Course Catalog for CLASSICAL STUDIES
GREK 101
Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek I
A course in the fundamentals of classical Greek, designed for those who begin the language in college. (HUM)
1.50 units, Lecture
LATN 101
Fundamentals for Reading Latin
This course focuses on the fundamental knowledge required to read and write in Latin. In addition to acquiring core vocabulary for reading major Latin authors, students learn the forms of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, with a special emphasis on the flexibility of noun cases, and basic subordinate clauses. This course is suitable for students who are embarking on the study of Latin, and an excellent review for students who have studied Latin previously. (HUM)
1.50 units, Lecture
GREK 102
Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek II
A continuation of Greek 101. The aim of the course is to enable students to read Greek as soon as possible. (HUM)
Prerequisite: a Grade of C- or better in Greek 101 or Permission of the instructor
1.50 units, Lecture
LATN 102
Intermediate Grammar for Reading Latin
This course begins with a brief review of material covered in LAT101, then proceeds to cover complex subordinate clauses involving the subjunctive, indirect statement, and varieties of participial constructions, in addition to further vocabulary acquisition. Students begin to read passages from ancient Latin literature, such as Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura, the Res Gestae of Augustus Caesar, and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 101; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.50 units, Lecture
CLCV 103
Ancient Worlds in Our Community
Share your love of the ancient Mediterranean world by learning how to create fun and engaging educational programs for middle-school students! In the classroom at Trinity, students will learn about educational theories and methodologies with an emphasis on antiracist approaches to studying classical antiquity. For the community learning component, students will co-design and help implement a Classical Studies curriculum that is integrated into the 6th grade program at HMTCA, a middle school across the street from Trinity. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in any CLCV, LATN, GREK, course or EDUC 200, or permission of the instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 105
Latin in the Community
"Students will learn a curriculum designed for middle-schoolers (e.g. Aequora: Teaching Literacy with Latin) and read articles on Classics and community outreach to work with local schools (e.g. HMTCA) to support their Latin Club. This "lab" culminates in a final project (e.g. research poster or paper). Student who have taken at least one semester of Latin or Greek at Trinity are automatically eligible; students with at least one year of Latin or Greek elsewhere are eligible, with instructor's approval. A student may enroll in this course up to four times for credit (earning up to 1 credit total toward graduation). This course may be taken for a grade or P/F. (HUM)
Prerequisite: one semester of Latin at Trinity or one year of Latin elsewhere (e.g. in high school)
0.25 units, Laboratory
CLCV 111
Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology
A survey of the art and archaeology of the classical world, from the Neolithic period through the Roman Empire. Topics of discussion include sculpture, pottery, painting, architecture, town planning, burial practices, and major monuments, as well as archaeological method and theory. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 111
Intensive Review: Latin Language
This course is designed for students who have taken some Latin at the high school level and wish to return to the study of Latin at the college level. Through textbook and online exercises, the course provides an intensive review of the fundamentals of the language--grammar, syntax, and vocabulary--with basic reading exercises designed to prepare students for a Latin course at the elementary or intermediate level at Trinity during the spring semester. Grading will be based on student participation in class and performance on quizzes and a final exam. Not open to students who have completed a Latin language course at Trinity with a grade of C- or above, or who have placed out of the college language requirement with AP or SAT II credit. Students taking this course will not be eligible to take Latin 101 at Trinity for credit. (HUM)
0.50 units, Seminar
CLCV 112
Volcanoes, Art, and Archaeology
This interdisciplinary course invites students to explore the fascinating interconnections among volcanic eruptions, volcanology, volcanic imagery, and ancient sites buried by eruptions, notably Thera in 1525 BCE and Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79. Over the millennia, what have people thought about volcanoes? How have they depicted them in art, myth, and literature? Here, the story begins with the world’s earliest (5000 BCE) landscape painting, which happens to show an erupting volcano. The final topic of the course investigates how the Thera and Vesuvius eruptions destroyed the towns in their path, yet preserved a wealth of unique art and archaeological evidence. (HUM)
0.50 units, Seminar
CLCV 116
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic
By about 300 BCE the Roman state had in place its republican institutions, and began the expansionist process by which the Romans came to control the Mediterranean basin. Four hundred years later, the Roman empire extended from Britain to Egypt, but the state running that empire had undergone fundamental social, political, and cultural changes. This course traces the processes that created the empire and transformed the Roman world, with special emphasis on the interplay of political and social phenomena. We will look closely at primary sources on which our knowledge of these changes is based. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 203
Mythology
