Spring 2014 Courses in Classics

Greek | Latin | Greek and Roman Classics


1002. Greek 2. 12-110 MWF. Jennifer Gerrish, Visiting Assistant Professor.
The exciting continuation of Greek1! In the final weeks students will read Lysias' On the Murder of Eratosthenes, an Athenian trial speech concerning the deadly results of a scandalous affair.

1003. Intensive Ancient Greek. MWF 12-110 and TTh 11-1230. Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor.
A special accelerated introduction to the language of Homer, Sophocles, Plato and St. John. This course provides students, in one 7 CH course the equivalent of Greek 1001-1002 (8 CH). We will be reading brief sentences of real Greek during Week, 1 a section of Plato's Meno in Week 4, some Euripides in Week 5, selections from Apollodorus' Library of Greek Mythology in Week 7, and parts of Plato's Apology of Socrates starting in Week 8. In the final week we will read Lysias' On the Murder of Eratosthenes, an Athenian trial speech concerning the deadly results of a scandalous affair.

2002/3002/4002. 12-1250 MWF. Daniel Berman, Associate Professor. Plato's writing on Poetry: the Ion and selections from the Republic.


1001. Latin 1. MWF 12-110. David Ratzan, Visiting Assistant Professor
The beginning of the study of the Latin language. Students learn the basics of Latin grammar and vocabulary, with progressively more difficult passages of adapted Latin readings.

1002. Latin 2. (01) MWF 1040-1150. David Ratzan, Visiting Assistant Professor
(02) MWF 12-110 Charles Ham, Adjunct Assistant Professor.
The exciting continuation of Latin 1!

2001/2002. Latin 3/4. MWF 11-1150. Karen Hersch, Associate Professor. Readings in Vergil's Aeneid.

3002/4008. Latin 6/Selections from Ovid. TTh 11-1230. Alex Gottesman, Assistant Professor.

Greek and Roman Classics (texts read in English translations)

0803. Art of Sacred Space. (Gen Ed Arts) MWF 9-950 Daniel Berman, Associate Professor. We will investigate Greek interpretations of sacred spaces, the activities performed in them, and the works of art created to honor them, with a view to identifying, approaching and discussing aspects of the sacred. By learning about the Greek world, we will also begin to learn how to recognize and appreciate sacred spaces in the modern world and what these may represent and contain.

0804. Race in the Ancient Mediterranean. TTh 2-320 (Gen Ed Race). Arthur Jones, 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 10-1050, Charles Ham, Adjunct Assistant Professor;
0911 Honors Greek Theater and Society. TTh 930-1050. Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Professor.
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 how Greek drama relates to the modern world.

2102. The Romans. MWF 2-250. David Ratzan, Visiting Assistant 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.

2902. Honors Gender in Antiquity. MWF 10-1050. Karen Hersch, Associate Professor.
What can we learn about the lives of ancient Greek and Roman women from ancient literature - literature written primarily by men? Can we piece together the everyday lives of Greek or Roman women of any social class? Even if we believe in the equality of the sexes, would a word like "equality" have had any meaning to the ancients? In this class, we will find answers to these questions by reading Greek and Latin sources in translation as well as the works of modern Classicists. While focusing on women's lives, we will gain a greater understanding of what was expected of both genders in the ancient world.

3311. Ancient Greek Historians. MWF 10-1050. Jennifer Gerrish, 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)

3496. Writing Seminar: Ancient City Under the Volcano: Akrotiri and Pompeii. MWF 2-250 (WI). Jennifer Gerrish, Visiting Assistant Professor.
Pompeii and Akrotiri, cities frozen in time by volcanic eruptions, offer us a unique perspective on life in the ancient world. Pompeii was buried by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, giving us a snapshot of life in the early Roman empire; Akrotiri, destroyed in a seventeenth-century BCE eruption on the island of Thera, was a significant Bronze Age settlement and port town. In both cases, the preservation of the city allows us a rare glimpse into daily life, often unaccessible to us through written sources. Both sites allow us to explore not only monumental public buildings, but private homes as well, along with the personal possessions left behind by individuals and families as they attempted to flee in advance of the eruptions. In this course, we will uncover the buried cities of Pompeii and Akrotiri using sources both literary and archaeological. Our topics will include public and domestic architecture, urban planning, religion, commerce, dining, graffiti, and entertainment.

3000. Topics: Greek and Roman Political Thought. TTh 2-320. Alex Gottesman, Assistant Professor.
This course surveys ancient Greek and Roman political thought. Although the ancient world was different from our own in many ways, many of the concepts and ideas that dominate our thinking about politics today have been influenced by our inheritance of these classic traditions. Ideas like democratic citizenship, the rule of law, the public and private sphere, find their first articulation in these ancient polities. Indeed, many of the questions and problems that plagued ancient politics --What is justice? What are the obligations and freedoms of citizens? What is the best form of government? -- are still vibrant today. (X-listed Political Science 3411)