Courses Offered in Greek

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Spring 2020

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 MWFOld Library 116Sigelman,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHOld Library 116
GREK B104-001HomerSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 13Sigelman,A.
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B644-001PlatoSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 111Edmonds,R.
CSTS B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADept. staff, TBA
LATN B337-001Vergil's AeneidSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDalton Hall 25Baertschi,A.

Fall 2020

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

Spring 2021

(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 calendars page.

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
LATN B002-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall CDepartment staff,T., Hilton,C.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHCarpenter Library 15
LATN B112-001Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall CSomerville,M.
LATN B202-001Topics: Advanced Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 15Hilton,C.
LATN B337-001Vergil's AeneidSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDalton Hall 25Baertschi,A.
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B637-001Vergil AeneidSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDalton Hall 25Baertschi,A.
CSTS B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADept. staff, TBA

Fall 2020

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

Spring 2021

(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 calendars page.

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
CSTS B206-001COSMOS: MYTH, MEDICINE, & LAW IN ANCIENT GREECESemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWOld Library 104Edmonds,R.
CSTS B211-001Masks, Madness, and Mysteries: Introduction to Greek TragedySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWTaylor Hall GSigelman,A.
CSTS B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADept. staff, TBA
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B638-001Colonies and Colonization in the Ancient MediterraneanSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM THOld Library 102Baker,C.
CSTS B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAEdmonds,R.
CSTS B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBABaertschi,A.
CSTS B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBASigelman,A.
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFOld Library 224Lindenlauf,A., Lindenlauf,A., Lindenlauf,A.
Breakout discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM FOld Library 223
Breakout Discussion: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM FOld Library 251
ARCH B252-001PompeiiSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCarpenter Library 25Tasopoulou,E.
GSEM B654-001War and Peace in the Ancient WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBettws Y Coed 239Baertschi,A., Lindenlauf,A.
HIST B231-001Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 300Truitt,E.
LATN B112-001Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall CSomerville,M.
LATN B202-001Topics: Advanced Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 15Hilton,C.
PHIL B101-001Happiness and Reality in Ancient ThoughtSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 212AFugo,J.
PHIL B212-001MetaphysicsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWOld Library 111Prettyman,A.

Fall 2020

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

Spring 2021

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

2019-20 Catalog Data

GREK B010 Traditional and New Testament Greek
Fall 2019
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.
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GREK B011 Traditional and New Testament Greek
Spring 2020
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
Not offered 2019-20
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
Spring 2020
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 2019
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B350 Topics in Greek Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Pindar & Greek Lyric
Fall 2019
Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-quarters of the reading will be from primary sources.

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GREK B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B602 Approaches to Homeric Epic
Not offered 2019-20
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 B607 The Hippocratic Corpus
Not offered 2019-20
Thinking about ancient medicine is a process not only of discovering lost knowledge but also of recreating lost ignorance. Widespread acquaintance with scientific medicine makes it a challenge for twenty-first century readers to imagine what it would be like not to have exact knowledge about basic anatomy or physiology, to say nothing of biochemistry and genetics, and studying ancient medicine can sometimes seem to be merely an outlet for antiquarian curiosity. But in principle, reading an ancient medical text should be no different from reading any other ancient work. Like Plato, Thucydides, or the dramatists, the Hippocratic Corpus invites us to think about what it means to be human, how we can know anything about the world, and how we ought to act toward our fellow humans. This seminar, then, will focus on Hippocratic anthropology, epistemology, and ethics. We will apply the techniques of classical philology--close reading, careful attention to style and rhetoric, and consideration of a work's situation and context--to a selection of works from the Hippocratic Corpus, and to a few other texts more or less contemporary with it. Readings in secondary scholarship will provide additional knowledge and springboards for discussion. Our goal will be to understand the Hippocratic Corpus as part of ancient Greek literary culture.

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GREK B609 Pindar & Greek Lyric
Fall 2019
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B644 Plato
Spring 2020
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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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Fall 2019
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 B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B337 Vergil's Aeneid
Spring 2020
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 B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LateAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Postclassicisms: Flavian/Late Antique/Renaissance This seminar will explore the concept of the "postclassical" and how subsequent authors engage "classical" authors, genres, works, and ideas. We will focus on three distinctive moments in which secondariness emerged as a formative element of aesthetic and intellectual programs: the Flavian period, Late Antiquity (broadly conceived), and the Renaissance (southern and northern). We will consider the configuration and transmission of classical canons and how these spurred envy, anxiety, rivalry, innovation, and (mis)/(re)interpretation (among other creative responses)--as well as the role that postclassical moments played in the construction of the classical. Alongside our collective investigation of a specific text or genre (likely one in prose and one in verse), students will have the opportunity to trace the iterative reception of an author, idea, or genre through these three epochs. Most of the work in the course will be Latin; but there will some opportunities, for those so inclined, to look to Greek as well.