Generally, this course is a study of the role of myth in society; particularly, the emphasis will be laid on the body of Greek myth and its relationship to literature and art. Readings within the area of classical literature will be wide and varied, with a view to elucidating what "myth" meant to the ancient Greeks. Whatever truths are discovered will be tested against the apparent attitudes of other societies, ancient and modern, toward myth. Lectures and discussion. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 203
Latin in Roman Daily Life
This course builds on Latin 101 and 102 by covering complex grammar and expanding our look into aspects of Roman culture and society as Latin speakers created it with their words. How did Latin speakers describe the spaces where they lived, worked, and worshiped the gods? How did they interact with each other as citizens and family members? We'll read selections from ancient Latin texts and discuss their translation and interpretation. This course also prepares students for advanced Latin courses. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 102; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 209
Art & Archaeology of Egypt & Mesopotamia
Introduction to the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, with special attention to new discoveries and interconnections with the rest of the Bronze Age world. For Egypt, we examine material from the Predynastic period to the end of the New Kingdom. For Mesopotamia, we consider evidence from the Uruk period to the end of the Neo-Babylonian era. No prior experience with the subject is expected. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 210
Magic in Ancient Rome
Love potions, prayers, and curses-magic suffused daily life in ancient Rome, forming a vital aspect of how the Romans attempted to exercise agency in their lives. In this course, we will examine amulets, magical papyri, and textual records for supernatural beings like werewolves to assess how the Romans conceptualized magic-particularly in contradistinction to religious, scientific, and philosophical thought-and the physical spaces in which they used it. Along the way, we will ask what evidence for Roman magical practice reveals about gender, class, and foreigners in antiquity. By the end of the semester, students will be able to raise the dead, curse their enemies, and call upon Hecate to do their bidding. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 214
Greek and Roman Architecture
An examination of building materials and methods used in the construction of domestic, civic, and religious buildings of the Greek and Roman worlds. The way in which the functions of these buildings influenced their forms is also examined. Further topics of discussion include comparative studies of the works of individual architects, architectural adaptations to local topography, and the use of building programs for propaganda purposes. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 216
Archaeological Method and Theory
An introduction to interdisciplinary archaeological enquiry, drawing on material selected from American studies, anthropology, art history, classics, geology, history, Middle Eastern studies, religion, and women's studies. Students will consider archaeological methods, techniques, and specific applications to various disciplines. Central to the discussion will be the uses of archaeology in reconstructing aspects of pre-historic, historical, and more contemporary human life. The course has a strong hands-on component. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 218
Archaeology of the Holy Land
Through a survey of arts, architecture, material remains, and written accounts, this course traces the complex past of a region regarded as Holy Land by people of several major religions. We will evaluate incongruities between written texts and physical evidence; the contentious political and religious agendas that affected studies of these lands; and evidence for the ancient societies, cultures, economies, religions, and politics that contributed to shaping the modern Middle East. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 222
Ancient Cities of the Near East, Egypt, and the Mediterranean World
This course traces ancient urbanism from the development of Neolithic sedentism to the massive cities of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire. We will examine both primary and secondary texts, together with evidence from art and archaeology, to assemble a composite view of urban life and the environmental, topographical, political, cultural, and economic factors that shaped some of the most impressive cities ever built, many of which remain major metropolitan centers today. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 227
Drinking, Dining, and Community in Antiquity
The act of eating and drinking in self-defining social groups preoccupied ancient Greek and Roman societies in ways that modern societies have inherited—although the forms of these gatherings have changed. We will study the history of banqueting in the ancient Mediterranean world, from communal feasts at religious festivals to the private Greek symposion and Roman convivium. Through artistic representations, architectural remains, archaeological finds, and literary texts, we’ll explore what kind of food and drink was consumed at these banquets, and what was offered to the dead at their tombs; the origins of reclining to dine and this custom’s social implications, and how culinary and dining practices can serve as a lens for recognizing codes of gender, otherness, status, and power in a culture. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 232
Ancient Greece on Film and TV
What do films and television programs set in ancient Greece say about us and our identities now? This course explores the relationship modern artists have constructed with ancient Greece in the cinema and on the television screen. The main focus will be on how contemporary Americans view, depict, and change ancient experiences based on differing circumstances of time and place. Topics for discussion include the distinction between “myth” and “history”, the depiction of gender, the representation of the divine, considerations of the audience, and the mechanics of adaptation. Films may include Disney’s Hercules (1997), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Troy (2004), and 300 (2007). Television programs may include Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) and Wishbone (1995-1999). (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 238
