The civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greece and Rome continue to influence our values, the way we think, and the questions we ask. They represent some of our deepest cultural roots and stand at the core of a liberal arts education.
Emory Classics boasts an energetic, internationally respected team of scholars devoted to undergraduate teaching, and to fostering close teacher/student relationships and personalized small-class experience. Since we have no graduate program, all our classes are taught by regular faculty, even at the elementary level. We offer students an opportunity to study the languages, literature, culture, and influence of classical antiquity. General courses include such topics as classical mythology, law, religion, women in antiquity, and Greek and Roman literature in translation. Most of these courses have no prerequisites, and several fulfill the distribution requirements of the College.
For students interested in Greek or Latin, language instruction is offered at all levels, from elementary to the most advanced, both in a classroom setting and in individual instruction. The department offers several majors and two minors; joint majors are also possible with other departments. In addition, for students who wish to design their own interdisciplinary course of study, the Department of Classics cooperates with several other departments to offer a major in Ancient Mediterranean Studies.
The Department of Classics is located on the second floor of Candler Library (#110 on the map) on the campus of Emory University. Our campus address is 221F Candler Library, 550 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. The Departmental Office is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The most comprehensive of our majors, the Classics major requires study
of both Greek and Latin languages, as well as courses in classical religion,
archaeology, literature, politics, history, and philosophy. This should
be the choice of those who seek to go to graduate school in Classics and
of other students who are particularly interested in the language and
literature of both ancient Greece and Rome.
Classics minor: There is no pure Classics minor at Emory. See Classical Civilization, Greek or Latin.
This major is designed for students with broad interests in the classical
world. Students pursuing this major study many different aspects of classical
culture, including literature, art and archaeology, history, philosophy,
and religion. This major provides students with a strong, general liberal
arts education appropriate to many pursuits after college, including law,
medicine, business, writing, and publishing.
A minimum of 36 hours in Classics, Greek or Latin OR approved realted fields, which must include:
A minimum of 18 hours in Classics, Greek, or Latin OR approved related fields, which must include:
GREEK OR LATIN
Greek or Latin: Majors and minors in Greek or in Latin are designed
for students who want to make one of the two classical languages their
area of expertise. Students pursue these majors for many different reasons.
While some wish to become teachers themselves, many more are pre-professional
students seeking the well-roundedness and intellectual breadth that comes
from serious study of the humanities. Both Greek and Latin majors enjoy
studying literature and culture in the kind of detail only possible in
the original language.
At least two 3 or 4 credit hour courses that focus on ancient Greece and/or Rome offered by or cross-listed with other departments including, but not limited to, Art History, History, and Philosphy.
Learning Goals (Greek):
Learning Goals (Latin):
Classics offers joint majors with English, History, Philosophy, and
Religion for students with strong interests in more than one area.
At least 4 credit hours of independent study/directed reading for the writing of a senior thesis.
At least 4 credit hours (typically one 4 hour course) of independent study/directed reading for the writing of a senior thesis.
A mimimum of 45 hours in Classics (including Greek and Latin) and Philosophy courses including:
The Department annually awards prizes to the best students in Classics.
The McCord Latin Prize is named for H. Y. (Henry Young) McCord (d. 1943) who was a "friend and benefactor" of the University and founder of the McCord-Stewart Company, grocery wholesalers in Atlanta. Three of his four sons were also affiliated with the school: H. Y. McCord, Jr. ('09) was a member and sometime secretary of the Emory Board of Trustees; J. R. McCord was professor of obstetrics at Emory Medical School; Jeff D. (Jefferson Davis) McCord ('16) was a professor and the first athletic director at Emory.
Originally, the prize consisted of a medal such as the one below, awarded to Hansell Baugh in 1922.
The Reppard Greek Prize is named for R. B. Reppard (Robert B.) of Savannah, Ga., a wealthy lumber manufacturer, dealer, and shipper. According to The Cyclopedia of Georgia (1906) Reppard served on the Emory Board of Trustees, was a prominent member of the Methodist church, was Chilean consul in Savannah, longtime president of the Georgia Sunday School Association, and president of the Savannah Poet Society.
As with the McCord Prize, it originally consisted of a medal like that below - the medal won by John Fraser Hart 43C, the last recorded winner of the original Reppard prize.
In 2012/13, the Classics department was able to revive the McCord Medal for Latin and Reppard Medal for Greek after a hiatus of 70 years through the vision and support of James Passamano (C ’85), (see the story at http://news.emory.edu/stories/2013/05/er_classics_medals/campus.html).
In addition, winners of these prizes typically receive a Latin or Greek dictionary or comparable reference work. For a partial list of prize winners click here.
The Sufian-Passamano Prize in Classical Civilization: Our department had long desired to give greater recognition also to the outstanding work on the ancient world that students of our department were doing outside the languages. Happily, in 2013/14 we were able to realize that long-cherished wish when James Passamano (C ’85), along with his wife, Beth Sufian (C ’86), generously agreed to support the design and ongoing production of a new medal, the Sufian-Passamano Prize in Classical Civilization.
Complementing the revived McCord and Reppard, this new prize brings our Classics medals into the modern age, since “Classical Civ.” now forms such a crucial part of our mission. Our first winner of the Sufian-Passamano Prize was Daniel Kuzmanovich ’14. He received his medal at our awards ceremony this past April 29th, 2014, with our benefactors James Passamano and Beth Sufian in attendance.
The Department Classics Prize is given on an occasional basis to especially worthy students, typically to help defray the cost of Classics-related summer travel or study. Students are encouraged to apply directly to the department for this prize.
CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies: The department selects students each year for the Classical Association of the Midwest and South's (CAMWS) Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies Awards. This prize typically goes to promising underclassmen and consists of a year's membership in CAMWS and subscription to The Classical Journal.
The Emory College Language Center's (ECLC) Excellence in Language Studies Awards: The Department nominates an outstanding student each year for these awards, one in Latin, one in Ancient Greek.