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2019-20 Catalog Data

LATN B001 Elementary Latin
Fall 2019
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 2020
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 2019
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 2019): Livy and Horace
Spring 2020
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
Not offered 2019-20
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
Spring 2020
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 B205 Latin Prose Composition
Not offered 2019-20
A study of Latin prose style based on readings and exercises in composition. Offered to students wishing to fulfill the requirements for teacher certification in Latin or to fulfill one of the requirements in the major.

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LATN B303 Lucretius
Not offered 2019-20
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 B337 Vergil's Aeneid
Spring 2020
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 B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LateAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Postclassicisms: Flavian/Late Antique/Renaissance This seminar will explore the concept of the "postclassical" and how subsequent authors engage "classical" authors, genres, works, and ideas. We will focus on three distinctive moments in which secondariness emerged as a formative element of aesthetic and intellectual programs: the Flavian period, Late Antiquity (broadly conceived), and the Renaissance (southern and northern). We will consider the configuration and transmission of classical canons and how these spurred envy, anxiety, rivalry, innovation, and (mis)/(re)interpretation (among other creative responses)--as well as the role that postclassical moments played in the construction of the classical. Alongside our collective investigation of a specific text or genre (likely one in prose and one in verse), students will have the opportunity to trace the iterative reception of an author, idea, or genre through these three epochs. Most of the work in the course will be Latin; but there will some opportunities, for those so inclined, to look to Greek as well.

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B612 Tacitus
Not offered 2019-20
Studies in the Annals of Tacitus.

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LATN B625 Augustine and the Classical Tradition
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B637 Vergil Aeneid
Spring 2020
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 B648 Latin Epigram
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LatAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2019
Advanced reading and interpretation of Latin literature: content varies
Current topic description: Postclassicisms: Flavian/Late Antique/Renaissance. This seminar will explore the concept of the "postclassical" and how subsequent authors engage "classical" authors, genres, works, and ideas. We will focus on three distinctive moments in which secondariness emerged as a formative element of aesthetic and intellectual programs: the Flavian period, Late Antiquity (broadly conceived), and the Renaissance (southern and northern). We will consider the configuration and transmission of classical canons and how these spurred envy, anxiety, rivalry, innovation, and (mis)/(re)interpretation (among other creative responses)--as well as the role that postclassical moments played in the construction of the classical. Alongside our collective investigation of a specific text or genre (likely one in prose and one in verse), students will have the opportunity to trace the iterative reception of an author, idea, or genre through these three epochs. Most of the work in the course will be Latin; but there will some opportunities, for those so inclined, to look to Greek as well.

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LATN B652 Problems in Roman History 2nd & 1st Centuries B.C.
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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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GREK B350 Topics in Greek Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Pindar & Greek Lyric
Fall 2019
Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-quarters of the reading will be from primary sources.

