Courses Offered in Greek

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 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
GREK B010-001Traditional and New Testament GreekSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFSigelman,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
GREK B101-001HerodotusSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFInterim,R.
GREK B201-001Plato and ThucydidesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFEdmonds,R.
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B639-001Greek Orators:Classical AthensSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TEdmonds,R.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: SenecaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBaertschi,A.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
GREK B011-001Traditional and New Testament GreekSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFSigelman,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
GREK B202-001The Form of TragedySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFSigelman,A.
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B615-001Aeschylus' OresteiaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MSigelman,A.

Fall 2019

(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 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
LATN B001-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFBaertschi,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
LATN B110-001Intermediate LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFScott,R.
LATN B201-001Topics: Advanced Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHConybeare,C.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: SenecaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBaertschi,A.
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B650-001Topics in Latin Literature: SenecaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBaertschi,A.
LATN B652-001Problems in Roman History 2nd & 1st Centuries B.C.Semester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THScott,R.
CSTS B207-001Early Rome and the Roman RepublicSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFScott,R.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
LATN B002-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFConybeare,C.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
LATN B112-001Latin Literature: Livy and HoraceSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFConybeare,C.
Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF
LATN B303-001LucretiusSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TConybeare,C.
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B633-001LucretiusSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TConybeare,C.

Fall 2019

(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 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
CSTS B205-001Greek HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWEdmonds,R.
CSTS B207-001Early Rome and the Roman RepublicSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFScott,R.
CSTS B310-001Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to PrintSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WConybeare,C., Pumroy,E.
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B610-001Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to PrintSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WConybeare,C., Pumroy,E.
CSTS B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAScott,R.
CSTS B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAEdmonds,R.
CSTS B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAConybeare,C.
CSTS B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBABaertschi,A.
CSTS B701-005Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBASigelman,A.
LATN B110-001Intermediate LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFScott,R.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: SenecaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBaertschi,A.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
CSTS B242-001Magic in the Greco-Roman WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHEdmonds,R.
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B612-001The Literature of ExileSemester / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM W
CSTS B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAEdmonds,R.
CSTS B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAConybeare,C.
CSTS B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBASigelman,A.
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFLindenlauf,A.
LATN B112-001Latin Literature: Livy and HoraceSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFConybeare,C.
Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF

Fall 2019

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

2018-19 Catalog Data

GREK B010 Traditional and New Testament Greek
Fall 2018
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 2019
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. Prerequisite: GREK B010.
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GREK B101 Herodotus
Fall 2018
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. This course meets three times a week with a required fourth hour to be arranged. Prerequisite: GREK B010 and B011 or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GREK B104 Homer
Not offered 2018-19
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. Prerequisite: One year of college level Greek or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GREK B201 Plato and Thucydides
Fall 2018
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. Suggested Prerequisites: At least 2 years of college Greek or the equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GREK B202 The Form of Tragedy
Spring 2019
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GREK B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B601 Homer
Not offered 2018-19
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 B602 Approaches to Homeric Epic
Not offered 2018-19
A close study of the Homeric Iliad, and a survey of some major scholarly "camps" surrounding its interpretation. In addition to reading much of the epic in Greek, students should also expect to engage the methodologies that have been used to approach this peculiar, monumental poem. Oralist, narratological, neo-analytic, linguistic, historical and Marxist readings will be applied and dissected. Two oral reports and a research paper will be expected.

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GREK B609 Pindar & Greek Lyric
Not offered 2018-19
We will begin with a careful reading of Pindar's shorter odes, then proceed to his most famous long odes (Olympian 1, Pythian 3, Pythian 1) and then consider interpretative strategies (past, present, and future) as we survey the rest of the odes. One additional hour of reading TBA.

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GREK B615 Aeschylus' Oresteia
Spring 2019
In this seminar we will conduct an in-depth reading of Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy (Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides). We will explore Aeschylus' poetic craft including metrics, vocabulary, syntax, metaphor-construction, plot patterns, rhetoric, character-portrayal, and staging. Special attention will be devoted to close study of choral lyric passages and the language and function of the tragic chorus. We will devote some time each week to scansion and out loud recitation of the choral odes with the aim of developing a feel for the text as poetry. Weekly secondary reading selections and oral in-class reports will be geared toward giving students a good sense for dominant interpretative trends in Aeschylean scholarship. We will also be looking at some of the incredible detective work done by twentieth-century editors in their endeavor to reconstruct Aeschylus' often fragmentary and obscure text. Towards the second half of the semester, students will begin working on research papers.

