The announcement of courses in the Classical Department for the year 1898-99 has been made and the proof sheets are now posted in University Hall. Of the new courses the most important is one on "The History of Greek Drama" to be given next year by Professor White, which should be of interest to the undergraduates at large. No knowledge of Greek is required, as the reading may be done in eithther the original or in modern versions. The course, in outline, will be a study of the rise and development of Greek tragedy and comedy, and of the theatre so far as a knowledge of these subjects is necessary to an appreciative understanding of a Greek play; the known facts in the life of the author; his plays in chronological order, as far as possible, with attention to the historical background and to the social and intellectual movements of the times; the poet's relations with contemporary and rival poets, his characteristic merits and defects as a poet, and his attitude towards the problems of life. The design of the course is to give students access to the dramatic literature of the Greeks, and an opportunity to become acquainted with it, even though they lack a technical understanding of the language. Arranged as it is it should prove most welcome to all students interested in literature.
Beside this course a new course on the "History of Heroditus" will be given by Dr. Botsford. Assistant Professors Morgan and Marsh will give a course on the "Works of Virgil with Studies of his Sources and Influence on the Literature of the Renaissance." Dr. Babbit will give a new course on "Rapid Reading of Homer's Iliad": Assistant Professor Morgan will give one on "The Early Career of Cicero"; Dr. Manning, on "Studies in the Life and Times of Ovid"; Professor Smith, an "Introduction to Latin Epigraphy"; Professor Greenough, an "Exposition of Roman Philosophy"; Assistant Professor Parker, on "Social Movements in the First Century."
Professor Clifford H. Moore who graduated from Harvard 1889 and afterwards obtained a Ph.D. and a Professorship in Germany will conduct or assist in conducting Greek 2, Latin B, 2 and C, and two courses in the "Religion and Worship of the Greeks and Romans."
The courses that have been dropped or bracketed for '98-'99 are Latin D, 13, 10, 11, Greek 11 on the Greek Literature, I and 5, Classical Philology 44, 48, 27, 50, 30, 57, 58, 59, 37, 60 and 35.