ANCIENT HISTORY

Studying ancient history requires the ability to work with different types of evidence surviving from antiquity, including both literary texts and material culture. Your language of choice should be related to the primary materials in the area of the world or period of history that most intrigue you. Graduate programs will be looking for students to be able to work in at least one ancient language at the advanced level, and preferably some experience of a second ancient language.  Training in French or German is also recommended.

a) Two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to ancient Mediterranean & Middle Eastern worlds.  Good choices include:

  • CLAS 121 Greek World
  • CLAS 122 Roman World
  • CLAS 127 Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • CLAS 130 Early Arab & Persian Empires
  • CLAS 135 India & Rome
  • CLAS 145 Pagans, Christians & Jews

b) Study in a language at least to the intermediate level (Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin).

c) A major research paper in a Classics, History, Art History, Anthropology or other appropriate course.

d) 490 Senior Seminar.

e) Electives chosen from the offerings of the department, such as:

  • CLAS 123 Introduction to Archaeology
  • CLAS 260 Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art
  • CLAS 155: January in Rome
  • CLAS 192 Comparative Ancient and Modern Cities: Rome and Alexandria
  • CLAS 194 Background to the Modern Middle East
  • CLAS 294: The Crusades
  • CLAS 294: Urban History from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages
  • More language courses

Watch particularly for courses cross-listed with History, Religion, and Art History. You may also want to  consult with your adviser about potentially taking other relevant courses in other departments, such as:

  • HIST 379 The Study of History (highly recommended)
  • RELI 100 Introduction to Islam
  • RELI 120 Hebrew Bible

For study abroad, we recommend working in the region of your main interest, such as in Rome, Greece, Israel, Turkey, or Egypt.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES

a) Two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to early periods in Middle Eastern history.  Good choices include:

  • CLAS 130 Early Arab & Persian Empires
  • CLAS 135 India & Rome
  • CLAS 145 Pagans, Christians and Jews

b) Study in a language at least to the intermediate level (Arabic, Greek, or Hebrew preferred).

c) A major research paper in a Classics, History, Art History, Anthropology or other appropriate course.

d) 490 Senior Seminar.

e) Electives chosen from the offerings of the department, such as:

  • CLAS 192 Comparative Ancient and Modern Cities: Rome and Alexandria
  • CLAS 194 Background to the Modern Middle East
  • CLAS 260 Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art
  • CLAS 294 The Crusades
  • CLAS 294 Urban History of the Late Roman Empire and Early Middle Ages

Watch particularly for courses cross-listed with History, Art History and Religious Studies.

For study away, we strongly recommend a semester in the modern Middle East or Greece.  Classics majors have studied in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Greece, Israel and other countries.

You might also consider a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization.

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