teaching, writing, and business, and it may also serve as preparation for graduate study in archaeology, history, and other fields. It will not, however, be sufficient preparation for direct entry into a PhD program in classics centered on Greek and Latin language and literature.

Declaring the Major

The easiest way to declare a major is to meet with an undergraduate adviser, who will have all the necessary forms. Please also see the Letters & Science advising site for a guide to declaring a major. For information regarding the required prerequisites, please see the Major Requirements tab.

Honors Program

Students who are declared majors in Classical Civilizations and who have a GPA (both general and departmental) of at least 3.6 are eligible for honors in Classical Civilizations. The honors program consists of a two-semester course sequence — CLASSIC H195A and CLASSIC H195B that is designed to support the writing of a thesis. This thesis, which will be evaluated by an honors committee of three members, may either build on work in a previous upper division course used in fulfillment of the Classical Civilizations major or may be a newly conceived project. It is due the Monday of the 13th week of the semester in which Classics H195B is taken.

Further details can be found online at Classics Undergraduate Honors. Please consult with a Classics undergraduate adviser to begin planning to participate in honors.

Minor Program

The minor in Classical Civilizations consists of completion of five upper division courses in the Department of Classics. Courses or seminars taught by Classics professors in other departments may also be accepted, in consultation with the undergraduate faculty adviser.

Other Major and Minor Programs Offered by the Department of Classics

Classical Languages (Major only)
Greek (Major and Minor)
Latin (Major and Minor)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Lower division prerequisites: two courses8
Lower division requirements: two courses8
Area of concentration requirement: five courses20
Area of breadth requirement: two courses8
Upper division requirements: two courses8
Total Units52

Lower Division Prerequisites

CLASSIC 10AIntroduction to Greek Civilization 14
or CLASSIC 17A Introduction to the Archaeology of the Greek World
CLASSIC 10BIntroduction to Roman Civilization 14
or CLASSIC 17B Introduction to the Archaeology of the Roman World
1

 CLASSIC R44 may be substituted for either CLASSIC 10A/17A or CLASSIC 10B/17B, but not both.

Lower Division Requirements 

Select 2 courses from the following, one of which must be from the Classics Department:8
Introduction to Greek Civilization
Introduction to Roman Civilization
Introduction to the Archaeology of the Greek World
Introduction to the Archaeology of the Roman World
The Classic Myths
Introduction to Greco-Roman Magic
Epic Poetry: Homer and Vergil
Greek Tragedy
Greek Philosophy 1
CLASSIC 39DUtopia, Dystopia4
Elementary Latin
Elementary Latin
Intensive Elementary Latin
The Latin Workshop
Intermediate Latin Prose Composition
Elementary Greek
Elementary Greek
Intensive Elementary Greek
The Greek Workshop
Intermediate Greek Prose Composition
Origins of Western Civilization: The Ancient Mediterranean World
Introduction to Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
Introduction to Greek and Roman Art
Introduction to Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
Introduction to Ancient Egypt
Ancient Babylonian Legends and Myths
Hebrew Bible in Translation
Ancient Philosophy 1
1

 Students may not choose both CLASSIC 36 and PHILOS 25A.

Area of Concentration Requirement

Select five courses from one concentration below. No duplication with courses offered in fulfillment of other upper or lower division requirements, except in the case of CLASSIC 130, is allowed. Other courses may be substituted with the permission of the faculty adviser. At least three of the selected courses must be from the Department of Classics.

