Global Antiquity

The minor in Global Antiquity offers students the opportunity to craft an individualised course of study on ancient societies, the development of “Classical” traditions and their continuing cultural significance. Ancient societies in South Asia, ancient China, the Mediterranean, and the near East developed the enduring paradigms of thought that structure our ways of understanding the world, but the sophisticated works of our ancestors deserve more than mere reverence. The study of antiquity requires an interdisciplinary array of scholarly approaches to interpret the fragmentary sources (textual and material) that remain to us today. At the heart of all of these methodologies is a strong foundation in ancient languages to engage with cultures in their own linguistic form. In designing a course of study, students are encouraged to seek unexpected connections across regions and periods, to think historically and to view antiquity as dynamically transforming and globally interconnected through multiple forms of intercultural contact.

This minor will complement majors in related fields such as Arts and Humanities, History, Literature, and Philosophy by deepening intellectual contexts and scholarly approaches to ancient thought and culture.

Requirements for the Minor:

To achieve the minor, students will complete 25 MC in coursework to include at least 5 MC of language: Intermediate Latin or Intermediate Greek (or any higher level course in either language); Classical Chinese (YHU2212 or higher level); or Intermediate Sanskrit (or higher). The remaining 20 MC may be selected from the courses listed below. The minor in Global Antiquity promotes a comparative and trans-regional approach. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue studies in at least two different ancient traditions. Comparable courses taken through off-campus study or otherwise not on the current list may be approved at the discretion of the Advisor. Courses taken for a major cannot be double-counted toward the minor and all courses for the minor taken at Yale-NUS or the National University of Singapore must have a letter grade.

Courses relevant to Global Antiquity

All courses marked with * may be counted towards the minor

*YHU2212: Classical Chinese

YLG2201: Beginning Ancient Greek (formerly Intensive Elementary Greek)
*YLG2202: Intermediate Ancient Greek
*YLG3201: Advanced Ancient Greek Prose
*YLG3202: Advanced Ancient Greek Poetry

YLL1201 Beginning Latin (formerly Intensive Elementary Latin)
*YLL2201 Intermediate Latin
*YLL3201: Advanced Latin: Catullus
*YLL3202: Advanced Latin: Catiline in the Roman Elite Imagination

YLN1201: Beginning Sanskrit 1
YIL1201S: Directed Language Study: Beginning Sanskrit
*YIL2201S: Directed Language Study: Intermediate Sanskrit


YHU2211: Roman Literary Cultures
YHU2256: Literary Genres: Ancient Epic and Gangster Film
YHU3211: Chinese Tales of the Strange
YHU3222: Ovid the Innovator
YHU3248: Food and Ethics in Roman Literature and Culture
YHU3259: World Religious Poetry
YHU3290: Dante’s Divine Comedy
YHU3271: Love in Antiquity: Eros in Translation
YHU4227: Ancient Humor: Greece and Rome


YSS2208: Ancient Greek Political Philosophy
YHU3267: Classical Indian Philosophy of Language
YHU2252: Ancient Greek Philosophy
YHU3214: Indian Buddhist Philosophy
YHU3245: Aristotle
YSS3241: Chinese Political Philosophy: Confucianism and its Rivals
YHU4219: Doing Things with Words
YHU3294: Socrates on Trial


YHU2271: The Mediterranean World
YHU3224: Warring States China: Intellectual and Political History
YHU3225: Pompeii: Art, Urban Life and Culture in the Roman Empire
YHU3252: The Roman Emperor Nero: Sex, Stage and Scandal
YHU4222: The Historiography of Sima Qian (cross-listed with Literature)


YHU2201: Religions of Abraham
YHU3280: Asian Religions
YHU3223: The Self in Comparative Perspective (cross-listed with Philosophy)