Fall 2014

The Department of Classical Studies offers courses in Classical Civilization, Latin, ancient Greek and modern Greek.

Courses in Classical Civilization

*All courses under this heading are taught in English and may be used to fulfill the Humanities Divisional Studies Requirement.*

CAS CL 101 Classical Civilization: The Glory of Greece
Were Homeric epics really epic? Why is flame the symbol of Olympic Games? Why does the word tragedy mean “goat’s song”? Why did the Greeks knock on the door before leaving the room? Did 300 Spartans really kill two million Persians? Answers to these and other questions – in CL 101. Learn about the origins of democracy, athletics, sculpture, alphabet, and many other foundational notions of the Western Civilization. Nikolaev, M/W/F 1:00-2:00

CAS CL 102 Classical Civilization: The Grandeur of Rome.
The Roman Republic and Empire became the foundation on which Europe would develop its political systems, languages, literatures, art, architecture, and religion. This course explores how the Romans built an empire from modest beginnings that extended from the Atlantic Ocean to the Balkans, and developed innovations in everything from poetry to technology that it then bequeathed to later times.  A study of the Roman world, wherever possible through direct translation of the ancient originals.  Uden, T/Th 10:00-11:00.

CAS CL 205 Origins of Writing
What is the connection between hieroglyphs and texting? Why does the alphabet start with A? How can you decipher the Indus script? How to make a cuneiform tablet in your dorm room? What are Phoenicians good for? Learn the answers to these and other exciting questions about the most important technology in the world. Nikolaev, M/W/F 11-12. Cross-listed with Linguistics.

CAS CL 206 Women in Antiquity
An overview of the image and reality of women’s lives in antiquity (with a focus on women in Classical Greece). Topics include: the role of women in ancient religion; images of the female in mythology; ancient ideas of love and sexuality; the family in ancient Athens and Sparta. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Vasaly, T/R 12:30am-2:00pm

CAS CL 213 Greek and Roman Mythology
A general introduction to myths of the ancient world and the special quality of thinking associated with myth making.  The course will focus on Greek myth in particular, but from a comparative perspective, looking at the myths of many early and non-Western cultures, exploring not only shared understandings, but also what made Greek myth different.  How did the distinctive way that the Greeks told their stories point the way to the habits of mind we associate with Western civilization and thought?    Golder, M/W/F 10:00-11:00

CAS CL 221 Greek History
Introduction to the political, social, and economic history of Greece from the earliest historical period through the death of Alexander the Great.  Special focus on the origin of democracy and its relationship to warfare and imperialism.  Taught by Prof. Jay Samons, winner of the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. Samons, M/W/F 12:00-1:00.

CAS CL 224 Greek Drama in Translation
The history and development of ancient Greek theater; study of important plays in the genres of tragedy, comedy, and satyr drama by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander. Henderson, T/TH 11:00-12:30.

CAS CL 305 Topics in Myth
This course may be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2014: 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.  Scully, CAS114A T/Th 12:30-2:00.

CAS CL 306 Entheogens, Myth, and Human Consciousness
Prereq: 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.  Ruck, T/Th 3:00-4:00.

Courses in Ancient Greek

*MAY be used to fulfill the CAS Language Requirement*

CAS CL 161 Beginning Greek
Basic forms, grammar, and syntax of classical Greek; readings from a representative range of classical and biblical texts.   Scully, M/W 9:30-11:00, F 10:00-11:00

CAS CL 162 Beginning Greek 2
Prereq: CAS CL 161 or equivalent. Further study of ancient Greek grammar, forms, and vocabulary. Esposito, T/Th 2:00-4:00

CAS CL 261 Intermediate Greek 1: Prose
Prereq: 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.  Nikolaev, STHB22 M/W/F 11-12

CAS CL 391  Greek Seminar Prereq:  CL 262 or equivalent.
Prereq: CAS CL 262 or equivalent
Intensive study of selected major authors. May be repeated for credit. Topic for Fall 2014: Attic Oratory: Lysias and Plato, Model and Criticism.   Haase,  T/Th 2-3:30.