1. Classical Archaeology and Art History
CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture4
CLASSIC 170AClassical Archaeology: Greek Vase Painting4
CLASSIC 170CClassical Archaeology: Greek Architecture4
CLASSIC 170DClassical Archaeology: Roman Art and Architecture4
CLASSIC N172AArchaeological Field School in Nemea, Greece4
CLASSIC N172BArchaeological Field School in Mycenae, Greece4
CLASSIC 175ATopography and Monuments: Athens4
CLASSIC 175DTopography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum4
CLASSIC 175FTopography and Monuments: Roman Wall Painting4
CLASSIC 175GTopography and Monuments: Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt4
HISTART 141AThe Art of Ancient Greece: Archaic Greek Art and Architecture (750-480 B.C.)4
HISTART 141BThe Art of Ancient Greece: Classical Greek Art and Architecture (500-320 B.C.)4
HISTART 141CThe Art of Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Art and Architecture (330-30 B.C.)4
HISTART 145Roman Art4
HISTART 151Art in Late Antiquity4
HISTART 190BSpecial Topics in Fields of Art History: Ancient4
HISTART 192BUndergraduate Seminar: Problems in Research and Interpretation: Ancient4
2. Classical History and Culture 
Any upper division courses in Greek
Any upper division courses in Latin
CLASSIC 121Ancient Religion4
CLASSIC 124Classical Poetics4
CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture4
CLASSIC 161Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in the Ancient World4
CLASSIC 163Topics in Greek Philosophy4
CLASSIC 170CClassical Archaeology: Greek Architecture4
CLASSIC N172AArchaeological Field School in Nemea, Greece4
CLASSIC N172BArchaeological Field School in Mycenae, Greece4
CLASSIC 175ATopography and Monuments: Athens4
CLASSIC 175DTopography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum4
COM LIT 151The Ancient Mediterranean World4
HISTORY 100Special Topics4
HISTORY 101Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors5
HISTORY 103AProseminar: Problems in Interpretation in the Several Fields of History: Ancient4
HISTORY 105AAncient Greece: Archaic and Classical Greek History4
HISTORY 105BAncient Greece: The Greek World: 403-31 BCE4
HISTORY 106AAncient Rome: The Roman Republic4
HISTORY 106BAncient Rome: The Roman Empire4
HISTORY 185AHistory of Christianity: History of Christianity to 12504
PHILOS 160Plato4
PHILOS 161Aristotle4
PHILOS 163Special Topics in Greek Philosophy4
POL SCI 112AHistory of Political Theory4
RHETOR 166Rhetoric in Law and Politics4
THEATER 126Performance Literatures4
3. Greek Language 
GREEK 1Elementary Greek 14
GREEK 2Elementary Greek 14
GREEK 10Intensive Elementary Greek 18
GREEK 15The Greek Workshop 110
GREEK 40Intermediate Greek Prose Composition 14
GREEK 100Plato and Attic Prose4
GREEK 101Homer4
GREEK 102Drama and Society4
GREEK 105The Greek New Testament4
GREEK 115Archaic Poetry4
GREEK 116Greek Drama4
GREEK 117Hellenistic Poets4
GREEK 120Herodotus4
GREEK 121Thucydides4
GREEK 122Attic Oratory4
GREEK 123Plato and Aristotle4
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 Up to two courses may be lower division.

 4. Latin Language
LATIN 1Elementary Latin 14
LATIN 2Elementary Latin 14
LATIN 10Intensive Elementary Latin 18
LATIN 15The Latin Workshop 110
LATIN 40Intermediate Latin Prose Composition 14
LATIN 100Republican Prose4
LATIN 101Vergil4
LATIN 102Lyric and Society4
LATIN 115Roman Drama4
LATIN 116Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics4
LATIN 119Latin Epic4
LATIN 120Latin Prose to AD 144
LATIN 121Tacitus4
LATIN 122Post-Augustan Prose4
LATIN 140Medieval Latin4
LATIN 155AReadings in Medieval Latin4
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 Up to two courses may be lower division.

Area of Breadth Requirement

Select two courses from any combination of lower or upper division offerings in a non-Greco-Roman, preindustrial cultural. Examples of such cultures would be: North, Central, or South Native American, Pacific, Chinese, Indic, sub-Saharan African, European bronze or iron age, and prehistoric; European medieval is also acceptable.

This requirement may be met with courses in any department where relevant courses are offered; in particular, courses in anthropology, Near Eastern studies, history of art, linguistics, history, and religious studies might be appropriate, as well as departments specializing in specific cultural areas.

The faculty adviser will determine with the student what culture will be offered as an area of breadth. Since many "topics" courses change subject from offering to offering, the student should consult closely with the faculty adviser.

