Fall 2014 Courses

Greek | Latin | Classical Culture

(The archive of Spring 2014 can be found here)

Greek

1001, TTh 1230-150, Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor of Classics

The beginning of the great adventure that is ancient Greek. Students learn the basics of Greek grammar and vocabulary, supplemented by brief readings from important Greek authors, including Plato and Euripides during the fall semester. This is a "hybrid" course that requires one hour of online work each week. Learn more.

2001/3096, TTh 2-320, Alex Gottesman, Assistant Professor of Classics

Readings in Homer epic.

Latin

1001

01, MWF 1040-1150, Jennifer Gerrish, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

02, MWF 12-110, Caitlin Gillespie, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

The basic beginning of the Latin language. Students learn the basics of Latin grammar and vocabulary, with progressively more difficult passages of adapted Latin readings.

1002, MWF 1040-1150, TBA

The continuation of the first year of the study of Latin language. Authentic Latin passages of increasing complexity are gradually introduced.

2001, MWF 11-1150, Caitlin Gillespie, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

This course introduces students to the basic conventions of Latin prose, with continuous readings accompanied by review of vocabulary and syntax. We will begin with a systematic grammar review alongside readings adapted from Latin authors; we will soon transition to "real," unadapted Latin prose, which will provide opportunities to discuss topics of literary and historical interest, as well.

Our focus this semester will be Livy's monumental history of Rome, De Urbe Condita (From the Founding of the City). We will read some of Livy's best-known passages in the original Latin, including his account of Aeneas, Romulus and the foundation of Rome, the rape of Lucretia and the expulsion of the kings, and Hannibal and the Second Punic War.

3096/4004, MWF 3-350, Jennifer Gerrish, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Less than two decades passed between the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE and the establishment of the Augustan principate, but these years were marked by swift and often violent change. In 44, the Roman stage was populated by a large cast of characters, including the assassins Brutus and Cassius, the "pirate" Sextus Pompey, and the career soldier Mark Antony. By 31, one man was left standing: the young Octavian, adopted son of Julius Caesar and the future emperor of Rome. This rapid political change was accompanied by social and cultural upheavals as Rome sought to redefine itself against a backdrop of civil war. In this course, we will read selections of prose and poetry works composed during this period, including Cicero's Philippics, Sallust's Conspiracy of Catiline, Vergil's Eclogues, and Horace's Epodes, in order to trace the transition from republic to empire.

Classical Culture

Courses with texts read in English translation. No Greek and Latin needed!

0804.Race in Greece and Rome (Gen Ed Race). TTh 2-320 TBA
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 (Gen Ed Arts) MWF 9-950. TBA.
Through close readings of surviving texts, 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. 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 and why is ancient theater still powerful today?

0904. Honors Race in Greece and Rome (Gen Ed Race). MWF 2-250 (2). Caitlin Gillespie, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
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.

2101. The Greeks. MWF 12-1250. Daniel Berman, Associate Professor of Classics.
This course explores who the ancient Greeks were, what they did, how they lived and what they believed. It focuses on both what we owe to the Greeks and how radically different they are from us. This is not a history of ancient Greece, but a journey through a series of interdisciplinary, connected units that explore different facets of ancient Greek civilization, from the Trojan War, to the ancient Olympics, to slavery, the family life and other topics, with evidence from Greek art, literature, history and philosophy. This course can serve the needs of students who seek a broad background in ancient Greek civilization and those who seek an introduction to this subject before pursuing more advanced work in Classics

3001. Classical Mythology (X-listed English 2014 and Religion 2000). TTh 930-1050. Robin Mitchell-Boyask, 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. Learn more.

3312. Ancient Roman Historians (X-listed History 3312). MWF 2-250. Jennifer Gerrish, Visiting Assistant Professor.
This course examines Rome's political and social history, from Romulus to Constantine; how Rome came to rule the Mediterranean world; also, its political transition from Republic (rule by Senate and elected magistrates) to Principate (rule by emperors), a period dominated by Pompey, Caesar and Augustus; the social, economic and political consequences of Rome's Mediterranean-wide hegemony. Students will read the works of Rome's own historians (e.g., Sallust, Livy and Tacitus) and biographers (Plutarch and Suetonius), learning how to use ancient evidence to formulate arguments about problems in Roman History.

3596 Ancient City: Athens. TTh 11-1220. Alex Gottesman, Assistant Professor of Classics
This course will survey Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, examining the accomplishments and failures of one of the few truly participatory democracies the world has known. In addition to studying the history of the city as it gained and lost an empire, we will explore its arts (including theater, philosophy, and architecture) and the everyday life of its denizens.