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GREK B620 5th century Greek Historians
Not offered 2018-19
This course will present a detailed reading of three or more books of Herodotus, with close study of his language, structure, and understanding of historical causation. We shall also work to situate Herodotus as an early prose writer in the tradition of the earlier geographical and ethnographical writings and will to that end read the fragments of Hecataeus as well as other early historians.

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GREK B630 Euripides
Not offered 2018-19
In this seminar we will look closely at several plays of Euripides, paying special attention to the tragedian's language and meter. We will also read widely in 20th and 21st century scholarship on Euripides.

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GREK B639 Greek Orators:Classical Athens
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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 2018-19
In this seminar, we will explore the central ideas of a Platonic dialogue as they are unfolded by the varying voices of the interlocutors. In the "Phaedo", Plato presents a poignant picture of the last hours of Socrates. 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 millenia of reading Plato's Phaedrus.

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GREK B653 Athens in the Hellenistic Period
Not offered 2018-19
Surveys of Athenian history tend to conclude if not at the Battle of Chaeronea at any rate at the death of Alexander. Yet Athens did not disappear with the imposition of the Macedonian garrison in 322. Democracy resurfaced periodically over the course of the next century (in 318, 307, 288, and 229), and, more to the point, even under periods of oligarchic rule and Macedonian control, Athenian institutions remained intact, and Athenians continued to make significant contributions to the greater Greek world. Indeed, the century that followed Alexander's death saw the flowering of Athenian historiography (e.g. Demochares, Diyllus, Philochorus, Timaeus, and Phylarchus) and new comedy (e.g. Menander and Poseidippus), as well as the advent of important philosophical schools (Epicureanism and Stoicism). This course will focus on Athens between the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE) and its liberation from Macedonian rule ca. 229 BCE. By way of a variety of contemporary sources, we shall have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves both with the historical narrative and with the intellectual climate of the polis in the early Hellenistic period.

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2018-19
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)

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ARCH B504 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2018-19
This course approaches the topic of ancient Greek religion by focusing on surviving archaeological, architectural, epigraphical, artistic and literary evidence that dates from the Archaic and Classical periods. By examining a wealth of diverse evidence that ranges, for example, from temple architecture, and feasting and banqueting equipment to inscriptions, statues, vase paintings, and descriptive texts, the course enables the participants to analyze the value and complexity of the archaeology of Greek religion and to recognize its significance for the reconstruction of daily life in ancient Greece. Special emphasis is placed on subjects such as the duties of priests and priestesses, the violence of animal sacrifice, the function of cult statues and votive offerings and also the important position of festivals and hero and mystery cults in ancient Greek religious thought and experience.

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CSTS B208 The Roman Empire
Not offered 2018-19
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)

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CSTS B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome
Not offered 2018-19
This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Romans' 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 B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2018-19
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)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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CSTS B320 Martyrs, Mothers, Memoirs: Medieval Autobiographies
Not offered 2018-19
The writing of autobiography flourished in the middle ages, but there have been very few studies of the genre for the period. This course presents a range of autobiographies from the Latin West and encourages students to think about them theoretically and historically: what does it mean to write the self? what is at stake in the presentation of these stories? what notions are privileged? and how do we situate autobiographies in the wider literary landscape?

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CSTS B398 Senior Seminar
This is a bi-college seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classics (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy, law, social history) and of how to apply contemporary critical approaches to the primary sources. Students will also begin developing a topic for their senior thesis, composing a prospectus and giving a preliminary presentation of their findings.

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CSTS B399 Senior Seminar
This is the continuation of CSTS B398. Working with individual advisors from the bi-college classics departments, students will continue to develop the topic sketched out in the fall semester. By the end of the course, they will have completed at least one draft and a full, polished version of the senior thesis, of which they will give a final oral presentation.

