Courses taught in the Classics Department

Professors: Clara S. Hardy, Clayton L. Zimmerman

Assistant Professor: Kathryn Seidl Steed

The Classics Departments of Carleton College and St. Olaf College cooperate in a program under which students of either college may elect certain courses on the other campus. This option is especially appropriate for upper level language courses not offered at Carleton. Carleton students should register for St. Olaf courses through the inter-registration process.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Foreign Language and Literature or Foreign Language and Area Studies: In order to receive the Certificate of Advanced Study in Classical Languages students must fulfill the general requirements (refer to Academic Regulations) in the following course distribution: six courses, of which at least three will be in the target language at the 200 level or above. Courses remaining may be from the Classics department or from a list of approved courses offered by other departments (philosophy, art, history, political science, etc.) Although courses for the certificate may be taken on a S/CR/NC basis "D" or "CR" level work will not be sufficient to satisfy course requirements.

(These courses do not presume knowledge of Greek or Latin)

CLAS 110. Introduction to Classical Studies This course will examine in depth the two most content-rich focal points of Classical antiquity--Periclean Athens and Early Imperial Rome--since they provide a context for so much of what Classics is about and, just as important, what different ages have imagined antiquity to be about. The course will cover Athens and Rome in roughly equal units, providing different perspectives on the material from the variety of approaches that currently make up the study of the Classics: history, archaeology, anthropology, gender studies, literary criticism, philology, religious studies, etc. 6 cr., HU, WR; HI, WR2

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 cr., AL; LA

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. No prerequisites. 6 cr., AL; LA

CLAS 114. 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. Readings from epic, lyric, and drama, as well as ancient historical, philosophical, and medical writers. No prerequisites. 6 cr., HU, RAD; HI

CLAS 116. Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance The tragic and comic stage offered the Greeks and Romans a public arena for addressing in an engaging way such fundamental topics as love, family, justice, and the divine. Although the written word has fortunately preserved for us many ancient plays, the proper media for their communication remains, 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 staging and performance. 6 cr., AL; ARP.

CLAS 125. Love, Death and Destiny: The Ancient Novel The novel is an unfamiliar but delightful area of Greek and Roman literature, with its heyday in the Roman empire of the second century AD. We will study most of the nine Greek ones, which are romantic short novels about ill-fated lovers and their wild, world-wide adventures. We will also read the two Latin ones, Petronius' Satyricon and Apuleius' Metamorphoses, or Golden Ass, which are rich both in satire and an important spiritual dimension. No prerequisites. Read in English. 6 cr., AL; LA

CLAS 224. The Oresteia Project: Visualizing Greek Tragedy The course will focus on Aeschylus’ famous tragic trilogy as an entry-point into and case study of the production, both ancient and modern, of Greek drama. We will examine both the original context for Greek tragedy--the material, ritual, political and historical circumstances in which drama was performed in fifth century BCE Athens--and the challenges and possibilities for modern productions of these works. All students enrolled in the course are required to participate in some way (e.g. acting, dancing, costume, lighting, dramaturgy, etc.) in the term's Players' production of a new adaptation of the Oresteia. Co-requisite: Theater Arts 190. 6 cr., AL; ARP

CLAS 227. Greek History: Greek World From the Rise of the City-State to the Rise of the Hellenistic Kingdom A survey of the civilization of the ancient Greeks, emphasizing the evolution of the city-state as a cohesive social, political, and economic organism. The development of the city-state as a response to the physical environment of Greece will form a component of this study, as will a discussion of the historical method: how do we use the few surviving archaeological remains and little written evidence to reconstruct the history of these people and their institutions? The period covered in depth will run from the beginning of the city-state ca. 750 BC to the conquests of Alexander the Great (336-323 BC) and the legacy of international monarchies that followed. 6 cr., HU; HI, IS

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 cr., HU, WR, RAD; HI, WR2, IS

CLAS 229. The Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Islam Introduction to the basic facts of political history of the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic empires from the third to the ninth centuries AD. Readings and discussion of primary texts from the points of view of social, intellectual, and particularly religious history. Some attention to art and architecture; individual projects of research and interpretation. An important goal is to understand the phenomena of Christianity and Islam in their native context, the Mediterranean world of late antiquity. Prerequisite: one Carleton course in history, classics, Greek or Latin. 6 cr., HU, RAD; HI, IS

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 cr., ND; NE

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. Prerequisite: Classics 394. 3 cr., S/NC, ND

(These courses all involve acquiring or using ancient Greek)

GRK 101. Elementary Greek Study of essential forms and grammar, with reading of connected passages. 6 cr., ND; NE

GRK 102. Intermediate Greek Study of essential forms and grammar, with reading of original, unadapted passages. Prerequisite: Greek 101 with a grade of at least C-. 6 cr., ND; NE

