Courses in classical humanities are open to students without a knowledge of the Greek or Latin language.
Word Power (3)
Systematic study of the basic Greek and Latin derivatives in English. Emphasis is on Greek and Latin elements in current scientific and literary use.
Medical Terminology (1.5)
Systematic study of scientific terminology based on ancient Greek and Latin elements, with emphasis on the field of medicine.
May be taken concurrently with 01:190:101.
Ancient Greece (3)
Civilization of the eastern Mediterranean world in ancient times, with emphasis on the origins of Western civilization and the Greek contribution to Western culture.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:201.
Greek Civilization (3)
Survey of Greek thought and literature. Readings include Homer, the lyric poets, the Athenian dramatists, and selected readings from historians and philosophers. Artistic material may be included.
Roman Civilization (3)
Surveys Roman thought and literature. Readings include Virgil, Ovid, Livy, Cicero, Tacitus, and Petronius. Artistic material may be included.
Greek and Roman Mythology (3)
Examination of the nature, meaning, and continued vitality of the principal classical myths through reading, lectures, and slide presentations.
Philosophy of the Greeks (3)
Introduction to the major philosophical thinkers of the ancient Greek world with special emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:730:208.
Ancient Rome (3)
The Roman Republic and the empire, with emphasis on the rise and decline of a Mediterranean world civilization under Roman leadership.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:202.
Greek and Roman Religion (3)
Study of pagan gods and goddesses, and cults and practices of the classical Greek world, Roman Republic, and Roman Empire.
Classical World in Film (3)
Survey of film depictions of the classical world of Greece and Rome, with readings from literary, historical, and critical sources. Topics include "sword and sandals" genre and its history; parallels between America and Greece/Rome; spectacle and empire; and the uses of history in popular historical films.
Science and Technology in Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
Explores the nature and development of science
in ancient Greece and Rome, focusing on medicine, biology, physics, and mathematics.
Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
Investigates how the ancient Greeks and Romans categorized,
depicted, and reacted to different sexual behaviors and identities through the
study of visual and literary sources ranging from Homeric Greece to Imperial
Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology (3)
Introductory survey of the archaeology,
architecture, and material culture of the Mediterranean world from the Bronze Age throughout the transformation of the Roman Empire following the reign of Constantine. Consideration given to chronological developments, Greek and Roman
artistic production in its social and cultural settings, and Classical Art.
Credit not given for this course and 01:070:113.
Papal Rome and Its People, 1500-Present: A Select History (3)
Case-study approach toward select aspects of the social, cultural, intellectual, and political history of the early modern and modern
popes, with a particular focus on their relationship to the city of Rome.
Highlights the reign of Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni (1572-1585) and Gregory XV Ludovisi (1621-1623), and their subsequent family history to the present day.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:556:251.
The Presocratic Philosophers (3)
Introductory survey of the Presocratic philosophers. Emphasizes exposure to the teachings of these thinkers through the remaining fragments, while also engaging scholarly writings that introduce and contextualize the sources.
Credit not given for this course and 01:730:254.
Greek and Roman Slavery (3)
Social, economic, legal, and political aspects of slavery in ancient Greece and Rome. The sources and numbers of slaves, forms of servitude, manumission, and slave labor.
Food and Drink in the Ancient World (3)
This course provides students an opportunity to understand the social history of the ancient Mediterranean world through an exploration of
the production, preparation, and consumption of food and drink and (re)presentations of them in word and image.
Hellenistic World (3)
Expansion and development of Greek culture from Alexander through the successor kingdoms in Greece, Egypt, Syria-Palestine, and Asia
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:303.
The Crisis of the Roman Republic (3)
Roman political, social, and cultural history during the crisis of the late republic from 133 BC.
Roman Empire (3)
Political, social, and intellectual developments of the imperial period until the age of Constantine, with emphasis on the first two centuries AD.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:306.
Greek and Roman Athletics (3)
Examines the ideology and cultural context of ancient athletic competition. Topics include the Olympic and other Panhellenic games, Roman chariot racing and gladiator combat, and women athletes.
Augustan Rome (3)
The cultural renaissance under Augustus (44 BC-AD 14): the
writings of Virgil, Horace, Livy, Ovid, and the elegiac poets; the
building program at Rome; and artistic trends.
May be jointly taught (in part) with 01:580:310. Students wishing to earn language credit in Latin should enroll in 01:580:310. Credit not given for both this course and 01:580:310.
The Search for the Historical Socrates (3)
Portraits of Socrates in Plato, Xenophon, Aeschines of Sphettus, and Aristophanes. Birth of the philosophical dialogue and other genres; life and thought of Socrates; and later Socratic movements.
Prerequisite: One course in ancient Greek history, culture, or philosophy; or permission of instructor. May be jointly taught (in part) with 01:490:312. Students wishing to earn language credit in Greek should enroll in 01:490:312. Credit not given for both this course and 01:490:312.
Latin Poets in English (3)
Selections from the Augustan poets Horace, Virgil, and Propertius. Translations by Dryden, Ezra Pound, and others, with close reference to the Latin original. Theories of translation.
Prerequisite: One year of Latin or permission of instructor.
Ancient Painting (3)
Survey of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman painting from the eighth century BC through the Roman Empire. Emphasis on the development of style and on the cultural significance of painted images in different social contexts.
Credit not given for this course and 01:082:317.
Examines the historical Cleopatra and the reception of her image from
antiquity to the present in literature, art, and film. Issues
considered include female power in a man's world, East versus West, and
politics and propaganda.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:312.
