Courses for incoming students

Students beginning Dartmouth in Fall of 2020 may be especially interested in these fall courses:

CLST 4   Classical Mythology   An introduction to Greek myths and their use and transformation in ancient Greek and Latin literature. Lectures will regularly incorporate material culture, history, and contemporary scholarship to contextualize the readings. We will also examine how these myths shape and express identities in both ancient and modern settings.  Questions? Contact Professor Oppen (

CLST 6   Introduction to Classical Archaeology   Introduces the basic methods and principles of Classical archaeology. Students will acquire an appreciation of the development of material culture in the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the collapse of the Roman Empire.  Questions? Contact Professor Dibble (

CLST 11.17  Greek Athletics   Athletics played a pivotal role in the ancient Greek world, and the history of athletics offers insight some of the basic forces shaping ancient Greek society. Topics include the origins of athletic competition in Greece; the ancient Olympics; nudity; connections to war, sex, and art; and the participation of women. Questions? Contact Professor Christesen ( syllabus  flyer

CLST 18   History of the Roman Empire: Roman Principate to Christian Empire  Surveys the major events from Octavian's victory at Actium in 31 B.C. through the rule of Septimius Severus. Considers the logic of the Roman system, including the reasoning that favored the leadership of a single individual, the evolving relationship between the princeps and the senatorial aristocracy, and the role of the army in the assimilation of non-Roman peoples. Questions? Contact Professor Stewart (

LAT 1   Introductory Latin   A rapid introduction to the Latin language through reading passages of gradually increasing difficulty, with an introduction to the history and culture of Pompeii and Roman Egypt in the first century AD. Questions? Contact Professor Lynn (

LAT 10   Reading Latin Texts   An introduction to continuous readings of Latin prose and poetry in combination with a review of Latin grammar. Students develop the necessary language and study skills to allow them to take more advanced Latin courses. Questions? Contact Professor Lynn (

LAT 15   Literature and the Romans   For those who have already begun studying Latin literature. Covers essential elements of Roman literary culture and its academic study today: literacy, book production, textual transmission, and the nature of literature. Also introduces library resources, including illuminated manuscripts in Dartmouth's collection. Questions? Contact Professor Oppen (

LAT 31 The Italian Countryside (Fall)   The environmental concerns of our own time find a counterpart in the Roman fascination with the beauty and fragility of the rural landscape and natural world. Readings from pastoral poetry, represented especially by Vergil's Eclogues, and from the literature of farming and agriculture, including Vergil's Georgicss. Questions? Contact Professor Graver (

GRK 10 – Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry (Fall) For who have aleady studied the basics of the language. Readings drawn from Greek tragedy will illustrate foundational concepts of the culture. Questions? Contact Professor Tell (

GRK 20 Homer (Fall) Reading in Greek and discussion of selections from the Iliad or Odyssey. Reading of the whole poem in translation and discussion of its character, style, and composition. Questions? Contact Professor Tell (

A full listing of Classics, Greek, and Latin classes can be found here.