Homer

Courses

Courses Offered in Greek

Courses for which a knowledge of Greek is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
GREK B010-001 Traditional and New Testament Greek Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 13 Sigelman,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Carpenter Library 13
GREK B101-001 Herodotus Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 15 Walker,A.
GREK B201-001 Plato and Thucydides Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Carpenter Library 15 Edmonds,R.
GREK B620-001 5th century Greek Historians Semester / 1 Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 17 Roy,S.
GREK B623-001 Sophocles Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 13 Sigelman,A.

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
GREK B011-001 Traditional and New Testament Greek Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 13 Sigelman,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH Carpenter Library 13
GREK B202-001 The Form of Tragedy Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Carpenter Library 13 Sigelman,A.
GREK B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1
GREK B639-001 Greek Orators:Classical Athens Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 15 Edmonds,R.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)


Courses Offered in Latin

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
LATN B001-001 Elementary Latin Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 25 Scott,R.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Carpenter Library 25
LATN B110-001 Intermediate Latin Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 102 Stevens,B.
LATN B350-001 Topics in Latin Literature: Catullus Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Stevens,B.
LATN B350-002 Topics in Latin Literature: Roman Biography Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Thomas Hall 102 Scott,R.
LATN B615-001 Roman Biography Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Thomas Hall 102 Scott,R.
LATN B650-001 Topics in Latin Literature: Catullus Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Stevens,B.

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
LATN B002-001 Elementary Latin Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Thomas Hall 251 Stevens,B.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Thomas Hall 251
LATN B112-001 Latin Literature Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 102 Scott,R.
LATN B202-001 Advanced Latin Literature Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Thomas Hall 129 Scott,R.
LATN B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1
LATN B637-001 Vergil Aeneid Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Thomas Hall 223 Stevens,B.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)


Courses Offered in Classical Culture and Society

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
CSTS B205-001 Greek History Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 224 Edmonds,R.
CSTS B237-001 Underworlds in Virgil & After Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 224 Stevens,B.
CSTS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Edmonds,R.
CSTS B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Sigelman,A.
CSTS B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Scott,R.
CSTS B701-005 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Baertschi,A.
CSTS B701-03 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Conybeare,C.

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
CSTS B207-001 Early Rome and the Roman Republic Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWF Thomas Hall 102 Scott,R.
CSTS B212-001 Magic in the Greco-Roman World Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 111 Edmonds,R.
CSTS B227-001 Utopia: Good Place or No Place? Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 102 Sigelman,A.
CSTS B238-001 Classical Traditions & Science Fictions Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 224 Stevens,B.
CSTS B399-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 1
CSTS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Edmonds,R.
CSTS B701-002 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Scott,R.
CSTS B701-003 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Sigelman,A.
CSTS B701-004 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Baertschi,A.
CSTS B701-005 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Conybeare,C.

Fall 2015

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Courses Offered in Greek

2014-15 Catalog Data

GREK B010 Traditional and New Testament Greek Fall 2014 This is the first half of a year-long introductory course to ancient Greek. It is designed to familiarize students with the basic elements of classical Greek grammar and syntax as well as to provide them with experience in reading short sentences and passages in both Greek prose and poetry. Course does not meet an Approach

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GREK B011 Traditional and New Testament Greek Spring 2015 This is the second half of a year-long introductory course to ancient Greek. It is designed to familiarize students with the basic elements of classical Greek grammar and syntax. Once the grammar has been fully introduced, students will develop facility by reading parts of the New Testament and a dialogue of Plato. Course does not meet an Approach

