Department of Classics

Kevin Lee

M.A., University of British Columbia

Assistant Instructor


  • Phone: (860) 861-8817
  • Office: WAG 111
  • Office Hours: By Appointment (Fall 2017)


Ancient cities, Comparative urbanism, State formation, Samnium and southern Italy, the Polis through the ages, Landscape archaeology, Greek and Roman architecture, Late Antiquity and the medieval ("Byzantine") era of the Roman Empire, Christian history and theology, philosophy (Aristotelian-Thomistic, Stoic), Great Books


My primary research interest is the emergence of cities and states in the Italian Iron Age (c. 1000 - 100 B.C.).  I am particularly interested in the potential early urbanization of Samnium from the 6th to 4th centuries before Christ.  My favored method is direct cross-cultural comparison.  I thus contextualize Samnite developments within concurrent emergence of city-states among the interacting peoples of the Italian peninsula and islands, the rise of the polis in the Greek East, and the frontier situations of the wild Mediterranean West, where Phoenicians and Greeks confront the manifold Iberian, Celtic, and African nations.  


LAT 507 • First-Year Latin II

34185 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM WAG 201

This course is the second half of a two-semester introduction to the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin.  Translating passages from ancient writers also introduces students to fundamental features of Roman culture. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to reproduce paradigms of all Latin noun, adjective, adverb, and verb forms; to parse and explain the function of Latin words in context; to demonstrate fluency in basic Latin syntax and a growing vocabulary; to master standard pronunciation of Latin; and to translate accurately from Latin into English. In the latter part of the semester, students read selections from the writings of Julius Caesar in the original Latin.

Class time will be devoted to the introduction of new material, reviewing assigned homework, and practice exercises.  Students should expect daily homework assignments and regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; three midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

Latin 507 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 511K. 

The completion of Latin 506 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 507. Students who have recently had more than two years of high school Latin, or more than two semesters of college Latin should normally take Latin 511K.


Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 7th ed. (Harper Collins, 2011).  ISBN 978-0-06-199722-8

English and Irby, A Little Latin Reader, 1st ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  ISBN 978-0-19-984622-1

Groton, Thirty-Eight Latin Stories, 5th ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 1995).  ISBN 978-0-86516-289-1

Comeau and LaFleur, Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin, 3rd ed. Rev. (Harper Collins, 2005).  ISBN


Tatum, A Caesar Reader, 1st ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 2012).  ISBN 978-0-86516-696-7

AHC 319D • Ancient Mediterranean World

32745-32760 • Fall 2020
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:00PM JES A121A
GC (also listed as C C 319D)

"Ancient Mediterranean World" surveys the major civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Italy from the dawn of the city around 3000 BC through the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 400s AD. Beyond providing a basic historical framework, the course explores the surprising ways in which the various civilizations of the area influenced one another culturally. We will examine interactions between Egyptians, Sumerians, Hittites, Hebrews, Persians, Greeks and Romans, among others. Students will also learn about the different types of evidence, both literary and archaeological, on which knowledge of the ancient world is based. There are two lectures and one discussion section per week.

Carries the Global Cultures flag and fulfills the Cultural Expression, Human Experience, & Thought course area requirement.