Courses

  • CLAS 100: Alexander the Great

    He became king at twenty, conquered the known world, and was dead before his thirty-third birthday. He has been viewed variously as a military genius, philosopher, holy king, prophet, devil, or even god. But who was Alexander III of Macedon, and what is his legacy? By examining the life and afterlife of Alexander the Great from his own time to ours, this course explores both history and the human fascination with extraordinary individuals. Among other topics, it explores Alexander’s image in different cultures, the separation of man from myth, and the contributions of different academic disciplines to understanding Alexander.

    6 credit; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2016 · K. Steed
  • GRK 101: Elementary Greek

    Study of essential forms and grammar, with reading of connected passages. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · H. Wietzke
  • LATN 101: Elementary Latin

    While many claims are made about the benefits of learning Latin, here’s what we know for sure: it’s a beautiful language, both intensely precise and rigorous, as well as poetically expressive and inviting. Spoken by millions in the ancient world and kept continuously “alive” up to the present, Latin provides a window onto an intellectual and cultural landscape that is both foreign and familiar to modern students. This beginning course will develop necessary vocabulary, forms, and grammar that allows students to begin reading short passages of unadulterated prose and poetry from the ancient Roman world right from the start.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · H. Wietzke
  • GRK 102: Intermediate Greek

    Study of essential forms and grammar, with reading of original, unadapted passages. Prerequisites: Greek 101 with a grade of at least C- 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · C. Zimmerman
  • LATN 102: Intermediate Latin

    Continuation of essential forms and grammar. Prerequisites: Latin 101 with a grade of at least C- or placement 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · C. Zimmerman
  • GRK 103: Greek Prose

    Selected prose readings. The course will emphasize review of grammar and include Greek composition. Prerequisites: Greek 102 with a grade of at least C-. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · A. Knodell
  • LATN 103: Introduction to Latin Prose and Poetry

    The course is designed to help students make the transition from the discrete rules of morphology and syntax to the integrated reading of extended passages of Latin prose and poetry with fluency and understanding. The first half of the course will focus on the consolidation of grammar through a systematic review of morphology and syntax based on compositional exercises keyed to passages of medieval Latin and Cicero. The second half will equip students with the basic skills needed to engage ancient Latin poetry, including meter, genre, rhetorical devices and poetic tropes, as encountered in selections from Ovid's mythological epic, Metamorphoses. Prerequisites: Latin 102 with a grade of at least C- or placement 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · K. Steed
  • CLAS 111: Classical Mythology

    Myth was an integral component of thought, both individual and societal, in the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. We will study a selection of the most famous Classical myths through close reading of Homer, the Greek tragedians, Ovid and other ancient sources. In addition we'll discuss the most prominent of modern modes of myth interpretation, in an attempt to determine how myth speaks--both to the ancient world and to us. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 112: The Epic in Classical Antiquity

    An introduction to the genre of epic poetry from Classical Antiquity. Students will read in translation examples from the Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman traditions in order to trace the development of the major features and themes of this genre and to understand the considerable influence this genre has exerted both during antiquity and thereafter. Authors will include Homer, Apollonius, Virgil, and Lucan. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 116: Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance

    The tragic and comic stage offered the Greeks and Romans a public arena for addressing such fundamental topics as love, family, justice, and the divine. Although the written word has fortunately preserved many ancient plays, the proper vehicles for their communication remain, as their authors intended, the stage, the voice, and the body. This course will therefore address a variety of ancient tragedies and comedies with special attention, not only to their themes, but to the manner of their performance, culminating in student-driven, adaptive productions that put into practice skills and expertise developed in the class.

    6 credit; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2017 · H. Wietzke
  • CLAS 122: The Archaeology of Mediterranean Prehistory: From the Beginning to the Classical Age

    "Never say that prehistory is not history." The late Fernand Braudel had it right. Over 99 percent of human history predates the written word, and this course examines one of the world's most diverse, yet unifying environments--the Mediterranean Sea--from the earliest populations around its shores to the emergence of the Classical world of the Greeks and Romans. Neanderthals and modern humans, the first artists and farmers, multiculturalism among Greeks, Phoenicians, Etruscans, and others... These are some of the topics to be covered as we study the precursors and roots of what would become "Western" civilization. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 123: Greek Archaeology and Art

    This course explores the archaeology and art of the Ancient Greek world. Beginning with prehistory, we will track the development of the material culture of Ancient Greece through the Classical and Hellenistic periods, and conclude by discussing aspects of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires that followed. We will focus throughout on aspects of archaeological practice, material culture and text, art and society, long-term social change, and the role of the past in the present. Students who have taken Classics 121 are not eligible to take this course. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 124: Roman Archaeology and Art