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: In this course we will read a selection of works by Seneca the Younger, who was Rome's leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century CE, tutoring and advising the emperor Nero in the early stages of his reign, while also establishing himself as the foremost philosopher and dramatist of his age. In order to 'see Seneca whole', we will examine both some of his prose teachings, especially on issues such as morality and literary style, and select tragedies. Throughout our readings, we will focus on the inter- and intratextual dimension of his work, its philosophical content, the political agenda, the psychology of the characters as well as the unique theatrical quality of Seneca's writing.

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2018-19 Catalog Data

LATN B001 Elementary Latin
Fall 2018
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.
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LATN B002 Elementary Latin
Spring 2019
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. Prerequisite: LATN B001.
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LATN B110 Intermediate Latin
Fall 2018
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. Prerequisite: One year of college level Latin or equivalent.
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LATN B112 Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Livy and Horace
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Livy and Horace
Spring 2019
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. This course meets three times a week with a required fourth hour to be arranged. Prerequisite: LATN 101 or 110 or placement by the department.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B201 Topics: Advanced Latin Literature
Fall 2018
This is a topics course, course content varies. 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. Suggested Preparation: two years of college Latin or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B202 Topics: Advanced Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): The Silver Age
Not offered 2018-19
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. This is a topics course, course content varies. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level Latin course or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B303 Lucretius
Spring 2019
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 or permission of instructor.

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LATN B312 Roman Satire
Not offered 2018-19
Satire is the most slippery and subversive of genres. It is richly entertaining to read, but if we engage with it seriously it is often abrasive, shocking, shattering. Reading Roman satire requires an energetic exercise in cultural translation: we are confronted with the alienness of the Roman world, as well as its perverse literary vigour. This course will span four turbulent centuries of Roman imperialism in its reading of Roman satire. We will range from the sharp minutiae of social observation in Horace's Sermones to the calculated public abuse of a eunuch consul in Claudian's In Eutropium; from the swirling filthy riches of Persius and Juvenal to the nastily eloquent Christian condemnation of riches (and much else) in St Jerome. Students are warned: the language is difficult, the content often excoriating, even if exquisitely expressed. Reading this material challenges any comfortable separation between "literature" and "life".

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: In this course we will read a selection of works by Seneca the Younger, who was Rome's leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century CE, tutoring and advising the emperor Nero in the early stages of his reign, while also establishing himself as the foremost philosopher and dramatist of his age. In order to 'see Seneca whole', we will examine both some of his prose teachings, especially on issues such as morality and literary style, and select tragedies. Throughout our readings, we will focus on the inter- and intratextual dimension of his work, its philosophical content, the political agenda, the psychology of the characters as well as the unique theatrical quality of Seneca's writing.

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B612 Tacitus
Not offered 2018-19
Studies in the Annals of Tacitus.

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LATN B613 Cicero
Not offered 2018-19
The public and private legal speeches and relevant letters of Cicero as advocate and politician.

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LATN B619 Roman Satire
Not offered 2018-19
This course will span four turbulent centuries of Roman imperilism in its reading or Roman satire. We will range from the sharp minutiae of social observation in Horace's Sermones to the calculated public abuse of a eunuch consul in Claudian's In Eutropium; from the swirling filthy riches of Persius and Juvenal to the nastily eloquent Christian condemnation of riches (and much else) in St Jerome.

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LATN B625 Augustine and the Classical Tradition
Not offered 2018-19
This course reads the work of Augustine of Hippo at three intense moments of his engagement with the classical tradition: in the late 380s, after his conversion; in his Confessions; and in the aftermath of the fall of Rome in 410. We shall combine close attention to Augustine's Latin with a study of major secondary.works and a variety of critical approaches to Augustine and his thought.

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LATN B633 Lucretius
Spring 2019
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 or permission of instructor.

