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Spring 2021 Classical Studies Courses

Courses are divided into three areas of study: Classics in English, Greek, and Latin. All available courses can also be viewed via BannerWeb. All courses are one unit (unless otherwise indicated).

Classics in English, Archaeology, and Linguistics

Classics 208Mythology: Greek Drama
Two sections: TR 4:15-5:30 pm; 6:00-7:15 pm – Zehner
This course will explore the elements of tragedy and comedy in selected plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes.  Topics of special interest will include theories of the origin of tragedy, its relationship to comedy, and how historical events and social developments in the playwrights’ lifetimes may have influenced how they shaped their stories and characterizations. Satisfies the Literary Studies requirement (FSLT). No prerequisite.

Classics 320 – Cultural Property: Archaeology, Ethics, and Law
TR 2:30-3:45 pm – Baughan
Who owns the past? This course explores current issues of archaeological ethics and cultural heritage management. Topics range from the ancient history of looting and appropriation to the illicit antiquities market and site preservation today, and how local and international property and tax laws affect collecting practices. Students will prepare class presentations and research papers to explore these legal and ethical issues through specific case studies, primarily from the Mediterranean region. For law students taking the course for graduate credit, more in-depth research and longer papers will be required. May be applied to Law and the Liberal Arts minor, Archaeology minor, or Classical Civilization major or minor.

Classics 499 – Independent Study
TBD – Laskaris
Available only through departmental approval prior to registration.

Classics in Greek

Greek 102 – Elementary Greek 
MWF 4:15-5:05 pm – Laskaris
We will continue our study of ancient Greek and the history and culture of classical Greece.  As in Greek 101, emphasis will be placed on mastering essential vocabulary and forms and on practicing reading and other comprehension skills. Prerequisite: Greek 101. Partially fulfills Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Greek 202 – Intermediate Greek 
MWF 12:45-1:35 pm – Baughan
We will continue our study of Greek literature with a focus on the Medea of Euripides.  Students will continue to develop reading and comprehension skills, a working vocabulary, and exploration of the cultural and literary backgrounds to the dramatic literature of classical Athens. Prerequisite: Greek 201 or permission of the department. Fulfills the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Greek 301 – Greek Epic
MW 7:30-8:45 am – Zehner
In this course we will study the origins of the epic tradition through readings selected from Homer’s Iliad. Some time will also be spent discussing heroic culture and the Homeric epics as sources for historical reconstruction. Prerequisite: Greek 202 or permission of the department. Partially fulfills Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Greek 499 – Independent Study
TBD – Laskaris
Available only through departmental permission arranged prior to registration.

Classics in Latin

Latin 102 – Elementary Latin 
MWF 11:00-11:50 am – Zehner
We will continue our study of Latin and the world in which Latin was the native tongue. Prerequisite: Latin 101. Partially fulfills the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Latin 202 – Intermediate Latin
2 sections: MWF 9:15-10:05 am – Stevenson; 2:30-3:20 pm – Damer
This course will introduce students to Latin poetry. It will begin with the poet Catullus whose intensely personal and passionate style has seduced readers for thousands of years, and focus in the second half on Ovid’s always witty and often subversive poetry and various later poets in the same tradition. Close attention will be paid to the full artistry of the poetry -- meter, sound play, and word placement -- while we continue to reinforce the vocabulary and grammar learned in the previous three semesters. Prerequisite: Latin 201. Fulfills the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Latin 398– ST: Allusion in Augustan Poetry
TR 11:00-12:15 pm – Stevenson
The ubiquity, subtlety and profundity of allusive connections between Augustan poems (and their Greek models) has inspired decades of fascinating research and seduced a growing number of Latin enthusiasts. Within the nexus of allusions published only very recently have scholars begun to understand that Ovid may have been Vergil's most astute reader and that his many and intricate allusions can be unpacked to expand our understanding of, and appreciation for, both poets and their epics. So we will begin with a look at the mechanics of Augustan allusion and then attempt to apply our hypothetical understanding to a variety of passages in Ovid's Metamorphoses that comment on the Aeneid. At first the instructor will supply the passages, but later each student will present her/his own freshly discovered allusions. Available only through departmental permission arranged prior to registration.
Latin 499 – Independent Study
TBD– Laskaris
Available only through departmental approval arranged prior to registration.

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