Fall 2017

The Department of Classical Studies offers courses in Classical Civilization, Latin, Ancient Greek and Modern Greek.

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*May be used to fulfill the Humanities Divisional Studies Requirement*

CAS CL101 Classical Civilization: World of Greece
Why and how did ancient Greek culture produce such remarkable writers, artists, and politicians who still today expand the horizons of human possibility, educate the imagination, refine moral intelligence, and enrich the stuff of the human spirit? Studying select masterpieces of epic, history, drama, art, and philosophy we will strive to become better critics of the ancient Greeks and, through them, better critics of ourselves.
MWF 1:25PM-2:15PM, Henderson

CAS CL102 Classical Civilization: World of Rome
In this course, we will get to know the politicians, poets, heroes, and gods that shaped Rome’s cultural identity and left an indelible mark on Western Civilization. We will examine features of Roman daily life including: politics, religion, oratory, theater, philosophy, and even gladiators. By piecing together the literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, we will reconstruct the World of Rome and identify key points of contact with our own culture.
MWF 10:10AM-11:00AM, Uden

CAS CL121 The Good Life
What makes a good life? Is it about happiness? Or money? Do we have to choose? Ancient Greeks and Roman also wondered about these questions, and in this course we will look at their ideas from modern psychological, philosophical, and religious perspectives.
TR 9:30AM-10:45AM, Varhelyi

CAS CL206 Women in Antiquity
In this class, we explore the writings, representations, rituals, powers, and spaces of women in the ancient world (Greece, Rome) and beyond, discussing literature, documentary evidence, works of art and architecture, archaeological remains, and gender theory. All texts in translation.
TR 9:30-10:45AM, Čulik-Baird

CAS CL213 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?
MWF 10:10AM-11:00AM, Ruck

CAS CL216 Greek and Roman Religion
Survey of ancient Greek and Roman religions and their development from earliest beginnings to the eclipse of paganism. Theories and practices of these religions, comparisons with other religions, and relationships to Judaism and Christianity.
TR 2:00PM-3:15PM, Varhelyi

CAS CL302 Age of Augustus
This class surveys one of the most remarkable periods in the history of the West, the ascent and tenure of the first emperor of Rome, Octavian/Augustus. His rise to power marked the end of Rome’s Republican form of government and the consolidation of the city’s power over a vast empire stretching from Spain to Egypt. It also marked the beginning of one of the most productive artistic eras in Western history, when peace, wealth and a new cosmopolitan outlook yielded an unprecedented quantity and quality of literature and art. We read an abundance of the literature produced in this period, against a background of politics, government, society and art.
TR 3:30PM-4:45PM, Johnson

CAS CL321 Greek History
We will examine the political, social, and economic history of Greek from the earliest historical period through the death of Alexander the Great. The course will have a special focus on the origin of democracy and its relationship to warfare and imperialism.
MWF 12:20PM-1:10PM, Samons


*May be used to fulfill the CAS Language Requirement*

CAS CL161 Ancient Greek 1 Prereq: none
Ancient Greek is the original language of European literature, history, medicine, law, and science.  It continues to influence English and many other languages spoken today through terms like “democracy,” “geology,” and “megabytes.”  Discover the fascinating roots of modern Western thought, literature, and society through this introduction to ancient Greek.  No previous knowledge of Greek necessary.
MW 10:10AM-11AM F 10:10-11:55, Samons

CAS CL261 Ancient Greek 3: Prose Prereq: CAS CL 162 or equivalent
Reading of selections from Greek prose. Authors read may include Herodotus.
MWF 1:25PM-2:15PM, Ruck

CAS CL391 Greek Seminar
Intensive study of selected major authors. Topic TBD.
MWF 2:30PM-3:20PM, Scully

CAS CL461 Advanced Greek Seminar/CL 502 B1 Studies in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature
Prereq: 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: A close reading of the entire ancient Greek text of the AJAX of Sophocles (c. 496-406 BCE).
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM, Esposito


*May be used to fulfill the CAS Language Requirement*

CAS CL111 Beginning Latin 1. Prereq: none
The goal of first-year Latin is to provide you with an introduction to the fundamentals of Latin vocabulary, syntax, and grammar in order to prepare you for reading “real” Latin texts from antiquity. No previous knowledge of Latin is required. By the end of the second semester you should be able to read unedited passages of classical Latin.
A1: MW 10:10AM-11AM, F 10:10AM-11:55AM, Hutchinson
B1: MW 12:20PM-1:10PM, F 12:20PM-2:05PM, Larash
C1: MW 2:30PM-3:20 F 2:30PM-4:15PM, Levy

CAS CL211 Intermediate Latin 1: Prose Prereq: CAS CL 112 or equivalent
Reading of selections from Latin prose. Authors read may include Caesar, Cicero, Livy, Petronius, and Pliny.
A1: TR 9:30AM-10:45AM, Johnson
B1: MWF 9:05AM-9:55AM, Driskill

CAS CL351 Latin Seminar: Prereq: CAS CL 212 or equivalent
A1: TR 12:30PM-1:45PM, Čulik-Baird: Gods and the Universe
In this class, we will read two of Cicero’s philosophical works in Latin, De Natura Deorum and De Divinatione, texts that ask how (and whether) the gods control the universe. We will use these texts to explore the ideas of gods, cult, politics, religion, and science in late Republican Rome.

B1: TR 12:30PM-1:45PM, Johnson: Horace’s Odes
This semester we will be reading, translating and interpreting a sizable portion of Horace’s Odes and other selected poems. We will seek to balance three different approaches to the poetry: interpreting the poems’ intended meanings, appreciating their beauty and craftsmanship, and translating (not just turning English in Latin, but representing the poems elegantly in the English language).

CAS CL520 Prereq: Two 300-level Latin seminars or equivalent
This seminar examines the savage wit and bold poetry of Roman verse satire. We read excerpts from Lucilius, Horace, Persius, and Juvenal; examine major trends in scholarship; any discuss the translation and reception of Roman satire in later literature.
MWF, 12:20PM-1:10PM, Uden


*May be used to fulfill the CAS Language Requirement*

CAS CG111 Beginning Modern Greek 1 Prereq: Beginner’s only
Course may not be elected by anyone with previous study of modern Greek without consent of the department. Provides a basic reading knowledge of modern Greek (demotic) and introduces students to the spoken language.
MW 10:10-11:00AM F 10:10AM-11:55AM, Polychroniou

CAS CG112 Beginning Modern Greek 2 Prereq: CAS CG 211 or equivalent
Review of grammar and syntax of modern Greek, reading in both prose and poetry, intensive oral practice.
MW 12:20PM-1:10PM, F 12:20PM-2:05PM Polychroniou

CAS CG211 Intermediate Modern Greek 1
Intensive review of modern Greek grammar and syntax and drill material from CAS CG 111 and 112. Development of advanced oral and reading skills.
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM, Mavrogiannak

CAS CG356 The Modern Greek Novel
A study of representative modern Greek novels with analysis relating the author’s work to the rest of his life and the situation in Greece.
MW 2:00PM-3:45PM, Polychroniou