Classical Philology

Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Philology

Prerequisites. Competence in both Greek and Latin sufficient to allow the student to take courses numbered above 100 upon entering Graduate School.

Academic Residence. Minimum of two years of full-time study (a combination of 16 courses, 301s or units of 303). Students are not normally permitted to take more than two courses numbered 301 before sitting for their General Examinations, and only after taking Greek 201 (for a 301 in Greek) and Latin 201 (for a 301 in Latin), or equivalent.

Program of Study. Such as to foster expertise in:

  1. The methodology covered in the Proseminar (required).
  2. Greek and Latin languages and literatures, to be tested in the General Examinations.
  3. Intensive exegesis (textual, critical). To this end, before the PhD is conferred, candidates must pass four seminars having the designation "Classical Philology" (two in Greek topics, two in Latin).
  4. Prose composition, both Greek and Latin. This requirement is normally met by passing Greek K and Latin K, or the equivalent of the final examination in these courses, which may be set, if requested, as exemption examinations in late September or in January. This requirement must be met before the Special Examinations are taken (see below).
  5. Historical linguistics. To this end, candidates must pass Greek 134 and Latin 134 or the equivalent work before taking the Special Examinations (see below).
  6. Ancient history and classical archaeology. In these areas candidates must pass three courses, subject to the following provisions:
    • If two courses are taken in ancient history, the third must be in classical archaeology, and vice versa.
    • At least one of the three courses must be on a Greek topic, and one other on a Roman topic.
    • At least one of the three courses must be a graduate seminar.
    • Two of the three courses must be passed before the Special Examinations.
    • A course on an ancient author in which work of an historical nature is submitted to fulfill the course-requirements will be permitted to count towards the ancient history requirement.

7.  Other fields (Medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek, Modern Greek, Classical Philosophy, epigraphy, numismatics, palaeography, papyrology; other relevant fields with permission of the graduate committee). Candidates must pass one course in any one of these areas, or a second course either in Greek or Roman history or in classical archaeology. This requirement must be met before the PhD is conferred.

Modern Languages. The demonstration of a reading knowledge of French or Italian and of German, to be tested by the department (with the aid of dictionaries). This requirement must be fulfilled before the Special Examinations are taken. Tests are normally administered in September, February, and April.

General Examinations. All students will, normally by the end of April of the second year, take General Examinations comprising four parts, namely:

  1. Two written examinations of three hours each in the translation of Greek and Latin authors; each examination will of six passages (half prose and half verse) of which two will be at sight (i.e., not from the list given below).
  2. An oral examination of one-and-one-half hours, divided into two parts, on the history of Greek and Latin literature respectively. This examination will include, but will not be confined to, the material contained in the reading list. The examining committee will consist of one faculty member chiefly responsible for Greek literature; one chiefly responsible for Latin literature; and an additional one to moderate the proceedings and to intervene at his or her discretion.

Note: These examinations may only be repeated once in the event of failure. If a student fails only one part of the examination, then he or she need only repeat that part.

Special Examinations. By the end of the third, or, at the latest, the fourth graduate year, the candidate must take a two-hour oral examination in two special authors, one Greek and one Latin, and one special field. The candidate will be expected to know the historical background and manuscript tradition of these authors. The special field should be selected from fields such as the following: a period of Greek or Roman history, philosophy, religion, mythology, archaeology, topography, epigraphy, palaeography, papyrology, grammar or linguistics, metrics, history of classical studies, Medieval Latin literature, patristics, Byzantine studies, or the special problems of a literary genre (e.g., epic, historiography). The choice of authors and field should be submitted for approval by the graduate committee at the time of the General Examinations or within a month following them. Preparation for this examination will be by independent study, with regular supervision by a faculty member for each part of the examination (Classic 302). These examinations may be repeated only once in the event of failure.

Dissertation Regulations. See the Dissertation Regulations page.