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Spring 2024 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 101 - Classical Mythology
Two Sections: TR 1:30-2:45 pm; MW 3:00-4:15 pm – Damer
Classics 101 will introduce students to myths of the ancient Mediterranean. Students will read some of the major works of Greek, Latin, and Mesopotamian literature and come to understand how peoples in the ancient Mediterranean and beyond used myth in their literature, history, religion, and art. Satisfies the Literary Studies requirement (FSLT). No prerequisite.

Classics 205 Ancient Myth in Epic Poetry
TR 10:30-11:45 am – Simpson
This course will explore stories of gods and heroes as told by Homer, Vergil and Ovid.  We will attempt to understand how myths arose and functioned in the oral culture of early Greece and how myths were used in the literary culture of ancient Rome. Satisfies the Literary Studies Field of Study (FSLT). No prerequisite.

Classics 301 – Greek Art & Archaeology
MW 1:30-2:45 pm – Motz
This course offers a survey of the art and archaeology of the Greek world, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. While tracing developments in painting, sculpture, and architecture, we will consider the function of art and buildings in Greek society and their relation to history, politics, and social ideologies. We will also explore different methods of interpreting archaeological remains and ‘reading’ the language(s) of visual art, and students will engage with Greek art and architecture through their own artistic creations. Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts Field of Study requirement (FSVP) and WGSS Special Contract-list credit.

Classics 320 – Cultural Property: Archaeology, Ethics, and Law
TR 4:30-5:45 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 398 – Digital Approaches to the Past
MW 9:00-10:15 am – Motz
In this course students will gain hands-on experience gathering, analyzing, and presenting historical data in digital form, and we will discuss theoretical and ethical issues surrounding digital data and public scholarship. Topics include text analysis, data management, mapping, 3D models, museums, and social media, among others. No prerequisite. May be applied to Archaeology minor, or Data Science minor.

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

Classics in Greek

Greek 102 – Elementary Greek
MWF 12:00-12:50 pm – Simpson
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 satisfies the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Greek 202 – Intermediate Greek
MWF 12:00-12:50 pm – Gunkel
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 an understanding of the cultural and literary backgrounds to the dramatic literature of classical Athens. Prerequisite: Greek 201 or permission of the department. Satisfies the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Greek 301– Greek Epic
TR 12:00-1:15 pm – Gunkel
Readings from Homer, Hesiod, and the Homeric Hymns. Prerequisite: Greek 202 or permission of the department.

Greek 499 – Independent Study
TBD – Stevenson
Available only through departmental approval prior to registration.

Classics in Latin

Latin 102 – Elementary Latin
MWF 10:30-11:20 am – Motz
We will continue our study of Latin and the history and culture of classical Rome.  As in Latin 101, emphasis will be placed on mastering essential grammar and vocabulary and on practicing reading and other comprehension skills. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or permission of department. Partially satisfies the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Latin 202 – Intermediate Latin
Two sections: MWF 10:30-11:20 am - Damer; 1:30-2:20 pm – Stevenson
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 or permission of department. Satisfies the Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Latin 398– ST: Roman Dining
TR 1:30-2:45 pm – Baughan
Catullus and Martial invited friends to dinner parties in some of their verses. Juvenal satirized imperial banquets while Statius glorified them. Pliny’s letters give fascinating details about the many dining rooms of his countryside estates, including water channels for floating appetizers. In this advanced Latin course, we will read selections from Latin poetry, satire, letters, historical prose, inscriptions, and even cookbooks to explore the world of the convivium and the history and significance of eating, drinking, and dining in Roman society. Students will work together to create modern, accessible English translations and commentaries for key texts that will be used by future students in courses on ancient dining and to host a Roman-style convivium using real Roman recipes. Prerequisite: Latin 202 or permission of department.

Latin 499 – Independent Study
TBD – Stevenson
Available only through departmental approval prior to registration.
 

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