North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

A major in Classical Civilizations and Latin consists of 27 credits, consisting of a core of 12 hours in Latin, an advanced seminar in Classical Literary Traditions (CLS 410), and 12 hours of electives.  Possible elective courses include Classical Mythology, Introduction to Greece, Introduction to Rome, Greek and Roman History, D-Term Rome Study Tour, and a variety courses from programs in History of Ideas, Art History, and Philosophy.

A minor in Classical Civilizations and Latin consists of 18 credit hours, consisting of a core of 12 hours in Latin, an advanced seminar in Classical Literary Traditions (CLS 410), and one elective.

A minor or double major in Classical Civilizations and Latin is a superb complement to majors in History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or English.

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Ed Maher in Jaffra Summer 2011

Visiting Lecturer Ed Maher on Excavation in Jaffa, Summer 2011

In the summer of 2011 I took part in an archaeological excavation at the coastal site of Jaffa, northern Israel. Jaffa was occupied for thousands of years, from at least the late third millennium BCE to the more recent Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was through Jaffa, as an administrative center and military stronghold, that Egypt exerted control over Syro-Palestine during the Late Bronze Age (14th-13th century BCE). In my capacity as the project zooarchaeologist, I am responsible for the analysis of the animal bones uncovered. These remains are usually important for understanding subsistence and economic strategies, but on occasion can address cultic orientations. A unique animal-related discovery is a lion skull featuring cut and chop marks indicating the removal of the animal’s skin and jaw.  Discovered within a 13/12th century BCE temple, these modifications may have facilitated the wearing of the lion skull on one’s head. Lion iconography was common among many ancient societies as it signals power, strength, and authority, although interestingly lion bones and teeth are fairly rare in the archaeological record of the area. Lions are featured prominently on the aptly named “Lion Gate” at Mycenae on the Greek mainland. Lion imagery was also interjected into Greek myths; the hero Heracles wore the skull and skin of the Nemean Lion after the completion of his first labor. Like Alexander (the Great) of Macedonia, the Roman Emperor Commodus wore a lion skull to establish linkage with heroes of the mythic past. The archaeological discovery of the lion skull from a sacred building at Jaffa, Israel, further demonstratesEd Maher in Jaffra Summer 2011-fossil the significance of lion symbolism in antiquity. For more information on archaeological investigations at Jaffa and potential future involvement with the project, please visit