Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Wednesday, August 31, 2016, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

CLAS 101
Introduction to Classics

An introduction to Greek and Roman civilization. Through lecture and discussion students will engage with ancient textual sources (in translation) on such topics as ancient politics, philosophy, military history, poetry, theatre, social history, oratory, and art history. Students will learn about the variety of methodologies and sources of evidence used by Classicists to understand the ancient world. Units: 6.

CLAS 120
Intensive Beginning Latin

An accelerated introductory course emphasizing the forms and basic syntax of Latin. Taken together, CLAS 120 and 220 provide students with the ability to read both classical and medieval Latin prose and poetry. Units: 6.

CLAS 125
Intensive Beginning Greek

An accelerated introductory course emphasizing the basic systematic structure of Greek. Taken together, CLAS 125 and 225 provide students with the ability to read both classical and Koine Greek. Units: 6.

CLAS 150
Survey of Greek History

A study of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to 146 B.C.E. 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. All texts in English. 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 the reign of Constantine. Emphasis on political and cultural developments and the acquisition and maintenance of empire. Readings may include Livy, Tacitus, Suetonius, and the Historia Augusta. All texts in English. 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 220
Intensive Intermediate Latin

A continuation of CLAS 120 with an emphasis on developing experience with reading connected passages of literary discourse, including selections from classical Latin prose and poetry. Successful completion fulfills the language general education requirement for the B.A. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 120 or two years of high school Latin

CLAS 225
Intensive Intermediate Greek

A continuation of CLAS 125 with emphasis on developing experience with reading connected passages of literary discourse, including sections from a variety of texts and authors. Successful completion fulfills the language general education requirement for the B.A. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 125 or its equivalent

CLAS 250
Classical Mythology

A study of classical mythology through examination of the literary mythical narratives of Greece and Rome. We will consider the form, content, and themes of these stories in order to explore the cultural significance of myth and the various ways in which myths can be interpreted. All texts in English. Units: 6.

CLAS 260
Classical Literature in Translation

A study of specific texts selected from the corpus of Greek and Latin prose and poetry, read in English translation. Each iteration of the course will focus on a particular genre or theme in classical literature. Possible topics include: the ancient novel, death and the underworld, and Greek and Roman love poetry. 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. All texts in English. 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. All texts in English. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 235

CLAS 301
Topics in Latin Literature

Close reading and study of texts selected from the corpus of Latin literature. The course will focus on a different genre, author, or theme in Latin poetry or prose each year it is offered. Possible topics include Roman satire, Roman comedy and tragedy, love elegy, and epistolary writing. Meets concurrently with CLAS 401. Not open to students who have received credit for the current topic under CLAS 401 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 401. May be repeated when the topic is different. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin

CLAS 302
Ovid

Close reading and study of Ovid’s poetry in Latin, as represented by a book of the Metamorphoses or selections from the Amores and Ars Amatoria. Discussion will be supplemented with additional primary readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 402. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 402 or CLAS 410, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 402. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin.

CLAS 303
Catullus and Horace

Careful reading and concentrated study of selected poems by Catullus and Horace in Latin. Discussion will be supplemented with additional readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 403. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 403 or CLAS 425, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 403. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin

CLAS 304
Virgil

Close reading of extended selections from Virgil in Latin, primarily drawn from the Aeneid, supplemented with additional readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Emphasis on Virgil’s poetic technique as well as the political and cultural significance of his poetry. Meets concurrently with CLAS 404. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 404 or CLAS 440, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 404. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin

CLAS 305
The Fall of the Roman Republic

A study of the final decades of the Roman Republic from the sixth consulship of Marius to the assassination of Caesar (100 to 44 B.C.E.), focusing on political, social, and cultural changes during this tumultuous period. Topics include: Roman politics, social class and identity, and Republican art, literature, and thought. All texts in English. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

CLAS 306
The Roman Novel

Close reading and study of selected passages in Latin from the Satyricon of Petronius and the Metamorphoses (also known as The Golden Ass) of Apuleius, the two surviving examples of the ancient Roman novel. Meets concurrently with CLAS 406. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 406 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 406. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin

CLAS 307
Cicero

Close reading of a selection from the works of Cicero in Latin, supplemented with additional readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Texts may include the Pro Caelio, the Pro Archia, and the Catilinarian Orations. Meets concurrently with CLAS 407. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 407 or CLAS 435, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 407. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin

CLAS 308
Roman Historians

A study of selections from several Roman historians in Latin, chosen to emphasize specific historical events and persons depicted on Roman coins from the university’s Ottilia Buerger Collection. Meets concurrently with CLAS 408. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 408 or CLAS 415, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 408. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 or three years of high school Latin

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. All texts in English. 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 321
Topics in Greek Literature

In this course we will read excerpts from one or more authors in ancient Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional primary readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Possible topics include: the ancient novel, Greek lyric poetry, and the Homeric hymns. Meets concurrently with CLAS 421. Not open to students who have received credit for the current topic under CLAS 421 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 421. May be repeated when the topic is different.

Topic for Winter 2017: Longus' "Daphnis and Chloe"
In addition to careful study of large excerpts of this ancient pastoral love story, we will use "Daphnis and Chloe" as a springboard to discuss the ancient novel as genre, the literary climate of the Second Sophistic, and the many textual echoes of the greatest authors of Classical Athens that are to be found in this charming story of boy meets girl. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek

CLAS 322
Homer

In this course we will read excerpts from the Iliad and/or the Odyssey in Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 422. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 455 or CLAS 422, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 422. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek.