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LATN B648 Latin Epigram
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Not offered 2018-19
In this seminar we will explore the themes and aesthetics of the Latin epigram, a genre (or is it?) best known for its brevity and wit. After orienting ourselves in the epigrams of the Neoterics (Catullus, Cinna, Calvus, Caesar), our focus will turn to the poetry of Martial, whose accounts of Rome, its inhabitants, and their foibles exerted a profound influence on subsequent epigrammatists. We will consider Martial's poetry both thematically (poems on the city; women; scoundrels; patrons; long poems) and as constituents of organized, multi-faceted libri.  To deepen our appreciation of Martial's poetic project, we will take occasional forays into para-epigrammatic genres and works (Priapea, Catalepton), as well as the scattered epigrams of authors both familiar (Ovid, Lucan, Seneca, Petronius) and obscure. We will also consider the evolution the epigram from its inscriptional and epitaphic origins in Greek and Latin, and its development as a literary form by Hellenistic authors. In the final two weeks of the course, we will turn our attention to the reception of Martial by late antique (Ausonius, Claudian, Luxorius) and Neo-Latin poets (e.g. Pontano's Baiae, Panormita's Hermaphroditus, Marullo's reception of Catullus, Thomas More, John Owen).  Readings in the original will be supplemented with relevant scholarship throughout. Students will enhance their core work on Latin epigram by reading--independently or in small-groups--a complementary genre or author in the original related to their interests (e.g. Greek epigram, Horace' Satires, Latin elegy, carmina epigraphica, Juvenal, Flavian epic, Pliny's Epistles, Christian epigram).

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LATN B650 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Livy's Hannibalic War:AUC21-30
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2018
Advanced reading and interpretation of Latin literature: content varies
Current topic description: In this course we will read a selection of works by Seneca the Younger, who was Rome's leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century CE, tutoring and advising the emperor Nero in the early stages of his reign, while also establishing himself as the foremost philosopher and dramatist of his age. In order to 'see Seneca whole', we will examine both some of his prose teachings, especially on issues such as morality and literary style, and select tragedies. Throughout our readings, we will focus on the inter- and intratextual dimension of his work, its philosophical content, the political agenda, the psychology of the characters as well as the unique theatrical quality of Seneca's writing.

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LATN B652 Problems in Roman History 2nd & 1st Centuries B.C.
Fall 2018
This course examines the history and politics of the later Roman republic (second and first centuries BCE) through the writings of selected authors (Livy, Sallust, Cicero and Caesar) and the evidence of contemporary material culture from the western Mediterranean and the Aegean.

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LATN B658 Late Latin Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
This course will survey the florescence of Latin poetry in the fourth and fifth centuries CE. At the heart of the course will be a study of some of Prudentius' works, for example the Hamartigenia and the Cathemerinon; works by Claudian, Ausonius, Avitus, Dracontius, and Paulinus of Nola may also be included. We shall analyze both the literary and (where applicable) the theological properties of these great works.

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LATN B660 Horace, Odes and Epodes
Not offered 2018-19
Horace, Rome's most versatile author, produced some of antiquity's most important and intriguing poems on themes ranging from erotics to poetics, from political instability to philosophy, from morality to myth. This course will focus on the poems published in his Epodes and the four books of Odes, paying special attention to Horace's engagement with his poetic predecessors and the Greek and Latin literary tradition in general, his relationship with Maecenas and Augustus, and his brilliant use of meter and Latin poetic diction. We will also consider some of his other works such as the Ars Poetica and the Epistles in order to appreciate more fully his poetic practices and his appropriation of the Greek heritage into Roman cultural contexts.

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LATN B671 Fasti
Not offered 2018-19
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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LATN B673 Roman Civil War
Not offered 2018-19
Civil war seemed to be Rome's inescapable destiny from the foundation of the city through the early empire. This course will assess its historical significance as well as its representation and commemoration in Roman literature. We will focus particularly on Lucan's Bellum civile recounting the strife between Caesar and Pompey, but also read other texts in both poetry and prose to trace the development of civil conflict at Rome and its lasting influence on Roman identity and cultural memory.

