Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Wednesday, July 8, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

CLAS 100
Beginning Latin

An introductory course for both those with no background in Latin and those who seek a better understanding of the forms and basic syntax of the language. Units: 6.

CLAS 110
Intermediate Latin

A continuation of Classics 100 with readings to develop experience with connected literary discourse. Selections include classical and post-classical prose and poetry. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 100 or two years of high school Latin

CLAS 125
Intensive Elementary Greek

An accelerated introductory course emphasizing the basic systematic structure of Greek. Classics 125 and 225 provide students with the ability to read both classical and New Testament Greek. Units: 6.

CLAS 150
Survey of Greek History

A study of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to 146 B.C. Emphasis on the rise and fall of the Greek city-state as a political, societal, and cultural model. Readings include the historians Herodotus and Thucydides. Units: 6.
Also listed as History 180

CLAS 160
Survey of Roman History

A study of the history of Rome from its origins through the Republic and Empire to 410 A.D. Emphasis on political and cultural developments and the acquisition of empire. Readings may include Livy, Tacitus, Suetonius, and the Historia Augusta. Units: 6.
Also listed as History 185

CLAS 191
Directed Study in Classics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 225
Intermediate Greek Reading

A continuation of Classics 125, conducted at a similar pace. Readings from a variety of texts. Successful completion fulfills Lawrence’s foreign language requirement. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 125 or its equivalent

CLAS 230
Introduction to Latin Literature

An introduction to the reading and translation of extended passages of Latin literature. Texts to be studied include works of poetry and prose from the late Republic and early Empire. Successful completion satisfies Lawrence's foreign language requirement. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of CLAS 110 or three years of high school Latin

CLAS 250
Classical Mythology

An examination of myths and legends selected from Greek and Roman literature. Emphasis on the narrative structures of classical mythology and the role of myth in Greek and Roman culture. Units: 6.

CLAS 260
Classical Literature in Translation

A study of several specific literary texts selected from the corpus of ancient Greek and Latin prose and poetry, read in English translation. Selections vary year to year. Units: 6.

CLAS 275
Gods and Heroes of Epic

An investigation of ancient epic literature, the primary source of the famous narratives about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Emphasis on important features and themes of the epic genre. Readings are drawn from the epics of authors such as Homer, Hesiod, Vergil, and Ovid. Units: 6.

CLAS 280
Warfare in Classical Antiquity

A study of the practice of warfare in classical antiquity from Homeric Greece to the Roman Empire. Topics to be considered include: Homer's Iliad and the warrior ideal, the political implications of hoplite and trireme warfare, the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar, the organization and tactics of the Roman legion, and Roman frontier policy. Emphasis on the close interaction of military, political, and cultural developments in Greek and Roman history. Units: 6.

CLAS 300
Periclean Athens

A study of the history of Athens from the end of the Persian Wars to the execution of Socrates (479 to 399 B.C.). A wide range of material and topics will be considered: social and political developments, warfare, empire, diplomacy, intellectual and cultural life. Emphasis on the revolution in ideas and visions of humanity that defined the golden age of classical Greece. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 235

CLAS 310
Augustan Rome

An introduction to ancient Rome and Roman civilization, focusing on the Age of Augustus in all its aspects: art, literature, politics, empire, law, entertainment, and society. Emphasis on the political and cultural changes that took place during this revolutionary period. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 240

CLAS 315
Greek-Islamic Philosophical Tradition

After covering relevant fundamentals in Greek philosophy (Aristotle and Plato), we will proceed to later philosophers, both Greek (the Neoplatonists) and Islamic (Ibn Sina, Suhrawardi), whose work inherits the same methods and questions, Our special focus will be questions about philosophical method, the soul, and mystical experience. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as Religious Studies 316

CLAS 340
Archaic and Classical Greek Art

A study of Greek art and architecture to the end of the fourth century B.C. Topics include the great sanctuaries at Olympia, Delphi, and Athens; the development of mythological narrative in sculpture and vase painting; the political and propagandistic function of Greek art; and the beginning of portraiture. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing
Also listed as Art History 200

CLAS 345
From Alexander to Kleopatra: Art of the Hellenistic Age

A study of Greek and Greek-influenced art from the time of Alexander the Great to the Roman conquest of Egypt in 31 B.C. Topics include portraiture and the royal iconography of the Hellenistic rulers, the development of regional styles in sculpture, and the influence of the Romans as patrons. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing
Also listed as Art History 202

CLAS 350
Roman Art

A study of the art and architecture of the Etruscans and the Romans to the end of the Roman empire. Topics include the funerary arts of the Etruscans, the art and archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum, developments in imperial portraiture and historical relief, technological innovations in architecture, and the beginnings of Christian art. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ARHI 100 or sophomore standing
Also listed as Art History 204

CLAS 365
Archaeology of the Prehistoric Aegean

A study of archaeological investigations in the Aegean region — Greece, Crete, the Cycladic Islands, and western Turkey. Emphasis on the evidence of cultural development from Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers and Neolithic farmers and herders through the development of the Bronze Age “palace” civilizations of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ANTH 120 or consent of instructor
Also listed as Anthropology 324

CLAS 368
Ethics in Archaeology: Who owns the past?