Gender & Performance in Ancient Greek Drama
What does it mean to act like a woman, or a man, in ancient Athenian dramas-especially when all the roles were originally played by men? Because such performances took place at a civic festival celebrating the relationship between humans and gods, examination of orderly and disorderly social behavior has taken on a new prominence in studies of the plays of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. We will explore the language and imagery, performance context, and social significance of the gendered representation of figures such as Helen, Lysistrata, and Ajax for fifth- and fourth-century Athens, and in recent revivals of ancient Greek drama for contemporary audiences. Students in CLCV 238 read course texts in English. Students in GREK 328 read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 240
Mobility and Travel in the Ancient World
Tourism, pilgrimage, enslavement, and exile—these are but some of the reasons that brought the Greeks and Romans far from home or—as in the case of Vergil’s hero Aeneas—to home for the very first time. By traversing the Mediterranean Sea and beyond, the Greeks and Romans encountered people and places that shaped and reshaped their understanding of the world and their place in it. By studying texts like Homer’s Odyssey, Pausanias’ Description of Greece, and Cicero’s letters alongside archaeological evidence from sites like the multicultural island of Delos, we will discover the logics of mobility in classical antiquity and its social, cultural, and political implications for those whom the Greeks and Romans met. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 241
Classical Ideals: Representations of the Human Body in Ancient Mediterranean Art
Examine the roots of modern beauty standards by digging into the history of the “classical ideal”, down to its origins in Greek and Roman representations of the human body. Social status and beauty seem always to have been correlated; how are nudity and clothing, the athletic ideal, gender and sexuality, and racialized ideals of beauty implicated in portrayals of the bodies of social actors and symbolic bodies? Even character and emotion were portrayed as physically embodied. We’ll analyze classical sculpture, painting, and other arts, supported by readings from studies in the history of art, critical approaches to conceptions of the human form, ancient medical texts, and Greek and Roman poetry. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 242
Kings, Tyrants, Emperors: Autocracy in the Greek and Roman World
From the Homeric lords to the pharaoh-kings of Hellenistic Egypt to the emperors of Rome, one-person rule played an essential part in both political discourse and political reality in the ancient Mediterranean world. What differentiated a good autocrat from a bad one—a “king” from a “tyrant”, in the developing political rhetoric of classical antiquity, which we have inherited? Investigations in this course may include the terminology for such autocrats, primarily “king”, “tyrant”, and “emperor”; theoretical treatments of autocratic rule by Plato, Aristotle, and Polybius; and the representation of autocrats in literary and visual art, historical sources, and archaeological remains. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 243
Oedipus the Myth from Athens to Hollywood
For centuries, the name "Oedipus" has transcended the character's roots in Greco-Roman antiquity, achieving global notoriety as a byword for tyrannical arrogance, perverted familial relationships, and the challenge of discovering your true identity. In Week 1, we examine the dominant version of this myth, Sophocles' tragedy, in its original democratic Athenian context. In Week 2, we focus on Oedipus in the development of the modern "classical tradition," including psychoanalytic uses of myth, by e.g., Freud, Martha Graham, and Rita Dove. In Week 3, we apply our knowledge to films from around the world that have been influenced by the Oedipus myth in expected and unexpected ways, e.g., Pasolini's Edipo Re, Zemeckis' Back to the Future, Marshall's Soapdish, Nolan's Memento, and Park's Oldboy. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 245
Songs of War from Ancient Greece
War was a constant for every member of ancient Greek society, whether they were fighting in it, reveling in conquest, or lamenting the aftermath. For this reason, war also appears prominently in the ancient Greek imaginary. In this course we will investigate diverse ancient Greek viewpoints on war, which may include the perspective of heroic society in Homer’s epic poem the Iliad, of enslaved women in Euripides’ tragedy Trojan Women, of anti-heroic lyric poets like Archilochus and Sappho, and of the comic playwright Aristophanes in his Lysistrata. We will also consider how modern artists have re-appropriated ancient Greek visions of war, as in Bryan Doerries’s Theater of War and Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone performed by Syrian refugees. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 246
Religion in the Roman World
This course examines the practice of Roman religion at Rome and in the provinces from the Archaic Period through the emergence of Christianity in the Empire. Where did the Roman pantheon emerge from? What kinds of buildings did the Romans use to practice cult? And what did it mean to worship the living empire? Through literary sources and material culture, we will develop a framework for understanding the tenets, beliefs, and places of worship when it came to religious practice in the Roman world. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 247
Marriage in Greek and Roman Society
How did ancient Greek and Roman societies understand “marriage,” a concept so familiar to us in contemporary American society? In recent years we have witnessed how its very definition, the kind of obligations and rights it entails, and how it defines gender roles are bound up in a web of familial, religious, and political interests that can change, despite insistence on “tradition.” In this course, we will read a survey of Greek and Roman texts that engage with the concept of marriage over a millennium, including Homer’s Odyssey, Athenian tragedies and legal oratory, Roman comedies, the account of Roman history by Livy, and the Roman poet Ovid’s epic Metamorphoses. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 248