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2018-19
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)

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CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action
Not offered 2018-19
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 B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
Fall 2018
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)

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CSTS B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome
Not offered 2018-19
This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Romans' 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 B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2018-19
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)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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CSTS B320 Martyrs, Mothers, Memoirs: Medieval Autobiographies
Not offered 2018-19
The writing of autobiography flourished in the middle ages, but there have been very few studies of the genre for the period. This course presents a range of autobiographies from the Latin West and encourages students to think about them theoretically and historically: what does it mean to write the self? what is at stake in the presentation of these stories? what notions are privileged? and how do we situate autobiographies in the wider literary landscape?

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CSTS B398 Senior Seminar
This is a bi-college seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classics (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy, law, social history) and of how to apply contemporary critical approaches to the primary sources. Students will also begin developing a topic for their senior thesis, composing a prospectus and giving a preliminary presentation of their findings.

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CSTS B399 Senior Seminar
This is the continuation of CSTS B398. Working with individual advisors from the bi-college classics departments, students will continue to develop the topic sketched out in the fall semester. By the end of the course, they will have completed at least one draft and a full, polished version of the senior thesis, of which they will give a final oral presentation.

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2018-19 Catalog Data

CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018
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)

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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
Fall 2018
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)

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CSTS B208 The Roman Empire
Not offered 2018-19
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)

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CSTS B213 Persia and The Greeks
Not offered 2018-19
This Course explores interactions between Greeks and Persians in the Mediterranean and Near East from the Archaic Period to the Hellenistic Age. Through a variety of sources (from Greek histories, tragedies, and ethnography, to Persian royal inscriptions and administrative documents and the Hebrew Bible), we shall work to illuminate the interface between these two distinct yet complementary cultures. Our aim will be to gain familiarity not only with a general narrative of Greco-Persian history, from the foundation of the Achaemenid Empire in the middle of the sixth century BCE to the Macedonian conquest of Persia some 250 years later, but also with the materials (archaeological, numismatic, epigraphical, artistic, and literary) from which we build such a narrative. At the same time, we shall work to understand how contact between Persia and the Greeks in antiquity has influenced discourse about the opposition between East and West in the modern world.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B214 Remembering the Saints: Reading Pilgrimage & Tourism
Not offered 2018-19
This course is divided into two parts. In the first half of the semester, it will trace the rise and function of the holy women and men of late antiquity (300-600 CE), with an emphasis on the literary portrayal of their lives, a genre called hagiography (sacred biography). Methods for reading and interpreting this large body of literature will play a key role in this part of the course. In the second half of the semester, the focus will shift from saint to devotee. Saints were like magnets that set the people of late antiquity into motion. By reading pilgrim travelogues and catalogues of miraculous healings, studying the archeological and artistic evidence for pilgrimage, we will explore the profound social and cultural impact the cult of the saints had on the peoples of this period. In addition to gaining a familiarity with the history of early Christian saints and the cults that arose around them, students will also investigate the many issues at stake in the study of late antique Christianity. This includes but is not limited to: the conflict between history and literature in hagiography, gender and sanctity in late antiquity, self-harm as religious practice in early Christianity, and the intersection of medicine, magic, and miracle.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B217 The Problem of Evil: Ancient Answers to a Difficult Question
Not offered 2018-19
What is evil, and where does it come from? Ostensibly simple questions that demand good answers. In this course, we shall investigate how ancient authors grappled with the deeply human problems posed by our experiences of both natural and moral evils. Students will read a wide range of texts from Archaic Greece through the early Middle Ages, including drama, philosophy, legal speeches, religious texts, and commentaries. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to rethink their own understanding of this problem and will have the opportunity to consider a number of related thematic questions (e.g., "Why do bad things happen to good people; how can God exist if there is evil?"). Near the end of the course, we shall continue this conversation into the present, taking a closer look at some modern case-studies such as the Milgram experiment. The course includes a field trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome
Not offered 2018-19
This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Romans' 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 B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B242 Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Spring 2019
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 B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2018-19
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)
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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CSTS B306 Choral Voice as Text and as Performance
Not offered 2018-19
This course engages students in close reading and analysis of several ancient Greek dramas in English translation. While these ancient scripts raise such familiar and relevant issues as gender, identity, family-structure, sexuality, loyalty, heroism, and euthanasia, these issues are presented in a way distinct from the literary formats of Modernity: action is compressed within the scope of one day; there are only three actors despite there being many more roles; all the really intense action (e.g., murder, suicide) takes place offstage; and, perhaps most obviously and most importantly, the thematic and aesthetic centerpiece of the play are not the protagonists but the singing and dancing chorus, whose lyrics weave a dense web of mixed metaphors, accumulated appositions, and compound adjectives taking the place of verbs and actions. Analysis of these lyrics will be key to addressing one of the central questions of the course: how can a genre that is so focused on the incredibly complex choral lyrics be a performance genre? We will discuss theories of how the plays were performed in fifth-century Greece comparing and contrasting them with modern adaptations of ancient choruses, as in the present-day productions of Theodoros Terzopoulos. Ultimately, the aim of the course is to give students a first-hand experience with the manifold social, emotional, political, and cultural implications of chorality, in both word (poetic script) and deed (performance).