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GREK B101 Herodotus Fall 2014 Greek 101 introduces the student to one of the greatest prose authors of ancient Greece, the historian, Herodotus. The "Father of History," as Herodotus is sometimes called, wrote one of the earliest lengthy prose texts extant in Greek literature, in the Ionian dialect of Greek. The "Father of Lies," as he is also sometimes known, wove into his history a number of fabulous and entertaining anecdotes and tales. His historie or inquiry into the events surrounding the invasions by the Persian empire against the Greek city-states set the precedent for all subsequent historical writings. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GREK B104 Homer Not offered 2014-15 Greek 104 is designed to introduce the student to the epic poetry attributed to Homer, the greatest poet of ancient Greece, through selections from the Odyssey. Since Homer's poetic form is so important to the shape and texture of the Odyssey, we will examine the mechanics of Homeric poetry, both the intricacies of dactylic hexameter and the patterns of oral formulaic composition. We will also spend time discussing the characters and ideas that animate this text, since the value of Homer lies not merely in his incomparable mastery of his poetic form, but in the values and patterns of behavior in his story, patterns which remained remarkably influential in the Greek world for centuries. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides Fall 2014 This course is designed to introduce the student to two of the greatest prose authors of ancient Greece, the philosopher, Plato, and the historian, Thucydides. These two writers set the terms in the disciplines of philosophy and history for millennia, and philosophers and historians today continue to grapple with their ideas and influence. The brilliant and controversial statesman Alcibiades provides a link between the two texts in this course (Plato's Symposium and Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War), and we examine the ways in which both authors handle the figure of Alcibiades as a point of entry into the comparison of the varying styles and modes of thought of these two great writers. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GREK B202 The Form of Tragedy Spring 2015 This course will introduce the student to two of the three great Athenian tragedians--Sophocles and Euripides. Their dramas, composed two-and-a-half millenia ago, continue to be performed regularly on modern stages around the world and exert a profound influence on current day theatre. We will read Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos and Euripides' Bacchae in full, focusing on language, poetics, meter, and performance studies. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GREK B398 Senior Seminar The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classics; the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed as CSTS B398 Cross-listed as LATN B398

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GREK B399 Senior Seminar The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classicss (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed as CSTS B399

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GREK B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B601 Homer Not offered 2014-15 We will focus on a careful reading of significant portions of the Homeric epics and on the history of Homeric scholarship. Students will develop an appreciation both for the beauty of Homer's poetics and for the scholarly arguments surrounding interpretation of these texts.

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GREK B603 Greek Patrology Not offered 2014-15 This course is an introduction to Greek patrology, with an emphasis on biblical interpretation. We shall start from Philo and go on to read a selection of important texts from the early Greek fathers, notably Origen, Gregory of Nazianzus, and John Chrysostom.

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GREK B620 5th century Greek Historians Fall 2014 In this seminar, we will examine the first two recognized Greek Historians - Herodotus and Thucydides - in their historical, political, intellectual, and cultural context. In addition to close study of the historians' language, structure, and understanding of historical causation, we will analyze the influence of other intellectual movements of sixth- and fifth-century Greece, including developments in sophistic thought, democratic ideology, and medicine. The course will trace the development of historiographical tradition in Greece and also the wider world of the eastern Mediterranean with special attention to Persian and Egyptian societies. We will also explore the influence of these early historians on modern historiography, anthropology, sociology, and political science.

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GREK B623 Sophocles Fall 2014 In this seminar we will conduct an in-depth reading of several of Sophocles' plays with special emphasis on the language and metrics of Greek tragedy. We will also focus on the history of Sophoclean scholarship. Secondary readings and in-class discussions will cover topics such as the role of the chorus; lyric vs. narrative in drama; the Sophoclean hero; the role of time and oracles; the role of the divine; comparison of Sophocles' favorite themes and techniques with those of Aeschylus and Euripides. All students will complete a term paper on a research topic of their choice by the end of the semester.

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GREK B639 Greek Orators:Classical Athens Spring 2015 The Attic orators provide a rich array of evidence for the social structures of men and women in ancient Athens, giving insights into aspects of personal life that literary texts rarely touch upon. In this seminar, we will explore the ideas of gender and citizenship as they are expressed in a number of the orations from 4th century Athens. We will examine the ways in which rhetoric is used in the speeches, with close attention to the kind of social and personal dynamics that were central to the forensic arena of this time period. A close reading of the texts themselves in the original Greek will help provide insight into the language of the courts, while the readings from modern scholarship will allow us to probe more deeply into some of the issues raised by the texts.

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GREK B643 Readings in Greek History Not offered 2014-15 History, as a way of speaking about the past, was invented by the Greeks. In this course we examine the works of some of the most significant early Greek historians, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, as well as the later Plutarch, paying close attention to the question of what history is for these authors. We will examine the events they choose to recount, as well as the ways they narrate the past. We will probe the underlying assumptions the writers make about the nature of the cosmos and the place of humanity within it, with particular focus upon ideas of religion, gender, ethnicity, pattern and causation. A close reading of the texts themselves in the original Greek will help provide insight into the language of historiography, while the readings from modern scholarship will allow us to probe more deeply into some of the issues raised by the texts.

