Classical Studies Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
CLA 100Mythology1Depending on the instructor, the course will be an introduction to Greek myth or to Roman myth and Roman uses of Greek myth. Topics may include: myth in its historical and social context, myth as a conceptual language for expressing a culture's world-wide view, modern theoretical understandings of the functions of myth, myth as part of a literary and artistic tradition. Offered alternate years.
CLA 101Intro to Classical Art/Archaeology1This course examines the degree to which the art and artifacts of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds can help to inform us about the cultural settings in which they were created. Throughout the semester, students will chart the evolution of Classical art and architecture and discover how an archaeologist might use the remains of the ancient past to reconstruct daily life and broader cultural phenomena. This overview is intended to introduce the student to the most widely referenced material works of the Greek and Roman past and the factors which influenced their style and substance.
CLA 226Medieval Philosophy1A survey of Western philosophy from St. Augustine to Nicholas of Cusa. Focus on the development of Christian philosophy. Identical to Phi 226.
CLA 228Archaeological Methods and Theory1This course introduces the discipline of archaeology and the methods used by archaeologists to study the human past through material remains. Both within and outside of the classroom, a wide range of techniques will be explained and evaluated, including: preliminary research design, excavation, data collection and analysis, dating methods, sampling, geophysical exploration, surface survey, site preservation, and artifact conservation. Much of the requisite work will take place outside of the classroom, and every student will be required to participate in active fieldwork throughout the semester. Identical to Anth 228.
CLA 234Classical Literature in Translation1This course offers students the opportunity to get an overview of a particular genre of Classical literature, history, or rhetoric: ancient epic, ancient drama, personal lyric, historical biography, ancient letters, political rhetoric, etc. -any genre can be studied in survey form and in translation. The course will be particularly valuable for students interested in the connections between Greek and Roman texts or in the later history of the genre in the European tradition. Course can be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor.
CLA 251Greek History1A survey of Greek history from the Aegean Bronze Age to the age of Alexander. Identical to His 251. Offered every third year.
CLA 252Roman History1A survey of Roman history from the founding of the city to the fall of the Roman Empire. Identical to His 252. Offered alternate years.
CLA 253Roman Games1Mass-entertainment by means of blood-sports, in the arena and the circus, was a prominent feature of Roman culture. This course will examine the social, religious, economic and political significance of the Roman games from a historical standpoint, including archaeological remains, artistic renderings and literary sources both pagan and Christian. Discussion will also touch on modern parallels and big-budget Hollywood films. All sources in English translation. Identical to His 253. Offered alternate years during Spring Term.
CLA 343Class/Status/Gender Ancient Athens1The basic aim of the course is to develop a picture of how people in ancient Athens thought about differences among various kinds of people, free and slave, rich and poor, citizen and foreigner, male and female. The course examines the social and political world in which these differences had effect. Offered every third year.
CLA 345Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology1This course offers a thorough examination of a topic related to the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world. While the geographic and chronological focus may change from offering to offering, this course will invariably provide the setting for the concentrated analysis of a particular range of archaeological materials and approaches, with a strong emphasis placed on current field methods, theoretical discussions, and research practices. This course may be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: Cla 101 or Cla 228.
CLA 351Alexander & the Hellenistic World1Alexander the Great remains one of the most compelling figures in all of history, and after his death the Mediterranean world was never the same again. His successors carved up his vast empire between them, and the new hybrid civilization they created (known as Hellenistic or "Greek-ish") was still in place more than a century later when the Romans came along. This course is taught as a seminar and will cover a wide range of topics, including warfare, politics, society, culture and always the problem of evidence. No prerequisite, but students are encouraged to contact the instructor in advance. Offered every three years. Identical to His 351.
CLA 353Advanced Topics in Ancient History1This course offers a thorough and detailed examination of an important topic or problem from Greco-Roman history. The specific focus of the course may vary, but the goal in each case will be to sift through the ancient evidence for the problem at hand, knowing that this is often highly fragmentary and/or biased in some way, and also to analyze and assess a range of divergent scholarly arguments based on that evidence, so as to arrive at a deeper understanding of the ancient historian's craft, as well as an understanding of its inherent limitations. This course may be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor.
CLA 366Studies in Historiography1. An examination of selected topics in the ancient world, emphasizing the history, philosophy and methods of historical investigation. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Offered alternate years. Identical to His 366.
CLA 401Seminar for Majors0.5Preliminary work for the Senior Thesis combined with background for the reading lists for the comprehensive exam and study of the history and methodologies of Classics as a discipline. .50 unit

