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Additional Course Information

Spring 2014

Suggestions for the Spring Semester 2014:

For first-year students and sophomores, CLS 113, CLS 117, CLS 270, 272, 274, and/or an appropriate-level Latin or Greek course are good choices.

Juniors and seniors should consider a Greek and/or Latin course at the appropriate level and an advanced Classics course (CLS 471).

All faculty members can be reached via e-mail and will welcome your inquiries!!!

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  • Zachary P. Biles

  • Alexis Q. Castor

  • Gretchen E. Meyers

  • Shawn O'Bryhim

  • Ann Steiner (on leave 2013-2014)

  • Polyxeni Strolonga  

Sophomores who declare a major or minor in the Department of Classics are eligible to compete for the 2014 Departmental Summer Foreign Travel Award.

The major and minor programs in the Department of Classics can be found in the catalog.

Courses for the Spring Semester 2014


GRK 102  Elementary Ancient Greek II - MWF 10:00-10:50 - Biles
GRK 102 continues the study of the basic grammar and syntax of classical Greek. Prerequisite: GRK 101 or placement.

GRK 202  Introduction to Greek Poetry – MWF 10:00-10:50 – O’Bryhim
Even though the comic playwright Menander was popular with the Greek and Roman elite, he garnered only eight victories in Greek theatrical competitions during his lifetime--and he wrote over one hundred plays! To determine who was right about his talent (or lack thereof), we will read in Greek the Dyskolos, a comedy about a grouchy old miser and the effect that his behavior has on his family.  Prerequisite:  GRK 201 or placement.



LAT 102  Elementary Latin II
                    Section A MWF 8:00-8:50 Strolonga
                   Section B MWF 9:00-9:50Strolonga

LAT 102 continues and completes the study of the basic grammar and syntax of classical Latin. Prerequisite: LAT 101 or placement.

LAT 103  Accelerated Latin – MWF 12:30-1:20 – Fowler    
This course covers the material of the year-long course in elementary Latin (LAT 101 and 102) in one semester. It is intended for highly motivated students and for students with previous experience in high-school Latin. Class time will be devoted to instruction in grammar and drills, while towards the end of the semester we will read excerpts from Caesar’s Gallic War.

LAT 202  Introduction to Latin Poetry –
                    Section A TR 10:00-11:20 – O’Bryhim
                     Section B TR 12:45-2:05 O'Bryhim                  
The primary aim of LAT 202 is to strengthen the student’s knowledge of the Latin language. It is also a literature course and as such includes a study of rhetorical and literary terms, an introduction to scansion, and essays by modern critics.  The text is Catullus.  Prerequisite:  LAT 201 or placement.

LAT 312  Latin Oratory – TR 12:45-2:05 – Strolonga
An examination of the speeches of Cicero with an emphasis on translation, interpretation, evaluating scholarship and research.                                                                                                                                                                     

***We will offer GRK 101 and LAT 101 in Fall ‘14, so students may begin their study of either or both languages then!***


CLS 113  History of Ancient Greece – MWF 11:00-11:50 – Castor
Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander the Great, in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern context.  Students are also introduced to the problems and methods of historical inquiry.  Same as HIS 113.

Art and Archaeology

CLS 117  Roman Art and Archaeology – MWF 9:00-9:50 – Meyers
This course provides an overview of the archaeological monuments of ancient Rome. Coursework will focus on methodological approaches to analyzing building techniques, trends, and styles, and the social, political, and religious functions of art and monumental architecture in ancient Roman society. Topics covered in lecture and classroom discussion will include archaeological and art historical interpretations of sacred and public architecture, urbanism, three-dimensional sculpture, relief sculpture, painting, and decorative arts. There is a required field trip.  Same as ART 117.

CLS 471  Art of the Augustan Age – MW 1:00-2:20 – Meyers
This seminar looks closely at the art and architecture of the Augustan Age in ancient Rome (c. 31 BCE-14 CE). Our investigations will utilize various types of artistic, archaeological and cultural evidence from ancient Rome. We will look at the relationship between the iconographic and stylistic features of visual material and the vast amount of written evidence from these years. We will explore the major scholarly issues related to the art and architecture of the Augustan age, though readings and discussions about topics such as the visual development of the Roman urban image, the features of Augustan portrait typology, and the relationship of public and private images in Augustan painting and minor arts. 

Other Courses in English

CLS 270  Ancient Laughter: Greek and Roman Comedy – MW 2:30-3:50 – Biles
Reading and discussion of a selection of comic plays by Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, and Terence, with a focus on the origins of comic literature in Greek and Roman society, its engagement with social and political values, and changes in the genres through time and across cultures.

CLS 272  Ancient Law & Order – WF 2:30-3:50 – Castor
Ancient cultures lacked a police force of the sort that we are familiar with today: no detectives, no beat cops, no patrols, no crowd control. How, then, did these societies maintain order? Judges existed and, in some cultures, juries, but what cases did they oversee and how did they pass judgment? The course will be organized thematically to study ancient law from many perspectives:  divine justice, royal justice, written laws and social order. We will examine evidence from the ancient Near East (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel and Persia) and the Mediterranean (Greece and Rome). Students are expected to complete a research paper.

Related Courses in Other Departments

Students should consult the listings for the Art, Philosophy, and Religious Studies departments for other courses that might be appropriate for a major or minor in Classics.

Summer 2014

CLS 353  Poggio Colla Archaeological Field School – June 28–August 1, 2014 – Meyers, Steiner
A hands-on study of Etruscan material culture, excavation theory and techniques, survey, conservation, and the basic methodology of archaeological research. For complete information on the project, go to
Application deadline for the 2014 Field School: December 13, 2013.

Recommended Study-Abroad Programs

College Year in Athens [Academic Year, One Semester, or Summer]
A study abroad program focused upon the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece - a rapidly changing country with a uniquely varied past.

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome [Academic Year or One Semester]
A program that includes courses in Greek, Latin and the Art, Archaeology, and History of Rome. Courses in Renaissance/Baroque Art and in Italian are also available. Students divide their time between classroom work and field trips to the major monuments of Rome, where they often get to go "behind the fence" to see excavations or museum displays inaccessible to tourists. The program also includes guided trips to the sites of Paestum, Pompeii and Sicily.

The Department of Classics recommends that students study abroad in the Spring Semester of their Junior year (i.e., after one year of both Greek and Latin for Greek and Latin majors). However, students may enroll in summer programs at any time.