Courses for Spring 2016

  • Death in Ancient Greece

    Examines how ancient Greeks understood, described, and experienced death. Making use of sources in translation, considers how death is anticipated, imagined, feared, and sometimes sought. Also contrasts classical ideas with current experiences in our own society in order to see whether and how our assumptions concerning death are culturally determined. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS LILE WRIT
    CLAS 0210B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Nieto Hernandez
  • Mythology of India

    Reviews major myths from religions of India in order to understand how the peoples of India imagined their relation to the divine world, to nature, and to other human beings. Considers connections between myths and religious practices, social structures, historical events, and psychological and aesthetic dimensions of Indian cultural life. Reading of mythic narratives will be accompanied by analysis from selected theoretical perspectives. DPLL
    CLAS 0850 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fitzgerald
  • Plato

    A close reading of Plato's major dialogues from a philosophical perspective. Topics may include his ethics, politics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, or aesthetics. Readings are from original sources (in translation) and contemporary secondary literature. Students wishing to read the texts in the original Greek should make arrangements with the instructor.
    CLAS 1120M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gill
  • Social Conflict and Political Factions in the Roman Republic

    Traces the evolution of social conflict and political factions at Rome from the foundation to the dissolution of the Republic (C5-C1 BCE). Roman armies secured a vast empire of territory, raw materials, and manpower governed by the senate and the people of Rome itself. The influx of resources, however, destabilized Rome’s constitution and upset political power balances at the city of Rome. How did the Romans—elites and masses—compete amongst themselves for the bounty of empire abroad and confront their own internal conflicts at home? Was concord possible, or were the developments of empire inconsistent with the constitution of the Republic?
    CLAS 1120R S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mignone
  • The American Presidents and the Western Tradition

    We are accustomed to engaging the American presidency as a public office best approached through the prism of government or political science, but this course studies the ways in which the presidents in thought and action are part of a larger continuum of humanistic expression in the western tradition. It is organized around five categories: memory, language, consolation, farewell, and self-reflection. Our work involves reading and viewing/listening to various materials, including videos and original documents. The words we study, both by and about presidents, will be compared to various masterworks of Greco-Roman antiquity and the western Middle Ages. LILE WRIT
    CLAS 1120U S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pucci
  • Classics of Indian Literature

    This course will introduce, in English translations, the most powerful examples of the literature of India. The course will introduce students to India’s unparalleled literary richness by reading selections of the best poetry, drama, and narrative literature of Indian civilization from any of its many languages (Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, etc., and English), ancient and modern. DPLL
    CLAS 1160 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fitzgerald
  • The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 479 to 323 BC

    The Greek world was transformed in less than 200 years. The rise and fall of Empires (Athens and Persia) and metamorphosis of Macedon into a supreme power under Philip II and Alexander the Great provide the headlines. The course covers an iconic period of history, explores life-changing events that affected the people of the eastern Mediterranean and through these transformations, offers deep insight into the common pressures that ordinary people and their communities confronted. CLAS1220 addresses political, social and economic history. Literary, epigraphical and archaeological cultures provide the evidence.
    CLAS 1220 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Oliver
  • The Culture of Death in Ancient Rome

    This course examines the way that death and dying were perceived and managed in ancient Roman culture. Primary source readings will include selections from philosophers, poets, inscriptions, and a variety of prose literature (consolations, epistolography, historiography, novels). Secondary literature will focus on demography and social relations, the anthropology of funerary ritual, and material culture, which will be integrated systematically throughout the course, and which will include consideration of artistic representations and iconography, as well the archaeology of Roman mortuary practices.
    CLAS 1420 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Bodel
  • Erotic Desire in the Premodern Mediterranean

    Erotic desire may be a universal human phenomenon. How we explain, depict, express, or experience desire is, however, not a universal, uniform matter. The premodern Mediterranean (from roughly the fifth century BCE to the fifteenth century CE) gives us a variety of forms of sexual experience and expression. We will study the history of these forms through texts, images, and objects: from Platonic love or eros to Roman tales of romance, from Judeo-Christian mysticism to Islamic literature, from sexual diets to erotic amulets. Enrollment limited to 25.
    CLAS 1750L S01
    Primary Instructor
    Papaioannou
  • Staging the Law: Classical Literature and Renaissance Drama

    (1) We examine theater and its relation to society, particularly, its reflection of legal culture (detections of murderers, adulterers, and young lovers); we also examine law’s ‘theatricality’ (‘productions’ of trials). (2) We also explore more broadly how dramas were performed, using as comparanda Japanese Noh and Kabuki (in each, for example, we find all-male casting). (3) Attention is also directed toward twentieth century receptions of these plays; we focus largely on Japanese productions, particularly of Yukio Ninagawa, mastermind of Japanese theater who directed numerous Greek tragedies and Shakespearean plays in different venues, absorbing and subverting phenomena of traditional Japanese theater.
    CLAS 1750P S01
    Primary Instructor
    Scafuro
  • Holy Places and Sacred Spaces in Ancient Greece

    For thousands of years, travelers have been astonished at the physical beauty of Ancient Greek sites such as Olympia, Delphi, and Delos. For anyone who visits these numinous sites, it's easy to see why the Greeks believed that the gods loved them, too. In this course we will be exploring the notion of sacred space in Greek, with emphasis on sanctuaries, topography, archaeological phenomenology, and pilgrimage. We will research and discuss sites and sanctuaries from literary, archaeological, and other material and theoretical perspectives; we will also ask what about certain spaces and places leads us to regard them as 'sacred'. WRIT
    CLAS 1750R S01
    Primary Instructor
    Hanink
  • Special Topics

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    CLAS 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Alcock
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Amanatidou
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    CLAS 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Reed
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    CLAS 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Cherry
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    CLAS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Debrohun
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    CLAS 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Bodel
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Mignone
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Nieto Hernandez
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    CLAS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Gill
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    CLAS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Fitzgerald
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    CLAS 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Haynes
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    CLAS 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Scafuro
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    CLAS 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Scharf
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    CLAS 1970 S14
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    CLAS 1970 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Pucci
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Conference: Especially for Honors Students

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    CLAS 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Amanatidou
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Reed
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Gill
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Debrohun
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    CLAS 1990 S05
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    CLAS 1990 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Kidd
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    CLAS 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Hanink
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    CLAS 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Oliver
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Nieto Hernandez
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Pucci
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Fitzgerald
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Mignone
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Scafuro
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S14
    Primary Instructor
    Bodel
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Haynes
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 1990 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Papaioannou
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    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    CLAS 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Instructor permission required.
    CLAS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Alcock
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Bodel
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Cherry
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Reed
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Mignone
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Pucci
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Fitzgerald
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Papaioannou
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Debrohun
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Nieto Hernandez
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    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Haynes
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    CLAS 2980 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Scafuro
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    CLAS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Courses of Interest to Classics Concentrators

    The following courses may be taken for concentration credit. Please see the sponsoring department for the time and location of each course.

    Religious Studies
    RELS 0325 How the Bible Became Holy
    CLAS XLIST 0