Samuel B. Seigle

BA, University of Pittsburgh. AM, Harvard University. Classical philologist; scholar of Greek dance, Greek and Roman poetic structure, linguistics, ancient religions and mythology, political and social conventions of ancient cultures and their relationship to the contemporary world; president (1973-1975) and censor (1977-1993) of New York Classical Club. SLC, 1964–

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019

Greek (Ancient)

Beginning Greek

Open , Seminar—Year

This course provides an intensive introduction to Ancient Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, with the aim of reading authentic excerpts of Ancient Greek poetry and prose as soon as possible. Students will also read and discuss several dialogues of Plato in English. During the spring semester, while continuing to refine their grammar and reading skills, students will read extended selections of Plato’s Apology in the original Greek. Conference projects may also include science and linguistics.

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Latin

Intermediate Latin

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

Permission of the instructor is required.

This course has two aims: 1) to develop the student’s ability to read Latin intelligently and fluently, and 2) to give the student a general understanding of Roman history and Latin literature. The course should prove particularly useful as background to students contemplating graduate study in any branch of Western literature. The authors to be read will be determined at the time of registration.

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Advanced Latin

Advanced , Seminar—Year

Permission of the instructor is required.

This course has two aims: 1) to extend the student’s ability to read classical Latin, and 2) to deepen the student’s appreciation of the literary traditions of the Romans. The authors to be read will be determined at the time of registration.

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Previous Courses

Intermediate Greek

Intermediate , Seminar—Year

This course has two aims: to develop the student’s ability to read Greek intelligently and fluently and to give the student a general understanding of Greek history and literature. The authors to be read will be determined at the time of registration.

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Advanced Greek

Advanced , Seminar—Year

This course has two aims: to extend the student’s ability to read classical Greek and to deepen the student’s appreciation of the literary traditions of the Greeks. The authors to be read will be determined at the time of registration.

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Beginning Latin

Open , Seminar—Year

This course provides an intensive introduction to Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, with a view to reading the language as soon as possible. Close reading of Vergil’s Aeneid in English will accompany intensive language study in the fall. By midsemester, students will be translating authentic excerpts of Latin poetry and prose. During the spring semester, while continuing to develop and refine their knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, students will read selections of the Aeneid in Latin.

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The Greco-Roman World: Its Origins, Crises, Turning Points, and Final Transformations

Open , Seminar—Fall

This course invites the serious student to penetrate the tides of time in order to uncover what really lies behind the making of ancient Greece and Rome from their earliest times to their final transformations. The aimed-for result is a more deeply informed understanding of their direct contribution to us; namely, the classical tradition that still shapes our thinking and exercises our imagination. The methodologies employed will be derived as much from the fields of anthropology and sociology as from those of political science, economics, archaeology, and religious studies. The particular topics pursued will be set through joint decision by class members and the teacher but anchored always in the reality of what these two gifted peoples experienced—or believed to be their experience. To further this goal, all conferences will be in small groups, and all papers will be written as joint productions rather than as individual conclusions. A model for this procedure will be established in the first two weeks of the fall semester through the class’s multidisciplinary reading, in translation, of important selections from Homer’s Iliad.

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