Ancient Civilization Overview
The program in ancient civilization consists principally of courses in art history, classics, Jewish studies, and philosophy. This interdisciplinary program covers the entire spectrum of ancient Mediterranean culture including Greek, Hebrew, and Latin languages. By combining art history, Jewish studies, and philosophy with what has been traditionally identified as classics (Greek and Latin language and literature), the Clark program in ancient civilization presents established disciplines in a stimulating and original configuration.
For more information, please visit the Ancient Civilization Department’s website.
The purpose of the major is to supply students with a sound knowledge of the ancient Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian roots of Western civilization. Majors are expected to acquire a working knowledge of at least one of the principal languages of the ancient Mediterranean (Classical Greek, Hebrew or Latin); this ensures direct access to the culture, literature, philosophy and history of the ancient world. Majors are also eligible to apply for admission to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, where they can spend a semester studying classical literature and archaeology.
To graduate as an ancient civilization major, a student must earn a grade of C–or better in at least 10 courses in ancient civilization. These courses must include:
1. At least two courses, from different departments, from among this group of foundation courses:
2. At least one semester course at or above the intermediate level (language 103) in Greek, Hebrew or Latin.
3. A one-semester senior seminar, to be taken preferably during the second semester of the senior year, including a major research paper, arranged in consultation with at least two members of the program faculty by the end of the junior year.
Ancient Civilization Program Faculty
Paul Burke, Ph.D.
Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Rhys Townsend, Ph.D.