Women in Antiquity (3)
Women in the ancient societies of Greece and Rome. Their roles and images in the social, legal, political, domestic, philosophical, and artistic spheres examined using primary sources.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:251.
Classical Rhetoric (3)
Origins and development of rhetorical theory: persuasive argument, emotional appeal, good style, and delivery.
Criminals and Saints: Power in Greek Political Life and Imagination (3)
Unlimited power, tyranny, democracy. Explores the ancient Greeks' ambivalent conceptions and perceptions of autocratic versus collective
power through time.
Prerequisite: 01:190:205 or permission of instructor.
Race and Ethnicity in the Classical World (3)
Examination of ancient Greek and Roman understanding of physically different and geographically alien individuals. Consideration of the origins of our culture's beliefs about race,
ethnicity, and human difference in classical world's views of strangers, foreigners, and barbarians and how our ideas about race and difference have evolved.
Cults, Magic, and Witchcraft (3)
Magic and witchcraft in the everyday life of antiquity, from pagan to Christian times; how individuals tried to control the unknown. Literary and material sources.
Ancient Law in Action (3)
Explores Greek and Roman constitutions and legal systems in their social contexts. Illustrates procedural elements of ancient criminal and civil law through mock trials.
Greek Society (3)
Social and economic life of the Greeks from the Mycenaean period through the Hellenistic age. Written and material evidence employed.
Recommended: 01:510:201. Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:350.
Philosophy of Plato through close reading of selected dialogues, supplemented by relevant readings on other ancient and contemporary philosophers.
Prerequisite: One course in ancient Greek history, culture, or philosophy; or permission of instructor. May be jointly taught (in part) with 01:490:352. Students wishing to earn language credit in Greek should enroll in 01:490:352. Credit not given for both this course and 01:490:352 or 01:730:352.
Philosophy of Aristotle through his selected works, supplemented by relevant readings in Plato and in modern philosophers.
Prerequisite: One course in ancient Greek history, culture, or philosophy; or permission of instructor. May be jointly taught (in part) with 01:490:353. Students wishing to earn language credit in Greek should enroll in 01:490:353. Credit not given for both this course and 01:490:353.
Ancient Mythology and Society (3)
Social history and practical utilization of ancient myth (with emphasis on Greek myths), applying historical, religious, sociological, and literary-critical perspectives.
Oedipus: A Survey of the Myth from Antiquity to Freud (3)
Survey of the Oedipus myth in earliest, pre-Sophoclean evidence; in Greek and Roman tragedy; in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; and in the 19th and 20th centuries (with special emphasis on Oedipus in art and music).
Cities of the Classical World (3)
Study of urban development in antiquity, focusing on Athens and Rome, and synthesizing the evidence of literary, historical, and archaeological sources.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:512:311.
Pompeii: The Life and Death of a Roman Town (3)
Pompeii and Herculaneum, as laboratories for the study of Roman life: the economy and society; public and private architecture, art, and inscriptions; and the birth of archaeology.
Prerequisite: One course in Roman history or culture, Latin or ancient art, or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:510:310.
Masterpieces of Greek and Roman Art (3)
Analyses of selected monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting from 800 BC to AD 500.
The Hero in Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
Explores the ancient Greek and Roman hero from literary, religious, mythical, and comparative narrative points of view. Readings drawn mostly from ancient sources.
Greek Drama in Translation (3)
Readings in English of the major Greek tragedies and comedies; emphasis on the dramatic structure, literary analysis, and the theatrical conventions of the ancient stage.
Roman Drama in Translation (3)
Readings in English of the comedies of Plautus and Terence and the tragedies of Seneca to emphasize the contributions of Latin authors to the dramatic genre and their influence on European and English drama.
Greek and Roman Satire (3)
Readings in English of classical satire from its origins in the Greek world through the fourth century AD. Emphasis on the significance of ancient satire for comedy and satire in Western culture.
Transgression in Ancient Greek Society and Culture (3)
Gender roles. Punishment. Violations of cultural norm in ancient Greek
practical, civic, religious, and intellectual life, through close
critical analysis of their myths, literature, laws, and rituals.
Prerequisite: 01:190:205 or permission of instructor.
The Ancient Novel in Context (3)
Readings from Greek and Roman novels of the Imperial period, with attention to their place in the literary and cultural history of the ancient world.
Indo-European Origins of the Classical Languages (3)
Comparative survey of Latin and Greek grammar, with historical analysis of those features that the two languages share due to their common origin as Indo-European languages. Reference to the major characteristics of Indo-European languages in general.
Open only to advanced undergraduates in classics and linguistics and to graduate students with some knowledge of Latin and/or Greek.
Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS): Museums, Collecting, and Preservation (3)
Examines the history of museums, modes of collecting, and the preservation of the past, and considers these activities in the context of contemporary political issues.
Credit not given for this course and 01:082:440.
Independent Study in Classics (3,3)
Directed reading and research on an assigned topic in classics under the supervision of a member of the department. An extensive essay required, reflecting in-depth research on the assigned topic.
Open only to juniors and seniors majoring in classics. Permission of the undergraduate director required.
Special Topics Seminar (3,3)
Advanced study of a problem, topic, or theme in Greek and Roman studies.
Open only to junior or senior majors in classics or by permission of instructor.
Honors Project (4,4)
Independent or team projects resulting in a written paper, a performance, or some other appropriate form of public presentation such as drama, poetry, narrative prose, or museum excavation materials.
Open only to honors students in one of the fields in classics.