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CSTS B310 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Fall 2018
17This course will trace the constitution of Classics as a discipline in both its intellectual and its material aspects, and will examine how the works of classical antiquity were read, interpreted, and preserved from the late Roman empire to the early modern period. Topics will include the material production and dissemination of texts, the conceptual organization of codices (e.g. punctuation, rubrication, indexing), and audiences and readers (including annotation, marginalia, and commentary). Students will also learn practical techniques for approaching these texts, such as palaeography and the expansion of abbreviations. The course will culminate in student research projects using manuscripts and early printed books from Bryn Mawr's exceptional collections. Prerequisite: a 200 level course in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies.

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CSTS B320 Martyrs, Mothers, Memoirs: Medieval Autobiographies
Not offered 2018-19
The writing of autobiography flourished in the middle ages, but there have been very few studies of the genre for the period. This course presents a range of autobiographies from the Latin West and encourages students to think about them theoretically and historically: what does it mean to write the self? what is at stake in the presentation of these stories? what notions are privileged? and how do we situate autobiographies in the wider literary landscape?

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CSTS B375 Interpreting Mythology
Not offered 2018-19
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.

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CSTS B398 Senior Seminar
This is a bi-college seminar devoted to readings in and discussion of selected topics in the various sub-fields of Classics (e.g. literature, religion, philosophy, law, social history) and of how to apply contemporary critical approaches to the primary sources. Students will also begin developing a topic for their senior thesis, composing a prospectus and giving a preliminary presentation of their findings.

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CSTS B399 Senior Seminar
This is the continuation of CSTS B398. Working with individual advisors from the bi-college classics departments, students will continue to develop the topic sketched out in the fall semester. By the end of the course, they will have completed at least one draft and a full, polished version of the senior thesis, of which they will give a final oral presentation.

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CSTS B403 Supervised Work

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CSTS B403 Supervised Work

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CSTS B610 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Fall 2018
This course will trace the constitution of Classics as a discipline in both its intellectual and its material aspects, and will examine how the works of classical antiquity were read, interpreted, and preserved from the late Roman empire to the early modern period. Topics will include the material production and dissemination of texts, the conceptual organization of codices (e.g. punctuation, rubrication, indexing), and audiences and readers (including annotation, marginalia, and commentary). Students will also learn practical techniques for approaching these texts, such as palaeography and the expansion of abbreviations. The course will culminate in student research projects using manuscripts and early printed books from Bryn Mawr's exceptional collections. Prerequisite: a 200 level course in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies.

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CSTS B612 The Literature of Exile
Spring 2019
This graduate seminar will introduce students to a range of writings produced by exiles, both Roman and "Greek," in the twilight of the Roman Republic and the first centuries of the Roman Empire. The purpose of the course is to allow students to examine various facets of exilic experience, including: grief, nostalgia, alienation, patriotism, and identity. Students will also consider how Roman imperial expansion conditioned the circumstances of exile and how exiles positioned themselves in relation to imperial power. Throughout the course, students will pay attention the manner in which both the genre of the exilic works under examination and the philosophical commitments of their authors affect the depiction of exile. One session of the course will be devoted to the reception of these texts in later periods. Primary sources are intended to be read in the original languages, but students with an interest in the topic who do not possess knowledge of Greek and/or Latin may make special arrangements with the instructor.

