Classics Courses

Classics Courses

  • Fall 2021

    CLAS 180M/COLI 180Q/ENG 180M – Mediterranean Myths, Then & Now – Professor Tina Chronopoulos – GenEd: H

    In this course we will examine and think about myths from the Ancient Mediterranean alongside some of their modern retellings in order to get a sense of how and why these stories continue to resonate today. We will read and learn about myths from regions/empires such as ancient Greece and Italy, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Carthage, the Achaemenid empire, and others.


    CLAS 215/COLI 281C/ENG 200R/THEA 289L – Ancient Tragedy, Greece & Rome – Professor John Starks - GenEd: H

    Today, the word “tragedy” conjures up images of disaster and suffering. In classical Athens, tragedy above all meant entertainment for a mass audience. But what beyond entertainment did tragedy entail? Is the suffering it depicted wholly foreign to modern sensibilities? Or shall we moderns find in ancient Greek and Roman tragedy something to identify with? In this course, students will pursue that and similar questions.


    CLAS 280C/ANTH 280S/HIST 2587C/JUST 280Q – Ancient Cities – Professor Jeffrey Becker – GenEds: GN

    This course is an introductory survey of the urban centers of the ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, and Mediterranean worlds. In this course students will explore the development of urbanism in these areas by studying the archaeological remains from the cities of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, from the Neolithic period until the foundation of Constantinople in the 4th century A.D.


    CLAS 281M/UNIV 280M – Materials Matter – Professor Hilary Becker – GenEds:  AL

    Science and the humanities are ordinarily understood to be entirely separate domains of inquiry, each with its distinctive objects and modes of study. This course draws these two fields into conversation with each other through an interdisciplinary focus on specific materials.


    CLAS 281P/PHIL 201 – Plato & Aristotle – Professor Anthony Preus – GenEd: H

    Introduction to Greek Philosophy to 323 BCE. Brief introduction to philosophy before Socrates; study of several Socratic dialogues and Plato’s philosophy; general introduction to Aristotle’s ethics, politics, theory of language, science and metaphysics. For majors and non-majors. Short quizzes and three equal essay exams. I>Clicker required. Two lectures, one discussion section per week. No prerequisites or co-requisites. This course is appropriate for first-year students.


    CLAS 283E/AFST 280F/ANTH 282R/HIST 281G/JUST 284E – Race/Ethnicity in Ancient N. Africa - Professor John Starks – GenEds: GN & Harpur W

    We will examine several cultures that inhabited ancient North Africa (Egyptians, Nubians/Kushites, the Jewish communities in Egypt, the Carthaginians, and possibly, given enough time, several ethnic groups of northwest Africa often collectively described by outsiders as ‘Berbers’) before and during the period of Greek and Roman influence around the Mediterranean. To understand these diverse societies we will use the tools of cultural anthropology: ancient Greek and Roman literary texts, native and western art and archaeology, inscriptions, papyri, and coins, qualitative and some quantitative analysis of data, and modern scholarly studies in ethnicity to see how these cultures lived and how they influenced, and were influenced by, the Greeks and Romans.


    CLAS 375/SOC 380G/WGSS 383D – America & Classical Antiquity – Professor Tina Chronopoulos – GenEds: HP

    This course entails a study of the reception of—that is, the treatment and responses to—the cultural products of Ancient Greece and Italy in the United States, with special attention to how these products were appropriated in politics and popular culture and continue to shape how we see ourselves and the past. After an examination of how the study of Ancient Greece and Italy developed into an academic discipline in Western Europe and how it arrived in North America.    


    CLAS 380H/ARTH 381D – Hellenistic & Roman Sculpture – Professor J. Becker – GenEds: AC

    A survey of sculptural forms in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds from the time of Alexander the Great to Late Antiquity. Key sculptural media will be considered from chronological and thematic perspectives. Attention to contextual analysis, social history, form, technique, regionalism, the tradition of copying, artists’ workshops.


    CLAS 450D/PHIL 458D – Justice in Ancient Thought – Professor Tony Preus – GenEd: HJ

    Ancient thought was always concerned with the idea of justice – from Egyptian Ma’at and Hebrew tzedek to Greek dike and dikaiosyne, and Roman lex and justicia, the rule of law and fairness were a persistent concern. We will discuss a variety of texts from the ancient Mediterranean world, with special emphasis on Plato’s Republic and other dialogues, on Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics, and Cicero, On the Laws.


    GRK 102 – Elementary Ancient Greek II – Professor Andrew Scholtz

    Homer, Herodotus, Sappho, others — experience ancient Greece through the language of the ancient Greeks. This course introduces you to ancient Greek grammar, vocabulary at the elementary level. Reading of simple texts, including actual quotations from ancient authors. Simple conversation in the target language to aid in learning. For majors and non-majors. Students beginning with GRK 101 will be prepared in their fourth semester to join a reading course on texts in the original language. Format may vary by sections: Class participation and attendance required.


    LAT 101 – Elementary Latin I – Professor Carina de Klerk

    First of two semesters of essential grammar and vocabulary for developing reading skills in classical Latin. Second half of the assigned grammar textbook will be completed along with a significant introduction to Roman literature and culture and supplementary work in prose composition. For majors and non-majors.


    LAT 203 – Intermediate Latin  – Professor Hilary Becker

    Review of grammar and introduction to Latin literature and development of proficient reading skills through topical passages of real Latin literature written by various Roman authors. Three hours of class each week devoted to discussion and translation of select passages. Over the course of the semester students will transition from Latin exercises highlighting grammatical precision to genuine Latin prose and verse texts. Authors likely to be encountered include Catullus, Cicero, Ovid, Petronius, Suetonius, and others.