Spring 2013 Courses in Classics

These courses have no prerequisites and, with the exception of Latin 1001 (see below), require no work in Latin or Greek.

0804. Race in the Ancient Mediterranean. MWF 9-950 (Gen Ed Race). Arthur Junes, Adjunct Assistant Professor.
An introduction to ancient thinking about race and ethnicity and to consider how ancient thinking remains current and influential today; how categories of race and ethnicity are presented in the literature and artistic works of Greece and Rome. Our case studies pay particular attention to such concepts as: notions of racial formation and racial origins; ancient theories of ethnic superiority; and linguistic, religious and cultural differentiation as a basis for ethnic differentiation. We will also examine ancient racism through the prism of a variety of social processes in antiquity: slavery, trade and colonization, migrations, imperialism, assimilation, native revolts, and genocide.

0811 Greek Theater and Society. MWF 11-1150, William Tortorelli, Visiting Assistant Professor; MWF 2-250, Caitlin Gillespie, Adjunct Assistant Professor; 0911 Honors Greek Theater and Society. TTh 930-1050. Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor. (Gen Ed Arts)
Through close readings of surviving texts, through viewings of modern productions of ancient theatrical works, and classroom recreations of Greek performative media, we will examine and experience ancient Greek drama both as a product of its own historical period and as a living art form. We will ask fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of theater in the ancient world: is this art just entertainment or does it engage and comment on the problems of Athens? How and why did this society invent theater in the Western world? We will also investigate the relationship of Greek drama to the modern world.

2102. The Romans. TTh 1230-150. Karen Hersch, Associate Professor.
This interdisciplinary course examines who the ancient Romans were, what they did, how they lived and what they believed. Students are to read a sampling of works by Roman historians, poets, politicians, and novelists. We shall also study Roman religion, philosophy, and the physical and artistic culture of Rome, with a view to understanding the Romans' beliefs about themselves and their world. Classes, which include readings from primary and secondary sources, will focus on the many aspects of Roman daily life, history and society. This course is designed for both the beginner who seeks a broad background in ancient Roman civilization and for those who seek an introduction to this subject before pursuing more advanced work in Classics.

3311. Ancient Greek Historians. Two sections: MWF 10-1050 and 2-250. Sydnor Roy, Visiting Assistant Professor.
This course will survey Greek history from the Stone Age until the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE), but its core focus will be Greece in the Archaic and Classical Period (8th-4th centuries BCE). We will study in particular the works of Homer and two of the most important Greek historians: Herodotus and Thucydides. A major component of the course will be an examination of the historiographical methods of the latter two writers, but attention will also be paid to the other types of sources, such as comedies, tragedies, speeches, and various archaeological materials. (X-listed History 3311)

3696. Ancient City Alexandria. MWF 2-250 (WI). Jennifer Gerrish, Visiting Assistant Professor.
At the death of Alexander his general Ptolemy moved the capital of Egypt from Memphis to Alexandria, which soon became renowned for buildings such as the Library and the Lighthouse, and as a center for commerce and arts. We will survey the art, literature, philosophy, social and economic foundations, and urban problems of this largest of Greek cities.

3901. Honors Classical Mythology. MWF 1-150. Sydnor Roy, Visiting Assistant Professor.
An overview of the major myths and religions of Classical Greece and Rome, mainly through examining primary sources, both literary and visual, particularly focusing on heroes. We will also examine the nature and social function of mythology, studying a number of different ancient and modern theories, as well as the legacy of classical mythology in modern art and literature, including popular culture. Students will learn how mythic narratives and symbols function in Western culture.

But wait, there’s more! Latin 1001, MWF 1040-1150

with Dr. Jennifer Gerrish!

You can start Latin in the spring!