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GREK B644 Plato Not offered 2014-15 In this seminar, we will explore the central ideas of a Platonic dialogue as they are unfolded by the varying voices of the interlocutors. Plato's dialogues all prompt questions about how to read and understand the complex interchanges between the interlocutors, but no dialogue presents these issues as prominently or paradoxically as the Phaedrus. In their rhetorical speeches on love, Phaedrus speaks for Lysias, while Socrates speaks for Phaedrus or for the nymphs or for Stesichorus. And for whom does Plato speak, or rather, write? And what does he mean when he writes for Socrates the speech that no one serious would ever put anything serious in writing? In this seminar, we will explore the ideas of speech and writing, dialogue and rhetoric, philosophy and eros in the Phaedrus. In addition to a close reading of the text itself, we will sample from the scholarly debates over the understanding and interpretation of the Phaedrus that have gone on over the past two and a half millennia of reading Plato's Phaedrus.

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GREK B670 Greek Scholia Not offered 2014-15 We will spend the first half of the semester reading Eleanor Dickey's Ancient Greek Scholarship and work through her selection of types of scholia, while at the same time getting a sense of how the history of Greek scholarship can be reconstructed by reading the first half of Scribes and Scholars and volume one of Pfeifffer's History of Classical Scholarship. We will then examine in some detail the scholia to Homer and Pindar and end by transcribing the important but still unedited predecessor to the Etymologicum Magnum, the Etymologicum Genuinum.

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At Haverford College:

GREK H001, H002 Elementary Greek

Introduction to ancient Greek, with selected readings in poetry and prose.  Completion of the basics of ancient Greek, followed by readings in Lysias and Plato in GREK 002. (Germany)

GREK H101 Introduction to Greek Literature: Herodotus and Greek Lyric

Introduction to the study of Greek literature through readings in Herodotus’ Histories and selections from Greek lyric poetry. Emphasis will be on developing reading skills and on critical interpretation and discussion. Prerequisite: Greek 001-002 or the equivalent (Mulligan)

GREK H202 Advanced Greek: Tragedy

Sophocles, Euripides, and readings in Aristotle’s Poetics. (Roberts)

GREK H350 Seminar in Greek Literature: Translating the Classics: Theory, History, Practice

An advanced seminar in Greek language and literature, with special emphasis on the interpretation and discussion of texts in Greek and the reading of relevant scholarship. Topic to be determined by faculty. May be repeated for credit. GREK 201 or 202 or consent. (Roberts)

GREK H480 Independent Study

(staff)

Courses Offered in Latin

At Bryn Mawr:

Courses for which a knowledge of Latin is not required are listed under Classical Culture and Society.

2014-15 Catalog Data

LATN B001 Elementary Latin Fall 2014 Latin 001 is the first part of a year-long course that introduces the student to the language and literature of ancient Rome. The first semester focuses upon the grammar of Latin, developing the student's knowledge of the forms of the language and the basic constructions used. Exercises in translation and composition aid in the student's learning of the language, while readings in prose and poetry from the ancient authors provide the student with a deeper appreciation of the culture which used this language. Course does not meet an Approach

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LATN B002 Elementary Latin Spring 2015 Latin 002 is the second part of a year-long course that introduces the student to the language and literature of ancient Rome. The second semester completes the course of study of the grammar of Latin, improving the student's knowledge of the forms of the language and forms of expression. Exercises in translation and composition aid in the student's learning of the language, while readings in prose and poetry from the ancient authors provide the student with a deeper appreciation of the culture which used this language. Course does not meet an Approach

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LATN B110 Intermediate Latin Fall 2014 Intensive review of grammar, reading in classical prose and poetry. For students who have had the equivalent of several years of high school Latin or are not adequately prepared to take LATN 101. This course meets three times a week with a required fourth hour to be arranged. Course does not meet an Approach