CLAS 323
Greek Tragedy

In this course we will read excerpts from one tragedian (e.g. Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides) in ancient Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional tragic material in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 423. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 423 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 423. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek

CLAS 324
Greek Comedy

In this course we will read excerpts from one comedian (e.g. Aristophanes, Menander) in ancient Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional comic material in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 424. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 424 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 424. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek

CLAS 326
Plato

In this course we will read one Platonic dialogue (e.g., Symposium, Apology) in Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional Platonic material in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 426. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 460 or CLAS 426, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 326. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek

CLAS 327
The Attic Orators

In this course we will read excerpts from one of the fourth-century Athenian orators (e.g., Lysias, Aeschines, Demosthenes) in Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional material in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 427. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 485 or CLAS 427, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 427. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek

CLAS 328
Greek Historians

In this course we will read excerpts from one of the Greek historians (e.g., Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon) in Greek. Our discussion will be supplemented with additional primary readings in English translation and secondary scholarship. Meets concurrently with CLAS 428. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 480 or CLAS 428, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 428. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 225 or three years of high school Greek

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 363
Greek and Roman Drama in Translation

In this course we analyze ancient plays both as great works of literature and as artifacts of a particular artistic, cultural, and political context. Students will read excerpts and complete plays in English from a variety of ancient authors, including (from Classical Athens) Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and (from late Republican and early Imperial Rome) Plautus, Terence, and Seneca. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as English 263

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 370
Greek and Roman Epic in Translation

An examination of ancient epic literature through the study of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid, all read in English translation. Emphasis on the important features and themes of the epic genre, ancient conceptions of the hero, and the literary, cultural, and political resonance of these texts in classical antiquity. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as English 265

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 401
Topics in Latin Literature

Close reading and study of texts selected from the corpus of Latin literature. Meets concurrently with CLAS 301. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for the current topic under CLAS 301 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 301. May be repeated when the topic is different. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 402
Ovid

A study of Ovid’s poetry, as represented by selections from the Metamorphoses or the Amores and Ars Amatoria (in Latin). Meets concurrently with CLAS 302. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 302 or CLAS 410, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 302. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 403
Catullus and Horace

Careful reading and concentrated study of selected poems by Catullus and Horace (in Latin). Meets concurrently with CLAS 403. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 303 or CLAS 425, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 303. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 404
Virgil

Close reading and study of extended selections from Virgil (in Latin), primarily drawn from the Aeneid. Meets concurrently with CLAS 304. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 304 or CLAS 440, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 304. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 406
The Roman Novel

Close reading and study of selected passages in Latin from the Satyricon of Petronius and the Metamorphoses of Apuleius. Meets concurrently with CLAS 306. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 306 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 306. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 407
Cicero

Close reading and study of a selection from the works of Cicero (in Latin). Meets concurrently with CLAS 307. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 307 or CLAS 435, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 307. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin

CLAS 408
Roman Historians

A study of selections from several Roman historians (in Latin). Meets concurrently with CLAS 308. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be held to a higher standard of reading, translation, and performance in class and on exams, and will be assigned an additional research paper. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 308 or CLAS 415, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 308. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Latin or four years of high school Latin.

CLAS 421
Topics in Greek Literature

Close reading and study of excerpts from one or more authors in ancient Greek. Meets concurrently with CLAS 321. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for the current topic under CLAS 321 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 321. May be repeated when the topic is different.

Topic for Winter 2017: Longus' "Daphnis and Chloe"
In addition to careful study of large excerpts of this ancient pastoral love story, we will use "Daphnis and Chloe" as a springboard to discuss the ancient novel as genre, the literary climate of the Second Sophistic, and the many textual echoes of the greatest authors of Classical Athens that are to be found in this charming story of boy meets girl. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek.

CLAS 422
Homer

Close reading and study of excerpts from the Iliad and/or the Odyssey in Greek. Meets concurrently with CLAS 322. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 455 or CLAS 322, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 322. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek.

CLAS 423
Greek Tragedy

In this course we will read excerpts from one tragedian in ancient Greek. Meets concurrently with CLAS 323. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 323 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 323. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek

CLAS 424
Greek Comedy

In this course we will read excerpts from one comedian in ancient Greek. Meets concurrently with CLAS 324. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 324 or who need to receive credit for CLAS 324. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek

CLAS 426
Plato

Close reading and study of one Platonic dialogue (e.g., Symposium, Apology) in Greek. Meets concurrently with CLAS 326. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 460 or CLAS 326, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 326. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek.

CLAS 427
The Attic Orators

In this course we will read excerpts from one of the fourth-century Athenian orators (e.g., Lysias, Aeschines, Demosthenes) in Greek. Meets concurrently with CLAS 327. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 485 or CLAS 327, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 327. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek

CLAS 428
Greek Historians

Close reading and study of one of the Greek historians (e.g., Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon). Meets concurrently with CLAS 328. Students taking this course at the 400-level will be assigned a research paper and will be held to a higher standard in the assessment of their contributions to class translation and discussion and their performance on exams. Not open to students who have received credit for CLAS 480 or CLAS 328, or who need to receive credit for CLAS 328. Units: 6. Prerequisite: One 300-level course in Greek or four years of high school Greek

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. 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.

Topic for Spring 2017: Individual and Community in the Ancient World
This multi-disciplinary course will consider six moments in Greco-Roman literary history in order to explore the relationship between individual and collective and its evolution over time. We will read primary sources in English translation and in Greek or Latin, as well as scholarly secondary sources. Issues to be considered include: leadership, political and social community, the role of the individual in society, and the complexities involved in using ancient authors as sources for understanding the past. Units: 6. Prerequisite: CLAS 220 and 225 or consent of instructor.

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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