An introduction to essential aspects of the cultural and literary landscape of ancient Greece, from its rise to the end of the classical period. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section. CCN 32194
An in-depth introduction to the material culture of the Ancient Greeks —architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics—from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic period. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Historical Studies. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section.
In this seminar we will read and discuss some essays by the Roman Stoic authors Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. We will focus particularly on their teaching about how to manage one's emotions, and make the best of oneself in all times, good and bad.seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series.
From the early days of film to very recent Hollywood blockbusters, ancient Greek and Roman history and culture has been a popular subject and influence for film-makers. In this freshman seminar we will watch and discuss a selection of films that depict and transform the ancient world. Freshman seminar; 1 unit. CCN 32196
An introduction to Greek and Roman epics focusing on the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid, with an emphasis on reading and interpreting these poems in their cultural contexts. One midterm, a term paper, and a final exam.
Explore the social dynamics of comedy in ancient Greece and Rome. We'll read plays, satires, and novels in order to understand the ways that comedy subverts and/or strengthens the power structures of ancient (and modern) societies. CCN 32693
Themes from the literature & culture of ancient Greece, the Hebrew Bible, ancient Rome, and early Christianity significant for Western civilization's development. Fulfills R&C A or B plus L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature OR Philosophy & Values OR Social & Behavioral Sciences. 5 units.
Important people in Greek and Roman society were commemorated both in honorific portraits and in celebratory biographies. This class seeks to compare and contrast sculpted portraits and biographical accounts of a diverse selection of famous figures from antiquity, including politicians, philosophers, and poets. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature. CCN 32203
This course explores the geography, archaeology, mythology, and history of a specific region in the classical world: Thessaly, Greece. Together, we will discuss ancient texts and modern analyses in order to obtain a greater understanding of the region’s character and the unique culture it had, which differs it from the other areas in Greece.
Reading and discussion of Plato's Symposium, one of his most enduring and influential dialogues. Note: course experience in ancient Greek language equivalent to three semesters of study is a prerequisite. Meets L&S Breadth for Arts & Literature OR Philosophy & Values.
Requirements: regular participation in class, midterm, four-page term-paper, final exam.
Selections from Caesar and Cicero with the aim of learning to read Latin with understanding and enjoyment. Review of morphology, syntax, and vocabulary to improve reading facility. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Historical Studies.
An opportunity to read in Latin extensive selections from Vergil's Aeneid, with support for learning about Vergil's language and meter, and also the broader historical and literary questions that the poem raises. Meets L&S Breadth for Arts & Literature.
Focusing on a selection of texts and events from the early to the later Roman empire this seminar will investigate forms of communal decisions on matters “religious.”
This course focuses on pedagogy for the teaching of Classics and the pre-modern world more broadly. The course will balance practical help for GSIs in their first semester of teaching with consideration on the larger questions raised by teaching antiquity.