Mechanics of the Greek and Latin languages
With minimal and informed recourse to dictionaries, grammars, commentaries, and other translation aids, students will be able to read and comprehend the prose and poetry of Classical Greek and Latin authors. For example, they will be able to read and comprehend the writings of Caesar, Xenophon, Cicero, Plato, Homer, Vergil, and other Greek and Latin authors of comparable difficulty. Students will be able to compose Greek and/or Latin sentences and paragraphs in imitation of the style of Classical Greek and Latin masters.
Interpretation and analysis of Greek and Latin texts
Students will demonstrate their ability to write analytical papers or the equivalent that apply close readings to Classical literary texts to develop and clearly express original interpretations of these texts.
Understanding and contextualizing Classical cultures
Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge and comprehension of the history, literature, philosophy, and visual arts of Greece from the Mycenaean civilization through the Hellenistic Age, and of Rome from the Regal Period to the decline of the Empire.