Welcome to the Department of Greek and Latin!
A bachelor's degree in any area of classics will open your mind, polish your skills, and challenge your assumptions. Studying at CUA and perhaps abroad as well, you will join one of the oldest and most prestigious disciplines in academia--and be amazed at how relevant the ancient world is to the modern one.
An MA opens a world of possibilities: museum work, secondary-level teaching, research and archiving, librarianship, publishing, or the path towards a university career, just to name a few. Immerse yourself in the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome--and see where it takes you.
The PhD in Greek and Latin at CUA builds on the classical MA program by focusing on late antiquity, patristics, or the Middle Ages. Courses are offered every semester on the literature of these eras, and an individualized exam process prepares students to write dissertations that break new ground.
Anyone who has completed a bachelor's degree in any field can apply for the certificate programs: no prior Greek or Latin is required. Certificates are graduate-level qualifications that show advanced competency in one or both classical languages. Always dreamed about trying classics? Now is your chance!
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth."
Plutarch, Moralia 48c (trans. Babbitt)
The Journal Latinitas
A new series of the journal Latinitas has been launched by the Pontifical Academy for Latin, established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. The first issue of the new series was published in Fall 2013. Beginning in 2014 it appears twice a year. The journal's main sections focus on philology and history, neo-Latin literature, and pedagogical topics. Articles appear in Latin, Italian, and other major languages.
Classical Association of the Atlantic States
ETA SIGMA PHI
Congratulations to Eric Seith, who placed third in the Latin Prose Composition division of the national Maurine Dallas Watkins Sight Translation Contest sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi! Eric is a Philosophy major and a member of CUA's Eta Kappa chapter of this national classics honor society.
National Latin exam winners! CUA Latin students excelled on this year's NLE.
Panel on professionalization in classics! Please join us on Friday, May 8th from 3-5pm, to launch the Washington, DC Ancient Mediterranean Seminar at a reception featuring a panel discussion on "Faculty Career Development in Classics: Distinctive Challenges."
Panelists will include:
W. Robert Connor, Teagle Foundation
Margaret Mullett, Dumbarton Oaks
S. Georgia Nugent, Kenyon College
Victoria Pedrick, Georgetown Univ.
Patrice Rankine, Hope College
Great Room C, Pryzbyla Center, CUA
Please RSVP by May 5th to Sarah Ferrario, firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith P. Hallett, email@example.com.
"WAMS" is funded by a Leadership Initiative Grant from the Classical Association of the Atlantic States; this event is further supported by CUA and UMD.
Upcoming course news: The fall 2015 undergraduate flyer for classics courses and language classes is now available. Feel free to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies if you want to learn more about majoring or minoring with us!
Instructor Tom Leoni and his students re-enact the battles of Greco-Roman warriors in the course CLAS 225, Ancient Warfare and Martial Arts. This course will be offered again in fall 2015, TTh 5:10-6:25pm.
Dr. Richard Westall, CUA Rome Program, has recently published a new article entitled "Constantius II and the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican," in Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 64.2 (2015), 205-42.
Dr. Sarah Ferrario's book, Historical Agency and the 'Great Man' in Classical Greece, has recently been published by Cambridge University Press.
Are you a CUA graduate student? If so, have you considered completing a Certificate in Greek, in Latin, or in Greek and Latin as part of your graduate program? Please contact Prof. Frank Mantello, Certificate Coordinator, to discuss your options.
Not at CUA right now, and interested in our certificate programs? Learn about applying, or print a pdf flyer that summarizes the opportunities we offer! There is a special tuition rate in the fall and spring Semesters for students who are only pursuing certificates.
Intra et extra
Members of the department present their work at conferences and seminars throughout the academic year. A sampling from 2014-15:
July 22, 2015: Prof. William Klingshirn, "Theologies of Divination in Late Antiquity: Ritual and Truth," Conference on Negotiating, Communicating, Relating: Approaches to Ancient Divination, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
May 7, 2015: Prof. William Klingshirn, "Christian Magic and Divination in Merovingian Gaul," Guest Lecture, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
April 16, 2015: Leo Hunt, "Transcendence and Creative Action in the Thought of Maximus the Confessor: A Radical Break with the Neo-Platonic Tradition," Early Christian Seminar, Center for the Study of Early Christianity, CUA
March 30-April 2, 2015: Benjamin Lewis, "The Inner Ear: Reading in Antiquity and the Role of Books in Augustine's Confessions," 8th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece
March 5, 2015: Edward Naumann, "The Damnation of Baptized Infants According to Augustine," Early Christian Seminar, Center for the Study of Early Christianity, CUA
Oct. 9-11, 2014: Dr. William J. McCarthy and Dr. Sarah B. Ferrario organized a panel for the annual Fall Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in Washington, DC. Transformations of Sophocles in the Religious Contexts of Antiquity and Beyond included papers by four members of the department:
• Patricia M. Craig, “Apollo and the Delphic Oracle in Sophocles’ and Seneca’s Oedipus Plays”
• Dr. William J. McCarthy, “Sophocles’ eukolia, the Apotheosis of Oedipus, and Clement of Alexandria’s Speculation on the Nature of Resurrected Bodies”
• Matthew A. T. Poulos, “Sophoclean and Euripidean Influence in the Poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus”
• Karen Carducci, “Redeeming Jocasta: How Tawfiq al-Hakim Islamizes the Character in his Oedipus the King”See the archive of past presentations.