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.
- Editorial Committee
- Latinitas n.s. 1 (2013): Table of Contents
- Latinitas n.s. 2.1 (2014): Table of Contents
- Latinitas n.s. 2.2 (2014): Table of Contents
- Latinitas n.s. 3.1 (2015): Table of Contents
- Latinitas n.s. 3.2 (2015): Table of Contents
- Latinitas n.s. 4.1 (2016): Table of Contents
- Latinitas n.s. 4.2 (2016): Table of Contents
Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Prize of the Pontifical Academies 2017
ETA SIGMA PHI
SUMMER GREEK AND LATIN AT $500/cr! The department will be offering elementary- and intermediate-level courses in both languages online this summer at a specially discounted tuition rate! Accelerate your studies, finish your language requirement, and learn to read ancient literature in the original. Visiting students and faculty from other colleges and universities, members of the community, and high school students are all warmly welcome, and placement exams in Greek and in Latin are online and free! Read more about Latin and Greek in summer 2017.
Congratulations to the Classics Club, which took the Academic and Professional Student Org of the Year trophy at the CUA Student Organization Excellence Awards for 2016-17!
Aeneathon 2017! Every year the Department hosts a marathon reading of an ancient epic, and this year witnessed a two-day performance of Vergil's Aeneid (in Lombardo's English translation with the insertion of occasional Latin passages) on March 30 and 31.
Eta Sigma Phi sight-translation contest results! Congratulations to Sarah Grupp, sophomore classics major, for taking third place in the 2017 Intermediate Greek category of the Maurine Dallas Watkins Sight-Translation Contest sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi!
Departmental MA alumna wins national pedagogy award! Warmest congratulations to Ms. Jane Brinley, who teaches Latin at The School Without Walls here in Washington, DC. She has just been announced as one of two winners of this year's Award for Excellence in Precollegiate Teaching by the Society for Classical Studies, our national professional organization!
Intra et extra
Members of the department present their work at conferences and seminars throughout the academic year.
July 2017 (date TBA), Karen Carducci, “A Comparative Inquiry into the Nature and Norms of Wealth and Value: Ancient Lapidaries, Modern Economic Theories,” Adam Smith Fellowship Colloquium (“The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Liberty”), Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, VA
March 1, 2017, John Marshall, "Julius Caesar Through the Lens of a Contemporary: Cicero's Caesar and What He Adds to the Narrative of Caesar's Life," Graduate Research Colloquium for Classics and the Medieval Mediterranean, Washington, DC (CUA)
February 3, 2017, Kathleen Kirsch, “Sacra Prodigiosa: Human Sacrifice and Vestal Prodigies in Republican Rome,” Graduate Research Colloquium for Classics and the Medieval Mediterranean, Washington, DC (CUA)
October 29, 2016, Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario, "Alexander and Achilles: A Turning-Point?"Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, Washington, DC (CUA)
October 21-23, 2016: Karen Carducci, "Economics, Minerals, and Morals in Etymologies (16.5-16): Isidore of Seville’s Adaptation of the Lapidary Tradition," October Graduate Research Colloquium, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Arlington, VA
October 22, 2016: Alex Poulos, “Gregory of Nazianzus’ Poem 126.96.36.199–214 as Callimachean Hymn to Virginity” International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies, Philadelphia, PA
October 22, 2016: Kathleen Kirsch, "Homerathon: A Pedagogical, Interdisciplinary, and Critical Tool," Classical Association of the Atlantic States, New Brunswick, NJ
October 21, 2016: Patsy Craig, "The Moral Danger of Self-Ignorance (?γνοια) for the Spectator of Comedy in Plato’s Philebus," Classical Association of the Atlantic States, New Brunswick, NJ
October 21, 2016: Dr. Sarah Brown Ferrario, "Leadership at the Twilight of the Athenian Democracy," Classical Association of the Atlantic States, New Brunswick, NJ