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Master of Arts in Classics

Rosemary Drage Hale
Faculty of Humanities

Associate Dean
John Sainsbury
Faculty of Humanities

Graduate Faculty

Professors Emeriti
Noel D. Robertson (Classics)
David W. Rupp (Director, Canadian Institute in Greece)

Associate Professors
Michael J. D. Carter (Classics), Allison M. J. Glazebrook (Classics), Carol U. Merriam (Classics), Richard W. Parker (Classics), Danielle A. Parks (Classics)

Assistant Professors
Fanny Dolansky (Classics), Elizabeth S. Greene (Classics), Roberto Nickel (Classics), R. Angus K. Smith (Classics), Katharine T. von Stackelberg (Classics)

Graduate Program Director
Allison Glazebrook

Administrative Assistant
Frances Meffe
905-688-5550, extension 3575
Mackenzie Chown A207

Program Description
The Master of Arts in Classics emphasizes a holistic approach to the Greek and Roman worlds and encourages all students to study languages, literature, history, and material culture. The study of Greek and Latin is at the heart of the program in order to ensure that students can access the wealth of literary and documentary sources that have survived and continue to surface. The program also assigns prominence to historical context and material culture, especially promoting active archaeological research and travel to the Mediterranean. The program is structured on the principle that these diverse approaches inform one another and produce a cross-disciplinary, well rounded and thus broader understanding of the world and legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Admission Requirements
Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in Classics with a minimum overall average of B (second class), and a minimum average of 75% in Classics courses, with at least two years in ancient Greek and two years in Latin at the university level.

The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates.

Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director.

Degree Requirements
The M.A degree is a six term or two year program.

Requirements for the M.A. degree are: CLAS 5P00, one-half credit designated GREE 5(alpha)00 or above, one half-credit designated LATI 5(alpha)00 or above, one additional half-credit designated either GREE 5(alpha)00 or LATI 5(alpha)00 or above, and three additional half-credits designated CLAS 5V10-5V69, GREE 5(alpha)00 or above or LATI 5(alpha)00 or above.

Additional advanced undergraduate Greek or Latin courses may be recommended to address deficiencies in the languages.

In addition to the above course requirements, students must also fulfill the following requirements:
·   Demonstrate competence in reading knowledge of French or German; another modern language such as Italian may be substituted with permission of the supervisory committee and Graduate Program Director. The competency evaluation should be done by the end of the first year of graduate study. Competence is demonstrated by a mark of 70% or higher on a reading comprehension examination. Students are allowed to use a dictionary of the modern language on which they are being examined.
·   Pass (with a mark of 70% or higher) sight translation exams in Latin and Greek by the time of graduation.
·   Defend a satisfactory thesis on an approved topic. With the guidance of the Graduate Program Director students will arrange for a supervisor and a second reader and shall choose a topic in consultation with the supervisor, the second reader and the Graduate Program Director. The thesis is written in the second year of study. There is an oral examination to defend the thesis.

·   Museum of Cypriote Antiquities (170+ objects, Chalcolithic through Mediaeval, mostly Geometric-Archaic ceramics)
·   Slide and Digital Image Collection (15,000+ images)
·   Thesaurus Linguae Graecae
·   L'Année Philologique on-line
·   Archaeological Field Equipment (funded by Canadian Foundation for Innovation and Ontario Innovation Trust): Leica TCR750 reflectorless total station; Trimble Geoexplorer XT Global Positioning System
·   Institutional Memberships: American School of Classical Studies in Athens; Canadian Institute in Greece
·   Associated Archaeological Field Projects: Mochlos, Crete; Nemea, Greece; Kourion-Amathous Gate Cemetery, Cyprus; Dreamer's Bay, Akrotiri, Cyprus; Palaipaphos Survey Project, Cyprus; Kekova, Turkey.

