Classical Studies: incl. Classical Civilization and Tradition (in English), Ancient Greek, and Latin

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  • CAS CL 261: Greek 3: Prose
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 162; or equivalent.
    Reading of selections from Greek prose. Authors read may include Plato and Lysias, as well as selections from the New Testament.
  • CAS CL 262: Greek 4: Homer
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 261; or equivalent.
    Reading of selections from the Iliad or Odyssey.
  • CAS CL 302: The Age of Augustus
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 102 or CAS CL 222; or consent of instructor.
    The culture of the age of Augustus; political institutions, literature, art, architecture, engineering works, coins, religion, social institutions and life, the role of women, and life in the Roman provinces. Some familiarity with the civilization of Ancient Rome recommended.
  • CAS CL 303: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 102 or CAS CL 222; or consent of instructor.
    The causes and consequences of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Topics include Romans and barbarians; the rise and spread of Christianity; Constantine the Great; the death of classic paganism; theories of decline; the grand strategy of the Roman Empire; monasticism; the emergence of Byzantium and Constantinople; the origins of Islam; and the transformation of classical art, literature, and thought and their influence on Christianity.
  • CAS CL 305: Topics in Myth
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 213.
    This course may be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Origin Stories of the Universe and Humankind. Readings draw on a range of creation stories and myths from the Near East, Hebrew, and Greek and Roman traditions to Darwin, Freud, Creationism, and the Big Bang. N.B. Students who took this course in Fall 2014 may not repeat it for credit in Fall 2015, as the topic is the same.
  • CAS CL 306: Entheogens, Myth, and Human Consciousness
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 213; or consent of instructor.
    An examination of the role of entheogens (psychoactive substances, especially fungi, used for religious purposes) in humankind's attempts to understand realms beyond the physical, as reflected in Greco- Roman religions and in various mythologies and folklores, and as represented in art and literature from antiquity through the Renaissance.
  • CAS CL 310: The Classical Tradition in Modern Literature
    Investigation into genres of classical provenance which were influential in English literature. Specific topics may vary. Topic for Spring 2017: Classical Translation and English Literature. The translation of Greek and Roman literature has formed a vital component of English literary history. This course examines select case studies of classical translation, together with readings on reception and translation theory. Required reading is all in English.
  • CAS CL 314: Women in Ancient Rome
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 102 or CAS CL 222; or consent of instructor.
    An investigation into the lives of women in the Roman Republic and Empire, as preserved in a diverse group of primary texts and images; readings in modern historical studies.
  • CAS CL 325: Greek Tragedy and Film
    Explores Greek tragic myth's afterlife, both directly and obliquely, in cinema and in the modern literature spawning cinema: how certain Greek tragic myths have come to life as film and how "non-mythic" stories have acquired a mythic power in literary and cinematic form. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS CI 369.
  • CAS CL 351: Latin Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 212; or equivalent.
    Intensive study of selected major authors. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2016: Plautus. A focus on the work of Plautus, one of two extant practitioners of Roman Comedy. We explore the poet's distinctive style and sense of humor by analyzing the language, themes, and stagecraft of his plays. Students read at least one complete play and a diverse selection of scenes. Also offered as CAS CL 451.
  • CAS CL 359: Cavafy and History
    A study of the Modern Greek poet, Konstantinos Kavafis (Cavafy), addressing the historical background, themes, and settings of his works, which treat periods ranging from the Trojan War through the Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity. Taught in English. Also offered as CAS CG 359.
  • CAS CL 391: Greek Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 262; or equivalent.
    Intensive study of selected major authors. Topic for Fall 2016: The Story of Demeter and Persephone in Myth and Drama. Readings from the Homeric Hymns and Euripides.
  • CAS CL 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS CL 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS CL 406: Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and two courses in classical civilization, or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Magical Plants and Myth. The role of entheogens in the evolution of humankind's attempt to define the metaphysical context of reality, from prehistoric rock paintings, through the major religions of the Greco-Roman world, to secret societies and the ecclesiastical elite of medieval and Renaissance Europe, as reflected in mythology, folklore, and works of art.
  • CAS CL 451: Advanced Latin Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two 300-level Latin seminars or equivalent.
    Advanced level Latin seminar emphasizing close reading and literary analysis. Changing topics explore a variety of texts linked by chronology, genre, or theme. Topic for Fall 2016: Plautus. A focus on the work of Plautus, one of two extant practitioners of Roman Comedy. We explore the poet's distinctive style and sense of humor by analyzing the language, themes, and stagecraft of his plays. Students read at least one complete play and a diverse selection of scenes. Also offered as CAS CL 351.
  • CAS CL 461: Advanced Greek Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one 300-level Greek seminar or equivalent.
    Advanced-level Greek seminar emphasizing close reading and literary analysis. Changing topics explore a variety of texts linked by chronology, genre, or theme. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2016: Reading Thucydides in Greek. This seminar involves a close reading of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War. In studying selections of this greatest and most difficult historian of antiquity, our focus is heavily philological -- grammar, syntax, style, and translation. Also offered as CAS CL 502 A1.
  • CAS CL 491: Directed Study in Classical Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Academic Advising Center and the Department of Classical Studies.
  • CAS CL 492: Directed Study in Classical Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Academic Advising Center and the Department of Classical Studies.
  • CAS CL 497: Directed Study in Latin
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Academic Advising Center and the Department of Classical Studies.