Upper Division Requirements

CLASSIC 130Topics in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture (A single CLASSICS 130 counts both in this category and in the five-course Area of Concentration requirement of the Art and Archaeology or the Classical Culture concentrations)4
Select one additional course from the following:4
Ancient Religion
Classical Poetics
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in the Ancient World
Topics in Greek Philosophy
Classical Archaeology: Greek Vase Painting
Classical Archaeology: Greek Architecture
Classical Archaeology: Roman Art and Architecture
Topography and Monuments: Athens
Topography and Monuments: Pompeii and Herculaneum
Topography and Monuments: Roman Wall Painting
Plato and Attic Prose
Homer
Drama and Society
The Greek New Testament
Archaic Poetry
Greek Drama
Hellenistic Poets
Herodotus
Thucydides
Attic Oratory
Plato and Aristotle
Republican Prose
Vergil
Lyric and Society
Roman Drama
Lucretius, Vergil's Georgics
Latin Epic
Latin Prose to AD 14
Tacitus
Post-Augustan Prose
Medieval Latin
Readings in Medieval Latin
Old World Cultures: Archaeology of Europe
Old World Cultures: Mediterranean Archaeology
The Ancient Mediterranean World
Elementary Akkadian
Elementary Akkadian
Selected Readings in Akkadian
Selected Readings in Akkadian
Elementary Sumerian
Elementary Sumerian
Selected Readings in Sumerian
Selected Readings in Sumerian
Elementary Hittite
Elementary Hittite
Elementary Egyptian
Elementary Egyptian
Intermediate Egyptian
Intermediate Egyptian
Elementary Coptic
Elementary Coptic
Elementary Biblical Hebrew
Elementary Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew Texts
Biblical Hebrew Texts
Seminar in Historical Research and Writing for History Majors
Ancient Greece: Archaic and Classical Greek History
and Ancient Greece: The Greek World: 403-31 BCE
The Art of Ancient Greece: Archaic Greek Art and Architecture (750-480 B.C.)
Social History of Latin America: Social History of Modern Latin America
The Art of Ancient Greece: Hellenistic Art and Architecture (330-30 B.C.)
Roman Art
Middle Persian
Middle Persian
Old Iranian
Old Iranian
Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Religion of Ancient Egypt
Babylonian Religion
Ancient Mesopotamian Documents and Literature
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Astronomy
Mesopotamian History
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt in the First Millennium B.C
Gilgamesh: King, Hero, and God
Disciplining Near Eastern Archaeology: Explorers, Archaeologists, and Tourists in the Contemporary Middle East
The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 3500-1000 BCE
The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1000-330 BCE
Iranian Archaeology
Mesopotamian Archaeology
Silk Road Art and Archaeology
Minoan and Mycenaean Art
History of Ancient Israel
History of Ancient Israel
Aspects of Biblical Religion
Biblical Poetry
Jewish Civilization I: The Biblical Period
History and Historiography in the Hebrew Bible
The Hero in the Bible and the Ancient Near East
Religions of Ancient Iran
Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Egyptian Studies
Undergrad Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Undergrad Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies: Egyptian Studies
Undergrad Seminar: Problems and Research in Near Eastern Studies: Jewish Studies
Aristotle
Special Topics in Greek Philosophy
History of Political Theory
Approaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory
Television Criticism
Rhetoric in Law and Politics
Elementary Sanskrit
and Elementary Sanskrit
Intermediate Sanskrit: Epic and Puracic Sanskrit
and Intermediate Sanskrit: Sastraic (Scientific) Sanskrit
Aramaic
Aramaic
Performance Literatures

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Upper Division
Select five upper division courses in the classics department. Courses or seminars taught by classics faculty in other departments may also be accepted, in consultation with the undergraduate faculty adviser.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

The learning goals should be understood in the context of the mission statement of the Department of Classics. The first two components of that statement are especially relevant to undergraduate teaching and are repeated here:

  • 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.
  • 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 providing essential preparation for graduate study in classics, comparative literature, philosophy, and other fields.

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Acquire a basic understanding of ancient Greek and Latin texts (in translation) and/or material culture, including major monuments, sites, and works of art. 
  2. Demonstrate a more advanced knowledge of a particular concentration within classics (classical art and archaeology, or classical history and culture, or Greek language, or Latin language).
  3. Learn to identify and understand key events, institutions, personalities, places, and concepts of ancient Greek and Roman culture.
  4. Gain a critical awareness of continuities and differences between and within cultures and of ideologies of gender, group identity, social status, and political organization.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to interpret texts and material culture and to understand the implications of interpretive methods.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize a well-organized argument from textual or other evidence and to express it in formal English prose.

Courses

Classical Civilizations

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: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
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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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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Duncan MacRae, Assistant Professor. Classics.

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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James Porter, Professor. Classical Studies, philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics, Nietzsche, Auerbach.
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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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Mario Telo, Professor.

Affiliated Faculty

Timothy Clarke, Assistant Professor.

Klaus Corcilius, Associate Professor. Ancient philosophy.

+ Andrew Garrett, Professor. Linguistics, English, California, language change, Indo-European languages, historical linguistics, northern California Indian languages, linguistic structure, typology, ancient Greek, Latin, Irish, Oceanic languages.
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Kinch Hoekstra, Associate Professor. History of political, moral, and legal philosophy; ancient, renaissance, and early modern political thought.

Gary Holland, Professor. Linguistics.

Emily Mackil, Associate Professor. History.

Ramona Naddaff, Associate Professor. Rhetoric, aesthetics, theory of the novel, ancient Greek philosophy and literature, history of philosophy, contemporary French thought.
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+ Carlos Norena, Associate Professor. History.

Martin Schwartz, Professor. Near Eastern studies, Iranian studies.
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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 . Professor of the Graduate School, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving G. Stone Professor Emeritus of Literature; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric: Classics, Greek literature, ancient philosophy.
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Donald Mastronarde, Professor Emeritus. Professor of the Graduate School and Emeritus Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Literature: 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

Faculty Undergraduate Adviser

Nikolaos Papazarkadas

7207 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-7201

papazarkadas@berkeley.edu

Faculty Undergraduate Adviser

Kim Shelton

7209 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-5314

sheltonk@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Cassandra Dunn

7228 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3672

cassandrajj@berkeley.edu

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