Latin

NumberNameUnitsDescription
LAT 115Introduction to Classical Latin I1An introduction to Classical Latin and to the culture of the Romans during the Republic and under the rule of the emperors. Students will develop skills related to the study of inflected languages while working to master aspects of language-learning that are necessary for a productive treatment of Latin texts. They will also be introduced to the cultural context of Roman literature, history, and philosophy and develop a familiarity with a selection of well-known authors and some of the most admired texts in the Latin corpus.
LAT 116Introduction to Classical Latin II1A continuation of Lat 115, completing the fundamentals of Latin grammar and leading to the first reading of unadapted Latin texts. Students will develop their reading comprehension skills in Latin and be introduced to certain basic types of reference works that Classicists typically use to aid in their reading. Emphasis is also given to the importance of the Latin language for the study of Roman civilization and history. Prerequisite: Lat 115.
LAT 217Intermediate Latin I1After a review of the grammar and forms, the course focuses on the skills and background knowledge necessary for translating, working through, and better understanding Latin in the original, both prose and poetry. This implies not just learning more grammar and vocabulary but also learning more about how to use basic tools: dictionaries, grammars, commentaries, etc. The larger aim of the course is to help students begin finding out for themselves what they want to learn about, and by means of, the texts they translate. Prerequisite: Lat 116.
LAT 218Intermediate Latin II1As they continue to develop the skills practiced in Lat 217, students will explore selections from Virgil's Aeneid. Working on translation will help in appreciating Vergil's poetic style. Reading both the selections in Latin and the full work in English will help in understanding the historical and literary context for the creation and reception of Vergil's poetry. Prerequisite: Lat 217.
LAT 320Medieval Latin1Survey of Latin language and literature from the 4th to the 14th century and of the cultures from which it arose. Prerequisite: Lat 217. Offered every third year.
LAT 321Latin Poetry1Study of the major authors and genres of Latin poetry. The texts read may vary, depending on student interests. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequi- site: Lat 218.
LAT 324Latin Prose1Study of the major authors and genres of Latin prose. The texts read may depend on student interests, although normally oratory will alternate with historiography or prose fiction. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Lat 218.

Greek

NumberNameUnitsDescription
GRE 115Beginning Classical Greek I1An introduction to Ancient Greek and to Athenian culture of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. Students will develop skills in grammatical analysis, useful for understanding how both Greek and other languages work. A the same time they will begin learning about the literature and social values of Classical Athens.
GRE 116Beginning Classical Greek II1A continuation of Gre 115. During the second semester the readings will become progressively more complex grammatically and the cultural context of the readings richer and more detailed. Prerequisite: Gre 115.
GRE 217Intermediate Greek I1After review of the work done in the first two semesters, students will continue to work on their understanding of the language and its grammar. Unadapted ancient prose texts bearing on central cultural concerns of the Athenians will be read, excerpted or as wholes. Further readings in English will provide background and historical context. Prerequisite: Gre 116.
GRE 218Intermediate Greek II1After finishing the reading of the prose texts started in the first semester, the course will move on to selections from a drama, usually a tragedy of Euripides or a comedy of Aristophanes, bearing on the topics addressed in the first semester. There will be additional readings in English on the history and practice of Athenian theater. Prerequisite: Gre 217.
GRE 323Ancient Greek Poetry/Drama1The texts read for the course in a given year may vary. Normally, a course on fifth-century drama will alternate with a course on Homer and other early poetry. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 218.
GRE 324Ancient Greek Prose1The topic of the course in a given year may vary. Normally, a course on Herodotus and Thucydides will alternate with a course based on the texts of the orators, Plato and Aristotle. Course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 218.

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