101 Greek for Beginners. Introduction to the structure and vocabulary of classical Greek, with attention to those features that form the classical basis for Biblical koine and for the classical side of Greek diglossia from Hellenistic times through the 20th century. Short texts from Homer to Kazantzakis and Cavafy provide practice in literary, philosophical and rhetorical reading and initiation in major areas of Western thought. Attention to the history of the language and its relation to ancient, medieval and modern culture. Carries Critical Perspectives: The West in Time designation.
111 Latin for Beginners. Introduction to the structure of classical Latin; reading of short texts from Plautus to Milton and Newton to provide practice in literary and rhetorical reading and initiation in major areas of western thought. Attention to the history of the language and its relation to ancient, medieval and modern culture. Carries Critical Perspectives: The West in Time designation.
115 An Introduction to Classical Literature and Archaeology: Classical Freedom and Authority. This course provides an introduction to ancient Greek and Roman cultures through reading of original sources and an examination of material culture. Students will be exposed to literature from various genres (such as epic, dramatic, lyric and philosophical) and consider modern ways of receiving and interpreting them. Texts include Homeric and Virgilian epic, Greek tragedy and comedy, Platonic and Epicurean philosophy, Greek and Roman historians. We will explore archaeological sites throughout Greece and the Roman Empire, and objects found therein. The course will offer an introduction to printed and online sources of information and to college-level writing. The course as a whole meets Critical Perspectives: The West in Time. First-year Experience. Carries Critical Perspectives: The West in Time designation.
125 Ancient Multicultures. Survey of ancient history as an arena of cultural contact between different ethnic, religious and cultural communities. Emphasis on the Persian Empire as “other” to Greeks and Jews, on Alexandria as a “melting pot” or “salad bowl,” and on the Greco-Roman society of later antiquity as locus of changing identities. Mixed and dialogical cultural forms such as History, New Comedy, Pastoral, Apocalypse, Romance, Acts, and Gospel. Reading selected from Herodotus, the Bible, Plautus, Theocritus, Polybius, Vergil, Caesar Augustus, Philo and Petronius. (Also listed as History 209.) 1 unit — Cramer.
201/202 Reading in Greek. Introduction to Greek literature, including Homer and dramatic, philosophical or historical writing. Extended format. Prerequisite: 101 or consent of instructor. 1/2 or 1 unit each; may be taught as block, semester or year, independent or group courses.
211/212 Reading in Latin. Various ancient and medieval Latin works. Extended format. Prerequisite: 111. 1/2 or 1 unit each; may be taught as block, January 1/2 block, semester or year, independent or group courses.
218 Homer. (Not offered in 2013-14.) The Iliad and Odyssey as oral traditional poems, preservers of Bronze Age and archaic lore, locus of the creation of classical Greek culture and predecessors of European epic; together with Hesiodic epic and Homeric hymns. Reading in English with attention to the formal Greek diction and the problems of translation, except that students who know Greek will read parts of the original text. (Also listed as CO200.) 1 unit - Cramer
219 Origin and Early Forms of Theatre. A study of origins, early texts, performance practices and developing theatrical conventions in various cultures, with special emphasis on ancient Greek and Roman theatre. (Also listed as CO200, TH220.) 1 unit – Dobson
219 The Crisis in Athens: Tragedy, Comedy, and Wealth. Fifth century Athens is widely considered to be one of the apexes of civilization in the west, in terms of politics, art, and society. The century is bookended, however, by two devastating traumas: the economic crisis from the destruction of Athens in the Persian Wars, and the fall of the Athenian Democracy, precipitated, arguably, by the financial drain of the Sicilian Expedition. As the theater of Dionysos is an important place where the Athenians worked out their social and political anxieties, in this class we will read economically themed Athenian drama, from Aeschylus’ Agamemnon to Aristophanes’ Wealth, with a view toward understanding attitudes toward monetary enrichment, poverty, and greed. Upon mastering the origins and early forms of ancient drama, students will select a contemporary event, “ripped from the headlines”, and cast it in the form of an Aristotelian Greek tragedy. 1 unit – Hughes
220 Myth and Meaning. Religion and myth of ancient Greece and Rome in relation to that of the ancient Mediterranean (Akkadian, Hittite, Sumerian, Egyptian). Female presence in art, literature and religion compared to treatment of women in their respective cultures. Theoretical approaches to the understanding of myth (Comparative, Jungian, Structuralist) in relation to myths as they are encoded in their specific cultures. Students may trace a myth through Medieval, Renaissance and modern transformations in art, music, poetry and film, or study myth in other cultures (e.g. Norse and Celtic). (Also listed as CO200, FG220.) 1 unit – Dobson
