Preliminary Examinations

1. Special Authors

This requirement consists of two written examinations (three hours each), one on a Greek author or topic and the other on a Latin author or topic; at least one exam must focus on an author. These exams may be taken only after the Translation Exams have been passed. Preparation for these three-hour exams should not extend for more than a year and is undertaken in regular consultation with a faculty member selected by the student.

2. Oral Examination on the History of Greek and Roman Literature

Students are expected to have read a substantial amount of Greek and Latin literature in the original languages and to be familiar with the history of Greek and Roman literature as it is presented in the standard works on the subject. The oral examination consists of two halves, each of 90 minutes duration, one on Greek and the other on Latin literature. These examinations consist of three segments each – archaic, classical and post-classical Greek literature and Latin literature of the Republic, Augustan period, and Empire. The Greek and Latin Survey courses provide a foundation for the preparation for this exam, although students must also work on their own, expanding their knowledge of the field. Information from general histories of Greek and Latin literature will also serve as a guide to the genres and chronological periods for which students will be responsible. Students should aim at passing this examination ideally by the end of the third year and no later than the end of the eighth semester. The committee of examiners consists of three faculty members: a chair, an examiner in Latin, and an examiner in Greek. These are chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty, their mentor and the DGS. This committee also advises the student in selecting his/her dissertation committee.