Classics Department

Courses of Study

[CL133]    Greek Myth and Literature Greek myth has shaped how we understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us. We will explore the answers that the myths of ancient Greece offer to life's biggest questions by reading texts that form the foundation of western culture. Four credit hours. L.
[CL135]    Myth and Cosmos in Ancient Greece Famous for recounting the deeds of heroes and heroines such as Heracles, Achilles, and Helen of Troy, the myths of ancient Greece were more than entertainment: they played a key role in making sense of an otherwise opaque and inscrutable universe. We will ask what they can reveal about the inner workings of the cosmos inhabited by ordinary people in ancient Greece from the time of Homer through the classical period. Close study of key literary texts will form the basis of our work. Four credit hours. L.
CL136f    Myth and Magic Popular culture is fixated on magic, from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, but the roots of this interest can be found in the myths and magical practices of antiquity. Love and hate, hope and fear, ambition and greed - powerful emotions drove Circe, Medea, and Hekate in myth as well as ordinary mortals in the ancient world. The focus will be on the role of magic in the contested realm of antiquity’s social and gender hierarchies. We will examine the function and fascinating allure of witchcraft by analyzing extracts from literary texts (e.g. Homer, Theocritus, Pindar, Vergil, Horace, and Lucan), protective amulets, and ancient spells designed to seduce the beloved, ward off rivals, silence legal foes, rig sports events, reveal the future, and summon demons. Four credit hours. L, I. O'Neill
[CL138]    Heroes of the World The Greeks, the Romans, the Irish: peoples around the globe have produced their own unique heroes appropriate to the needs and desires of their particular cultures. Nevertheless, these heroes share a variety of traits and experiences. We will examine the similarities and differences of the heroes of Ireland, Greece, Rome, and other cultures and explore why we crave heroes and how that craving has shaped us all. Four credit hours. L.
[CL143]    Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology The material remains of the ancient Greeks and Romans—pottery, sculpture, monuments, temples, and other artifacts. Our inquiry will focus on construction of identity, development of religion and myth, organization of social and political structures, and components of everyday life. Our exploration of the remains of Greek and Roman civilizations from the Trojan War through the fall of Rome will take us from temples in the mountains of Greece to Roman shipwrecks in the deepest trenches of the Mediterranean Sea. The broad range of evidence will also highlight the diverse archaeological methodologies used to uncover and interpret these remains. Three credit hours. H.
CL146j    Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece The material culture of the ancient Greeks*their pottery, sculpture, monuments, temples, and other artifactslhas long gripped the imaginations of the societies that came after. But what can these often fragmentary remains really tell us about how people lived? This course will introduce students to the types of evidence and methods that art historians and archaeologists use to reconstruct the ancient Greek world, tracing its development from the end of the Bronze Age up to Late Antiquity. Our inquiry will focus on the construction of identity, development of religion and myth, organization of social and political structures, economy, and components of everyday life. Additionally, we will also consider the ˋafterlife˕ of Greek antiquity and the politics of archaeology and cultural heritage. Three credit hours. A. Garland
CL149j    Gladiators and Ghosts: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Rome Offers an introduction to death - and life - in ancient Rome. Come explore Roman culture, history, philosophy, art, and literature (from love poetry to ghost stories) as we investigate Roman attitudes toward death and the afterlife. We will consider questions like how death was linked to spectacles, how the dead were memorialized, and how famous death scenes in literature served as rubrics for judging an individual's virtue. Special emphasis will be placed on Roman attitudes as compared to what is found in other ancient and modern societies. Previously offered as Classics 197B (Jan Plan 2020). Three credit hours. L. Currie
[CL151]    Anatomy of Bioscientific Terminology Teaches the Greek and Latin word elements that combine to form most of the specialized terms in biological sciences. The student who learns the meanings of these elements and the rules of word formation will usually recognize the basic meaning of any unfamiliar word in this field. Attention is also given to misformation, common errors, and words still in use that reflect scientific theories since rejected. Two credit hours.
[CL161]    Reading Greek Philosophy Listed as Philosophy 161. One credit hour.
CL197f    From Emperors to the Everyday in Imperial Rome What do you think: should we assassinate Julius Caesar? Should we ban gladiatorial games for promoting a more violent society? In this class, we will not just study the history and culture of the Roman empire, but through a series of class debates will see firsthand why things happened the way they did. By assuming the personae of Romans from various backgrounds, debaters will learn about Roman society and culture from the inside. Studies of ancient rhetorical techniques will arm students with the tools needed to reenact - or maybe change! - the past. Topics considered will include Roman history, art, literature, entertainment, religion, and daily life. Four credit hours. H. Currie
CL227s    History of Architecture I: From Pyramids to Cathedrals Listed as Art 227. Four credit hours. A. Ameri
CL231f    History of Ancient Greek Philosophy Listed as Philosophy 231. Four credit hours. H. Gordon
CL236s    Roman Legends and Literature Through reading the works of selected Roman authors in translation, an examination of major concepts in mythology: cosmogony, the hero, the interplay of legend and history, etc. Analyze the great stories of classical myth in Roman epic, tragedy, comedy, elegy and lyric. Open to first-year students. Four credit hours. L. O'Neill
CL242s    Italian Ecopoetics: Beauty, Loss, and Desire Listed as Italian 242. Four credit hours. L. Cannamela
[CL244]    Myth and Archaeology Is myth fiction or does it have some basis in fact? Since the 19th century, there have been numerous claims that archaeological evidence has been discovered to prove the veracity of myths from the Trojan War to episodes in the Bible. An exploration of the often explosive and controversial intersection between myth and archaeology. Four credit hours. L.
CL271s    Classical Political Theory Listed as Government 271. Four credit hours. Reisert
[CL324]    History of Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity Listed as History 324. Four credit hours. H, I.
CL398s    Ancient Medicine and Magic We explore the beliefs, practices, and cultural frameworks that shaped ancient Greek and Roman healing practices. We consider texts and material culture from 'scientific', 'religious', and 'magical' contexts and ask questions like: how did the ancients define physical and mental 'health' and 'disease'? Who could be healers, and what tools, drugs, amulets, etc. did they use? How was medical knowledge developed and tested? What ethical systems informed medical decision-making? How did patients' genders, ethnicities, ages, and abilities affect their medical experiences? And how can reflecting on these questions help us to better understand modern medical systems, practices, and beliefs? Four credit hours. Miller