Courses Offered in Greek

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

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

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

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
GREK B010-001Traditional and New Testament GreekSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCarpenter Library 15Edmonds,R.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHCarpenter Library 15
GREK B201-001Plato and ThucydidesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 15Edmonds,R.
GREK B602-001Approaches to Homeric EpicSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM MBettws Y Coed 239Mitchell-Boyask,R.
CSTS B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomDept. staff, TBA

Spring 2018

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 MWFEdmonds,R.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
GREK B104-001HomerSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFInterim,R.
GREK B644-001PlatoSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MEdmonds,R.
CSTS B208-001The Roman EmpireSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFScott,R.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: Latin EpigramSemester / 1LEC: Date/Time TBAMulligan,B.

Fall 2018

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

Courses Offered in Latin

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

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

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

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
LATN B001-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 25Baertschi,A.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 25
LATN B110-001Intermediate LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 15Scott,R.
LATN B625-001Augustine and the Classical TraditionSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15Conybeare,C.
LATN B650-001Topics in Latin Literature: Livy's Hannibalic War:AUC21-30Semester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM THCarpenter Library 13Scott,R.
CSTS B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomDept. staff, TBA

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
LATN B002-001Elementary LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFConybeare,C.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
LATN B112-001Latin Literature: Livy and HoraceSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFBaertschi,A.
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
LATN B202-001Topics: Advanced Latin Literature: The Silver AgeSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFScott,R.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: Latin EpigramSemester / 1LEC: Date/Time TBAMulligan,B.
LATN B648-001Latin Epigram: Latin EpigramSemester / 1LEC: Date/Time TBAMulligan,B.

Fall 2018

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

Courses Offered in Classical Culture and Society

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

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

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

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
CSTS B175-001Feminism in ClassicsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall GConybeare,C.
CSTS B324-001Roman ArchitectureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 17Scott,R.
CSTS B375-001Interpreting MythologySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHThomas Hall 223Edmonds,R.
CSTS B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TTaylor Hall, Seminar RoomDept. staff, TBA
CSTS B675-001Interpreting MythologySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHThomas Hall 223Edmonds,R.
CSTS B701-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAConybeare,C.
CSTS B701-002Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAScott,R.
CSTS B701-003Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBABaertschi,A.
CSTS B701-004Supervised WorkSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAEdmonds,R.
ARCH B110-001The World Through Classical EyesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFThomas Hall 104Donohue,A.
GSEM B623-001Figures of Resistance: Classical and ModernSemester / 1Lecture: 2:20 PM- 4:10 PM TTaylor Hall BBaertschi,A., King,H.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MThomas Hall 224
HIST B123-001The Early Medieval WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall ETruitt,E.
HIST B231-001Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTHThomas Hall 224Truitt,E.
LATN B110-001Intermediate LatinSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 15Scott,R.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
CSTS B208-001The Roman EmpireSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM MWFScott,R.
CSTS B635-001The Alexandrian Tradition in Roman PoetrySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WBaertschi,A.
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFLindenlauf,A.
ARCH B359-001Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology: IllustrationSemester / 1LEC: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM THDonohue,A.
HIST B364-001Magical MechanismsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TTruitt,E.
HIST B368-001Topics in Medieval History: Magic in the Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM THTruitt,E.
LATN B112-001Latin Literature: Livy and HoraceSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFBaertschi,A.
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
LATN B202-001Topics: Advanced Latin Literature: The Silver AgeSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFScott,R.
LATN B350-001Topics in Latin Literature: Latin EpigramSemester / 1LEC: Date/Time TBAMulligan,B.

Fall 2018

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

2017-18 Catalog Data

GREK B010 Traditional and New Testament Greek
Fall 2017
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 2018
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 2017-18
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 2018
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 2017
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 B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B403 Supervised Work

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GREK B601 Homer
Not offered 2017-18
We will focus on a careful reading of significant portions of the Homeric epics and on the history of Homeric scholarship. Students will develop an appreciation both for the beauty of Homer's poetics and for the scholarly arguments surrounding interpretation of these texts.

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GREK B602 Approaches to Homeric Epic
Fall 2017
A close study of the Homeric Iliad, and a survey of some major scholarly "camps" surrounding its interpretation. In addition to reading much of the epic in Greek, students should also expect to engage the methodologies that have been used to approach this peculiar, monumental poem. Oralist, narratological, neo-analytic, linguistic, historical and Marxist readings will be applied and dissected. Two oral reports and a research paper will be expected.

