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Past Courses in Classics

Fall 2013

LATIN

LATN 111, 213
Learn how Latin can improve your vocabulary, help you get into and succeed in medical school, law school, teaching, or virtually anywhere in the job market, and let you read some pretty amazing literature in the process · Read stories like Caesar's conquest of Gaul, the legends of king Arthur, or the tale of Cupid and Psyche in the original Latin · Disce Latinam!! (Learn Latin!)

CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

CLAS 105 (V)
What do myths tell us about history, the human psyche, the way we use language and religion to communicate our most basic human hopes and fears?  What do Luke Skywalker, the Green Lantern, and the Greek hero Perseus have in common?  How did Rick Riordan use Greek myths in Percy Jackson?  Take CLAS 105 and find out!

CLAS 330
CLASSICAL EPIC AND THE EPIC TRADITION: J.R.R. Tolkien
Read and discuss selections from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien together with some of the ancient and medieval literature which inspired Tolkien's Middle Earth, like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Norse Edda, and the Bible.

Fall 2012

LATIN

LATN 111, 213, (Upper Level topics also offered on demand)
FULFILLS YOUR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Learn how Latin can improve your vocabulary, help you get into and succeed in medical school, law school, teaching, or virtually anywhere in the job market, and let you read some pretty amazing literature in the process · Read stories like Caesar's conquest of Gaul, the legends of king Arthur, or the tale of Cupid and Psyche in the original Latin · Disce Latinam!! (Learn Latin!)

CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

CLAS 105 (V)
What do myths tell us about history, the human psyche, the way we use language and religion to communicate our most basic human hopes and fears?  What do Luke Skywalker, the Green Lantern, and the Greek hero Perseus have in common?  How did Rick Riordan use Greek myths in Percy Jackson?  Take CLAS 105 and find out!

GREEK HISTORY

CLAS 209 (H)
Get acquainted with the civilization which gave the modern world everything from its literature (history, epic, tragedy, and comedy) to its theory of government to its architectural aesthetics (and enjoy a few good stories and films in the process!).

CLAS 330
CLASSICAL EPIC AND THE EPIC TRADITION:J.R.R. Tolkien
Read and discuss selections from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien together with some of the ancient and medieval literature which inspired Tolkien's Middle Earth, like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Norse Edda, and the Bible.


Spring 2012

CLAS 330: World Epic: Special Topics, Homer's Epics and Their Afterlife
You've seen Brad Pitt as Achilles and heard how Homer told the tale (or at least Hollywood's version), but did you know about Dictys' and Dares' "first-hand" accounts of the fall of Troy, told from the perspective of soldiers who were there? Geoffrey of Monmouth's account of how the Trojans settled in England? Nikos Kazantzakis' epic poem The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel? In this class we'll examine in-depth: formal features of oral and literate epic, cognitive and anthropological research on how oral poets memorize thousands of lines of poetry, how the tale of Troy was read, represented, and retold througout the Western Tradition.

CLAS 210 Roman History
Rome: it inspired (via Edward Gibbon) the "Empire" in Star Wars, and generations of historians have puzzled over how the world's first republic evolved from a monarchy, and then emerged like a phoenix from the conflagration of its civil wars into an opulent but troubled empire. The subject of this course is ROME, urbs et orbis, city and empire, ideology and daily living: the story of its founding, the tale of its war with Hannibal and the Hellenistic Greek kingdoms, its Empire, its conquests, its literature, its religions.

LATN 112, 306
Learn how Latin can help you get into and succeed in medical school, law school, teaching, or virtually anywhere in the job market · Read the poetry of Horace and Catullus in the original ·Learn to seize the day!


FALL 2011 and JANUARY 2012

Winter Session Trip to Greece and Rome
CLAS 356 (H): WINTER SESSION TRIP TO GREECE
Spend two weeks of January Greece seeing the oracle at Delphi, the Parthenon, the Theater at Epidaurus, and much more, and receive four credits and your History (H) General Studies credit!

Classical Mythology
CLAS 105 (V): CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY
What do myths tell us about history, the human psyche, the way we use language and religion to communicate our most basic human hopes and fears? What do Luke Skywalker, the Green Lantern, and the Greek hero Perseus have in common? How did Rick Riordan use Greek myths in Percy Jackson? Take CLAS 105 and find out!

World Epic: Special Topics, J.R.R. Tolkien

CLAS 330: EPIC: J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Learn about how J.R.R. Tolkien's role as an Oxford Philologist immersed in Beowulf and ancient Greek, Finnish, and Norse mythology influenced The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Topics to be discussed include Tolkien's war experience, his Catholic faith, the relationship between language and mythology, and much, much more.

Ancient Greek
GREK 121/2: INTRODUCTORY ANCIENT GREEK TUTORIAL
Join a small group of motivated students who are working their way through introductory Ancient Greek, the language of Homer, Herodotus, Plato, the Septuagint, the first surviving text of the New Testament. Contact Ben Haller ( bhaller@vwc.edu) if you are interested in taking the tutorial for credit.

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