GRK 103. Greek Prose Selected prose readings. The course will emphasize review of grammar and include Greek composition. Prerequisite: Greek 102 with a grade of at least C-. 6 cr., ND; NE

GRK 204. Greek Tragedy Selected readings from Greek Tragedy with an introduction to Greek meter. Prerequisite: Greek 103 with a grade of at least C-. Completes the college foreign language requirement. 6 cr., ND; NE

GRK 230. Homer: The Odyssey Reading of selected portions in Greek and of the entire poem in translation. 6 cr., AL; LA,

GRK 231. Homer: The Iliad Reading of selected portions in Greek and of the entire poem in translation. 6 cr., AL; LA

GRK 233. Longus' Daphnis and Chloe Readings of selected portions of the novel in Greek and the entire text in translation. Prerequisites: Greek 204 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA

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. Prerequisite: Greek 204 or the equivalent. 6 cr., AL, WR; LA, WR2

GRK 248. Ancient Greek Composition Practice in composing Greek prose. Prerequisites: Greek 103 or any higher-level Greek course. 3 cr., AL; NE

GRK 258. The Greek Orators This course will examine in Greek selected public and private orations of Lysias, Demosthenes, and other extant Attic Orators. We will focus on issues both of rhetoric and law, as well as studying Athenian court procedure and the political and historical background to the speeches. Supplementary readings in translation. 6 cr., AL; HI

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. Prerequisite: Greek 204. 6 cr., AL; LA

GRK 351. Aristophanes Intensive study of one or two plays in the original and of the remaining plays in translation. 6 cr., AL; LA, Not offered in 2011-2012.

GRK 352. Thucydides Study in the original of selections from Thucydides Peloponesian War and in translation of the entire work. Prerequisite: Greek 204. 6 cr., AL; HI

(These courses all involve acquiring or using Latin)

LATN 101. Elementary Latin Study of essential forms and grammar. This course should be elected by all students who have taken less than two years of secondary school Latin or who have not studied the subject for two or more years before entering college. 6 cr., ND; NE

LATN 102. Intermediate Latin Continuation of essential forms and grammar. Prerequisite: Latin 101 with a grade of at least C-; or placement by examination during New Student Week. 6 cr., ND; NE, Winter—K. Steed

LATN 103. Catullus and Other Latin Poets Readings from the works of great poets in the original Latin, and of further selections in English. Prerequisite: Latin 102 with a grade of at least C-; or appropriate score on the Latin placement exam. 6 cr., ND; NE

LATN 204. Latin Prose Review of essential forms and grammar, with introduction to Latin prose through the study of medieval texts, Cicero and elementary Latin prose composition. Prerequisite: Latin 103 with a grade of at least C-. Completes the college foreign language requirement. 6 cr., ND; NE

LATN 243. Medieval Latin Reading from representative works of prose and poetry, and from the Roman liturgy. Prerequisite: Latin 204 or equivalent; students with a strong high school background of three-four years may also register upon taking the Latin placement exam. 6 cr., AL; LA

LATN 245. Cicero Representative readings, in Latin, across the range of Cicero's literary activity, including oratory, philosophy, criticism, and correspondence. Prerequisite: Latin 204 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; HI

LATN 248. Latin Composition Practice in composing Latin prose. Prerequisites: Latin 103 or any higher-level Latin course. 3 cr., AL; NE

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. Prerequisite: Latin 204 (or equivalent). 6 cr., AL; LA

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. Prerequisite: Latin 204. 6 cr., AL; HI

LATN 258. Seminar: Horace Selection from Horace's Odes, Epodes, Satires and Epistles in Latin and the remaining works in translation. Prerequisite: Latin 204 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL; LA

LATN 259. Seminar: Virgil Selections from Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid in Latin and all of Virgil in English. Offered simultaneously with Latin 359 without the supplemental assignments for advanced students. 6 cr., AL; LA

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 cr., AL; LA

LATN 347. Latin Love Poetry Reading the poetry of Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid in Latin, we will explore how different poets conceived of love by embracing or rejecting cultural, societal, and political expectations in first century BCE Rome. We will examine how Greek literature and thought influenced Roman ideas about love, as well as how Latin authors shaped the course of love poetry and songs in the West. We will also consider a range of topics related to love in antiquity, including sexuality, gender, courtship rituals, marriage, and children. Prerequisite: Latin 204 or above. 6 cr., AL; LA

LATN 349. Ovid's Fasti Reading Ovid's Fasti--a poem about the origins, practice, and significance of ancient holidays--we will explore how Romans approached ideas of sacred time and space, both conceptually and practically. We will consider a variety of related issues, including ancient religion, calendars, etymology, and origin stories. We will also examine how issues of sex and gender, public and private worship, politics, propaganda, and competing ideologies are reflected and challenged in the process of creating and explaining holiday and festival occasions. Supplemental readings in Catullus, Vergil, Livy, and other of Ovid's poems. Prerequisite: Latin 204 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL, WR; LA, WR2