Program of Study
The Department of Classics at the University of Arizona offers graduate study in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology, Latin Philology, and Latin Pedagogy leading to the Master of Arts degree. Degree requirements include 33 hours of course work, a thesis, and a reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian, in addition to demonstrated proficiency in Greek and Latin (only Latin is required for the Latin Pedagogy emphasis).
A full range of courses is offered in Latin, Greek, classical studies in translation, classical archaeology, ancient history, pedagogy, and ancient philosophy. Students may earn Secondary School Latin Teaching Certification through the Department of Classics and the College of Education or by pursuing the Latin Pedagogy emphasis.
Minimum credit hours: 33
- Proficiency in French, German, or Italian.
- 3 units of the Methodology course, CLAS 510A.
- Qualifying Examination in Greek and Roman History.
- Graduate level proficiency in one classical language, upper-level undergraduate proficiency in the other.
- 9 units must be taken from GRK or LAT courses at the 5xx level, 3 units of which must be from GRK 530 (Greek Historians) or LAT 526 (Roman Historians). (If a student does not complete GRK 530 or LAT 526 at the graduate level, the student must complete this course at the 400 (undergraduate) level (or demonstrate completion of an equivalent course at another institution)).
- 12 units of CLAS/HIST/GRK or LAT courses at the 5xx level, determined with the individual student’s faculty advisor.
- 3 units of HIST 695F (Ancient History), HIST 695K (Historiography), or equivalent HIST graduate course.
- 3 units of CLAS 514 (Classical Historiography - Greek and Roman Historians) or equivalent.
- Comprehensive Examination in 1) Greek History, 2) Roman History, 3) Classical Literature Special Topics, and 4) translation exam in EITHER Greek OR Latin.
- 3 units of thesis credit.
Reading List: Comprehensive Examination in Greek or Latin translation
Passages on the Comprehensive Examination in Greek and Latin will be drawn from the following list of texts. A dictionary in the appropriate language will be allowed.
- Aeschylus: Agamemnon
- Aristophanes: Frogs
- Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics 6
- Demosthenes, On the Crown
- Euripides: Bacchae, Medea
- Hellenistic Poetry: N. Hopkinson, Hellenistic Anthology I-VII, IX-XII, and XXVI (nos. 4,5,7,9,15,18,20,25,26,31,32)
- Herodotus: book 1
- Hesiod: Theogony
- Homer: Iliad 1, 6, 9, 18, 24; Odyssey 1, 11, 19; Homeric Hymns 2, 3, 4
- Isocrates: Against the Sophists
- Lyric poets: click here for selections from D.A. Campbell's Greek Lyric Poetry
- Lysias: Orations 7 and 12
- Pindar: Olympian 1, Pythian 3
- Plato: Apology, Crito, Euthyphro
- Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannos
- Thucydides: books 1.1-23; 2.34-65; 5.84-116
- Xenophon: Economicus
- Caesar: Gallic War 1
- Catullus: all
- Cicero: Against Catiline 1; On Behalf of Archias; On Behalf of Caelius; On Friendship
- Horace: Odes 1.1, 1.3-5, 1.9, 1.11, 1.13-14, 1.22-25, 1.37-38, 2.3, 2.7, 2.10, 2.14, 3.1, 3.5-6, 3.9, 3.12-13, 3.30, 4.1, 4.7, 4.15; Satires 1.6, 1.9; Ars Poetica
- Juvenal: Satires 1 and 10
- Livy: book 1
- Lucretius: books 1.1-145; 3; 4.1058-1287; 6.1138-1286
- Ovid: Amores 1; Art of Love 1; Metamorphoses 1-3; Tristia 4.10
- Petronius: "Trimalchio's Dinner"
- Plautus: Pseudolus
- Propertius: book 1 ("Monobiblos"); 4.7 and 4.8
- Quintilian: book 10.1.46-131
- Sallust: Catiline
- Tacitus: Agricola; Annals 1
- Terence: Adelphoi
- Tibullus: 1.1 and 1.10; 2.5
- Vergil: Eclogues; Georgics 4; Aeneid 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12
Guidelines for the Master of Arts in Classics