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Classics Courses

CLAS 105 Classical Mythology (4) (V)

Explores methods of interpreting myths in their original contexts and affirms the continued relevance of mythology in modern society. Readings include Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, and Ovid. Offered each fall.

CLAS 209 Greek History (4) (H)

Uses readings in primary sources to portray life in ancient Greece for its own intrinsic interest and for its relevance to today's world. Special attention is given to the first writers of history and to the development of Athenian democracy.

CLAS 210 Roman History (4) (H)

Uses wide-ranging sources from history, literature, and archaeology to explore Roman civilization from its earliest beginnings, through the period of Republican expansion and transition into a vast empire, concluding with the Empire's ultimate decline and dissolution. Special attention is given to Roman historiography and to the political changes from Republic to Empire.

CLAS 330 Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition (4)

A study of epic works from the ancient Mediterranean and other cultures. Potential topics include Roman epic, Ancient epic, J.R.R. Tolkien and the epic tradition, and the oral-traditional epic. May be taken for credit multiple times if topics vary.

CLAS 350 Women in the Ancient World (4)

Examines gender roles and sexual identities in ancient Greece and Rome through readings in primary sources supplemented by current scholarship. Explores contrasts between representations of women in Classical literature and the limitations they historically faced and the changes occurred in women's status according to place and time.

CLAS 356 Classical Studies Abroad (4) (H)

Students travel to a relevant area within the cultural orbit of ancient Greece and Rome for on-site study of ancient Greco-Roman history and literary and material culture.

CLAS 370 The Ancient World in the Cinema (4) (A)

Studies how ancient Greece and Rome continue to interest and influence us through the modern medium of cinema. Included readings of selected classical texts and comparisons with modern screen treatments. Attention is given both to modern cinematic adaptations of ancient literary works and to epic "historical" spectacles. Examines directorial creativity, audience expectation, historical accuracy, and modern myth-making.

CLAS 450 Senior Seminar in Classics (4) (I,W)

Offers students the opportunity to do sustained research on a chosen topic and to present the results in a substantial (20-30 page) piece of work. Upon completion of the project, students present their work in a public oral defense. Prerequisites: successful completion of ENG 105 with a grade of C or higher and senior status, with a major in Classical Studies or Latin. Offered annually as needed.

GREK 121 Beginning Ancient Greek I (4)

An introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of ancient Greek. Completion of the year-long sequence prepares students to read connected passages in ancient texts such as the dialogues of Plato or the New Testament; emphasis on Attic Greek or Koine dialects varies according to the instructor and interest of the class. Does not count toward the foreign language requirement. Offered on demand.

GREK 122 Beginning Ancient Greek II (4)

An introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of ancient Greek. Completion of the year-long sequence prepares students to read connected passages in ancient texts such as the dialogues of Plato or the New Testament; emphasis on Attic Greek or Koine dialects varies according to the instructor and interest of the class. Does not count toward the foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: GREK 121. Offered on sufficient demand.

GREK 213 Intermediate Ancient Greek (4)

Begins with a thorough review of basic Greek grammar as covered in GREK 121-122. Students then undertake extended readings in an ancient Greek text such as the New Testament or the Dialogues of Plato. Emphasizes translation and reading skills rather than speaking/listening skills. Prerequisite: GREK 122 with a grade of C or higher or placement. Offered on demand.

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