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).
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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.
GRK 101 Elementary Ancient Greek I – MWF 9:00-9:50 – Biles
Introduction to the grammar and syntax of Classical Greek.
GRK 201 Introduction to Greek Prose – MWF 9:00-9:50 – Strolonga
Review of principles of grammar and syntax through composition exercises and introductory readings of authentic Greek prose. Prerequisite: GRK 102 or placement.
LAT 101 Elementary Latin I –
Section A: MWF 8:00-8:50 –Meyers
Section B: MWF 10:00-10:50 – Meyers
Introduction to the basic grammar and syntax of Classical Latin. Normally open only to students who have had no prior experience in the formal study of Latin.
LAT 201 Introduction to Latin Prose –
Section A: MWF 10:00-10:50 – O'Bryhim
Section B: MWF 1:30-2:20 – O'Bryhim
Introduction to Latin prose incorporating a review of forms and structures. Successful completion of the course signifies that the student has mastered the elements of Latin and is prepared to begin the study of Roman texts. Prerequisite: LAT 102 or placement.
LAT 318 Latin Satire: Horace – T 2:30-3:50, F 12:30-1:50 – Biles
An examination of the satires of Horace, with an emphasis on translation, interpretation, evaluating scholarship and research.
CLS 114 History of Ancient Rome – MWF 11:00-11:50 – Castor
This course explores the development and expansion of Rome from approximately the 8th century B.C.E. to the third century C.E. when Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Italy to Constantinople in Turkey. Within this chronological framework, we will consider the distinctive political, military, cultural and religious features of Roman civilization and trace how these characteristics changed as Rome dominated and unified the Mediterranean world into a single empire. Lawyers, emperors, priestesses, slaves, gladiators, Christians, bakers, farmers and merchants living in Italy, Egypt, Britain and Germany all identified themselves as Romans. Through lectures, analytical exercises and classroom discussions, our task will be to reconstruct the historical context of this ancient empire and its people. Same as HIS 114.
CLS 422 Caesar's Wives: Roman Imperial Women – WF 2:30-3:50 – Castor
Livia, the first empress of the Roman Empire, presented herself as a pious woman who shunned lavish jewelry for the plain garb of a Roman matron and devoted herself to her husband and family. Behind the scenes, however, she was active and influential in the reigns of her husband Augustus and son Tiberius, demonstrating a capacity for ruthless intrigue that ensured her son’s accession to the throne. Building on Livia’s example, later empresses frequently governed in the ruler’s absence and wielded genuine power, more or less overtly. In this course, we will focus on female royal power as a case study of Roman attitudes towards their ruling dynasty and, more broadly, towards the traditional role of women in Roman society.
Art and Archaeology
CLS 115 Greek Art and Archaeology – MWF 12:30-1:20 – Meyers
This course provides an overview of the archaeological monuments of ancient Greece. Coursework will focus on methodological approaches to analyzing building techniques, trends, styles and the social, political, and religious functions of art and monumental architecture in ancient Greek 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, vase painting, and decorative arts. There is a required field trip. Same as ART 115.
Courses in Translation
CLS 170 Odyssey of Homer (FYS) – MWF 1:30-2:20 – Castor
Exotic lands, dangerous waters, beautiful women, a brush with cannibalism and a big sword fight at the end -- now there's an epic! Odysseus, the Greek hero, lent his name to this sort of adventure travel. But an odyssey can also refer to an emotional journey, such as that of a teenager who has no memory of a father gone to war or a wife who wonders if she is a widow after years without word from her husband. Homer's Odyssey recounts both voyages and will be the focus of this first-year seminar. We will also examine literature, art and film inspired by the tale to consider how later readers recast these important themes to modern audiences.
CLS 210 History of Ancient Philosophy – MW 2:30-3:50 – Koss
The origin and development of the major themes of Greek philosophy from the Milesians through Aristotle. Same as PHI 210.
CLS 230 Classical Myth – TR 10:00-11:20 – Strolonga
Introduction to the myths of ancient Greece and Rome and their relationship to the art, history, philosophy, and religions of their respective cultures. Students will explore the Classical conception of the interactions between mortals, heroes, and divinities through a wide range of media and textual genres. Connections between Greek and Roman myths as well as the adaptation of mythical traditions from Near East cultures will be discussed. Same as LIT 230.
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.
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 9:00-9:50 – Strolonga
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 – TR 10:00-11:20 – 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.
CLS 274 Roman Literature in English – MWF 1:30-2:20 – O’Bryhim
Virgil, Cicero, Livy, Plautus. All of these authors had a significant impact on European literature from their own time to the present day. This course will survey various genres of Roman literature (e.g., epic, love poetry, novel, history, comedy, tragedy, and oratory). In addition to focused discussions of numerous works, students will do creative project that will further their understanding of these styles of writing.
Related Courses in Other DepartmentsStudents 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 2014CLS 353 Poggio Colla Archaeological Field School – June 28–August 1, 2014 – Meyers, Steiner
Recommended Study-Abroad Programs
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.