CLA Classical Studies
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The field of Classics is concerned with the languages, literature, philosophy, myth, religion, politics, and history of Greece and Rome. For the linguist, Greek provides an unbroken tradition from the earliest to modern times, while Latin is the parent of the Romance languages.
Students and lovers of literature are introduced to works in every genre which have contributed form, content, and critical standards to every European literature. The philosopher encounters the seminal ideas of European philosophy clearly and simply expressed. The political scientist observes a people passionately interested in the theory and practice of politics who explored the possibilities of elitist governing groups, despotism, and democracy, singly and in a variety of combinations, in national, federal, and imperial contexts. The student of religion discovers a rich variety of religious experience, interesting in itself and for its formative influence upon Christianity and Islam. The historian surveying an entire civilization can compare it with our own and can trace the evolution of a great social experiment from its first creative phase through its mature achievement to its final period of consolidation and obsolescence. Our understanding of the present is enhanced by understanding these formative influences from the past.
The Department of Classics welcomes students of all academic backgrounds who wish to take courses in the field but do not wish to specialize in Classical Studies. Even without knowing Greek or Latin, students can profitably study Greek and Roman history or Greek and Latin literature in translation - two areas combined under the designation CLA below. Similarly, the Major and Minor Programs in Classical Civilization presuppose no knowledge of the classical languages.
Advanced work in Greek and Latin does require study of the basic language courses in sequence. These are listed later in the Calendar under the headings Greek and Latin).
The Department of Classics publishes a handbook which may be obtained from the departmental office; information about the Department is also available on the World Wide Web: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:/classics.
J.S. Burgess, 97 St. George Street, Room 103 (416-978-4848)
97 St. George Street, Room 101 (416-978-5698)
Classics ProgramsEnrolment in the programs listed below is open to students who have completed four courses; no minimum GPA is required.
Classical Civilization (Arts program)
Classics (Arts program)
Greek (Arts program)
Latin (Arts program)
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