Ancient Ships and Underwater Archaeology
This course introduces students to the world of the ancient mariners, with special attention to new discoveries and interpretations. We begin by discussing the history and methodological development of underwater and maritime archaeology. We then consider the evidence for ancient ships from art, artifacts, texts, and underwater and land archaeology, from e.g. pharaonic Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Bronze Age Aegean, and the classical Mediterranean. We conclude by discussing the ethical and legal dimensions of the discipline. No prior experience with the material is expected (GLB)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 249
Amazons Then and Now
In ancient Greece, the Amazons were a group of female warriors who created their own society outside of ancient Greek civilization. Cultivating their legendary skills in combat, they were characterized as the archenemies of Greek culture, the opposite of its patriarchal definition of sexuality, and frequently clashed with heroes like Hercules and Theseus. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Amazons have become a popular topic once again as modern societies grapple with women's roles, the most prominent example being the superheroine Wonder Woman. In this course we'll explore the various meanings that have been attributed to the Amazons at different times in different places, from ancient Greece to the contemporary United States in literature, art, film, and graphic novels. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 250
Troy Stories
In this course we'll discuss ancient and modern versions of the Trojan War, starting point with the massively influential heroic epic by Homer, the Iliad. We'll then discuss other ancient versions that resonate with the Iliad, such as Quintus of Smyrna's Greek epic Posthomerica, Virgil's Roman epic Aeneid, the satirical poem Battle of Frogs and Mice, and Euripides' play Helen. We'll also discuss versions of the war created by modern artists, such as Wolfgang Petersen's film Troy and the miniseries Troy: Fall of a City. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 250. Students taking this course as GREK 350 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 251
Ancient Pulp Fiction
What does the phrase "ancient Greece" bring to mind? Perhaps "high brow" things like democracy, philosophy, and majestic buildings. But ancient Greeks also loved "low brow" novels, with plots about separated and reunited lovers, journeys to exotic locales, and scheming villains. In this course, we'll look at this ancient pulp fiction to explore how it engaged with the issues of the day: changing gender roles and sexuality, multiculturalism, ethnicity, and questions of taste. We'll also compare this to stories still popular today, such as the 1987 film THE PRINCESS BRIDE. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 251. Students taking this course as GREK 351 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 252
Vine & Cross: Paganism and Christianity in Ancient Greek Literature
Paganism and Christianity existed together in the ancient Mediterranean world, sometimes as distinct identities, sometimes as intertwined identities in the same person. In this course, we'll investigate the interaction between these two identities through literature written in Greek from the eighth century BCE through the fifth century CE. Readings include the New Testament; Homer's epic poem the Odyssey; the church father Justin Martyr's interpretation of paganism through the lens of Christianity; Nonnus' Dionysiaca, an epic celebrating the pagan wine-god Dionysus; and his "translation" of Christianity into pagan epic, Paraphrase of the Gospel of John. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 252. Students taking this course as GREK 352 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 262
Democracy in Ancient Athens
In this course, students will be immersed in the world of democracy at its beginnings in classical Athens of the 5th century BCE. Class sessions will be dedicated to 'The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 BCE', an interactive and role-playing game in which each student takes on a role in a political faction in Athens in order to engage in lively debates about imperialism, military goals, and governance structures. Questions to be considered will be among these: Should Athenian citizenship be broadened to include the slaves who fought for democracy? Should leaders continue to be chosen by random lottery? Should Athens abandon its naval expansion and focus on its internal domestic economy and agriculture? In-class debates on these topics will be informed by readings from Plato's Republic, Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, and Xenophon's Anabasis. By investigating democracy at this pivotal point in Western history, students will come away with a deeper understanding of, and increased ability to reflect on, key issues that inform and influence democratic political systems, whether ancient or modern. (HUM)
0.50 units, Seminar
CLCV 264
Animal Tales: Fables in Ancient Greece and Rome
In this course we'll investigate tales about talking animals, also called fables, from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. We'll read collections of fables by the ancient Greek authors Aesop and Babrius and the Roman author Phaedrus. We'll also look at how fables have (and have not) changed over time and place with the medieval narrative Renard the Fox as well as films like ZOOTOPIA. We'll consider the historical and social contexts for these fables and analyze their ability for individuals with less power to speak to individuals with more power in society. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 264. Students taking this course as GREK 364 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 266
Ancient Mediterranean Identities: Race & Ethnicity Then and Now
