Course description

Ancient Rome was a village the size of Ithaca that grew into a world empire. In this course students will be introduced to some of its literature, art, and famous personalities in the classical period (2nd c. BCE – 2nd c. CE) and will read some of the greatest masterpieces of Latin literature. Special attention will be given to the late republic, Augustan, and Hadrianic periods, to Roman ethics, and to the rise of Christianity. No prior knowledge of the ancient world is necessary. All readings are in English.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2022: Ithaca campus

Michael Fontaine
Michael Fontaine
Professor, Cornell's Department of Classics and associate vice provost of undergraduate education
Section ID:CLASS 1615 001-LEC
Session:Summer 3-week 3
Class dates:July 11-29, 2022

Residential program dates: The dates listed here are for class times only. If you’re attending the Summer Residential Program, your dates will include move-in and move-out days. See Summer Residential Program dates.

Precollege Studies may offer additional events, such as workshops and college fairs, during your session. See activities.

Final exam/project due:Friday July 29, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM / Goldwin Smith Hall 236 (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM / Goldwin Smith Hall 236
M-F 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM / Goldwin Smith Hall 236
Mode of instruction:In person
Grade:Graded only
Instructor:Fontaine, M. (mf268)
Max. enroll:21

Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

See Eligibility for Summer/Winter Courses

To enroll:

This course is full. If you would like to be considered for a different class, please send an email to with the class number. You will want to first check that the class you want is not full before you write to us.

The application deadline for this program has passed. No further applications for this course will be accepted.

See Dates & Deadlines.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.