    The material worlds of the ancient Romans loom large in our cultural imagination. No other civilization has made as direct a contribution to our own political system or to its physical vestiges of power and authority. From the architecture of the state to visual narratives of propaganda, Roman influence is ubiquitous in the monuments of western civilization. But what were the origins of the Romans? Their innovations? Their technical, artistic, and ideological achievements? How are they relevant today? This course explores these questions and more through the archaeology of the eternal city and beyond.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2016 · A. Knodell
  • CLAS 127: Ancient Technology

    Technology--humanity's efforts to manipulate its physical environment--stands as a central concern of the modern world. This course examines the technology of the ancient world and investigates its integral relationship to other facets of human activity. Theories of technological change will be explored initially in order to develop a socially-informed understanding of technology. In the second part, students will investigate specific ancient technologies using archaeological and textual evidence and present their findings to the class. The goal of this course is to understand technology as a social phenomenon in both the ancient and modern worlds. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 131: Imagining New Worlds: From Homer to Columbus and Beyond

    From the beginnings of their civilization, the Greeks were aware that they inhabited just a small corner of a much larger world. How did they imagine faraway places and peoples? What did ancient maps look like? How much have Greek literature and science shaped later geographical thought and practice, from the Roman Empire to the European “Age of Exploration” to our own “Age of Google”? Can we use ancient methods to measure the world? Drawing on various sources in translation, we will explore the literary and scientific frontiers of ancient geography and trace its legacy into the modern world.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Fall 2016 · H. Wietzke
  • CLAS 173: Sport and Daily Life

    This course is an exploration of life, death, and entertainment in the ancient world, particularly in Rome. We will focus especially on how and why people take part in sporting events and on how sport intersected with gender, social class, and economic concerns in the ancient world. Topics include the history of sport, slavery and marginal groups, demography, gladiatorial and combat events, and entertainment and politics. Our primary focus in lecture and discussion will be interpretation of a variety of ancient sources, but we will also evaluate modern views of ancient entertainment. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 204: Greek Poetry

    Selected readings from Homer (in odd-numbered years) or Greek Tragedy (in even-numbered years). Prerequisites: Greek 103 with a grade of at least C- 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · C. Zimmerman
  • LATN 204: Intermediate Latin Prose and Poetry

    What are the “rules” of friendship? Would you do anything for a friend? Anything? The ancient Romans were no strangers to the often paradoxical demands of friendship and love. The goal for Intermediate Latin Prose and Poetry is to gain experience in the three major modes of Latin expression most often encountered “in the wild”—prose, poetry, and inscriptions—while exploring the notion of friendship. By combining all three modes into this one course, we hope both to create a suitable closure to the language sequence and to provide a reasonable foundation for further exploration of Roman literature and culture.

    Prerequisites: Latin 103 with a grade of at least C- or placement 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · C. Zimmerman
  • CLAS 214: Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity

    In both ancient Greece and Rome, gender (along with class and citizenship status) largely determined what people did, where they spent their time, and how they related to others. This course will examine the ways in which Greek and Roman societies defined gender categories, and how they used them to think about larger social, political, and religious issues. Primary readings from Greek and Roman epic, lyric, and drama, as well as ancient historical, philosophical, and medical writers; in addition we will explore a range of secondary work on the topic from the perspectives of Classics and Gender Studies. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 223: Ancient Science

    Did the Greeks invent “science” as we know it, or has modern science blossomed into something wholly different from its ancient roots? How distinct are scientific and religious patterns of thinking? Who controls knowledge about nature, the cosmos, and the body, and what's the proper way to communicate it? Why should we trust “the experts,” ancient or modern, anyway? Pursuing these and other questions, this course introduces students to the strange and dynamic world of ancient science, from the earliest Presocratics to Roman-era authorities like Claudius Ptolemy. Students will not only learn about theories that dominated Western thinking for millennia, but also gain first-hand experience with ancient scientific methods.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Spring 2017 · H. Wietzke
  • CLAS 227F: Greek Epigraphic Texts

    This course will introduce students to inscriptions from the Greek poleis of the classical period, especially the Athenian tribute lists and the legal code of Gortyn. In addition to translation, we will focus on the processes of deciphering and editing original physical texts and on the problems presented by fragments.

