For first-year students and sophomores, CLS 114, CLS 115, CLS/PHI 210, CLS/LIT 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 421).
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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 10:00-10:50 – Castor
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 – Biles
Section B – MWF 1:30-2:20 – O'Bryhim
Introduction to the basic grammar and syntax of classical Latin. Normally open only to students who have experience in the formal study of Latin.
LAT 201 Introduction to Latin Poetry –
Section A – MWF 11:00-11:50 – O’Bryhim
Section B – MWF 2:30-3:20 – 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 370 Roman Novel: Petronius – MW 1:00-2:20 – Biles
Selected readings from Petronius' Satyricon. Students will become familiar with the literary and social interests of this work through discussion and analysis of passages, readings in modern scholarship, and exploration of a range of topics through independent 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 eighth 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, emporers, 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.
CLS 421 Alexander the Great – T 1:30-4:20 – Castor
At age 20, a young prince inherited the rich and powerful kingdom of Macedon upon the assassination of his father. Thirteen years laster, he had conquered territory from Greece to India and was worshpiped as a god. Such unimaginable accomplishments can be matched only by Alexander's own extreme personality. What qualities or talents did Alexander have that allowed him to achieve such success? This question has intrigued historians, philosophers, and biographers since his own time. We will consult a variety of ancient sources - texts, images, archaeological remains - in order to study the historical and cultural circumstances of the era, the personality of the man, and the history of his legend. Prerequisite: CLS 113 and/or permission of the instructor
CLS 115 Greek Art and Archaeology – TR 10:00-11:20 – Steiner
This course provides an overview of the archaeological monuments of ancient Greece. 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 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, painting, and decorative arts. There is a required field trip. Same as ART 115.
CLS/PHI 210 History of Ancient Philosophy – TR 12:45-2:05 – Franklin
The origin and development of the major themes of Greek philosophy, from the Milesians through Aristotle. Same as PHI 210.
CLS/LIT 274 Greek Tragedy – TR 8:30-9:50 – Houser
Greek Tragedy is an introduction to the fifth-century B.C.E. Athenian theatre. During the semester, you will read and study a broad selection of tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as select critical approaches to the plays. Because any attempt to interpret the plays must acknowledge the intellectual and cultural climate of ancient Athens, we will study the ritual context of the plays, the theatre in which many were performed, and relevant aspects of Athenian politics and intellectual history.
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.
CLS 353 Poggio Colla Archaeological Field School – Dates TBD – 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 http://www.smu.edu/poggio/. Application deadline for the 2015 Field School: TBD.
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.
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.