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2019-20 Catalog Data

CSTS B108 Roman Africa
Not offered 2019-20
In 146 BCE, Rome conquered and destroyed the North African city of Carthage, which had been its arch-enemy for generations, and occupied many of the Carthaginian settlements in North Africa. But by the second and third centuries CE, North Africa was one of the most prosperous and cultured areas of the Roman Empire, and Carthage (near modern Tunis) was one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. This course will trace the relations between Rome and Carthage, looking at the history of their mutual enmity, the extraordinary rise to prosperity of Roman North Africa, and the continued importance of the region even after the Vandal invasions of the fifth century.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B201 Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and Politics
Fall 2019
Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt (69-30 BCE), has been a figure of continuous fascination and political resonance for over 2000 years. She was the most famous and enigmatic person in the ancient Mediterranean world while she was alive and, since then, she has been re-imagined by countless poets, dramatists, philosophers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists of all types. In this course, we will examine both the historical Cleopatra and her reception in various media in subsequent cultures and societies. In the first part, we will carefully study the ancient literary and material evidence to learn all we can about the real Cleopatra and the tumultuous times in which she lived. In the second part, we will then consider a selection of medieval, early modern, and contemporary representations of Cleopatra, ranging from Chaucer to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra to HBO's series Rome and the use of Cleopatra in present-day advertising. Throughout our readings, we will focus on issues such as female agency and power in a man's world, beauty and the femme fatale, east vs. west, and politics and propaganda.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B205 Greek History
Not offered 2019-20
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 B206 COSMOS: MYTH, MEDICINE, & LAW IN ANCIENT GREECE
Spring 2020
The ancient Greek word 'cosmos' means 'order' or 'system'; it also means 'beauty' or 'adornment'. The Greeks thought of the world around them as an orderly system, adorned with beauty, but their imaginings of that order took many different forms, from the most fantastic of myths to elaborate mathematical and physiological models. This course explores the systems of order that the Greeks imagined for the universe - the macrocosm, for the human body - the microcosm, and for society - the the system of laws that brings order to humans in the world. Throughout the course, we examine the ways ideas of generation, justice, and gender inflect the cosmic systems, beginning with early Greek epic and moving through the philosophical texts (especially Plato's Timaeus), Hippocratic medical treatises, and lawcourt speeches. We will explore the discourses of myth, science, and law in the ancient Greek context and their relation to contemporary discourses. Students will gain familiarity with the conceptual schemas of ancient Greek thought that have been fundamental for cosmology, medicine, and law in the Western tradition and will learn to analyze the ways in which these models have shaped ideas of generation, justice, and gender throughout the ages. Students will also improve their skills of critical reading and analytic writing through their work with the readings and writing assignments in the course, and they will hone their skills of reasoned discussion in the class.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
Not offered 2019-20
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
Fall 2019
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 B211 Masks, Madness, and Mysteries: Introduction to Greek Tragedy
Spring 2020
This course will introduce the student to the world of Greek Tragedy as it flourished in Athens in 5th century BC. We will read the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, & Euripides and discuss the playwrights' treatment of myth, the role of the chorus, the relation between text and performance, and the relevance of Greek tragedy for subsequent centuries, down to the present day. Special attention will be given to modern performances of these ancient plays in theater and in film as well as to the themes of choral voice, disability, euthanasia, slavery; the impact of war on women & children; and the relation between mortals and immortals. Please Note: NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANCIENT GREEK IS REQUIRED. ALL TEXTS WILL BE READ IN ENGLISH!
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B214 Remembering the Saints: Reading Pilgrimage & Tourism
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B242 Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B324 Roman Architecture
Not offered 2019-20
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.

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CSTS B375 Interpreting Mythology
Fall 2019
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 B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Counts toward Praxis Program

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CSTS B610 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Not offered 2019-20
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
Fall 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 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B638 Colonies and Colonization in the Ancient Mediterranean
Spring 2020
This course examines the history and archaeology of Phoenician, Greek, and Roman colonization in the Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BCE. Drawing on case studies from across the region, especially in the western Mediterranean, we will explore the nature of this colonial phenomenon, with a particular focus on the ways in which ancient sources, archaeological evidence, and modern approaches and agendas have shaped and re-shaped our understanding of the colonization process, colonial networks and landscapes, and the interaction between colonial communities and their neighbors.

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CSTS B645 Ancient Magic
Not offered 2019-20
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
Fall 2019
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 2019, Spring 2020

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Fall 2019
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2020
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 2019-20
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 B215 Classical Art
Not offered 2019-20
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 B252 Pompeii
Spring 2020
Introduces students to a nearly intact archaeological site whose destruction by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 C.E. was recorded by contemporaries. The discovery of Pompeii in the mid-1700s had an enormous impact on 18th- and 19th-century views of the Roman past as well as styles and preferences of the modern era. Informs students in classical antiquity, urban life, city structure, residential architecture, home decoration and furnishing, wall painting, minor arts and craft and mercantile activities within a Roman city.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra
Not offered 2019-20
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 2019-20
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 B263 Roman Archaeology: Life in the City
Fall 2019
This course explores the art and architecture of ancient Rome from the Republic through the Empire. By focusing on specific topics, such as residences, markets, religious life, death and entertainment, and by surveying a rich variety of available evidence that spans from architectural remains, inscriptions and monuments to paintings, architectural sculpture and mosaics, the course highlights the importance of art historical and archaeological inquiry for our understanding of urban life and experience in one of the greatest cities of the ancient world.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting
Not offered 2019-20
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 B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2019
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2019-20
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
Not offered 2019-20
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 B350 Topics in Greek Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Pindar & Greek Lyric
Fall 2019
Open only to advanced undergraduates, this course includes a weekly seminar and a translation session. Three-quarters of the reading will be from primary sources.

