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CLAS 101 Latin and Greek in Current Use (2) VLPA
Designed to improve and increase English vocabulary through a study of the Latin and Greek elements in English, with emphasis on words in current literary and scientific use. No auditors. Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not required. Offered: AWSpS.
CLAS 102 Grammar and Syntax through Latin (3) VLPA
Improve familiarity with basic grammar, syntax, logic through study of mechanics of the Latin language. For Educational Opportunity Program students only. No auditors. Knowledge of Latin or Greek not required.
CLAS 122 Gateway to the Ancient Greco-Roman World (5) VLPA Clauss
Introduces students to aspects of Ancient Greek and/or Roman literature and culture. Develops understanding of the nature and process of critical thinking and basic research techniques.
CLAS 205 Bioscientific Vocabulary Building From Latin and Greek (3) VLPA
Designed to help the student master the scientific vocabulary of his or her particular field by a study of the Latin and Greek roots that are used to create the majority of scientific terms. No auditors. Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not required. Offered: AWSpS.
CLAS 210 Greek and Roman Classics in English (5) VLPA Blondell, Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levaniouk, Stroup, Topper
Introduction to classical literature through a study of the major Greek and Latin authors in modern translation. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Olga Levaniouk
CLAS 320 Greek and Roman Private and Public Life (5) VLPA/I&S Kamen
Study of the civic and social practices and institutions of everyday Greek and Roman private and public life, including the family, social classes, the courts and legal systems, military service and war, technology and the trades, money and banking, agriculture and rural life. Many lectures illustrated by slides. Offered: A.
CLAS 324 Greek and Roman Athletics (5) I&S Stroup
Surveys Greek and Roman athletic festivals and events; the place of athletes and sports in ancient politics, economy, religion, art, and literature; and the relationship between ancient athletic spectacle and its modern heirs.
CLAS 326 Women in Antiquity (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV Connors, Levaniouk
A broad survey of primary sources in medicine, law, philosophy, religious ritual, myth, history, and ethnography, informed by perspectives from literature, art, and archaeology. Provides students the tools to analyze the social roles of women in ancient Greece and Rome.
CLAS 328 Sex, Gender, and Representation in Greek and Roman Literature (3) VLPA/I&S, DIV Hinds, Stroup
Affirmation and inversion of gender roles in Greek and Roman literature, myths of male and female heroism; marginalization of female consciousness; interaction of gender, status, and sexual preference in love poetry. Readings from epic, drama, historiography, romance, and lyric.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen E. Hinds
CLAS 330 The Age of Augustus (5) VLPA/I&S Gowing
Detailed study of the history and culture of the reign of Augustus, the first Roman emperor (31 BC-AD 14). Includes readings in Augustan authors such as Vergil, Ovid, and Horace as well as the study of Augustan art and architecture. Offered: jointly with HSTAM 330.
Instructor Course Description: Alain M. Gowing
CLAS 360 Jews, Greeks, and Romans in the Ancient World (5) VLPA Stroup
Examines the interactions between populations of Jews, Greeks, and Romans in the ancient Mediterranean from the late Bronze Age through the early Talmudic period, informed by perspectives from literature (religious and secular), art, and archaeology. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 360; AWSp.
CLAS 399 Study Abroad: Classics (3-15, max. 20) VLPA
For participants in Classics overseas study programs. Specific course content determined by assigned faculty member. Credit not applicable to majors in the Classics Department without approval.
CLAS 405 Undergraduate Seminar in Classics (5, max. 15)
Seminar on a broadly defined topic in classics. Includes reading in Latin or Greek as appropriate for individual students. Additional readings of works in English translation and works of scholarship chosen to give undergraduate majors familiarity with research methods and perspective on the discipline.
CLAS 422 Intellectual History of Classical Greece (5) VLPA/I&S Blondell
Uses Plato's Republic as a core text to explore a range of issues of ancient and contemporary interest, such as justice, political theory, education, gender, and the nature of the soul. Besides the Republic and other works of Plato, reading are taken from Homer, Hesiod, the dramatists, and other authors. Taught in English.
Instructor Course Description: Ruby Blondell
CLAS 424 The Epic Tradition (5) VLPA Clauss, Levaniouk
Ancient and medieval epic and heroic poetry of Europe in English: the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid; the Roland or a comparable work from the medieval oral tradition; pre-Greek forerunners, other Greco-Roman literary epics, and later medieval and Renaissance developments and adaptations of the genre. Choice of reading material varies according to instructor's preference. Offered: jointly with C LIT 424.
CLAS 427 Greek and Roman Tragedy in English (5) VLPA Stroup
Study of the development of Greek and Roman tragedy, with extensive readings in representative plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Seneca.
CLAS 428 Greek and Roman Comedy in English (5) VLPA Stroup
Readings from the comedies of Aristophanes, Plautus, and Terence.
CLAS 430 Greek and Roman Mythology (3/5) VLPA
Principal myths found in classical and later literature. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Kathryn R. Topper
CLAS 432 Classical Mythology in Film (3/5) VLPA Clauss
Comparison and discussion of classical myths and modern films inspired by them. Promotes access to the reading of classical mythology. Analyzes significant differences between ancient literary and modern cinematographic representations of the myth.
CLAS 435 The Ancient Novel (3) VLPA Connors
Reading and discussion of the principal Greek and Roman novels, the earliest European prose fiction, with attention to earlier literature and to imperial culture.
CLAS 445 Greek and Roman Religion (5) VLPA/I&S Hollmann, Levaniouk
Religion in the social life of the Greeks and Romans, with emphasis placed on their public rituals and festivals. Attention is given to the priesthoods, personal piety, rituals of purification and healing, and the conflict of religions in the early Roman Empire. Many lectures illustrated by slides. Recommended: JSIS B 201. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 445.
CLAS 490 Supervised Study (1-6, max. 18)
Individual study in classical topics by arrangement.
CLAS 495 Senior Essay (1-3, max. 4) VLPA
Usually written in conjunction with another course in the final year of study in the major.
CLAS 496 Special Topics (2-5, max. 15) VLPA
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
CLAS 510 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Classics (3-5, max. 25)
Advanced work on Greek and Latin studies in English translation. Offered: AWSpS.
CLAS 520 Seminar (5, max. 45)
Advanced comparative work on Greek and Latin materials studied in both original languages.
CLAS 525 Proseminar (5)
Introduces graduate students to the chief subfields, together with their various methodologies and resources, of the broad discipline of classical studies.
CLAS 540 Topics in Greek and Latin Literary History (5, max. 25)
Reading of a range of Greek and Latin texts by various authors.
CLAS 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
CLAS 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)