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LATN B112 Latin Literature Spring 2015 In the second semester of the intermediate Latin sequence, readings in prose and poetry are frequently drawn from a period, such as the age of Augustus, that illustrate in different ways the leading political and cultural concerns of the time. The Latin readings and discussion are supplemented by readings in the secondary literature. There are three required meetings a week. Prerequisite: LATN 101 or 110 or placement by the department. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B202 Advanced Latin Literature Spring 2015 In this course typically a variety of Latin prose and poetry of the high and later Roman empire (first to fourth centuries CE) is read. Single or multiple authors may be featured in a given semester. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B203 Medieval Latin Literature Not offered 2014-15 Selected works of Latin prose and poetry from the late Roman Empire through the 12th century. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level Latin course or equivalent. Writing Attentive Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B303 Lucretius Not offered 2014-15 Lucretius' poem "De Rerum Natura", On the Nature of Things, is one of the most remarkable works of classical antiquity: in six books of didactic epic it gives a detailed exposition of Epicurean philosophy while exploiting all the riches of poetic imagery, smearing the "honey of the Muses" round the lip of the cup containing the "wormwood" of its message. Atomic theory, sexual relations, fear of death: these are just some of the topics addressed. We shall read and interpret almost the entire poem, giving equal weight to its philosophy and its poetry. Prerequisites: at least two Latin courses at 200 level.

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LATN B305 Livy & the Conquest of the Mediterranean Not offered 2014-15 Close analysis of Livy's account of the Second Macedonian War, the Syrian War, and the origins of the third Macedonian War. Emphasis will be placed on Livy's method of composition and reliability, of his general historical outlook, and that of other authors who covered the period. The relevant sections of Polybius' history, Plutarch's biographies of Flamininus, the Elder Cato, and Aemilius Paullus as well as all relevant inscriptions will be dealt with in English.

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Catullus
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Ovid's Fasti
Section 002 (Fall 2014): Roman Biography Fall 2014 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: A complete reading and close study of Catullus. We read the collection of 113 poems completely in English, representative examples of each type (generic, metrical, topical) in the Latin, and scholarship and criticism. Aiming at increased fluency in reading Latin poetry, we also seek to deepen our interpretations of this ancient poet, who is simultaneously familiar and strange. Attention is paid to some of Catullus' models in Latin and Greek and to some imitators especially in English lyric.

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LATN B398 Senior Seminar The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classics; the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed as CSTS B398 Cross-listed as GREK B398

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LATN B399 Senior Seminar The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classicss (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed as CSTS B399

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B612 Tacitus Not offered 2014-15 Studies in the Annals of Tacitus.

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LATN B613 Livy & the Conquest of the Mediterranean 2nd & 1st c. Not offered 2014-15 Close analysis of Livy's account of the Second Macedonian War, the Syrian War, and the origins of the third Macedonian War. Emphasis will be placed on Livy's method of composition and reliability, of his general historical outlook, and that of other authors who covered the period. The relevant sections of Polybius' history, Plutarch's biographies of Flamininus, the Elder Cato, and Aemilius Paullus as well as all relevant inscriptions will be dealt with in English.

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LATN B613 Cicero Not offered 2014-15 The speeches and letters of Cicero, advocate and politician.

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LATN B615 Roman Biography Fall 2014 The course surveys the development of Roman Biography from the late Republic to the High Empire. Authors read include Cornelius Nepos, Cornelius Tacitus, Plutarch, Suetonius Tranquillus and anonymous authors representative of both pagan and Christian resistance literature.

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LATN B633 Lucretius Not offered 2014-15 Lucretius' poem "De Rerum Natura", On the Nature of Things, is one of the most remarkable works of classical antiquity: in six books of didactic epic it gives a detailed exposition of Epicurean philosophy while exploiting all the riches of poetic imagery, smearing the "honey of the Muses" round the lip of the cup containing the "wormwood" of its message. Atomic theory, sexual relations, fear of death: these are just some of the topics addressed. We shall read and interpret almost the entire poem, giving equal weight to its philosophy and its poetry. Prerequisites: at least two Latin courses at 200 level.

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LATN B637 Vergil Aeneid Spring 2015 A complete reading and close study of Virgil, whose "afterlife," it has been said with little exaggeration, "is Western literature." We read all of the certain poems--Eclogues (c. 39 BCE), Georgics (c. 29 BCE), and Aeneid (c. 19 BCE)--completely in English, substantial portions of each in the Latin, and scholarship and criticism. Aiming at increased fluency in reading Latin poetry, we also seek to deepen our capacity to respond to this astonishing ancient poet rigorously and meaningfully. Attention is paid to some of Virgil's models in Latin and Greek and to some imitators especially in the European epic tradition.