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CSTS B620 Martyrs, Mothers, Memoirs: Medieval Autobiographies
Not offered 2018-19
The writing of autobiography flourished in the middle ages, but there have been very few studies of the genre for the period. This course presents a range of autobiographies from the Latin West and encourages students to think about them theoretically and historically: what does it mean to write the self? what is at stake in the presentation of these stories? what notions are privileged? and how do we situate autobiographies in the wider literary landscape?

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CSTS B635 The Alexandrian Tradition in Roman Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to the Greek poetry of the last three centuries BCE, most notably that of Callimachus and Theocritus, and its reception and transformation in Rome in the late Republic and early imperial era. We will be reading a wide range of sources, both in Greek and Latin, including - next to the aforementioned - authors such as Moschus, Parthenius, Catullus, Vergil, and Statius. In addition, we will discuss past and present scholarship devoted to individual texts and the relationship between the Hellenistic poets and their Roman successors in general. Specifically, we will examine the complex Roman engagement with Greek literary and intellectual culture, the construction of poetic affiliations and literary genealogies, the adoption of particular poetic modes and practices, and the re-appropriation of Greek bucolic in Latin pastoral.

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CSTS B645 Ancient Magic
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2018, Spring 2019

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2019
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B110 The World Through Classical Eyes
Not offered 2018-19
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the "inhabited world."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B204 Animals in the Ancient Greek World
Not offered 2018-19
This course focuses on perceptions of animals in ancient Greece from the Geometric to the Classical periods. It examines representations of animals in painting, sculpture, and the minor arts, the treatment of animals as attested in the archaeological record, and how these types of evidence relate to the featuring of animals in contemporary poetry, tragedy, comedy, and medical and philosophical writings. By analyzing this rich body of evidence, the course develops a context in which participants gain insight into the ways ancient Greeks perceived, represented, and treated animals. Juxtaposing the importance of animals in modern society, as attested, for example, by their roles as pets, agents of healing, diplomatic gifts, and even as subjects of specialized studies such as animal law and animal geographies, the course also serves to expand awareness of attitudes towards animals in our own society as well as that of ancient Greece.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARCH B215 Classical Art
Not offered 2018-19
A survey of the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra
Not offered 2018-19
This course examines the life and rule of Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, and the reception of her legacy in the Early Roman Empire and the western world from the Renaissance to modern times. The first part of the course explores extant literary evidence regarding the upbringing, education, and rule of Cleopatra within the contexts of Egyptian and Ptolemaic cultures, her relationships with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, her conflict with Octavian, and her death by suicide in 30 BCE. The second part examines constructions of Cleopatra in Roman literature, her iconography in surviving art, and her contributions to and influence on both Ptolemaic and Roman art. A detailed account is also provided of the afterlife of Cleopatra in the literature, visual arts, scholarship, and film of both Europe and the United States, extending from the papal courts of Renaissance Italy and Shakespearean drama, to Thomas Jefferson's art collection at Monticello and Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 epic film, Cleopatra.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2018-19
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)

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ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting
Not offered 2018-19
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.

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ARCH B304 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2018-19
This course approaches the topic of ancient Greek religion by focusing on surviving archaeological, architectural, epigraphical, artistic and literary evidence that dates from the Archaic and Classical periods. By examining a wealth of diverse evidence that ranges, for example, from temple architecture, and feasting and banqueting equipment to inscriptions, statues, vase paintings, and descriptive texts, the course enables the participants to analyze the value and complexity of the archaeology of Greek religion and to recognize its significance for the reconstruction of daily life in ancient Greece. Special emphasis is placed on subjects such as the duties of priests and priestesses, the violence of animal sacrifice, the function of cult statues and votive offerings and also the important position of festivals and hero and mystery cults in ancient Greek religious thought and experience.

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ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2018-19
Pottery is a fundamental means of establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and of understanding past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis and interpretation. Topics include typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory work on pottery in the department collections. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Illustration
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities, or related fields is strongly recommended.