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GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
Not offered 2019-20
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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GSEM B654 War and Peace in the Ancient World
Spring 2020
For centuries history has been perceived, written and taught as a series of wars and periods of peace. Yet, the question remains: what does it mean when a city, a state or a nation is at war, and how do different cultures and societies conceptualize peace? This interdisciplinary seminar explores theories and practices of war and peace in the ancient world, examining the archaeological, epigraphic, and literary evidence. The archaeology of warfare will include battlefields, fortifications, arms and weapons, siege machines, war memorials, funerary monuments as well as the iconography of victors and victims. The literary sources that we will be reading, among them the Homeric epics, select passages from Greek and Roman historiography, philosophical and rhetorical works and ancient handbooks and manuals of warfare, will shed light on the recording of conflicts, the conduct of war, notions of power and peace, the depiction of leaders, the representation of violence, and strategies of commemoration. Investigating bodies of evidence, which are normally studied separately and within specific disciplinary formations, we aim to challenge the entrenched oppositions between archaeology, philology, and history and to engage in a discourse about the complex and changing conceptualizations of war and peace in the ancient world. We plan to have several guest lecturers. Students participating in this seminar will be expected to give oral presentations and to develop their special areas of interests in their research projects applying a variety of methods. No previous classics or archaeology training is required.

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HART B104 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical Tradition
Fall 2019
An investigation of the historical and philosophical ideas of the classical, with particular attention to the Italian Renaissance and the continuance of its formulations throughout the Westernized world.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World
Not offered 2019-20
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 B124 High and Late Middle Ages
Fall 2019
This course will cover the second half of the European Middle Ages, often called the High and Late Middle Ages, from roughly 1000-1400. The course has a general chronological framework, and is based on important themes of medieval history. These include feudalism and the feudal economy; the social transformation of the millennium; monastic reform; the rise of the papacy; trade, exchange, and exploration; urbanism and the growth of towns. The course number was previously HIST B224.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Spring 2020
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
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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LATN B110 Intermediate Latin
Fall 2019
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 2019): Livy and Horace
Spring 2020
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
Spring 2020
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 B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LateAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Seneca
Fall 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Postclassicisms: Flavian/Late Antique/Renaissance This seminar will explore the concept of the "postclassical" and how subsequent authors engage "classical" authors, genres, works, and ideas. We will focus on three distinctive moments in which secondariness emerged as a formative element of aesthetic and intellectual programs: the Flavian period, Late Antiquity (broadly conceived), and the Renaissance (southern and northern). We will consider the configuration and transmission of classical canons and how these spurred envy, anxiety, rivalry, innovation, and (mis)/(re)interpretation (among other creative responses)--as well as the role that postclassical moments played in the construction of the classical. Alongside our collective investigation of a specific text or genre (likely one in prose and one in verse), students will have the opportunity to trace the iterative reception of an author, idea, or genre through these three epochs. Most of the work in the course will be Latin; but there will some opportunities, for those so inclined, to look to Greek as well.

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PHIL B101 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
What makes us happy? The wisdom of the ancient world has importantly shaped the tradition of Western thought but in some important respects it has been rejected or forgotten. What is the nature of reality? Can we have knowledge about the world and ourselves, and, if so, how? In this course we explore answers to these sorts of metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and political questions by examining the works of the two central Greek philosophers: Plato and Aristotle. We will consider earlier Greek religious and dramatic writings, a few Presocratic philosophers, and the person of Socrates who never wrote a word.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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PHIL B212 Metaphysics
Spring 2020
Metaphysics is inquiry into basic features of the world and ourselves. This course considers two topics of metaphysics, free will and personal identity, and their relationship. What is free will and are we free? Is freedom compatible with determinism? Does moral responsibility require free will? What makes someone the same person over time? Can a person survive without their body? Is the recognition of others required to be a person?
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern
Fall 2019
An introduction to the fundamental problems of political philosophy, especially the relationship between political life and the human good or goods. Readings from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau and others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B320 Topics in Greek Political Philosophy
Not offered 2019-20
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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