Summer Sessions Announcement:
UCLA OFFERING INTERMEDIATE LATIN IN SUMMER 2014. We are happy to announce the addition of Intermediate
Latin to our summer-school offerings. This course, Latin 20, will offer an intensive review of grammar and will serve as
a bridge to reading courses in Latin authors. The course will begin with the final chapters and readings of the textbook
Learn To Read Latin by Keller and Russell, and transition to reading selections of Caesar, Cicero, Pliny, Catullus, Vergil,
and Ovid. The course is intended as preparation for more advanced reading courses in Latin authors and texts. For
questions on the course, please contact Prof. Robert Gurval, Chair, UCLA Department of Classics
), or Tanya Kim, Student Affairs Officer (
TRAVEL STUDY IN ROME. Explore the city of Rome and learn about its ancient history and monuments
while earning 8-12 units this summer. We will study the politics and culture of Rome from its earliest
foundations on the Palatine hill to the triumph of the new religion of Christianity and the subsequent
collapse of an empire almost 1200 years later. Daily walking excursions to the major archaeological and
cultural sites of the Eternal City, include ancient ruins, museums, churches, piazzas, columns, and
Egyptian obelisks. A trip to Pompeii is also planned. Led by Professor Robert Gurval.
View our full list of summer courses here.
The UCLA Department of Classics is one of three Humanities departments at UCLA ranked in the top ten nationally in the last National Research Council report. Classics forms the foundation for the Humanities. Philology, philosophy, government (including democracy), the theater, linguistics, archaeology, literary theory and many other fields have their origins in the Classics.
The UCLA Department of Classics has a robust undergraduate and graduate program. Each year we teach an average of 2,500 undergraduate students various aspects of Greek and Roman culture, literature, philology, archaeology, and history.
We have a dedicated and diverse faculty of scholars and teachers, many at mid-career, whose areas of expertise represent a variety of disciplines at the heart of classical antiquity. Areas of faculty strength have long been in Classical philology and subfields of paleography, Classical linguistics, Byzantine studies, and medieval Latin, now supplemented with new fields of excellence in Greek and Mediterranean archaeology, Indo-European linguistics, ancient and medieval philosophy, particularly Greek philosophy, ancient Greek political thought, ancient sexuality and gender studies, and Neo-Latin and Renaissance studies. We have the highest number and proportion of women faculty in any Classics department of our size at a major research university.
The Department enjoys strong bonds with related departments and disciplines within UCLA. It maintains a variety of cross-listed, exchange, or co-taught courses, as well as joint faculty appointments, with the Departments of Art History, Comparative Literature, English, History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, and Political Science, as well as continuing close links with the Interdepartmental Programs in Archaeology and Indo-European Studies.
Classics faculty have been awarded the national teaching award by the American Philological Association (APA) three times, and they have received the the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award four times. The latter was most recently bestowed on Professor Robert Gurval, current Chair of the Department. This tradition of dedicated teaching has rubbed off on our graduate students. In the past decade, Teaching Assistants in the Department of Classics have won the prestigious UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award no fewer than nine times!
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