Fall 2016 Classics Courses

The Classics Department offers a wide variety of courses through which learners can explore the Greco-Roman world. Courses are divided into three groupings: Classics in English (CLAS), Classics in Latin (LATN), and Classics in Greek (GREK). To see the course descriptions of current offerings, scroll down. If you are looking for a particular class, try the following links:


Classics in English (CLAS)

CLAS/ARTH 210 – Origins of Civilization

TR 9:40–11:10 AM – Fisher

When did civilization begin? How do we define civilization? How do we know when civilization has occurred and when it has ended? Why is civilization important to humans? What is the role of the arts in defining a civilization? In this course we will look at the development of early cultures and “civilizations”. We will compare definitions of civilization and the processes by which a civilization develops and wanes. Satisties part of the Civilizations AOK requirement as HIST101.


CLAS/ARTH 211 – Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Ancient Near East

MW 1:10–2:40 PM – Fisher

A survey of the sites and art of Egypt and the various cultures of the Near East from the neolithic period until the Arab conquest.


CLAS/ARTH 217 – The Art and Architecture of Ancient Athletic Games

TR 1:10–2:50 PM – Camp

The origins of organized athletics and many of the events still practiced today can be traced back to classical Greece and Rome. This course will primarily be a survey of the artistic representations, the architectural context, and the archaeological evidence for these games. It will also be a historical survey of Greek and Roman athletics including such topics as their role in ancient military and religious life; sits and facilities; events; training and professionalism; and status, rewards, and prizes. Vase paintings, sculptures, and written texts will be examined for the light they shed on ancient athletics and the original Olympic Games.


CLAS/HIST 312 – Roman History

TR 8:00–9:30 PM – Daugherty

A chronological survey of the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of Roman history from the foundations to the end of the ancient world.

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Classics in Latin (LATN)

LATN 111 – Elementary Latin

MWF 8:00–9:00 AM – Carlson

The essentials of Latin grammar with emphasis on forms and syntax and the reading of simple Latin prose. Three hours. By the end of Latin 111, learners will be able to:

  1. Define basic Latin vocabulary (appx. 500 words).
  2. Identify the grammatical forms of Latin words.
  3. Identify the syntactical functions of Latin words.
  4. Analyze the syntax of a Latin sentence.
  5. Use different strategies to translate Latin.

Class time will be devoted to discussion of and practice with Latin grammatical and syntactical topics. There will also be regular class discussions of the historical and literary contexts of Latin, with special emphasis paid to topics of learner interest. Learners should expect homework assignments for each class meeting as well as weekly quizzes.


LATN 211 – Intermediate Latin

MWF 9:10–10:10 – Natoli

Practice in special reading skill required to read and translate continuous passages of Latin prose and an introduction to the reading of Latin prose as literature. Prerequisite: LATN 112 or pre-placement. Three hours.


LATN 215 – Intensive Intermediate Latin

TR 9:40–11:40 – McCaffrey

An accelerated course which completes the collegiate requirement in foreign languages in Latin in one semester. Designed for advanced entering students who have completed four or more years of high school Latin or who have scored well on the achievement, advanced placement, or departmental screening tests. Brief review of grammar, syntax, and morphology along with concentrated reading skill development through readings in Latin prose and poetry. Admittance through placement testing only. Four hours.


LATN 341 – Advanced Latin: Seneca's Thyestes

MW 1:10–2:40 – Natoli

Selections Seneca' Thyestes. Prerequisite: LATN 212, 215, or placement. Offered every four years. Three hours. 


LATN 349 – Methods of Teaching Latin

TR 1:20–2:50 – Natoli

This course comprises a comparative study of the several approaches to the teaching of Latin and an intensive study of several skills necessary for effective classroom teaching of Latin. EDUC 220 and 3 LATN courses above 215 recommended. Permission of instructor required.  

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Classics in Greek (GREK)

GREK 111 – Elementary Greek

MWF 9:10-10:10 – Fisher

A linguistically-oriented approach to the study of the Greek language with emphasis on grammatical structure and the acquisition of an elementary reading facility. Offered every year. Three hours.


GREK 215 – Intensive Intermediate Ancient Greek

MWF 11:30–1:00 – Daugherty

An accelerated course which completes the collegiate requirement in foreign languages in ancient Greek, and prepares students to take advanced courses in Classical and Koine Greek. Brief review of grammar, syntax, and morphology, along with concentrated reading skill development and intensive vocabulary study through readings in Classical and New Testament Greek. Prerequisite: GREK 112 or a placement by department. Offered every fall. Four hours.


GREK 346 – New Testament

MWF 8:00-–9:00 AM – Daugherty

Selections from the Gospels and the Pauline letters with special emphasis on problems of exegesis and historical criticism. Prerequisite: GREK212 or 215. Three hours.

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