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LATN B640 Topics: Imperial Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Seneca: Tragedies Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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LATN B650 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Catullus Fall 2014 Topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: A complete reading and close study of Catullus. We read the collection of 113 poems completely in English, representative examples of each type (generic, metrical, topical) in the Latin, and scholarship and criticism. Aiming at increased fluency in reading Latin poetry, we also seek to deepen our interpretations of this ancient poet, who is simultaneously familiar and strange. Attention is paid to some of Catullus' models in Latin and Greek and to some imitators especially in English lyric.

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LATN B671 Fasti Not offered 2014-15 Ovid's Fasti is a work that the poet was not able to complete before being sent into exile by Augustus. Nevertheless, as it survives, it is an extraordinarily rich work that blends the antiquarian religious research characteristic of the Augustan age with the subtle poetic craft for which the author is famous.

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At Haverford College:

LATN H001, H002 Elementary Latin

Introduction to the elements of Latin grammar, with readings in prose and poetry. This is the first semester of a year-long course. (Mulligan)

LATN H101 Introduction to Latin Literature: The Language of Love and Hate in the Roman Republic

Introduction to the study of Latin literature through readings from Catullus' poetry and Ciceros' Pro Caelio. Class will include some grammar review, but emphasis will be on developing reading skills and on critical interpretation and discussion. Prerequisite: Students should have had either a year of college Latin or very strong high school preparation. For a course with more extensive grammar review, see Bryn Mawr Latin 003. (Roberts)

LATN H102 Introduction to Latin Literature: Comedy

LATN H170 Stilus: Latin Reading and Stylistics

This course is designed to be an ongoing practicum in Latin stylistics. Students will meet once a week in an informal setting where they will learn to use Latin actively, as a supple, living instrument of written expression. Open to all students who have completed Latin 002, regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in any other Latin course; may be repeated indefinitely. (Germany)

LATN H202 Advanced Latin Literature: Ovid

This course we will focus on the culminating and most influential works of this tradition—Ovid’s Amores and Ars Amatoria. The Amores presents all the features of the Elegiac genre: the pathetic lover, the (un)helpful servant, erotic rivals, sexual success, and betrayal. The Ars Amatoria is styled as a verse handbook to the elegiac lover, teaching first men, and then women, how to catch and keep the perfect (and in some cases the adequate) lover. (Mulligan)

LATN H350 Seminar in Latin Literature: Translating the Classics: Theory, History, Practice
LATN H399 Senior Seminar

The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. (Mulligan)


LATN H480 Independent Study

An advanced seminar in Latin language and literature, with special emphasis on the interpretation and discussion of texts in Latin and the reading of relevant scholarship. Topic to be determined by faculty. May be repeated for credit. At least one 200-level Latn course or consent. (Roberts)

Courses Offered in Classical Culture and Society

(excluding language courses)

At Bryn Mawr College:

2014-15 Catalog Data

CSTS B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky Not offered 2014-15 This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B125 Cross-listed as HART B125

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CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action Not offered 2014-15 An introduction to Roman public and private law from the early republic to the high empire. The development of legal institutions, including the public courts, the role of the jurists and the importance of case law, is stressed. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B175 Feminism in Classics Not offered 2014-15 This course will illustrate the ways in which feminism has had an impact on classics, as well as the ways in which feminists think with classical texts. It will have four thematic divisions: feminism and the classical canon; feminism, women, and rethinking classical history; feminist readings of classical texts; and feminists and the classics - e.g. Cixous' Medusa and Butler's Antigone. Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B205 Greek History Fall 2014 This course traces the rise of the city-state (polis) in the Greek-speaking world beginning in the seventh-century BC down to its full blossoming in classical Athens and Sparta. Students should gain an understanding of the formation and development of Greek identity, from the Panhellenic trends in archaic epic and religion through its crystallization during the heroic defense against two Persian invasions and its subsequent disintegration during the Peloponnesian war. The class will also explore the ways in which the evolution of political, philosophical, religious, and artistic institutions reflect the changing socio-political circumstances of Greece. The latter part of the course will focus on Athens in particular: its rise to imperial power under Pericles, its tragic decline from the Peloponnesian War and its important role as a center for the teaching of rhetoric and philosophy. Since the study of history involves the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the sources available for the culture studied, students will concentrate upon the primary sources available for Greek history, exploring the strengths and weakness of these sources and the ways in which their evidence can be used to create an understanding of ancient Greece. Students should learn how to analyze and evaluate the evidence from primary texts and to synthesize the information from multiple sources in a critical way. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HIST B205