This is a course on the history of race and ethnicity in the ancient world and its influence on modern American society. We will take a language awareness approach that emphasizes the power of words and how history is framed. Students will learn about the social construction of race and ethnicity beginning from the perspective of the ancient Mediterranean up to modern classifications and issues today. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 266. Students taking this course as LATN 366 will read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 274
Intro to Roman History - Imperial Transformations
The Roman Empire saw many changes during the six centuries between its foundation under Augustus and its transformation into the Byzantine Empire under Justinian. This course examines the ways that the empire changed in that time, in culture and religion, in territorial expansion and contraction, and in political forms. A major emphasis will be the diversity of the Roman experience during these centuries, as the empire grew to include Africans, Asians, and Europeans; Jews and Christians, as well as followers of traditional Roman religion; men and women; free and enslaved people. The course will finish with a discussion of the long transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 300
Archaeological Excavation
As part of a consortium with Pennsylvania State University and other schools, Trinity College runs a summer archaeological field school program at Akko in Israel. The main components of this course will be archaeological excavation, recording, field analysis, and preservation. Through site tours, field trips, workshops, and a lecture series, we will also study the major historical and archaeological periods represented in Akko and the larger context in which Akko functioned. See Professor Risser for dates and details. Permission of instructor required. This multidisciplinary course contributes to majors in Anthropology, Art History, Classics, Classical Civilization, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, and Religion; minors in Architectural Studies, Classical Antiquity, and the Classical Tradition; and the Cities Program. (GLB2)
2.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 303
From Homer to Hip-Hop
In this course, we’ll read and discuss poems attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer, paying close attention to the texts themselves in addition to the oral culture that gave rise to them. Readings will include the heroic epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as the Homeric Hymns, a collection of poems that celebrates the Greek gods. Our discussions of oral cultures will be anchored by Albert Lord’s analysis of Homer’s poetry via modern oral cultures, Singer of Tales. We’ll also compare Homeric poetry to modern oral genres, such as hip-hop. The course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 303. Students taking this course as GREK 303 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 303
From Homer to Hip-Hop
In this course, we’ll read and discuss poems attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer, paying close attention to the texts themselves in addition to the oral culture that gave rise to them. Readings will include the heroic epics the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as the Homeric Hymns, a collection of poems that celebrates the Greek gods. Our discussions of oral cultures will be anchored by Albert Lord’s analysis of Homer’s poetry via modern oral cultures, Singer of Tales. We’ll also compare Homeric poetry to modern oral genres, such as hip-hop. The course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 303. Students taking this course as GREK 303 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 305
The Emperor Nero: Murder and Mayhem
In the lifetime of the Emperor Nero (who was in power 54-68 CE), Rome appears as a dark world of murder, mayhem, debauchery, and palace intrigue. Imperial authors including Suetonius, Tacitus, and Seneca offer compelling accounts of the trials and tribulations of the emerging imperial system. Topics to consider include the relationship between imperialism and corruption, the role of the emperor, the tension between republican ideals and autocratic realities, the problematic status of imperial women, and the historiographic and philosophical approaches of the authors. The course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 305/HIST 305. Students taking this course as LATN 305 will read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 305
The Emperor Nero: Murder and Mayhem
In the lifetime of the Emperor Nero (who was in power 54-68 CE), Rome appears as a dark world of murder, mayhem, debauchery, and palace intrigue. Imperial authors including Suetonius, Tacitus, and Seneca offer compelling accounts of the trials and tribulations of the emerging imperial system. Topics to consider include the relationship between imperialism and corruption, the role of the emperor, the tension between republican ideals and autocratic realities, the problematic status of imperial women, and the historiographic and philosophical approaches of the authors. The course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 305/HIST 305. Students taking this course as LATN 305 will read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 306
From Troy to Zhujiajiao (“Shanghai’s Venice”): Ancient Cities of Mainland Asia
This course traces ancient urbanism from the development of Neolithic sedentism to the massive cities of ancient China, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. We will examine evidence from art, archaeology, and written texts to assemble a composite view of urban life and the environmental, topographical, political, cultural, and economic factors that shaped some of the most impressive cities ever built, many of which remain major metropolitan centers today. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 307
Silk, Pearls, and Glass: Ancient Trade and Trade Routes between the East and the West