    Prerequisites: Greek 103 or equivalent, Concurrent registration in Classics 227 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · K. Steed
  • CLAS 227: Greek History: The Greek Polis

    The Classical Greek world, with its system of independent city-states, saw the development of unprecedented political structures and a flowering of art, literature, and philosophy, all in the midst of almost constant military conflict. The Greeks are credited with inventing tragedy, democracy, science, and rhetoric (among other things), but their history is both complex and contested. This course examines the period from 750 to 399 B.C.E. and addresses fundamental questions about the development of Greek political, military, and social systems; the conflict between common Greek and local identities; and how we can use limited sources to reconstruct the past.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2017 · K. Steed
  • CLAS 228: The Roman Republic

    Introduction to Rome's political and social history from the Etruscan period to the end of the Republic. Topics include Roman political culture, the acquisition of empire, the role of the army, the psychology of Rome, and interpretation of historical evidence. Based largely on primary source readings. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 230F: Hellenistic Greek: Scientific and Documentary Texts

    This trailer course will introduce students to scientific and documentary Greek texts from the Hellenistic world. Texts will include the Hippocratic Oath, Plutarch's descriptions of the inventions of Archimedes, brief selections from scientific works, and papyri containing personal letters and documents from Ptolemaic Egypt. In addition to regular readings, we will work with images of papyri and discuss the challenges of deciphering these texts. Prerequisites: Greek 103 or equivalent; Concurrent registration in Classics 230 2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 230: The World of Alexander

    This course examines the background, career, and legacy of Alexander the Great and the emergence of the Hellenistic monarchies. The first part of the course examines the developments of the Fourth Century BCE, including classical philosophy, politics, and art; the rise of Macedon; Alexander the Great; and the wars of Alexander's successors. The second part explores the philosophical, cultural, and scientific world of Ptolemaic Egypt. The course focuses throughout on the lives and experiences of individuals and their place in a rapidly changing society. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 231F: Epigraphic Texts

    This trailer course will introduce students to Latin inscriptions and other documentary texts from the Roman imperial period. These will include the well-known Res Gestae of the emperor Augustus and lesser known materials such as career inscriptions, graffiti, and Diocletian's price edict. In addition to translation, we will focus on the processes of deciphering and editing original physical texts.

    Prerequisites: Latin 103 or equivalent, Concurrent registration in Classics 231 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · K. Steed
  • CLAS 231: The Roman Principate

    This class introduces the history of Rome from Augustus to Diocletian. From demented emperors to new religions to economic collapse, the course uses Rome as a lens to address enduring historical questions. For example, how do individuals get, keep, and hand on power? What are the relationships between a central power and those on the periphery of that power and between a ruling elite and those they rule? How do foreign affairs affect internal policies and politics? Since we rely largely on ancient sources, we will also devote time to the interpretation of those sources in all their delightful eccentricity.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · K. Steed
  • LATN 233: Catiline

    In this course we will explore the life, career, and defeat of L. Sergius Catilina as portrayed in Sallust's Catiline and Cicero's Catilinarian Orations. We will supplement our Latin with reading in translation and secondary articles. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 240: Xenophon's Oeconomicus

    Xenophon's Oeconomicus is a fascinating text preserving valuable primary evidence on Classical Athenian attitudes toward gender, household management, marital relations, slavery, urban and rural domestic life, and household religion among many other topics. We will read selections of the Greek and the whole in English, as well as some of the very interesting secondary literature--from Foucault to Leo Strauss--in this unique work. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 244: Plato Symposium

    Readings of some of the most significant dialogues in translation, with selections in the original. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 245: Herodotus's Histories

    In this course we will read and examine selections from Herodotus's Histories in Greek, as well as the whole of the work in English. We will explore questions about historiography, culture, ethnicity, ancient warfare, contact between Greece and Persia, among other issues. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • LATN 246: Livy

    In this course we will read and examine selections from Livy's ab Urbe Condita in Latin, as well as the larger work in English. We will explore questions about historiography, culture, politics, ancient warfare, and the city of Rome, among other issues. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2016–2017
  • LATN 253: Seneca the Younger

    Seneca the Younger was a key figure in the reigns of the Roman Emperors, Claudius and Nero. He was a prolific writer and a major force in shaping the moral philosophy of the later Roman world. This course will examine Seneca's thought and lively writing style by reading samples from a broad selection of his prose works (philosophical essays and letters) as well as his tragedies. There will be a short paper (six-eight pages) in addition to other assignments designed to familiarize students with some of the research tools and practices of the discipline. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • LATN 255: Tacitus

    A survey of the works of the Roman Silver Age historian and rhetorician Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, reading Latin excerpts and selections in English translation. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2016–2017
  • LATN 256: The Art and Philosophy of the Letter

    Dear Carl, What Latin class are you taking this fall? Have you considered The Art and Philosophy of the Letter? The course will investigate why epistolary form was so important in Latin literature, and you’ll learn about the consequences (even controversies!) that resulted when authors imparted the form of personalized communication to texts with a public reception. We’ll read Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca, but also the correspondence of private individuals and some theoretical treatments of letter-writing, all to determine the range of styles and content that epistolary form enveloped. See you in September, Hans.

