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Spring 2019 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

Classics 105 – Introduction to Syntax
MW 4:30-5:45 pm – Gunkel
CLSC 105 introduces students to the study of syntax, i.e. how words are combined to form phrases, clauses, and sentences. Students learn to identify syntactic units, to analyze complex syntactic structures, and to create model grammars that generate those structures. The course does not presuppose any background in mathematics or foreign languages. Satisfies the Symbolic Reasoning requirement (FSSR). No prerequisite.

Classics 201 – Classical Elements in the English Language
MW 3:00-4:15 pm – Simpson
From 'anonymity' to 'triskaidekaphobia,' from 'hematoma' to 'stare decisis,' Classics 201 examines the English language's debt to Latin and Greek.  Teaches the skill of seeing and understanding roots, prefixes, and suffixes that make up many English words.  Includes specialized terminologies used in law and medicine, as well as learned or technical terms drawn from readings selected by the student.  Aims to improve the student's understanding of academic and literary texts. No prerequisite

Classics 205 Greek & Roman Mythology
TR 4:30-5:45 pm – Gunkel
This course explores the nature of epic and the role that myth plays within that genre.  The poets will transport us from Babylon to Rome via Greece. Satisfies the Literary Studies (FSLT) requirement.  No prerequisite.

Classics 207 – Greek Magic
MW 9:00-10:15 am – Laskaris
In this course we will explore Greek magic as a way of understanding and affecting the natural world.  Though we will concentrate on Greek (and some Roman) sources, the theoretical and analytical aspects of our study will be applicable to other cultures and times, including our own.  Topics will include love magic, cursing, pollution, purification, and necromancy. Fulfills the Historical Studies requirement (FSHT). Cross-listed with WGSS. No prerequisite.
 
Classics 321 Archaeology of the Middle East
TR 3:00-4:15 pm – Baughan
This course will explore the art and cultures of the ancient Near East, from the dawn of civilization to the age of Alexander, with a primary focus on Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Syro-Palestine. While surveying the ancient sites and monuments of these regions of the Middle East, we will also consider how cultural heritage has played a role in the history of archaeology and the creation of modern identities, and how it has been used in varying ways as ‘cultural capital.’ No prerequisite.

Classics 499 – Independent Study
T 8:00-8:50 am – Laskaris
Available only through departmental permission arranged 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 fulfills Communication Skills II Foreign Language requirement (COM II).

Greek 202 – Intermediate Greek
MWF 12:00-12:50 pm – Laskaris
We will continue our study of Greek literature with a focus on the Alcestis 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 499 – Independent Study
R 8:00-8:50 am – Laskaris
Available only through departmental permission arranged prior to registration.

Classics in Latin

Latin 102 – Elementary Latin
MWF 10:30-11:20 am – Gunkel
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 10:30-11:20 am; 1:30-2:20 pm – Vandervelde
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: Roman Dining
TR 12:00-1:15 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 departmental approval.

Latin 499 – Independent Study
F 8:00-8:50 am – Laskaris
Available only through departmental permission arranged prior to registration.

 

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