Welcome to the Members of the Class of 2021!

The Department of Classics offers a broad range of courses in Greek and Latin language and literature; Greek and Latin literature in English translation; Greek and Roman history, archaeology, mythology, philosophy, and religion; and Modern Greek. Most of our classes have 25 students or fewer.

Study of the Classics can be an ideal undergraduate liberal arts program for individuals preparing for careers in a wide variety of professions. We work closely with our students in developing their skillsets so that they graduate with highly advanced competencies in creatively analyzing and synthesizing qualitative information, using texts and artifacts to examine cultural systems and systems of thought, communicating clearly with the written and spoken word, and collaborating effectively with others.

In addition to a major program in the Classical Languages and Literature, the department also offers majors in Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classical Studies, the last of which is ideal for students who seek a liberal arts major that does not require Greek or Latin.

Classics Welcomes Professor Glauthier

Prof. Patrick Glauthier joins the Classics Department in Fall of 2017 as an Assistant Professor specializing in Latin literature. A graduate of Columbia University, Prof. Glauthier has worked especially on the emergence and development of scientific theory in Rome, concentrating on such works as Vergil’s Georgics, Manilius’s Astronomica, and Pliny’s Natural History. His current book project is called The Scientific Sublime in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Seneca, Lucan, and the Etna.

Prof. Glauthier comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught courses entirely in English (“Monsters and Marvels in Antiquity,” “Heroic Journeys and Epic Failures,” “History of Literary Theory”) as well Latin and Greek authors from Homer to Tacitus. A graduate of Penn’s Post-Baccalaureate program says this about his teaching: “He truly is the epitome of what a great professor should be: engaging, approachable, and he challenged us both to think for ourselves and to find the confidence within ourselves in times when we might have felt unsure.”

Classics Professor Wins 2017 Outreach Prize

The Society for Classical Studies has awarded the 2017 Outreach Prize to Professor Roberta Stewart of Dartmouth College for her work in developing book discussion groups on the Homeric poems with military veterans. Professor Stewart's long-running initiative is now a major collaborative project of Dartmouth College and New Hampshire Humanities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

New faculty in 2017

This fall the Classics Department is delighted to welcome two additional visiting faculty members: Afroditi Manthati-Angelopoulou, who is a specialist in Greek poetry and theater, and Emilia Barbiero, who specializes in Latin literature with a particular interest in the comedies of Plautus.

Professor Barbiero has previously taught at New York University and the University of Toronto, where she received her doctorate in 2014. She is a particular fan of ancient letter-writing, both as seen in literature -- especially in Latin plays -- and the real letters that have been recovered by archaeology. This year's students will have the opportunity to study with Professor Barbiero in Fall in Latin 1 or Latin 15, Winter in Latin 3, or spring in a First-Year Seminar on ancient letters.

A Living Language: Latin 1 at Play and a Latin Podcast

Suzanne Lye on Latin 1 and Dartmouth Learning Fellows

A few minutes after class begins, I step into the Carson 61 classroom to see what’s happening. The students are already abuzz, divided into three learning teams and rapidly dissecting Latin phrases on the board. Interruptions are frequent as students yell across the room to one another with new ideas and corrections, or to flag down the instructor, Dr. Suzanne Lye, to pepper her with questions. The scene is not so much chaotic as rambunctious; like a house party where everyone is playing Monopoly. It’s a little disorienting to an outsider and prompts many questions: Where are the desks? Where am I supposed to stand? Who is the teacher here?

Jeremy Rutter Receives Honorary Degree from Uppsala

“I don’t expect to collect a whole lot of honorary degrees, so this was very cool,” says archaeologist Jeremy Rutter, the Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and professor emeritus of classical studies, of the honorary doctorate he recently accepted from Uppsala University in Sweden. “It’s a recognition from a peer group that is very special. I feel great about it.”

He received the honor during a conferment ceremony held in a 14th-century cathedral. “I was sitting about 15 feet away from where the great Swedish conquering king Gustavus Adolphus was crowned in 1617, exactly 400 years ago,” he says. 

Uppsala and Dartmouth are members of the Matariki Network of Universities, a consortium of seven international institutions. The network, which Dartmouth joined in 2010, facilitates collaboration and the exchange of knowledge and resources among its members

Spotlight on Teaching with Museum Collections

Investigations into the Ancient Mediterranean

Between 2010 and 2012, the Hood Museum of Art took part in an innovative pilot program that enabled the Yale University Art Gallery to lend forty-seven ancient Mediterranean objects to the Hood for a two-year period beginning in December 2010. Initiated by Yale and funded by a generous grant from the Andrew E. Mellow Foundation, this collection-sharing project is intended to foster intra-and inter-institutional collaboration and expand opportunities for Dartmouth faculty from all disciplines to teach from works of art. Central to the initiative is a program of strategic loans from Yale’s encyclopedic collection, comprising nearly 200,000 works, to six “partner museums” for use in specially developed projects and related coursework. The program was created based on the belief that while technologies have increased access to museum collections, there is no substitute for the experience of learning from original works of art.