Roman glass and coins have been found in China, and accounts of Chinese silk in the Roman world are numerous. How were commodities and currencies transported over land and by sea? Where were the trade routes? What archaeological sites, cities, and shipwrecks have been explored along these routes? Who controlled the trade routes? How? In this course we will examine evidence from art, archaeology, and written texts to explore evidence for trade and trade routes between East Asia and Europe in antiquity (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 308
The Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of Ancient Greek Religion
This course examines the material evidence for ancient Greek religion, cults, and rituals; methods of approaching ancient religion and analyzing cult practices through art, architecture, and artifacts; exploration of votive, sacrificial, and feasting practices; distinctions between sacred and civic space in ancient Greece; differences between urban, extra-urban, rural, and panhellenic sanctuaries; the role of the city in establishing, maintaining, and supporting religious places and practices. There are no pre-requisites for this course. (ART)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 309
Conspiracies in Ancient Rome
Conspiracies are pervasive in Roman histories, biographies, and speeches. Ancient writers developed a rhetoric of conspiracy so effective that it remains a way we communicate in the modern world. In this course, we examine some specific accusations of conspiracy; their historical and sociocultural contexts; rhetorical tropes used in conspiracy narratives to polarize an audience; and the alleged roles of women and slaves in plots concerning the property, careers, and lives of prominent men. Students hone their own rhetoric by playing the "Crisis of Catiline" game in the Reacting to the Past series. Those taking this class as LATN 309 read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 309
Conspiracies in Ancient Rome
Conspiracies are pervasive in Roman histories, biographies, and speeches. Ancient writers developed a rhetoric of conspiracy so effective that it remains a way we communicate in the modern world. In this course, we examine some specific accusations of conspiracy; their historical and sociocultural contexts; rhetorical tropes used in conspiracy narratives to polarize an audience; and the alleged roles of women and slaves in plots concerning the property, careers, and lives of prominent men. Students hone their own rhetoric by playing the "Crisis of Catiline" game in the Reacting to the Past series. Those taking this class as LATN 309 read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 311
Rise & Fall of the Aegean Bronze Age
How do we access the history of a period in which the primary media for representing culture and society were not literate? The art, architecture, and archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age, especially the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures, provide tantalizing insights into the governmental structures, societal inequities, economies, wars, and religion in the region. Students will investigate the techniques and methods of Bronze Age artists and architects, as well as how their works represent race, gender, and ethnicity; the influence of foreign peoples on Aegean art and society; climate change, migrations, and piracy; and cult practices, including funerary customs through which so much of the material remains of this lost world has been preserved. (ART)
1.00 units, Lecture
GREK 315
Plato
Selected readings from the dialogues, with special emphasis on Plato’s style, thought, and characterization of Socrates. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
CLCV 316
Ovid's Metamorphoses
This course explores one of the most influential works of art in the Western tradition: the epic weaving-together of centuries’ worth of classical mythology into one poetic masterwork by Ovid, who completed this work as his fortunes turned from celebrated poet to political exile in the twilight of the Emperor Augustus’ reign. No less controversial today than it was in antiquity, students will explore the many facets of this literary monument by reading the poem and critical writings, and through a mixture of discussion and written work. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 316
Ovid's Metamorphoses
This course explores one of the most influential works of art in the Western tradition: the epic weaving-together of centuries’ worth of classical mythology into one poetic masterwork by Ovid, who completed this work as his fortunes turned from celebrated poet to political exile in the twilight of the Emperor Augustus’ reign. No less controversial today than it was in antiquity, students will explore the many facets of this literary monument by reading the poem and critical writings, and through a mixture of discussion and written work. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 318
Ancient Judea through Roman Eyes
This class is hybridized with CLCV 218, Archaeology of the Holy Land. Students taking the course for Latin credit will read some of the sources in Latin: selections from the works of Cicero, Suetonius, Tacitus, Pliny the Elder, and Pliny the Younger; Latin inscriptions; and coin legends. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 319
Virtus: Masculinity in Latin Texts
The Latin term virtus, from which the English term "virtue" is derived, denotes the broad and changing concept of what makes a "man" (vir) in Roman culture and society. This course examines the construction and significance of masculinity through the use of the term virtus in a variety of Latin texts, including prose (e.g. Sallust's historiography), lyric poety (e.g. by Catullus), drama (e.g. the comedies of Plautus) and historical inscriptions. The selection of texts may change with each iteration of the course. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 321
Seminar in Roman Art, Artists and Patrons
Through an examination of Roman art in its cultural context, this course assesses the role of art in the lives of the ancient Romans. To what extent did wealthy Romans commission art that reflected their personalities, social standing, personal interests, and private fantasies? Students will examine a variety of decorative arts, from tableware to wall paintings. Differing interpretations of the ancient evidence will be examined and students will be encouraged to draw their own conclusions. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 321. Students taking this course as LATN 321 will read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 321