Courses in Latin

*MAY be used to fulfill the CAS Language Requirement*

CAS CL 111 Beginning Latin
Beginners only. Introduction to basic forms and grammar of classical Latin. Section A1: Samons,  M/F 9:00am-10:00am and F 9:00am-11:00pm;  Section B1: Staff, M/W 11:00am-12:00pm and F 11:00am-1:00pm; Section C1: Staff, M/W 1:00pm-2:00pm and F 1:00pm-3:00pm

CAS CL 211 A1 Readings in Latin Prose
Prereq: CAS CL 112, 115, or equivalent.
In this course we will translate selections from Caesar and Cicero, and undertake some interpretative discussions along the way. The primary goal of this third semester Latin course is to solidify your knowledge of Latin forms and syntax, to build vocabulary, and to become proficient at translating extended passages of Latin prose. A secondary goal is to introduce you to the rhetorical styles and techniques of these two famous authors and statesmen. Section A1: Varhelyi, T/TH 9:30-11:00; Section B1: M/W/F 1:00-2:00.

CAS CL 351 A1 Latin Seminar: Horace’s Poetry and His World                       NEW DESCRIPTION!
Prereq: CAS CL 212 or equivalent.
In this class, we will study the poetry of Horace, one of Augustan Rome’s most influential authors and enigmatic figures. We will investigate the timeless themes that appear in his work (e.g., Carpe Diem!), and explore the complex socio-political world in which he wrote. The class will cover a wide range of readings, including selections from the Satires, Epistles, Odes, and Epodes, Staff,  M/W/F 10:00-11:00


Courses in Modern Greek

*MAY be used to fulfill the CAS Language Requirement*

CAS CG 111 Beginning Modern Greek 1
Provides a basic knowledge of Μodern Greek (demotic) and introduces students to the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be able to read simple texts and hold basic conversations. Includes an introduction to Greek culture and history through music, films, and Greek events. Polychroniou, M/W 10-11, F 10-12.

CAS CG 112 Beginning Modern Greek 2
Provides a basic knowledge of Μodern Greek (demotic) and introduces students to the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be able to read simple texts and hold basic conversations. Includes an introduction to Greek culture and history through music, films, and Greek events. Mavrogiannaki, Kleanthi  T/R 9-11

CAS CG 211 Intermediate Modern Greek 2
Prereq: CAS CG 112 or equivalent.
Discussions in Modern Greek related to everyday themes. Development of reading skills through analysis of contemporary texts. Reading of a series of stories from ancient Greek mythology (Heroes) written in simple language, and Homer’s Odyssey, translated into Modern Greek. Polychroniou, M/W/F 12-1.

CG 356 The Modern Greek Novel
Prereq: CG 212 or equivalent.
Study of short Greek fiction through films from its beginnings to the present with emphasis on historical context and cultural ideologies; exposure to Modern Greek history and literature through films and documentaries; introduction to modern Greek reality through newspaper articles. Discussions, exercises, vocabulary study, and short essays will help students improve their language skills. Entertainment, education, and mass culture as identity-and nation-building practice will be discussed. Conducted in Greek. Polychroniou, M/W/F 2-3.

Graduate Courses


CAS CL 530 Latin Prose Composition
Practice in set and free composition of Latin prose, aimed at developing advanced language proficiency. Haase, F 2:00-5:00.

CAS CL 562 Survey Greek Literature 2
Reading course designed to study the history of Greek literature through a chronological survey of representative authors and genres: Classical through Hellenistic period. Henderson, T 2:00-5:00.

CAS CL 720 Latin Seminar
Extensive readings in Latin authors. Specific topics may change. Topic for Fall 2014: Individual and community in the late Republic and early Empire. A study of Latin texts and recent research on the complex relations of individual and community, tradition and innovation in the literature and culture of this period. Varhelyi, Th 11:00am-2:00pm