Classics Course Descriptions

Greek


Greek 110 - First-Year Greek

Full course for one year. A study of the elements of ancient Greek grammar and first readings in Attic prose. Lecture.

Greek 210 - Second-Year Greek

Full course for one year. A review of grammar, continued readings in Attic prose, and first readings in Homer or drama. Prerequisite: Greek 110 or equivalent. Lecture-conference.

Greek 247 - Christian Texts of the Early Empire

See Religion 347 for description. Not offered 2006-07.

Religion 347 Description

Greek 249 - Late-Antique and Byzantine Theological Texts

See Religion 349 for description. Not offered 2006-07.

Religion 349 Description

Greek 311 - Advanced Greek

Full course for one semester. Two of these semester topics are offered each year: Greek poetry, Greek tragedy, Greek comedy, Greek prose authors. Prerequisite: Greek 210 or equivalent. Seminar. May be repeated for credit.

Greek 312 - Advanced Greek

Full course for one semester. Two of these semester topics are offered each year: Greek poetry, Greek tragedy, Greek comedy, Greek prose authors. Prerequisite: Greek 210 or equivalent. Seminar. May be repeated for credit.

Greek 248 - Christian Philosophers, Poets, Historians, Magicians, and Burners of Books, 200-380CE

See Religion 348 for description.

Religion 349 Description


Latin


Latin 110 - First-Year Latin

Full course for one year. A study of the elements of Latin grammar and first readings in Latin literature. Lecture.

Latin 210 - Second-Year Latin

Full course for one year. A review of grammar and continued readings in Latin prose and poetry, with an introduction to Cicero’s rhetoric and Virgil’s Aeneid . Prerequisite: Latin 110 or equivalent. Lecture-conference.

Latin 311 - Advanced Latin

Full course for one semester. Two of these semester topics are offered each year: Latin poetry, Latin prose authors, Roman satire, Roman history, Roman comedy. Prerequisite: Latin 210 or equivalent. Seminar. May be repeated for credit.

Latin 312 - Advanced Latin

Full course for one semester. Two of these semester topics are offered each year: Latin poetry, Latin prose authors, Roman satire, Roman history, Roman comedy. Prerequisite: Latin 210 or equivalent. Seminar. May be repeated for credit.


Classics 303 - Hellenistic Philosophy

Full course for one semester. The course examines the major schools and issues of Hellenistic philosophy. The course begins with a brief overview of Greek philosophy before the Hellenistic period, then examines the writings and philosophic doctrines of the Epicureans, Stoics, and Academic Skeptics. Discussions include various topics in ancient physics, epistemology, logic, and ethics. Prerequisite: Humanities 110 or consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Philosophy 303. Not offered 2006-07.

Philosophy 203 Description

Classics 338 - The Ancient "Novel"

Full course for one semester. With its absurd plots and apparent lack of moral depth, its interest in travel and the exotic, its insistence on positive female protagonists, its longevity, and its unfavorable critical reception, the Greek “novel” is strikingly different from other classical genres. This seminar will study those novels that remain intact ( Daphnis and Chloe, Clitophon and Leucippe , About Callirhoe , and The Aethiopica ), and compare them to their Roman counterparts (Petronius’ Satyricon and Apuleius’ Golden Ass ). Topics studied will include characterization and narrative structure; the representation of the foreign; how the genre responded to its social context and to changes in that context over the four hundred years or more that it existed; the novels’ precursors, including the Odyssey; and what is at stake in the designation of these works as novels. All works will be read in translation. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 338. Not offered 2006-07.

Classics 353 - Literary Theory and Classical Literature

Full course for one semester. Study of some of the main currents in literary theory in the last 50 years and the application of these theories to selected classical works. The focus will be on three literary movements: New Criticism, structuralism and its various offshoots such as semiotics and narratology, and Marxist literary theory, including political criticism and new historicism/cultural poetics. All non-English texts will be translated. Prerequisite: Humanities 110 or consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 353. Not offered 2006-07.

Classics 363 - Greek Tragedy: Ancient and Modern Perspectives

Full course for one semester. The course explores the nature and meaning of fifth-century Greek tragedy. The course examines theories about the origins of Greek tragedy and a number of the principal modern critical approaches that have been applied to the plays. The majority of the semester is spent reading and discussing plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The course ends with a consideration of ancient theories of interpretation (Aristophanes, Gorgias, Plato, and Aristotle) and how they differ from modern approaches. Prerequisite: Humanities 110 or consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 363. Not offered 2006-07.

Classics 371 - Ancient History: Greece

Full course for one semester. A chronological survey of archaic and classical Greek history and civilization from the traditional foundation of the Olympic games in 776 BCE to the fall of the Athenian empire in 404 BCE. After beginning with a brief look at Bronze and Dark Age Greece, we will cover the following topics: the rise of the polis; Greek colonization; the “Age of Revolution,” warfare, aristocracy, and the spread of tyranny; the rise of Athens and Sparta; the Persian Wars; the development of Athenian democracy and Athens’ empire; the causes and course of the Peloponnesian War; the development of ethnography and historical inquiry; and the nature of Greek social relations with an emphasis on slavery and gender dynamics in Athens and Sparta. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of ancient evidence, including primary literary works, inscriptions, and relevant archaeological material. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference. Cross-listed as History 391. Not offered 2006-07.

History 391 Description

Classics 373 - Ancient History: Rome

Full course for one semester. This course will examine the development of the Roman Empire from 264 BC to 14 CE, focusing on Rome’s rapid transformation into the leading power in the Mediterranean and the political, social, economic and cultural changes that this extended period of growth produced in Roman society. Topics include the nature of Roman imperialism, Roman reception of Greek literature and culture, the growth of slavery and consequent slave wars, class struggle and the relations of mass and elites in the Roman Republic, the rise of violence in Roman politics, the changing face of the Roman family, and the creation of the principate under the guidance of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference. Cross-listed as History 393.

History 393 Description

Classics 375 - Special Topics in Greek and Roman History

Full course for one semester. An intensive study of a particular topic from Greek and/or Roman history. The topic for 2006-07 is women in the ancient world. The course examines the female experience in ancient Greece and Rome from 750 BCE to 69 CE. We will begin by considering some main themes in women’s history and the applicability of gender as a category of historical analysis to the study of the ancient world. We will then turn to a close analysis of the available literary, documentary, and archaeological evidence that illuminates ancient attitudes toward women, women’s daily lives, the female life-cycle, and the various practical and symbolic roles that women played in both Greece and Rome. Topics include the portrayal of women in ancient myth, literature, and art; the political, legal, economic, and social status of women; women’s roles in state and private religious activities; women in the family and household organization; women’s education and female literacy; philosophical treatments of gender; scientific knowledge and folklore concerning gender and sexuality; and the function of gender in ancient ideologies. The course follows these topics chronologically through the two cultures. Knowledge of Greek and/or Latin is helpful but not required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or consent of the instructor. Lecture-conference. Cross-listed as History 395. May be repeated for credit.

Classics 470 - Thesis

One-half or full course for one year.

Classics 481 - Independent Reading

One-half or full course for one semester. Prerequisite: approval of instructor and division.




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