Euripides
Euripides was the youngest of the Athenian tragedians; we have preserved more of his plays than of any other dramatist. Questions of gender, war, politics, and human relations with the gods all figure powerfully in his dramas. We will read one or more of his works in Greek. In addition to translation, students may work on textual criticism, staging of drama, and/or the writing of a research paper. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Lecture
LATN 321
Seminar in Roman Art, Artists and Patrons
Through an examination of Roman art in its cultural context, this course assesses the role of art in the lives of the ancient Romans. To what extent did wealthy Romans commission art that reflected their personalities, social standing, personal interests, and private fantasies? Students will examine a variety of decorative arts, from tableware to wall paintings. Differing interpretations of the ancient evidence will be examined and students will be encouraged to draw their own conclusions. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 321. Students taking this course as LATN 321 will read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB1)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 323
Classics and Colonialism
This course explores the reception of classical literature and history in colonial contexts. Through texts like Sophocles' Antigone; Nehru's "India and Greece"; and Fugard's The Island, we will examine how colonized peoples used the classical tradition to develop strategies of collaboration and resistance to oust European colonizers from environments like India, South Africa, and the Caribbean. By studying the reception of classics through the perspectives of colonized communities, the course considers the relationship between classics and colonialism and performs the crucial function of decentering classical reception studies. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 325
Greek Religious Texts
A survey of religious beliefs, concepts, practices, and history based on close study of ancient Greek sources. Readings include selections from Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, Herodotus, tragedy, the philosophers, the Septuagint, Josephus, and the New Testament, as well as epigraphic material. Topics addressed include myth, ritual, sanctuaries, conceptions of divinity, the soul, mystery cults, the emergence of Christianity, and religious warfare and conflict. Core readings are in ancient Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 325
Livy's History of Rome
This course introduces students to selections from Livy's magnum opus Ab urbe condita, which treated Roman history from the fall of Troy down to the author's lifetime, as the Roman Republic gave way to Augustus' new Roman Empire. In addition to gaining familiarity with Livy's prose style and the distinction between history and historiography, we will consider the interpretations of recent translators, the apparatus criticus, scholarly commentary, and select secondary literature. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 326
Roman Holidays in Latin Texts
Holidays are more than opportunities for a release from day-to-day responsibilities; they commemorate past events of communal importance as features of a recurring cycle of time, the calendar. The Roman program of holidays, the fasti, was both inscribed in monumental form and used as the basis of one of the Augustan poet Ovid's longest and most intricate poetic works, also titled Fasti. In this course students will explore the Roman cycle of holidays and their national-cultural significance through literary and epigraphic Latin texts. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 330
Vergil's Aeneid and the Making of Roman Myth
A cornerstone of historical-cultural identity in classical antiquity and modern Western successors to the Roman Empire, Vergil’s Aeneid recounts how the warrior Aeneas and survivors of the Trojan War endured the hardships of exile to reach their prophesied home in Italy, founding the dynasty of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome who ruled in Vergil’s time. Long read as a triumphalist celebration of imperial dominance, in recent decades the Aeneid has also been recognized as giving voice to the sorrow generated by Rome’s recent civil wars and the discarding of women and their concerns in establishing empire. This course explores why, for millennia, the artistic, cultural, and political power of the Aeneid have earned it praise and critique, both at Rome and beyond. (GLB2)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLCV 332
Science Fiction, Ancient and Modern
In this course we will explore the origins of the science fiction genre in classical antiquity and consider its modern descendants. Readings and viewings include Homer's Odyssey, Lucian's True Stories, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, H. G. Wells' The First Men in The Moon, the 1901 film Le Voyage Dans La Lune, and the 1988 film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. (HUM)
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 332
Science Fiction, Ancient and Modern
In this course we will explore the origins of the science fiction genre in classical antiquity and consider its modern descendants. Readings and viewings include Homer's Odyssey, Lucian's True Stories, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, H. G. Wells' The First Men in The Moon, the 1901 film Le Voyage Dans La Lune, and the 1988 film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 338
Gender & Performance in Ancient Greek Drama
What does it mean to act like a woman, or a man, in ancient Athenian dramas-especially when all the roles were originally played by men? Because such performances took place at a civic festival celebrating the relationship between humans and gods, examination of orderly and disorderly social behavior has taken on a new prominence in studies of the plays of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. We will explore the language and imagery, performance context, and social significance of the gendered representation of figures such as Helen, Lysistrata, and Ajax for fifth- and fourth-century Athens, and in recent revivals of ancient Greek drama for contemporary audiences. Students in CLCV 238 read course texts in English. Students in GREK 328 read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 350
