Why Classical Languages?
Greek and Latin languages and literatures are fundamental to Western Civilization. Latin forms the basis of the Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, and others). Knowledge of either ancient language, with their detailed and logical grammars, makes learning any other language easier. A good deal of English vocabulary derives from Greek and Latin, especially in science (e.g. "physics"), medicine ("dialysis"), technology ("telephone"), and law ("justice," "habeas corpus").
The literature of the Greeks and Romans is the starting point of Western thought. It is hard to imagine what our culture would be like without the philosophy of Plato and St. Augustine, the dramas of Sophocles and Seneca, the epics of Homer and Vergil, the courtroom arguments of Demosthenes and Cicero, the mathematical discoveries of Euclid and Archimedes, or the medical investigations of Hippocrates and Galen. Modern authors from Dante and Milton to Eliot and Walcott have regularly turned to the classical texts as building blocks for their own new houses. The modern world prizes critical acumen, clarity, and precision in speech and writing. These were the qualities of language and thought most extolled by the Greeks and Romans.
Classical Studies Courses
Introductory language sequences in Latin are offered in the fall semesters only. Courses with an FL curriculum code meet Duke's language requirement for graduation.
Introductory language sequences in Greek are offered in the fall semesters only. Courses with an FL curriculum code meet Duke's language requirement for graduation.
|Number||Title||Curriculum Codes||Crosslisting Numbers|
|GREEK 101||Elementary Greek||FL|
|GREEK 102||Elementary Greek||FL|
|GREEK 111||Intensive First-Year Greek||FL|
|GREEK 203||Intermediate Greek||CZ, FL|
|GREEK 203A-1||Intermediate Greek||FL|
|GREEK 203A-2||Intermediate Greek: Prose (Study Abroad)||FL|
|GREEK 204A-1||Advanced Intermediate Greek||FL|
|GREEK 204A-2||Intermediate Greek: Verse (Study Abroad)||FL|
|GREEK 204S||Advanced Intermediate Greek||CZ, FL|
|GREEK 291||Independent Study|
|GREEK 292||Independent Study|
|GREEK 301A-1||Advanced Greek||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 301AS-2||Advanced Greek||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 304S||Greek Historians||ALP, CZ, EI, FL|
|GREEK 308S||Greek Philosophy||CZ, EI, FL|
|GREEK 312S||Greek Oratory and Rhetoric||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 324S||Greek Epic||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 328S||Lyric and Hellenistic Poetry||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 332S||Greek Drama||ALP, EI, FL|
|GREEK 334S||Ancient Greek Scholarship: G(r)eeks on Greek||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 344S||Greek Novel||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 491||Independent Study|
|GREEK 493||Research Independent Study||R|
|GREEK 504||Historians||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 508S||Greek Philosophy||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 512S||Greek Rhetoric and Ancient Literary Criticism||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 520S||Greek Epic||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 524S||Greek Lyric||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 528||Drama||ALP, CCI, CZ, EI, FL|
|GREEK 534S||Ancient Scholarship: G(r)eeks on Greek||ALP, CCI, CZ, FL|
|GREEK 580||Survey of Greek Literature||ALP, CCI, FL|
|GREEK 582S||Greek Epigraphy||CZ, FL|
|GREEK 586S||Papyrology||CZ, FL|
|GREEK 691||Directed Reading and Research|