Spring 2017 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/FLET 205 — Women in Antiquity

MW 1:10 –2:40 — Gilmore

Although almost all of Greek and Roman literature was written by men, many works treat or concern women, sometimes as realistic figures but more often as symbols. This course will examine the image of women in classical literature from Archaic Greece to Imperial Rome. For purposes of comparison and discussion, the social and historical realities will be considered as well. Cross-listed with FLET 205. Offered every three years. Three hours. Staff. 

CLAS 223 — Classical Mythology

TR 9:40 –11:10 — Natoli

Athena. Hercules. Odysseus. Despite their chronological distance from us, the characters and tales of Greco-Roman mythology are quite familiar and have been profoundly influential in shaping Western culture, inspiring everything from art and literature, to notions of sexuality and gender, to the themes of Hollywood blockbusters. In this course, learners will be introduced to the major Greco-Roman myths and will consider questions about the universal and not-so-universal sides of stories about gods, heroes, and humans that expressed important messages about cultural values and individual fears, about our interior human world and the often greater-than-human forces and impulses that act upon us. 

CLAS 401 — Capstone

TBA — Fisher

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 8 –9 — Carlson

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 9:10 –10:10 — Natoli

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

LATN 481 — Advanced Latin: Apuleius

MW 1:10– 2:40 — Natoli

In this course, students will read selections of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, one of the most unique works of Latin literature. Written in the mid-2nd century CE, the Metamorphoses chronicles the story of Lucius, a man who is turned into a donkey and encounters sex, magic, robbers, slaves, and the Isis cult. The aim of the class is to develop learners' Latin reading and comprehension skills through careful translation of assigned and unseen passages; to review the basic morphology and syntax learned in LATN 115 and 215 while introducing learners to new forms and syntax as they arise; to enhance command of Latin vocabulary; to explore the 3 socio-literary questions posed by the Metamorphoses (center vs. periphery, unified work vs. individual stories, and serious tale of mystic transformation vs comedic masterpiece of a man turned donkey); and to introduce learners to basic professional activities of Classicists. Three hours.

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Classics in Greek (GREK)

GREK 112 — Elementary Greek II

MWF 9:10–10:10 — Fisher

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 345: Greek Philosophical Prose

MWF 10:20 – 11:20 — Fisher

Selections from Plato, Aristotle, and their successors. Prerequisite: GREK 212 or 215. Offered every other year.Three hours. Staff.

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