CLA 102 CC The Roman World
An exploration of Roman civilization, tracing the growth of Rome from a small hill town in Italy to the center of a vast and diverse Mediterranean empire.
To study classics is to enter into a world that stretches from Europe to Western Asia and North Africa, and in time from the Stone Age to the fall of Constantinople and beyond. No field gives you a wider experience of the liberal arts. People with classics degrees include Porter Goss, former head of the CIA; Jerry Brown, governor of California; and J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. We vigorously support students who apply for fellowships, grants, travel abroad, entrance into graduate school and a wide variety of internships and jobs during and after college.
Classics encompasses literature as well as archaeology, art, architecture, history, economics, gender studies, philosophy, theater studies and other disciplines. You acquire a deep understanding of the Greek and Roman civilizations, whose role in shaping the modern world is immeasurable. If you're interested in the medieval period, we also offer a program in that field.
You are encouraged to spend a semester or summer abroad, usually during or following your junior year. If you like, you can see firsthand the cultural monuments of ancient Greece and Rome – or you might choose to study elsewhere.
Ellen Cole Lee has taught Latin language and literature, Ancient Greek, Roman and medieval literature.
Tobias Myers comes to Connecticut College from Columbia University, where he taught literature in translation as well as ancient languages. In his teaching he aims to share with students his fascination with the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans are strange and yet familiar to us today, and his conviction that we cannot understand the present without understanding the past.
Nina Papathanasopoulou, a native Greek, studied classics in Athens and New York. She completed her Ph.D. in Greek Drama at Columbia University, where she served as chorus director and choreographer of Greek drama productions performed in ancient Greek. Her current research explores the treatment of space in three Aristophanic comedies along with the historical and political significance of the plays’ staging.
Darryl Phillips' research and teaching interests have always been interdisciplinary, encompassing history, law, religion, art and architecture, and topography. Though not limited to one approach or one type of evidence, his work is nevertheless united by a common focus — Roman culture and history of the late Republic and early Principate. His approach to the period is to privilege continuity over change while considering cultural practices in their topographical and historical contexts.
A: I love both physics and Latin and knew that I could never narrow my interests to only one. So I looked into how different schools offered double majors and their flexibility. I also love the stone walls, the water and the warm New England feel.
A: Classics was a marriage between my love of math and literature. The Latin language is formulaic on a microscopic level, with different cases and tenses of verbs; however, on a macroscopic level, you can see the intrinsic beauty formed not only by the content of what you are reading, but by the actual words on the page. Classics has let me see liberal arts education for what it truly is — interdisciplinary.
A: This is a tie for me. Lucretius, on the one hand, mixes my love for both physics and Latin. In De Rerum Natura, he sets to the rhythm and music of a hexameter the contents of an atomic physics book. On the other hand, Ovid's sassy nature and sarcastic tone lend themselves to lighter reading which still thousands of years later can make you fall out of your seat laughing.