221 The Invention of History. (Not offered in 2013-14.) Herodotus, sometimes called the "father of lies", and Thucydides, sometimes called the first political scientist, treated as the first historians. Study of the ways of conceiving history and its relation to the peoples and periods explored. No Greek or Latin required. (Also listed as HY302.) 1 unit - Cramer
222 Topics. Courses varying from year to year, to include offerings in classical and comparative religion and mythology, history, language and literature, anthropology, archaeology and women studies supplementary to those offered in the catalogue. No Greek or Latin required. 1/2 unit (for semester extended format) or 1 unit - Department
Alexander the Great and His Legacy. (Not offered in 13-14.) In this course we will examine the life of Alexander the Great and the ancient Mediterranean world in which he lived. We will also look at the impact he had on the historical development of that world after his death, the political use of his legacy from antiquity to the 21st century, and the fascination he continues to inspire. (Also listed as HY209.) 1 unit - Daniel Leon
Race, Ethnicity and Prejudice in the Ancient World. This course will introduce the theoretical concept of ethnicity and related issues as they played out in the ancient Mediterranean world. In particular, we will focus on the way Greeks and Romans defined themselves and distinguished themselves from other peoples as a way of assigning meaning to the universe, and how those attitudes motivated their behavior towards outsiders. We will also examine the practical effects of such discourses on the lives of people who lived in Greek and Roman communities without belonging to the dominant groups, and some of the ways in which modern approaches to race and ethnicity have structured and sometimes distorted our collective understanding of the past. The materials we will study include literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, as well as modern scholarship. (Also listed as HY209/ES200. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Daniel Leon
Introduction to Field Archaeology. (Not offered in 13-14.) (Also listed as AN209. Taught in Menorca, Spain: airfare and program fee extra.) 1 unit - Thakur
Hellenistic Genres: Comedy, Pastoral, Novel. Greek culture reached out into the world in new ways with Alexander the Great, and Greeks urbanized and cosmopolitanized in new ways. City-state based Old Comedy gave way to the New Comedy of character and situation and whole new genres arose exploring and narrating the marginal and vernacular and still-enchanted fringe of an increasingly known world. Pastoral evoked the experience of country people in hexameter verse, while prose romance-novels opened up the erotically charged space-time between infatuation and marriage. Reading from Menander, Plautus, Terence, Theocritus, Vergil, the Greek Romances and Petronius. (Also listed as CO200.) 1 unit - Cramer
Ancient Sports and Entertainment. The course considers the role sport and entertainment played in ancient society. We begin by examining athletics in the Greek world, specifically the Olympics and other major games. We will discuss the different types of events and then consider the evolving role athletics played in Greek education and society. We will then transition to the Roman world, examining gladiatorial games, chariot racing, the theatre, and the Olympics in the Roman period. We will trace the development of the status of athletes from amateurs to the professionalization of sport, and pause to consider the place of musicians and actors in Greek and Roman society. Throughout the course students will become familiar with the architecture of related venues and investigate the role of spectators. Students will continually be challenged to relate ancient athletics to the sports of today. Sources will include Homer, Pindar, Virgil, Ovid, Martial and various inscriptions. 1 unit - Thakur
250 Athenian Democracy. Development of democratic institutions from Solon to Pericles, their operations in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, the experiences of citizenship, legal equality, freedom, and love of country. Slavery, sexual inequality and imperialism as notable, perhaps essential features of the system. Reading from contemporary historians (Herodotus, Thucydides), theorists (Plato, Aristotle, the “Old Oligarch”), dramatists (Aeschylus, Aristophanes), political orators (Lysias and Demosthenes) and later commentary from Plutarch to the present. (Also listed as History 213.) 1 unit — Cramer
301/302 Advanced Reading in Greek. Further exploration of ancient, medieval or modern Greek literature, done as independent reading. Prerequisite: 201, 202. 1/2 or 1 unit each; may be taught as block, semester or year, independent or group courses.
311/312 Advanced Reading in Latin. Further exploration of ancient or medieval Latin literature. Prerequisite: 211, 212 or consent of instructor. 1/2 or 1 unit each; may be taught as block, semester or year, independent or group courses.
322 Advanced Topics. Independent study for advanced students with knowledge of Greek or Latin who wish to pursue specific studies in specialized areas. 1 unit - Department
431 Thesis. Thesis subjects chosen by student and approved by department. Senior classics, classics-history-politics and classics-English majors. 1 unit - Department
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