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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic Spring 2015 This course surveys the history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic, with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy and the evolution of the Roman state. The course also examines the Hellenistic world in which the rise of Rome takes place. The methods of historical investigation using the ancient sources, both literary and archaeological, are emphasized. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HIST B207

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CSTS B208 The Roman Empire Not offered 2014-15 Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HIST B208

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CSTS B209 Eros in Ancient Greek Culture Not offered 2014-15 This course explores the ancient Greek's ideas of love, from the interpersonal loves between people of the same or different genders to the cosmogonic Eros that creates and holds together the entire world. The course examines how the idea of eros is expressed in poetry, philosophy, history, and the romances. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B212 Magic in the Greco-Roman World Spring 2015 Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans - from the simple spells designed to meet the needs of the poor and desperate to the complex theurgies of the philosophers, the people of the Greco-Roman World made use of magic to try to influence the world around them. In this course students will gain an understanding of the magicians of the ancient world and the techniques and devices they used to serve their clientele, as well as the cultural contexts in which these ideas of magic arose. We shall consider ancient tablets and spell books as well as literary descriptions of magic in the light of theories relating to the religious, political, and social contexts in which magic was used. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B220 Writing the Self in the Middle Ages Not offered 2014-15 What leads people to write about their lives? Do men and women present themselves differently? Do they think different issues are important? How do they claim authority for their thoughts and experiences? We shall address these questions, reading a wide range of autobiography from the Medieval period in the West, with a particular emphasis on women's writing and on feminist critiques of autobiographical practice. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as COML B220 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome Not offered 2014-15 This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Roman' perception of wine-drinking as a sacral experience, often of critical cultural, social, and even cosmic importance. We will study the cult of Dionysus and the role of wine in Greek and Latin poetry, drama, and philosophy. We will then trace the development of these religious and cultural trends in subsequent Western history, to the medieval tradition of the carnival and to twentieth-century literature. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B227 Utopia: Good Place or No Place? Spring 2015 What is the ideal human society? What is the role and status of man and woman therein? Is such a society purely hypothetical or should we strive to make it viable in our modern world? This course will address these questions by exploring the historic development of the concept of utopia. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CSTS B237 Underworlds in Virgil & After Fall 2014 What is a 'literary tradition', and what sense may we make of one? In this course we focus on an influential episode in the Western literary tradition: the hero's journey into the underworld in Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid. Keeping in mind a master metaphor by which 'underworld' stands for 'afterlife', we consider that perilous 'journey below' on its own, in context of the complete poem, and in contexts provided by other authors' visions of 'what lies beneath', including Homer (Odyssey), Ovid (Metamorphoses), Dante (Inferno), Milton (Paradise Lost), Shakespeare (The Tempest), Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness), J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit), and the nameless author of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CSTS B238 Classical Traditions & Science Fictions Spring 2015 What might ancient classics say about the modern world? In this course we explore intersections between ancient, Greco-Roman texts and the genre that is most characteristic of the modern, technoscientific world, science fiction. Raising questions about genres and traditions; the role of the 'humanities' in relation to 'technology'; and ways of discovering and evaluating 'knowledge', we consider the possibility that, although antiquity and the present day differ, at base ancient literature has given science fiction its profound sense of wonder about the world. Texts from authors such as Sappho, Sophocles, and Plato; Lucretius, Ovid, and Apuleius; Shelley, Borges, Dick, and Eco; Le Guin, Morrison, Atwood, and Edson; Cameron, Cronenberg, and Demme; and Benjamin, Baudrillard, Haraway, and Hayles. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as COML B239

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CSTS B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome Not offered 2014-15 A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources and paying attention to art, archaeology and topography, this course explores the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and the representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as HIST B285 Cross-listed as CITY B260

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CSTS B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome Not offered 2014-15 The often-praised achievements of the classical cultures arose from the realities of day-to-day life. This course surveys the rich body of material and textual evidence pertaining to how ancient Greeks and Romans -- famous and obscure alike -- lived and died. Topics include housing, food, clothing, work, leisure, and family and social life. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ARCH B260 Cross-listed as CITY B259