Overseas Opportunities
The Department offers courses abroad, including the Archaeological Practicum CLAS 4F75 (normally offered every other year, most recently in Crete and Cyprus) and Study in Mediterranean Lands CLAS 3M20-3M29 (normally offered in alternation with CLAS 4F75, most recently in Greece and Rome). Graduate students can participate in these courses and there is also the possibility for teaching assistantships. Additionally, many of our faculty are actively involved in research and excavation projects overseas (Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey), with scope for graduate student participation.

Course Descriptions

Note: Not all courses are offered in every session. Students must consult with the Graduate Program Director regarding course offerings and course selection and must have their course selections approved by the Graduate Program Director each term. Refer to the Timetable for scheduling information:
MA Research and Thesis
An extended research project involving the preparation and defence of a thesis that shall demonstrate capacity for independent work and original research and thought.

Pro-seminar in Classics
A survey of the tools, resources and methodologies for a holistic study of Greco-Roman antiquity with emphasis on philology, history and material culture. Research writing for grant, abstract, conference proposal, and public presentation.

Directed Reading in Classics
Directed individual or group reading in a particular area of Classics.
Restriction: permission of the Graduate Program Director.

CLAS 5V10-5V29
Seminar in Mediterranean Archaeology
Topics and problems in current archaeological method, theory and research in the Mediterranean basin.

2007-2008: CLAS 5V11
Archaeological Theory
Fundamentals of archaeological theory and its relationship to the archaeological method. The history of thought in archaeology (with particular reference to 20th century and contemporary archaeology.
CLAS 5V30-5V49
Seminar in the Art and Architecture of the Greco-Roman World
Topics and problems in current research in Greek and Roman art and architecture.

CLAS 5V50-5V69
Seminar in Greek and Roman Social and Cultural History
Study of a topic in Greek and/or Roman social and cultural history with emphasis on methodology and the use of sources from a variety of media.

2007-2008: CLAS 5V51
Theoretical Approaches to the Classics
Various theoretical approaches, such as social constructionism, Marxism, feminism, and the value of applying such theories to ancient evidence.

2007-2008: CLAS 5V52
Ancient Mediterranean Socioeconomics
Ancient history explored through connective agriculture and trade of the Mediterranean region (Italy, Greece, Spain, North Africa, Syria and Egypt). Introduction to ancient economic theory and urban studies. Topics include environmental limitations, demographic preference, and urban impact.
CLAS 5V80-5V89
Advanced Archaeological Research
Intensive archaeological field work and study of material culture under supervision of a faculty member.
Note: students are expected to pay their own expenses. Enrolment may be limited.

2007-2008: CLAS 5V81 Advanced Archeological Research in Greece
Note: taught in conjunction with CLAS 4V81.

2007-2008: CLAS 5V82 Advanced Archeological Research in Cyprus
Note: taught in conjunction with CLAS 4V82.
Directed Readings in Ancient Greek Authors
A reading course constructed in conjunction with a faculty member. This course will be designed for individual students by the faculty member and given final approval by the Graduate Program Director.

GREE 5V00-5V19
Readings in Greek Literature: Prose
Intensive readings in a genre of Greek literary prose or the works of an individual prose author.

GREE 5V20-5V39
Readings in Greek Literature: Verse
Intensive readings in a verse genre or the works of an individual verse author.

2007-2008: GREE 5V20
Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns
Analysis of the major Homeric Hymns in their social, cultural, performative, archaeological, artistic and literary context. Readings of the Hymns, to Apollo, Demeter, Hermes, and Aphrodite, selected shorter hymns, Hesiod's Theogony.
Directed Readings in Ancient Latin Authors
A reading course constructed in conjunction with a faculty member. This course will be designed for individual students by the faculty member and given final approval by the Graduate Program Director.

LATI 5V00-5V19
Readings in Latin Literature: Prose
Intensive readings in a genre of Latin literary prose or the works of an individual prose author.

2007-2008: LATI 5V10
Readings in the Agricola.
Note: taught in conjunction with LATI 4V10.
LATI 5V20-5V39
Readings in Latin Literature: Verse
Intensive readings in a verse genre or the works of an individual verse author.