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GREK B609 Pindar & Greek Lyric
Not offered 2017-18
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 B620 5th century Greek Historians
Not offered 2017-18
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 B623 Sophocles
Not offered 2017-18
In this seminar we will conduct an in-depth reading of several of Sophocles' plays with special emphasis on the language and metrics of Greek tragedy. We will also focus on the history of Sophoclean scholarship. Secondary readings and in-class discussions will cover topics such as the role of the chorus; lyric vs. narrative in drama; the Sophoclean hero; the role of time and oracles; the role of the divine; comparison of Sophocles' favorite themes and techniques with those of Aeschylus and Euripides. All students will complete a term paper on a research topic of their choice by the end of the semester.

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GREK B630 Euripides
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
The Attic orators provide a rich array of evidence for the social structures of men and women in ancient Athens, giving insights into aspects of personal life that literary texts rarely touch upon. In this seminar, we will explore the ideas of gender and citizenship as they are expressed in a number of the orations from 4th century Athens. We will examine the ways in which rhetoric is used in the speeches, with close attention to the kind of social and personal dynamics that were central to the forensic arena of this time period. A close reading of the texts themselves in the original Greek will help provide insight into the language of the courts, while the readings from modern scholarship will allow us to probe more deeply into some of the issues raised by the texts.

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GREK B643 Readings in Greek History
Not offered 2017-18
History, as a way of speaking about the past, was invented by the Greeks. In this course we examine the works of some of the most significant early Greek historians, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, as well as the later Plutarch, paying close attention to the question of what history is for these authors. We will examine the events they choose to recount, as well as the ways they narrate the past. We will probe the underlying assumptions the writers make about the nature of the cosmos and the place of humanity within it, with particular focus upon ideas of religion, gender, ethnicity, pattern and causation. A close reading of the texts themselves in the original Greek will help provide insight into the language of historiography, while the readings from modern scholarship will allow us to probe more deeply into some of the issues raised by the texts.

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GREK B644 Plato
Spring 2018
In this seminar, we will explore the central ideas of a Platonic dialogue as they are unfolded by the varying voices of the interlocutors. In the "Phaedo", Plato presents a poignant picture of the last hours of Socrates. Plato's dialogues all prompt questions about how to read and understand the complex interchanges between the interlocutors, but no dialogue presents these issues as prominently or paradoxically as the Phaedrus. In their rhetorical speeches on love, Phaedrus speaks for Lysias, while Socrates speaks for Phaedrus or for the nymphs or for Stesichorus. And for whom does Plato speak, or rather, write? And what does he mean when he writes for Socrates the speech that no one serious would ever put anything serious in writing? In this seminar, we will explore the ideas of speech and writing, dialogue and rhetoric, philosophy and eros in the Phaedrus. In addition to a close reading of the text itself, we will sample from the scholarly debates over the understanding and interpretation of the Phaedrus that have gone on over the past two and a half millenia of reading Plato's Phaedrus.

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GREK B653 Athens in the Hellenistic Period
Not offered 2017-18
Surveys of Athenian history tend to conclude if not at the Battle of Chaeronea at any rate at the death of Alexander. Yet Athens did not disappear with the imposition of the Macedonian garrison in 322. Democracy resurfaced periodically over the course of the next century (in 318, 307, 288, and 229), and, more to the point, even under periods of oligarchic rule and Macedonian control, Athenian institutions remained intact, and Athenians continued to make significant contributions to the greater Greek world. Indeed, the century that followed Alexander's death saw the flowering of Athenian historiography (e.g. Demochares, Diyllus, Philochorus, Timaeus, and Phylarchus) and new comedy (e.g. Menander and Poseidippus), as well as the advent of important philosophical schools (Epicureanism and Stoicism). This course will focus on Athens between the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE) and its liberation from Macedonian rule ca. 229 BCE. By way of a variety of contemporary sources, we shall have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves both with the historical narrative and with the intellectual climate of the polis in the early Hellenistic period.

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 B320 
Not offered 2017-18

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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
Spring 2018
Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome
Not offered 2017-18
This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Romans' perception of wine-drinking as a sacral experience, often of critical cultural, social, and even cosmic importance. We will study the cult of Dionysus and the role of wine in Greek and Latin poetry, drama, and philosophy. We will then trace the development of these religious and cultural trends in subsequent Western history, to the medieval tradition of the carnival and to twentieth-century literature.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B228 Utopia: Good Place or No Place?
Not offered 2017-18
What is the ideal human society? What is the role and status of man and woman therein? Is such a society purely hypothetical or should we strive to make it viable in our modern world? This course will address these questions by exploring the historic development of the concept of utopia.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CSTS B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2017-18
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

