Spring 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 213 — Greek Art

TR 9:50 –11:20 — Seetin

This course covers the art and archaeology of Greece from the Geometric period c. 1000 BC through the Archaic, Classical, and early Hellenistic periods to 146 BC. The emphasis will be on the legacy of the Greek civilization to Western art, city planning, and thought. Illustrated lectures. Three hours.

HIST 100/101— Food in the Ancient Mediterranean

MWF 9:10 –10:10 — Seetin


CLAS 227 — Ancient Sexualities

TR 2:10–3:40 — Natoli

Systems of sexuality and gender in ancient Greece and Rome were very different from our own. The aim of this course is to explore the cultural construction of sexuality and gender in ancient Greece and Rome, approaching them through their depictions in the archaeological and literary record. We will consider questions such as the status of women and the context of misogyny, the multiple manners in which masculinity was constructed, the societal role of same-sex relations, the presentation and visualization of sexuality, desire, and the body. This interdisciplinary approach will allow us to gain an understanding of what Greek and Roman systems of sexuality and gender were, how they changed over time, and how they can be used to offer insights into the shaping of our own cultural and personal attitudes towards sexuality and gender. 3 hrs. Counts towards the Social Science AOK, WMST major or minor, and CLAS major or minor.

CLAS/FLET 202 — Ancient Tragedy

TR 3:50 –5:20 — Seetin

Readings in English translation of the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Seneca. Special attention will be given to origins and development, literary and scenic conventions, and the influence of the genre on Western literature. Three hours.

CLAS 225 — Roman Daily Life

TR 8:10–9:40 — G. Daugherty

What did it mean to be a Roman? By looking at both the physical and literary remains, this course will survey the basic structures of Roman Society, the typical urban and rural monuments of the Latin–speaking world, and the intimate details of the daily lives of individuals and families. Three hours.

CLAS 401 — Capstone

TBA — G. Daugherty

A culminating experience in which a Classics, Latin, or Greek major will integrate, extend, and apply knowledge and skills from the student’s general education and major programs. Enrollment is through a project contract which may include one of the following: student teaching in a Latin program, participation in a Classics Department Learning Community abroad, completion of a semester at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome or the College Year in Athens, participation in an approved archaeological excavation, participation in an approved internship, a departmental honors course, a research experience outside of a class (including SURF), or a significant research project completed in conjunction with a regularly scheduled major course. Prerequisites: senior status or junior status with consent of Chair. 0 hours.

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Classics in Latin (LATN)

LATN 112 — Elementary Latin II

MWF 10:20–11:20 — Natoli

Further study of Latin grammar and the reading of selections of prose and poetry. Prerequisite: LATN 111 or pre-placement. Three hours. By the end of Latin 112, learners will be able to:

  1. Define basic Latin vocabulary (appx. 1000 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. Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; homework; quizzes; and a final exam.

LATN 212 — Intermediate Latin II

MWF 8–9 — C. Daugherty

An introduction to reading Latin poetry, especially epic. Prerequisite: LATN 211 or pre-placement. Three hours.

LATN 347 — Advanced Latin: Roman Elegy

MW 2:10–3:40 — Natoli

Selections from Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. Prerequisite: LATN 212, 215, or placement. Offered every four years. Three hours.

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Classics in Greek (GREK)

GREK 112 — Elementary Greek II

MWF 9:10–10:10 — G. Daugherty

Further practice in the grammatical structures of the Greek language with increased emphasis upon the reading of simple Greek prose. Prerequisite: GREK 111. Offered every year. Three hours.

GREK 341: The Greek Epic

MWF 11:30–12:30 — G. Daugherty

Selected readings from the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer. Prerequisite: GREK 212 or 215. Offered every other year. Three hours.

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