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CSTS B274 From Myth to Modern Cinema Not offered 2014-15 This course explores how contemporary film, a creative medium appealing to the entire demographic spectrum like Greek drama, looks back to the ancient origins. Examining both films that are directly based on Greek plays and films that make use of classical material without being explicitly classical in plot or setting, we will discuss how Greek mythology is reconstructed and appropriated for modern audiences and how the classical past continues to be culturally significant. A variety of methodological approaches such as film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory will be applied in addition to more straightforward literary-historical interpretation. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as COML B274

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CSTS B324 Roman Architecture Not offered 2014-15 The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces,structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, "suburban" and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102. Cross-listed as HART B324 Cross-listed as ARCH B324

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CSTS B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Illustration Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as ARCH B359 Cross-listed as HART B358

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CSTS B375 Interpreting Mythology Not offered 2014-15 The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. The student should gain a more profound understanding of the meaning of these myths to the Greeks themselves, of the cultural context in which they were formulated. At the same time, this course should provide the student with some familiarity with the range of interpretations and strategies of understanding that people of various cultures and times have applied to the Greek myths during the more than two millennia in which they have been preserved. Preference to upperclassmen, previous coursework in myth required. Cross-listed as COML B375

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CSTS B398 Senior Seminar The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classics; the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed as LATN B398 Cross-listed as GREK B398

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CSTS B399 Senior Seminar The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classicss (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. Cross-listed as LATN B399 Cross-listed as GREK B399

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CSTS B403 Supervised Work

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CSTS B645 Ancient Magic Not offered 2014-15 Magic - the word evokes the mysterious and the marvelous, the forbidden and the hidden, the ancient and the arcane. But what did magic mean to the people who coined the term, the people of ancient Greece and Rome? Drawing on the expanding body of evidence for ancient magical practices, as well as recent theoretical approaches to the history of religions, this seminar explores the varieties of phenomena labeled magic in the ancient Greco-Roman world. Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans - from the simple spells designed to meet the needs of the poor and desperate to the complex theurgies of the philosophers, the people of the Greco-Roman world did not only imagine what magic could do, they also made use of magic to try to influence the world around them. The seminar examines the primary texts in Greek, the tablets and spell books, as well as literary descriptions of magic, in the light of theories relating to the religious, political, and social contexts in which magic was used.

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CSTS B675 Interpreting Mythology Not offered 2014-15 The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. The student should gain a more profound understanding of the meaning of these myths to the Greeks themselves, of the cultural context in which they were formulated. At the same time, this course should provide the student with some familiarity with the range of interpretations and strategies of understanding that people of various cultures and times have applied to the Greek myths during the more than two millennia in which they have been preserved.

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CSTS B701 Supervised Work Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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At Haverford College:

CSTS H119 Culture and Crisis in the Golden Age of Athens

Team-taught study of the Athenian achievement in literature, politics and philosophy from the Persian wars to the trial and death of Socrates,largely through primary sources. The last third of the semester will feature an open-ended, student-led simulation of the aftermath of the Peloponnesian Wars, in which students will debate social reconciliation after the expulsion of the tyrants, the organization of Athenian government, the expansion of citizenship, the future of the Athenian empire, and the fate of Socrates. (Germany, Mulligan)

CSTS H219 Rites of Laughter: Ancient Comedy and its Legacy

A survey of Greek and Roman comic theater, from its ritual origins to its classical role in civic cultural life. Special emphasis will be given to related modern forms of entertainment and to ancient and modern theories of the comic. Cross-listed in Comparative Literature. Lottery preference to CSTS, LATN, GREK, & COML Majors. (Germany)

CSTS H293 Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice

An exploration of the theory and practice of translation (both historical and current) and of other forms of rewriting. Theoretical readings include works by Dryden, Schleiermacher, Arnold, Benjamin, Venuti, and others; examples of translation will be drawn from a variety of texts in different languages. Students will have the opportunity to work on translation projects of their own. (Roberts)

CSTS H399 Senior Seminar

The first term of this course is a bi-college team-taught seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classical Studies (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy. law, social History); the second term involves the writing and oral presentation of the senior thesis. (Roberts)

CSTS H480 Independent Study

(Staff)