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GREK B653 Athens in the Hellenistic Period
Not offered 2018-19
Surveys of Athenian history tend to conclude if not at the Battle of Chaeronea at any rate at the death of Alexander. Yet Athens did not disappear with the imposition of the Macedonian garrison in 322. Democracy resurfaced periodically over the course of the next century (in 318, 307, 288, and 229), and, more to the point, even under periods of oligarchic rule and Macedonian control, Athenian institutions remained intact, and Athenians continued to make significant contributions to the greater Greek world. Indeed, the century that followed Alexander's death saw the flowering of Athenian historiography (e.g. Demochares, Diyllus, Philochorus, Timaeus, and Phylarchus) and new comedy (e.g. Menander and Poseidippus), as well as the advent of important philosophical schools (Epicureanism and Stoicism). This course will focus on Athens between the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE) and its liberation from Macedonian rule ca. 229 BCE. By way of a variety of contemporary sources, we shall have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves both with the historical narrative and with the intellectual climate of the polis in the early Hellenistic period.

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GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
Not offered 2018-19
The GSem will explore classical figures of resistance such as Prometheus, Antigone, Electra, Medea, and Lysistrata and their reception in modern art and cinema. The focus will be on films and other works of art that re-appropriate and transform the ancient characters and their stories. We will discuss in particular how modern filmmakers re-contextualize the classical figures to shed light on contemporary historical, political, and social issues. Films will include Tony Harrison, Prometheus (Great Britain, 1998), Liliana Cavani, The Year of the Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklós Jancsó, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Arthur Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on reception studies, film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and political theory.

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World
Not offered 2018-19
The first of a two-course sequence introducing medieval European history. The chronological span of this course is from the early 4th century and the Christianization of the Roman Empire to the early 10th century and the disintegration of the Carolingian Empire. This course number was previously HIST B223.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2018-19
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Magic in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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LATN B110 Intermediate Latin
Fall 2018
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. Prerequisite: One year of college level Latin or equivalent.
Course does not meet an Approach

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LATN B112 Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Livy and Horace
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Livy and Horace
Spring 2019
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. This course meets three times a week with a required fourth hour to be arranged. Prerequisite: LATN 101 or 110 or placement by the department.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B202 Topics: Advanced Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): The Silver Age
Not offered 2018-19
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. This is a topics course, course content varies. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level Latin course or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B312 Roman Satire
Not offered 2018-19
Satire is the most slippery and subversive of genres. It is richly entertaining to read, but if we engage with it seriously it is often abrasive, shocking, shattering. Reading Roman satire requires an energetic exercise in cultural translation: we are confronted with the alienness of the Roman world, as well as its perverse literary vigour. This course will span four turbulent centuries of Roman imperialism in its reading of Roman satire. We will range from the sharp minutiae of social observation in Horace's Sermones to the calculated public abuse of a eunuch consul in Claudian's In Eutropium; from the swirling filthy riches of Persius and Juvenal to the nastily eloquent Christian condemnation of riches (and much else) in St Jerome. Students are warned: the language is difficult, the content often excoriating, even if exquisitely expressed. Reading this material challenges any comfortable separation between "literature" and "life".

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: In this course we will read a selection of works by Seneca the Younger, who was Rome's leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century CE, tutoring and advising the emperor Nero in the early stages of his reign, while also establishing himself as the foremost philosopher and dramatist of his age. In order to 'see Seneca whole', we will examine both some of his prose teachings, especially on issues such as morality and literary style, and select tragedies. Throughout our readings, we will focus on the inter- and intratextual dimension of his work, its philosophical content, the political agenda, the psychology of the characters as well as the unique theatrical quality of Seneca's writing.

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LATN B613 Cicero
Not offered 2018-19
The public and private legal speeches and relevant letters of Cicero as advocate and politician.

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POLS B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern
Not offered 2018-19
An introduction to the fundamental problems of political philosophy, especially the relationship between political life and the human good or goods. Readings from Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, Cicero, Epictetus, Machiavelli, and others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B320 Topics in Greek Political Philosophy
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Ethics/Politics: Aristotle Then and Now
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course, course content varies. Past topics include: Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics and Thucydides,Plato, Aristotle. Prerequisites: At least two semesters of philosophy or political theory, including some work with Greek texts, or consent of the instructor.

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