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

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  • CAS CL 101: The World of Greece
    The literature, philosophy, art, and culture of ancient Greece and their impact on the Western tradition. Topics covered include the emergence of epic poetry; art and lyric in the Archaic Age; drama, architecture, philosophy, and political developments of classical Athens and Greece. All texts in translation. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Critical Thinking.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CL 102: The World of Rome
    An introduction to the world of the ancient Romans, as viewed in their literature, culture, and art. Discusses their origins, army, family life, religion, and education, and their legacy in our own time. All texts in translation. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CL 106: The Others: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Ancient World
    An overview of enemies and neighbors of ancient Greeks and Romans such as Lydians, Phrygians, the Phoenicians, Persians or the Gauls with a special emphasis on the contrast between so-called "classical" and "indigenous" sources in each case. All texts in translation. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CAS CL 108: Scientific Terminology from Greek and Latin Roots
    Introduction to Greek and Latin roots of English word elements and word origins with focused etymological and linguistic analysis of scientific terminology and systems, including anatomy, astronomy, botany, chemistry, geology, and medicine. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CL 111: Latin 1
    Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of classical Latin with reading of adapted passages from ancient texts.
  • CAS CL 112: Latin 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 111; or equivalent.
    Further study of Latin grammar, forms, and vocabulary with reading of both adapted and original passages from ancient texts.
  • CAS CL 115: Intensive Latin
    Intensive Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, equivalent to the two-semester introductory Latin sequence (CAS CL 111/112) and covered in a single semester. Completion of this course prepares students for second-year Latin courses (CAS CL 211/212).
  • CAS CL 121: What Is a Good Life? Ancient Wisdom and Modern Insights
    Close examination of literary and philosophical texts from the ancient world and modern psychology that address the question of what constitutes a good life. Themes include: selfhood and the pursuit of happiness, individualism and communities, love, and health. All texts in translation. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CL 161: Greek 1
    Introduction to grammar, forms, and vocabulary of ancient Greek with reading of adapted passages from ancient texts.
  • CAS CL 162: Greek 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 161; or equivalent.
    Further study of ancient Greek grammar, forms, and vocabulary with reading of both adapted and original passages from ancient texts.
  • CAS CL 200: Topics in Classical Studies
    May be repeated for credit as topics vary. All texts in translation. Topic for Fall 2021: African American Literature and the Classical Tradition. Traces the history of adaptions and allusions to antiquity in Black writers from the eighteenth century to today, in a wide range of genres: poetry, essays, travel writing, novels, drama, and film.
  • CAS CL 202: Warfare in Antiquity
    Examines both strategic and tactical aspects of warfare in antiquity, as well as the political, social, and economic factors that shaped or derived from the experience of ancient battle. all texts in translation. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS CL 205: Origins of Writing
    Overview of the world's major writing systems: Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs; Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform; West Semitic consonantal scripts (abjads); East Asian scripts; runes; Greek and Roman alphabets. Considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about ancient languages and cultures. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS LX 205. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS CL 206: 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. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CL 207: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
    Exploration of Ancient Greek and Roman conceptions of sexuality and sexual identity through a study of visual and written sources. All texts in translation. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS CL 208: The Language of Our Ancestors: Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics
    Panorama of ancient and medieval Indo-European languages and cultures. The English, Irish, Hindi, Russian, Armenian, and Farsi languages are all related and belong to the Indo-European family: they descended from a common ancestor, Proto-Indo-European. This protolanguage can be reconstructed using a historical-comparative method, which we examine in this course
  • CAS CL 211: Latin 3: Prose
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 112; or equivalent.
    Reading of selections from Latin prose. Authors read may include Caesar, Cicero, Livy, Petronius, and Pliny. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
  • CAS CL 212: Latin 4: Verse
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS CL 211; or equivalent.
    Reading of selections from Latin poetry. Authors read may include Catullus, Ovid, and Vergil. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS CL 213: Greek and Roman Mythology
    A general introduction to the myths of the ancient classical world, with particular regard to the patterns of experience, both religious and psychological, from which they evolved. All texts in translation. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2019, this course carries a single unit in each of the following areas: Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Historical Consciousness.
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Historical Consciousness
  • CAS CL 216: 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. All texts in translation. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS CL 317. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking