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 calendars page.

Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
GREK B010-001Traditional and New Testament GreekSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM M-FDalton Hall 2
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Sigelman,A.
GREK B101-001HerodotusSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM TTHSTaylor Hall D
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Edmonds,R.
GREK B201-001Plato and ThucydidesSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MTHOld Library 104
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Edmonds,R.
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: PetroniusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SRemote
Remote Instruction
Baertschi,A.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
GREK B011-001Traditional and New Testament GreekSemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:10 AM M-FRemote InstructionSigelman,A.
GREK B202-001The Form of TragedySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFRemote InstructionSigelman,A.
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
GREK B630-001EuripidesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FRemote InstructionSigelman,A.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: StatiusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MRemote InstructionBaertschi,A.
LATN B350-002Topics in Latin Literature: Modern Approaches to Ancient EmotionSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 104
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.

Fall 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.

Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
LATN B001-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM M-FRemote
Remote Instruction
Baertschi,A.
LATN B110-001Intermediate LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFDalton Hall 119
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Sigelman,A.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: PetroniusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SRemote
Remote Instruction
Baertschi,A.
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B650-001Topics in Latin LiteratureSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SRemote
Remote Instruction
Baertschi,A.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
LATN B002-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM M-FRemote InstructionBaertschi,A.
LATN B112-001Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
LATN B203-001Medieval Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MTHTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Conybeare,C.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: StatiusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MRemote InstructionBaertschi,A.
LATN B350-002Topics in Latin Literature: Modern Approaches to Ancient EmotionSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 104
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
LATN B641-001Roman Emotion: Modern Approaches to Ancient EmotionSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MIn Person
LATN B650-001Topics in Latin Literature: StatiusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MRemote InstructionBaertschi,A.
CSTS B207-001Early Rome and the Roman RepublicSemester / 1Lecture: 5:40 PM- 7:00 PM MTHOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Baker,C.

Fall 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.

Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
CSTS B203-001Technology and Humanity in the Ancient WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFDalton Hall 300
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
CSTS B205-001Greek HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Edmonds,R.
CSTS B221-001Women of Roman EgyptSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHDalton Hall 300
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B614-001Language and LossSemester / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 7:00 PM THIn PersonConybeare,C., Conybeare,C.
Extra language session: 2:30 PM- 6:00 PM FIn Person
CSTS B614-00RLanguage and LossSemester / 1LEC: 4:10 PM- 7:00 PM THDalton Hall 6
Remote Instruction
Conybeare,C.
CSTS B639-001Italy and the Rise of RomeSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THDalton Hall 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Baker,C.
CSTS B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonEdmonds,R.
CSTS B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonConybeare,C.
CSTS B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonBaertschi,A.
CSTS B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonSigelman,A.
CSTS B701-005Supervised Work: Roman Law and Legal HistorySemester / 1In Person
ARCH B215-001Classical ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFRemote
Remote Instruction
Donohue,A.
HART B104-001Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: The Classical TraditionSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFFully Asynchronous
Remote Instruction
Cast,D., Teaching Assistant,T.
LATN B110-001Intermediate LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWFDalton Hall 119
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Sigelman,A.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: PetroniusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM SRemote
Remote Instruction
Baertschi,A.
PHIL B101-001Happiness and Reality in Ancient ThoughtSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM WSTaylor Hall G
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Bell,M.
POLS B228-001Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early ModernSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM TFRemote
Remote Instruction
Salkever,S., Schlosser,J.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
CSTS B207-001Early Rome and the Roman RepublicSemester / 1Lecture: 5:40 PM- 7:00 PM MTHOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Baker,C.
CSTS B226-001Ecology of the Roman WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
CSTS B242-001Magic in the Greco-Roman WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFOld Library 110
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Edmonds,R.
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
CSTS B645-001Ancient MagicSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WOld Library 102
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Edmonds,R.
CSTS B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonEdmonds,R.
CSTS B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonConybeare,C.
CSTS B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonBaertschi,A.
CSTS B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonSigelman,A.
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-10:30 AM MWRemote InstructionLindenlauf,A., Teaching Assistant,T.
ARCH B102-00AIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM FRemote InstructionLindenlauf,A., Teaching Assistant,T.
ARCH B102-00BIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM FRemote InstructionLindenlauf,A., Teaching Assistant,T.
ARCH B102-00CIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM FRemote InstructionLindenlauf,A., Teaching Assistant,T.
ARCH B102-00DIntroduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Breakout Discussion: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FRemote InstructionLindenlauf,A., Teaching Assistant,T.
ARCH B110-001The World Through Classical EyesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFRemote InstructionDonohue,A.
LATN B112-001Latin LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall E
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: StatiusSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MRemote InstructionBaertschi,A.
LATN B350-002Topics in Latin Literature: Modern Approaches to Ancient EmotionSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 104
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Devereaux,J.
PHIL B101-001Happiness and Reality in Ancient ThoughtSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHDalton Hall 300
In Person
Heisenberg,T.
POLS B224-001Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West"Semester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM THRemote InstructionSalkever,S.

Fall 2021

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

2020-21 Catalog Data

GREK B010 Traditional and New Testament Greek
Fall 2020
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 2021
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 2020
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 2020-21
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 2020
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 2021
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B602 Approaches to Homeric Epic
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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 B630 Euripides
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B504 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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 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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020): Petronius
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LateAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Statius
Section 002 (Spring 2021): Modern Approaches to Ancient Emotion
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The Greek and Roman erotic novels were the ancient equivalent of pulp fiction. At the same time, the Latin examples that survive, the Satyricon by T. Petronius Arbiter (? - 66 CE) and the Metamorphoses (or Asinus Aureus) by Apuleius of Madaura (c. 125 - c. 190 CE), are literary masterpieces that belong to the most entertaining and sophisticated works of ancient literature. In this seminar we will be reading substantial selections from Petronius' Satyricon as well as a number of other imperial writers (Seneca, Lucan, Persius, Pliny, and Suetonius) in order to gain insight not only into the current research on the ancient novel and satire, but also key aspects of Neronian culture and society.
Current topic description: tatius' Thebaid has moved from scholarly neglect to being the focus of immense interest and research in recent years. This seminar introduces students to the epic and the scholarship it has produced, as well as familiarizes them with important aspects of Flavian culture. Both Statius' poetic work and the reign of the Flavian emperors are characterized by the ambivalent desire to create continuity, while simultaneously distancing themselves from the past and claiming innovation. Particular attention will thus be paid to Statius' engagement with the literary tradition, especially Homer, Vergil, Lucan, and Greek tragedy, as well as his strategies to mark his departure from earlier poetic practices. At the same time, we will explore how Statius in his work responds to the changing political, social, and material contexts of his culture. Further topics will include the nature of imperial patronage, Flavian agonistic culture and cultural eclecticism, the formation of a literary canon, ideologies of power, and the poetics of civil war.
Current topic description: In addition to broadening student knowledge of classical texts and scholarship related to cognitive life and emotion in classical Rome, this seminar will introduce students to the fundamentals of embodied cognition and its role in sociological approaches to literature and history. We will explore how ancient authors like Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca (among others) discuss and use the body to create meaning, how bodily meaning emerges through ancient texts, the ways in which cultural and environmental contexts shape the meaning of bodily experiences, how language is used to represent the various forms of social knowledge extrapolated from those experiences, and what implications such representations might have for our understanding of ancient culture and its reception.

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2020-21 Catalog Data

LATN B001 Elementary Latin
Fall 2020
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 2021
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 2020
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
Spring 2021
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B203 Medieval Latin Literature
Spring 2021
Selected works of Latin prose and poetry from the late Roman Empire through the 12th century. Prerequisite: At least one 200-level Latin course or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B205 Latin Prose Composition
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020): Petronius
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LateAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Statius
Section 002 (Spring 2021): Modern Approaches to Ancient Emotion
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The Greek and Roman erotic novels were the ancient equivalent of pulp fiction. At the same time, the Latin examples that survive, the Satyricon by T. Petronius Arbiter (? - 66 CE) and the Metamorphoses (or Asinus Aureus) by Apuleius of Madaura (c. 125 - c. 190 CE), are literary masterpieces that belong to the most entertaining and sophisticated works of ancient literature. In this seminar we will be reading substantial selections from Petronius' Satyricon as well as a number of other imperial writers (Seneca, Lucan, Persius, Pliny, and Suetonius) in order to gain insight not only into the current research on the ancient novel and satire, but also key aspects of Neronian culture and society.
Current topic description: tatius' Thebaid has moved from scholarly neglect to being the focus of immense interest and research in recent years. This seminar introduces students to the epic and the scholarship it has produced, as well as familiarizes them with important aspects of Flavian culture. Both Statius' poetic work and the reign of the Flavian emperors are characterized by the ambivalent desire to create continuity, while simultaneously distancing themselves from the past and claiming innovation. Particular attention will thus be paid to Statius' engagement with the literary tradition, especially Homer, Vergil, Lucan, and Greek tragedy, as well as his strategies to mark his departure from earlier poetic practices. At the same time, we will explore how Statius in his work responds to the changing political, social, and material contexts of his culture. Further topics will include the nature of imperial patronage, Flavian agonistic culture and cultural eclecticism, the formation of a literary canon, ideologies of power, and the poetics of civil war.
Current topic description: In addition to broadening student knowledge of classical texts and scholarship related to cognitive life and emotion in classical Rome, this seminar will introduce students to the fundamentals of embodied cognition and its role in sociological approaches to literature and history. We will explore how ancient authors like Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca (among others) discuss and use the body to create meaning, how bodily meaning emerges through ancient texts, the ways in which cultural and environmental contexts shape the meaning of bodily experiences, how language is used to represent the various forms of social knowledge extrapolated from those experiences, and what implications such representations might have for our understanding of ancient culture and its reception.

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B625 Augustine and the Classical Tradition
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B641 Roman Emotion: Modern Approaches to Ancient Emotion
Spring 2021
Emotions have long been an object of study in psychology and neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, and history, and historians have long been interested in the motivations and inner lives of individuals, much as they have generalized about the emotional states of people in collectives like villages, regions, and countries. In addition to broadening student knowledge of classical texts and scholarship related to cognitive life and emotion in classical Rome, the course will introduce students to the fundamentals of embodied cognition, its linguistic implications, situatedness in culture, and role in sociological approaches to literature and history. We will explore how ancient authors discuss and use the body to create meaning, how bodily meaning emerges through ancient texts, the ways in which cultural and environmental contexts shape the meaning of bodily experiences, how language is used to represent the various forms of social knowledge extrapolated from those experiences, and what implications such representations might have for our understanding of ancient culture and its reception. Students will also be encouraged to reflect upon their status as historically contingent viewers and the properties of authority that emerge from bodily knowledge within their own readerly context.

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LATN B648 Latin Epigram
Not offered 2020-21
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 (Spring 2021): Statius
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Advanced reading and interpretation of Latin literature: content varies
Current topic description: The Greek and Roman erotic novels were the ancient equivalent of pulp fiction. At the same time, the Latin examples that survive, the Satyricon by T. Petronius Arbiter (? - 66 CE) and the Metamorphoses (or Asinus Aureus) by Apuleius of Madaura (c. 125 - c. 190 CE), are literary masterpieces that belong to the most entertaining and sophisticated works of ancient literature. In this seminar we will be reading substantial selections from Petronius' Satyricon as well as a number of other imperial writers (Seneca, Lucan, Persius, Pliny, and Suetonius) in order to gain insight not only into the current research on the ancient novel and satire, but also key aspects of Neronian culture and society.
Current topic description: tatius' Thebaid has moved from scholarly neglect to being the focus of immense interest and research in recent years. This seminar introduces students to the epic and the scholarship it has produced, as well as familiarizes them with important aspects of Flavian culture. Both Statius' poetic work and the reign of the Flavian emperors are characterized by the ambivalent desire to create continuity, while simultaneously distancing themselves from the past and claiming innovation. Particular attention will thus be paid to Statius' engagement with the literary tradition, especially Homer, Vergil, Lucan, and Greek tragedy, as well as his strategies to mark his departure from earlier poetic practices. At the same time, we will explore how Statius in his work responds to the changing political, social, and material contexts of his culture. Further topics will include the nature of imperial patronage, Flavian agonistic culture and cultural eclecticism, the formation of a literary canon, ideologies of power, and the poetics of civil war.

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LATN B652 Problems in Roman History 2nd & 1st Centuries B.C.
Not offered 2020-21
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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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
Spring 2021
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 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
Not offered 2020-21
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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2020-21 Catalog Data

CSTS B108 Roman Africa
Not offered 2020-21
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 B175 Feminism in Classics
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B203 Technology and Humanity in the Ancient World
Fall 2020
In this course, we will study the development, impact, and ethical implications of technology in the ancient world. While investigating the attitudes toward technology expressed by scientific and non-scientific authors of the Graeco-Roman world, students will be exposed to perspectives and methods from a variety of disciplines including literary studies, anthropology, social psychology, and 4E cognition, engaging with questions related to areas of social justice, human ecology, artificial intelligence, urban planning, environmental management, and medicine. Through readings by authors such as Aristophanes, Euripides, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Apuleius and Galen, we will discuss the technologies used to aid memory, carry out calculative activities, perform labor, influence human behavior, and improve quality of life. In addition to gaining a broad understanding of ancient technologies (real and imagined), students will a) become familiar with the major periods and events of Graeco-Roman history and be able to contextualize attitudes towards technology within those periods; b) become familiar with the styles of literature and material arts during major periods of Graeco-Roman history, and c) develop skills necessary for reading primary texts (literary, philosophical, and historical) as documents representing the intellectual history of classical antiquity. No previous knowledge of the ancient world is required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B205 Greek History
Fall 2020
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
Not offered 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B217 The Problem of Evil: Ancient Answers to a Difficult Question
Not offered 2020-21
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 B221 Women of Roman Egypt
Fall 2020
This course aims to be an introduction to the history of female persons in the ancient world. It focuses particularly on Roman Egypt, but covers a broad range of material spanning the period of 300 BCE - 476 CE. Students engage with a number of historical issues, such as legal personhood, access to education, political protest, economic freedom, religious practice, etc.. Students will acquire familiarity with a) Egypt as a part of the Greco-Roman world; b) the role of women in both Egyptian society and Rome more generally; and c) the written sources available for the study of female experience in the ancient world. Because the course focuses on the social, cultural, and institutional environments in which women operated, the topic offers itself as a useful study of the ancient world as a whole, as well as to particular issues of representation and authority. By the end of the course, students will have general understanding of Egypt as a part of the Graeco-Roman world, a keen understanding of how women operated in the society of Ancient Egypt (ca. 300 BCE - 450 CE), and the ability to form arguments about the historical relevance of our sources.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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CSTS B226 Ecology of the Roman World
Spring 2021
In this course, we will study Roman attitudes toward the natural world, reconstructing the environment in which Roman urban centers flourished. While investigating the attitudes towards the environment that the Romans expressed through their myths, poetry, philosophy, and material culture, students will gain exposure to perspectives and methods from a variety of disciplines including literary studies, archaeology and art history, anthropology, social psychology, and 4E cognition. Through readings by authors such as Cato, Varro, Columella, Lucretius, Virgil, Ovid, Horace, Cicero, Pliny and Seneca, we will discuss agriculture and pre-industrial economies, social (re)evolution, disease and famine, resource exploitation, and human interaction with the landscape through engineering. In addition to gaining a broad understanding of how the Romans interacted with and explained the world around them (and how they used that world to explain themselves), students will a) become familiar with the major periods and events of Roman history and be able to contextualize attitudes towards nature and the environment within those periods; b) become familiar with the styles of literature and material arts during major periods of Roman history, and c) develop skills necessary for reading primary texts (literary, philosophical, and historical) as documents representing the intellectual history of the Roman world. No previous knowledge of the ancient world is required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B242 Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Spring 2021
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 B310 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Not offered 2020-21
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 B324 Roman Architecture
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Counts toward Praxis Program

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CSTS B610 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B614 Language and Loss
Fall 2020
In Lyric Philosophy, Jan Zwicky remarks that "loss is perhaps the ultimate philosophical problem." In this seminar--a joint venture of Bryn Mawr classical studies and Villanova philosophy--we will explore languages of loss and their uneasy place within philosophical forms of liberation. Our main readings will be Cicero's Tusculan Disputations, Augustine's De magistro and Confessions, and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. No proficiency in Latin is required for the course (we will be reading texts in translation), but students who do have proficiency will have opportunities to make use of it.

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CSTS B635 The Alexandrian Tradition in Roman Poetry
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B639 Italy and the Rise of Rome
Fall 2020
This course examines the archaeology and history of the Italian peninsula in the first millennium BCE, with a particular focus on the dynamics of Rome's rise from small settlement to the dominant power on the Italian peninsula. Through an examination of the textual, epigraphic, numismatic, and archaeological evidence from Rome and the other major powers in Italy in this period, including the Etruscans, Samnites, and Greek colonial cities, we investigate the major debates and issues surrounding Rome's rise to power, including the nature of Roman imperialism, processes of "Romanization" or acculturation among non-Romans, and the social and political conflicts and pressures which played a role in shaping the character of the Roman state in the first millennium BCE.

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CSTS B645 Ancient Magic
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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
Section 005 (Fall 2020): Roman Law and Legal History
Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2020-21
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 2021
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
Spring 2021
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
Fall 2020
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B263 Roman Archaeology: Life in the City
Not offered 2020-21
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 B306 Monumental Painting
Not offered 2020-21
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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GREK B350 Topics in Greek Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Pindar & Greek Lyric
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020
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 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020-21
This is a topics course. Topics vary.

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LATN B110 Intermediate Latin
Fall 2020
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
Spring 2021
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 2020): Petronius
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Postclass:Flavian/LateAnt/Ren
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Statius
Section 002 (Spring 2021): Modern Approaches to Ancient Emotion
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: The Greek and Roman erotic novels were the ancient equivalent of pulp fiction. At the same time, the Latin examples that survive, the Satyricon by T. Petronius Arbiter (? - 66 CE) and the Metamorphoses (or Asinus Aureus) by Apuleius of Madaura (c. 125 - c. 190 CE), are literary masterpieces that belong to the most entertaining and sophisticated works of ancient literature. In this seminar we will be reading substantial selections from Petronius' Satyricon as well as a number of other imperial writers (Seneca, Lucan, Persius, Pliny, and Suetonius) in order to gain insight not only into the current research on the ancient novel and satire, but also key aspects of Neronian culture and society.
Current topic description: tatius' Thebaid has moved from scholarly neglect to being the focus of immense interest and research in recent years. This seminar introduces students to the epic and the scholarship it has produced, as well as familiarizes them with important aspects of Flavian culture. Both Statius' poetic work and the reign of the Flavian emperors are characterized by the ambivalent desire to create continuity, while simultaneously distancing themselves from the past and claiming innovation. Particular attention will thus be paid to Statius' engagement with the literary tradition, especially Homer, Vergil, Lucan, and Greek tragedy, as well as his strategies to mark his departure from earlier poetic practices. At the same time, we will explore how Statius in his work responds to the changing political, social, and material contexts of his culture. Further topics will include the nature of imperial patronage, Flavian agonistic culture and cultural eclecticism, the formation of a literary canon, ideologies of power, and the poetics of civil war.
Current topic description: In addition to broadening student knowledge of classical texts and scholarship related to cognitive life and emotion in classical Rome, this seminar will introduce students to the fundamentals of embodied cognition and its role in sociological approaches to literature and history. We will explore how ancient authors like Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca (among others) discuss and use the body to create meaning, how bodily meaning emerges through ancient texts, the ways in which cultural and environmental contexts shape the meaning of bodily experiences, how language is used to represent the various forms of social knowledge extrapolated from those experiences, and what implications such representations might have for our understanding of ancient culture and its reception.

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PHIL B101 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
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
Not offered 2020-21
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 B224 Comparative Political Phil: China, Greece, and the "West"
Spring 2021
An introduction to the dialogic construction of comparative political philosophy, using texts from several cultures or worlds of thought: ancient and modern China, ancient Greece, and the modern West. The course will have three parts. First, a consideration of the synchronous emergence of philosophy in ancient (Axial Age) China and Greece; second, the 19th century invention of the modern "West" and Chinese responses to this development; and third, the current discussions and debates about globalization, democracy, and human rights now going on in China and the West. Prerequisite: At least one course in either Philosophy, Political Theory, or East Asian Studies, or consent of the instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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POLS B228 Introduction to Political Philosophy: Ancient and Early Modern
Fall 2020
An introduction to the fundamental problems of political philosophy, especially the relationship between political life and the human good or goods.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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POLS B320 Topics in Greek Political Philosophy
Not offered 2020-21
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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