    Prerequisites: Latin 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2016 · H. Wietzke
  • LATN 257: Caesar, Lucan, and Civil War

    This course will examine narratives of the early stages of the Roman Civil War through contemporary prose accounts of Caesar and Cicero and the poet Lucan's Neronian epic on the Civil War. Topics will include manipulation of public opinion and memory, historical reconstruction through text, the relationship between prose history and historical epic, and the literal and metaphorical dissolution of Rome through civil war, as well as stylistic and philosophical concerns specific to each author. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · K. Steed
  • LATN 258: Seminar: Horace

    Selection from Horace's Odes, Epodes, Satires and Epistles in Latin and the remaining works in translation. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • LATN 259: Seminar: Vergil

    Intensive study of selections from Vergil. May be offered simultaneously with Latin 359 without the supplemental assignments for advanced students. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 267: Political Landscapes: Archaeologies of Territory and Polity

    We live in a world of states. Nearly every inch of the earth is clearly delineated on maps and plans, ascribed to a particular political authority. But the widespread availability of precise spatial information is relatively new in human history. This seminar examines archaeology beyond the site. How did ancient polities understand and demarcate territory? What tools can we use to understand this? We begin by examining theories of space, place, landscape, and boundaries. The second part of the course compares case studies from across the ancient world to explore archaeological approaches to territory and polity in greater detail.

    Prerequisites: At least one previous archaeology course, Classics 122, 123 124 or Archeology 246; contact instructor to discuss other relevant courses. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · A. Knodell
  • LATN 280: Martyr Texts from Roman North Africa

    Through close reading and discussion of Latin texts on Christian martyrdom from the second and third centuries, including The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity and Tertullian's To the Martyrs, we will discuss the qualities of the newly emerging Christian Latin. We will also examine how these authors construct an image of a new hero--the martyr--in the classical landscape and the nature and meaning of their struggle. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or equivalent 2 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 280: Philosophers and Martyrs

    Through the close reading and discussion of two texts from Late Antiquity in their original Greek, Lucian's On the Death of Peregrinus and the anonymous Martyrdom of Polycarp, we will gain experience in the reading and comprehension of late Hellenistic and koine Greek. We will also explore the ways in which these texts and their literary construction offer insight into the thought-worlds within which both Christian and various pagan philosophical schools developed. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or equivalent 2 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 281F: Introduction to Byzantine Greek

    In this course, students learn about Byzantine Greek through initial work on prose selections from different authors, genres, and periods, followed by sustained engagement with a single author. For 2015, we will focus on a historian of the last years of Byzantium who writes a history of a failed Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1422. Students will also gain some experience with later Greek paleography through readings and hands on work with photographs and facsimiles. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or instructor permission; Enrollment in History 233 encouraged but not required 2 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 295: Junior Skills Portfolio

    A portfolio to be completed by majors in the Department of Classical Languages in the junior year, ensuring their preparation for the senior capstone experience. The portfolio will demonstrate specific skills using basic tools, as outlined in the majors' handbook.

    2 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · C. Zimmerman
  • GRK 304: Greek Tragedy for Advanced Students

    Intensive study of one play in the original and the remaining plays in translation. Offered simultaneously with Greek 204, with additional assignments for the advanced students. Prerequisites: Greek 204 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2017 · C. Zimmerman
  • GRK 305: Homer

    Intensive study of selections from Homer's Iliad or Odyssey. Offered simultaneously with Greek 204, with additional assignments for the advanced students. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 320: Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns

    Hesiod is the first Greek author to express an individual persona. He was a man from Askra -- “harsh in winter, hard in summer, never pleasant” -- yet at the same time he refers to nearby Mt. Helikon as the beautiful home of the muses who inspire his songs. His is a world of contrasts. This course will study (in Greek) Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days, which range widely in subject matter and message: the former describing the cosmic origins of the world; the latter a lesson in living the good life. We will also read some contemporary poetry.

    Prerequisites: Greek 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2017 · A. Knodell
  • LATN 345: Roman Comedy

    Selected readings in the original from Plautus and/or Terence; study in translation of both Roman Comedy and its predecessor Greek New Comedy. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • GRK 351: Aristophanes

    Intensive study of one or two plays in the original and of the remaining plays in translation. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • LATN 359: Vergil

    Intensive study of selections from Vergil. May be offered simultaneously with Latin 259, with additional assignments for the advanced students. Prerequisites: Latin 204 or the equivalent 6 credit; Writing Requirement, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2016–2017
  • CLAS 394: Senior Seminar

    As part of their senior capstone experience, majors in the classics department will formulate a call for papers developing the current year's theme for a colloquium, and following standard guidelines of the field produce proposals ("abstracts") for their own papers to be presented in the winter term. 3 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · C. Zimmerman
  • CLAS 400: Senior Symposium

    From proposals ("abstracts") developed in Classics 394, departmental majors will compose a twenty minute presentation to be delivered at a symposium on the model of professional conferences. The talks will then be revised into articles to be submitted to a journal of professional style, accepted and edited by the group into a presentable volume.

    Prerequisites: Classics 394 3 credit; S/NC; offered Winter 2017 · C. Zimmerman