The Department of Classics offers course work in the language, history, literature, archaeology and culture of ancient Greece. At the heart of these courses are classes in the Greek language. Students of beginning Greek master the grammar in two semesters and go on immediately, in the third semester, to read Plato and Homer. Thereafter students have the opportunity to study numerous Greek authors, including the great tragedians, the historians Herodotus and Thucydides, and the New Testament, as well as ancient inscriptions. We maintain a strong program in Greek, from the textbook to graduate seminars, where our most advanced undergraduates are often working alongside graduate students in our vigorous and growing graduate program; they also have the opportunity to do their own research or to assist in faculty members' research projects. It is a remarkable and dynamic environment, one that students find both rewarding and stimulating.

Resources on campus supporting the study of ancient Greek include collections of Greek papyri and art and the Wulfing Coin Collection, one of the largest collections of ancient coins owned by an American university. The Department of Classics also offers a variety of courses in Greek history, literature, archaeology and culture, addressed both to the general undergraduate population and to those pursuing majors and minors within the department.

Additional Information

Study Abroad: Washington University is associated with both the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome and the College Year in Athens (CYA). Students interested in studying in one of these programs should consult Professor Timothy Moore, the study abroad adviser for Classics.

Contact:Cathy Marler
Phone:314-935-5123
Email:classics@wustl.edu
Website:http://classics.artsci.wustl.edu

Students interested in Greek should explore either the major in Classics or the major in Ancient Studies offered through the Department of Classics.

Students interested in Greek should explore either the minor in Classics or the minor in Ancient Studies offered through the Department of Classics.

Visit https://courses.wustl.edu to view semester offerings for L09 Greek.


L09 Greek 101D Beginning Greek I

An introduction to Classical Greek (Attic), which will prepare the student to read texts in Greek history, philosophy, and medicine as well as the New Testament. This course builds the foundations for readings in Greek tragedy, comedy, and lyric poetry. Our goal will be to develop reading knowledge as rapidly and efficiently as possible. By the end of the year the student should be reading continuous Greek prose.

Credit 4 units. A&S IQ: LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS


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L09 Greek 102D Beginning Greek II

Continuation of the program begun in Greek 101D. Students will complete their initial study of Classical Greek grammar and will begin reading selections from ancient Greek authors. Prerequisite: Greek 101D or permission of the instructor.

Credit 4 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS


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L09 Greek 190D Intensive Beginning Greek I

An intensive study of Attic Greek.

Credit 5 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: LCD, LS BU: IS


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L09 Greek 210 Intensive Beginning Greek II

Completion of work begun in Greek 190D followed by readings in original Greek poetry and prose. Successful completion of Greek 210 will allow the student to proceed directly to Greek 318C. Prerequisite: Greek 190D or placement by examination.

Credit 5 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: LCD, LS BU: HUM, IS EN: H


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L09 Greek 215D Intermediate Greek I

Reading of Greek prose texts accompanied by review of morphology and syntax and exercises in vocabulary building. Prerequisite: Greek 102D or permission of the instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA BU: HUM, IS


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L09 Greek 301 Intermediate Greek: The New Testament in Context

A reading of texts from the New Testament as well as others of relevance to the religions of the Roman Empire. Prerequisite: Greek 317C or permission of the instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: LCD, LS BU: HUM


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L09 Greek 316C Intermediate Greek II

Readings in various forms of Greek poetry and prose as foundation for advanced study of Greek literature. Prerequisite: Greek 215D or permission of the instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L09 Greek 317C Introduction to Greek Literature

Introduction to Attic prose through the reading of Plato's Apology and related texts. Prerequisite: Greek 102D or placement by examination.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Arch: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM, IS


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L09 Greek 318C Introduction to Greek Literature

Introduction to epic poetry through the reading of selections from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Prerequisite: Greek 210, Greek 316C or Greek 317C.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Arch: HUM Art: HUM BU: IS


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L09 Greek 350W Writing about Greek Literature

Greek courses at the 300 level with enhanced writing requirements may be taken under this designation as writing-intensive courses. Required: permission of instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA, WI A&S IQ: LCD, WI EN: H


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L09 Greek 400 Independent Study

Credit 3 units.


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L09 Greek 411 Homer: The Odyssey

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: LS Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L09 Greek 413 Homer: The Iliad

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LS Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 416 Hesiod

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: LS


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L09 Greek 418 The Epic Tradition

Intensive readings in Greek epic, including Homer, Hesiod, Apollonius Rhodius and a sampling of later hexameters (The Orphic Argonautica, Nonnus). The emphasis is on the continuities and the discontinuities in the evolution of the genre.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS EN: H


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L09 Greek 421 Sophocles

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 422 Euripides

The tragedies of Euripides are among the most powerful dramas ever produced. In this class we will read one or more plays of Euripides in Greek as well as scholarly works on the tragedies. Among the topics discussed will be language and style, meter and music, mythological and historical backgrounds, elements of performance, and Euripides' influence in the modern world. Prerequisites: Greek 318C or permission of the instructor and sophomore standing or above.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Arch: HUM Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 423 Aeschylus

Reading of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound and The Persians and study of relevant secondary literature.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Arch: HUM Art: HUM EN: H


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L09 Greek 424 Aristophanes

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 430 Herodotus

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 431 Thucydides

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH


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L09 Greek 432 The Attic Orators

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: LCD, LS


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L09 Greek 435 Classical Historical Prose

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH


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L09 Greek 436 Attic Prose of the 4th Century BC

Selected texts of Attic orators Xenophon, Plato or Aristotle; specific readings for each semester in Course Listings. May be repeated for credit for study of a different author or text.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 437 Topics in Greek Poetry

Reading in Greek and discussion of one or more texts by one or more ancient Greek poets. May be repeated for credit for study of different texts.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM, LCD, LS Art: HUM


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L09 Greek 438W Topics in Greek Literature

Advanced Greek seminars with enhanced writing requirements may be taken under this designation as writing-intensive courses. Required: permission of instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH, WI


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L09 Greek 439 The Greek Novel

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH, CD A&S IQ: HUM, LCD EN: H


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L09 Greek 451 Plato

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA EN: H


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L09 Greek 497 Study for Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Classics. Prerequisite: overall GPA of 3.65.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM


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L09 Greek 499 Study for Honors

Students interested in pursuing honors should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Classics. Prerequisite: overall GPA of 3.65.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH


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