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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

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Nikola Golubović​
Latin literature, imperial prose, oratory, education, satire, book history.

Alice Hu
Latin epic, early imperial Latin literature, Greek tragedy. On sabbatical 2023-24.

Thomas P. Landvatter
Mediterranean archaeology, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt and Near East, identity and ethnicity in the ancient world.

Ellen G. Millender
Greek and Roman history, Greek historiography, archaic and classical Sparta, women in the ancient world. On sabbatical 2023-24.

Nigel J. Nicholson
Greek and Latin literature, literary theory.

Sonia A. Sabnis
Latin and Greek literature, imperial prose.


The ancient Mediterranean was a geographically vast, culturally diverse, and profoundly interconnected world, incorporating Egypt and North Africa; modern Turkey and west Asia; and Greece, Italy, and southern to northwestern Europe. The Department of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (GLAM) centers on the study of the ancient Mediterranean region, especially the ancient Greek world and the Roman Empire, but also ancient Egypt and other cultures and civilizations of the region. GLAM is inherently interdisciplinary, since we examine the ancient Mediterranean world by employing historical, literary, art historical, archaeological, and linguistic approaches to understanding the cultures and societies of this world in all their aspects.

GLAM offers courses in Greek (GRK), Latin (LAT), and ancient Mediterranean studies (ANME). Courses in Greek and Latin at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels are offered each year and allow students to read ancient authors, engage with texts, and explore documents in the original language. Students can begin studying Greek and Latin at any stage in their Reed career. Students with prior coursework in Latin or Greek should take the department placement exam and consult with their adviser before registration. Ancient Mediterranean studies courses are focused on the history, archaeology, literature, or philosophy of the ancient Greek and Roman Mediterranean and beyond. These courses are open to all Reed students and do not require any knowledge of Greek or Latin. Through GLAM’s interdisciplinary curriculum, students develop critical thinking and writing skills, learn to work with different kinds of evidence, and consider different cultures by investigating people, places, texts, and objects that are at the same time both familiar to us and distant.

There are two major concentrations in GLAM:

The department also offers three minors in the languages:

We also offer a standing interdisciplinary major, Religion/Ancient Mediterranean Studies .

Many of our students study abroad  during their junior year, typically in Athens at College Year in Athens (CYA) or in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS), known as the “Centro.” Reed also cosponsors an archaeological excavation on Cyprus that typically runs each summer. This project provides students with hands-on experience in archaeological field methods. The department has several sources of funding that can support student participation in this project.




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