An exploration of ethical and legal concerns surrounding archaeology: the ownership and treatment of archaeological remains and relations between archaeologists and descendent communities. Topics include the ethics and legality of collecting looting, and the antiquities market; archaeology and nationalism; repatriation of skeletons and artifacts; and professional responsibilities of archaeologists. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ANTH 120, an ARHI course (preferably ancient to Renaissance), or consent of instructor
Also listed as Anthropology 328, Art History 325

CLAS 390
Tutorial Studies in Classics

Study of topics in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, classical civilization, and/or linguistics, arranged and carried out in cooperation with an instructor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 391
Directed Study in Classics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 399
Independent Study in Classics

Independent research on topics in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, classical civilization, and/or linguistics, arranged in consultation with the department. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 410
Ovid

A study of Ovid’s poetics as represented in a book of the Metamorphoses or the Ars Amatoria. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 110, CLAS 230, or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 415
Roman Historians

A study of selections from several Roman historians, chosen to emphasize specific historical events and persons depicted on Roman coins in the university’s Ottilia Buerger Collection of Ancient and Byzantine Coins. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 110, CLAS 230, or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 420
Latin Popular Literature

Readings vary from year to year; past texts have included Augustine’s Confessions and the Cena Trimalchionis of Petronius. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 110, CLAS 230, or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 425
Horace and Catullus

Careful reading and concentrated study of selected Horatian odes and Catullan lyrics. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 110, CLAS 230, or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 435
Cicero

Close reading of a selection from the works of Cicero. Examples include Pro Caelio, Pro Archia, and the Catilinarian Orations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 110, CLAS 230, or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 440
Virgil

Close reading of extended selections from the works of Virgil, primarily drawn from the Aeneid. Emphasis on Virgil’s poetic technique as well as the political and cultural significance of his poetry. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 110, CLAS 230, or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 455
Homer

Readings from the Iliad and/or Odyssey. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or its equivalent

CLAS 460
Plato

Close reading of one dialogue in Greek, such as the Meno, Symposium, or Crito, and of others in translation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or its equivalent

CLAS 465
Greek Drama

A study of selected dramas such as Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, the Agamemnon and Antigone of Sophocles, and Euripides’ Bacchae and Medea. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or its equivalent
Also listed as Theatre Arts 276

CLAS 480
Greek Historians

Close reading of extended passages from several Greek historians, including Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon. Historical as well as literary and stylistic issues will be considered. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or its equivalent

CLAS 485
The Attic Orators

An in-depth study of the legal, political, and social world of 4th Century Athens from the speeches of Lysias, Aeschines, Andocides, and Demosthenes. Some texts will be read in the original Greek with additional material to be studied in translation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 125 and CLAS 225 or consent of instructor

CLAS 510
The Origins of War

A study of the concerns that lead states to war, through analysis of the strategic and diplomatic crises that precipitated two great historical conflicts: the Peloponnesian War in 431 B.C. and the First World War in 1914. Students will regard themselves as diplomats assigned to report on the developing situations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 510

CLAS 540
Topics in Ancient Art

An examination of a particular topic in ancient art history. Students are expected to carry out independent research. The topic will change periodically. Course may be repeated with the consent of the instructor.

Topic for Spring 2016: The Art and Archaeology of Pompeii
This seminar will examine aspects of the art and archaeology of Pompeii and neighboring cities and towns on the Bay of Naples that were destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. These sites offer not only a wealth of information about their art and architecture, but also about Roman urban life of the period, and as the world's oldest continuously excavated site, Pompeii in particular also allows us to study the history, techniques, and theory of archaeology. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 200- or 300-level course in art history, one course in classics, or consent of the instructor.
Also listed as Art History 400

CLAS 545
Advanced Topics in Classics

This course examines specific issues in classical scholarship, ranging from longstanding questions of analysis and interpretation to contemporary topics of research and debate. Students will develop their familiarity with the methods of classical scholarship as they undertake independent work culminating in a research paper or book reveiw. Recommended for majors and students considering graduate study in classics. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing

CLAS 590
Tutorial Studies in Classics

Advanced study of topics in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, classical civilization, and/or linguistics, arranged and carried out in cooperation with an instructor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 591
Directed Study in Classics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 599
Independent Study in Classics

Advanced independent research on topics in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, classical civilization, and/or linguistics, arranged in consultation with the department. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 690
Tutorial Studies in Classics

Advanced study of topics in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, classical civilization, and/or linguistics, arranged and carried out in cooperation with an instructor. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 691
Directed Study in Classics

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

CLAS 699
Independent Study in Classics

Advanced independent research on topics in Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, classical civilization, and/or linguistics, arranged in consultation with the department. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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