Troy Stories
In this course we'll discuss ancient and modern versions of the Trojan War, starting point with the massively influential heroic epic by Homer, the Iliad. We'll then discuss other ancient versions that resonate with the Iliad, such as Quintus of Smyrna's Greek epic Posthomerica, Virgil's Roman epic Aeneid, the satirical poem Battle of Frogs and Mice, and Euripides' play Helen. We'll also discuss versions of the war created by modern artists, such as Wolfgang Petersen's film Troy and the miniseries Troy: Fall of a City. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 250. Students taking this course as GREK 350 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
1.00 units, Lecture
GREK 351
Ancient Pulp Fiction
What does the phrase "ancient Greece" bring to mind? Perhaps "high brow" things like democracy, philosophy, and majestic buildings. But ancient Greeks also loved "low brow" novels, with plots about separated and reunited lovers, journeys to exotic locales, and scheming villains. In this course, we'll look at this ancient pulp fiction to explore how it engaged with the issues of the day: changing gender roles and sexuality, multiculturalism, ethnicity, and questions of taste. We'll also compare this to stories still popular today, such as the 1987 film THE PRINCESS BRIDE. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 251. Students taking this course as GREK 351 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
GREK 352
Vine & Cross: Paganism and Christianity in Ancient Greek Literature
Paganism and Christianity existed together in the ancient Mediterranean world, sometimes as distinct identities, sometimes as intertwined identities in the same person. In this course, we'll investigate the interaction between these two identities through literature written in Greek from the eighth century BCE through the fifth century CE. Readings include the New Testament; Homer's epic poem the Odyssey; the church father Justin Martyr's interpretation of paganism through the lens of Christianity; Nonnus' Dionysiaca, an epic celebrating the pagan wine-god Dionysus; and his "translation" of Christianity into pagan epic, Paraphrase of the Gospel of John. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 252. Students taking this course as GREK 352 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 352
Ancient Novel
A study of Petronius’ Satyricon and Apuleius’ Metamorphoses ("The Golden Ass") as the two surviving examples of Latin prose fiction: the one, a ribald social satire written by a member of Nero’s court; the other, an extravagant fantasy by a Roman African of the second century A.D. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Lecture
GREK 364
Animal Tales: Fables in Ancient Greece and Rome
In this course we'll investigate tales about talking animals, also called fables, from the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. We'll read collections of fables by the ancient Greek authors Aesop and Babrius and the Roman author Phaedrus. We'll also look at how fables have (and have not) changed over time and place with the medieval narrative Renard the Fox as well as films like ZOOTOPIA. We'll consider the historical and social contexts for these fables and analyze their ability for individuals with less power to speak to individuals with more power in society. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 264. Students taking this course as GREK 364 will read selections from course texts in Greek. (HUM)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Greek 102 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
1.00 units, Seminar
LATN 366
Ancient Mediterranean Identities: Race & Ethnicity Then and Now
This is a course on the history of race and ethnicity in the ancient world and its influence on modern American society. We will take a language awareness approach that emphasizes the power of words and how history is framed. Students will learn about the social construction of race and ethnicity beginning from the perspective of the ancient Mediterranean up to modern classifications and issues today. This course is taught in English and readings are in English for students taking CLCV 266. Students taking this course as LATN 366 will read selections from course texts in Latin. (GLB2)
Prerequisite: C- or better in Latin 203 or any 300 level Latin course; or equivalent score on the Latin placement exam as determined by the Classics Department; or permission of the instructor
1.00 units, Lecture
CLAS 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairman are required for enrollment. (HUM)
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
CLCV 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment. (HUM)
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
GREK 399
Independent Study
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment. (HUM)
1.00 units min / 2.00 units max, Independent Study
CLAS 401
Senior Seminar: Special Topics
A senior capstone course that combines seminar meetings with independent study and the writing of a final essay under the direction of a member of the department. Required of all Classics majors and open to all Classics minors (Classical Antiquity, Classical Tradition, Greek, and Latin). Approval of the chair is required. (WEB)
1.00 units, Seminar
CLAS 402
Senior Thesis
A continuation of Classics 401 for students pursuing honors in the Classics major. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the chair are required. (WEB)
1.00 units, Independent Study
CLAS 466
Teaching Assistant
No Course Description Available.
0.50 units, Independent Study
CLCV 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
GREK 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study
LATN 466
Teaching Assistantship
Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
0.50 units min / 1.00 units max, Independent Study