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

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

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Late Latin Poetry
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Spring 2018
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2017-18 Catalog Data

LATN B001 Elementary Latin
Fall 2017
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 2018
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 2017
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 2017): Livy and Horace
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Livy and Horace
Spring 2018
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
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Vergil's Aeneid
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course, course content varies. In this course typically a variety of Latin prose and poetry of the high and later Roman empire (first to fourth centuries CE) is read. Single or multiple authors may be featured in a given semester. Suggested Preparation: two years of college Latin or equivalent.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B202 Topics: Advanced Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): The Silver Age
Spring 2018
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.
Current topic description: Readings will be drawn from the following authors: Lucan, De Bello Civili Book 7, Seneca's Letters to Lucillius, and Cornelius Tacitus, the Agricola and the Histories (Selections).

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LATN B312 Roman Satire
Not offered 2017-18
Satire is the most slippery and subversive of genres. It is richly entertaining to read, but if we engage with it seriously it is often abrasive, shocking, shattering. Reading Roman satire requires an energetic exercise in cultural translation: we are confronted with the alienness of the Roman world, as well as its perverse literary vigour. This course will span four turbulent centuries of Roman imperialism in its reading of Roman satire. We will range from the sharp minutiae of social observation in Horace's Sermones to the calculated public abuse of a eunuch consul in Claudian's In Eutropium; from the swirling filthy riches of Persius and Juvenal to the nastily eloquent Christian condemnation of riches (and much else) in St Jerome. Students are warned: the language is difficult, the content often excoriating, even if exquisitely expressed. Reading this material challenges any comfortable separation between "literature" and "life".

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Late Latin Poetry
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B403 Supervised Work

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LATN B612 Tacitus
Not offered 2017-18
Studies in the Annals of Tacitus.

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LATN B613 Cicero
Not offered 2017-18
The public and private legal speeches and relevant letters of Cicero as advocate and politician.

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LATN B615 Roman Biography
Not offered 2017-18
The course surveys the development of Roman Biography from the late Republic to the High Empire. Authors read include Cornelius Nepos, Cornelius Tacitus, Plutarch, Suetonius Tranquillus and anonymous authors representative of both pagan and Christian resistance literature.

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LATN B619 Roman Satire
Not offered 2017-18
This course will span four turbulent centuries of Roman imperilism in its reading or Roman satire. We will range from the sharp minutiae of social observation in Horace's Sermones to the calculated public abuse of a eunuch consul in Claudian's In Eutropium; from the swirling filthy riches of Persius and Juvenal to the nastily eloquent Christian condemnation of riches (and much else) in St Jerome.

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LATN B625 Augustine and the Classical Tradition
Fall 2017
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 B637 Vergil Aeneid
Not offered 2017-18
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
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Spring 2018
In this seminar we will explore the themes and aesthetics of the Latin epigram, a genre (or is it?) best known for its brevity and wit. After orienting ourselves in the epigrams of the Neoterics (Catullus, Cinna, Calvus, Caesar), our focus will turn to the poetry of Martial, whose accounts of Rome, its inhabitants, and their foibles exerted a profound influence on subsequent epigrammatists. We will consider Martial's poetry both thematically (poems on the city; women; scoundrels; patrons; long poems) and as constituents of organized, multi-faceted libri.  To deepen our appreciation of Martial's poetic project, we will take occasional forays into para-epigrammatic genres and works (Priapea, Catalepton), as well as the scattered epigrams of authors both familiar (Ovid, Lucan, Seneca, Petronius) and obscure. We will also consider the evolution the epigram from its inscriptional and epitaphic origins in Greek and Latin, and its development as a literary form by Hellenistic authors. In the final two weeks of the course, we will turn our attention to the reception of Martial by late antique (Ausonius, Claudian, Luxorius) and Neo-Latin poets (e.g. Pontano's Baiae, Panormita's Hermaphroditus, Marullo's reception of Catullus, Thomas More, John Owen).  Readings in the original will be supplemented with relevant scholarship throughout. Students will enhance their core work on Latin epigram by reading--independently or in small-groups--a complementary genre or author in the original related to their interests (e.g. Greek epigram, Horace' Satires, Latin elegy, carmina epigraphica, Juvenal, Flavian epic, Pliny's Epistles, Christian epigram).

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LATN B650 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Livy's Hannibalic War:AUC21-30
Fall 2017
Advanced reading and interpretation of Latin literature: content varies
Current topic description: The 2nd of the 3 wars that Rome fought with Carthage in the course of 3rd and 2nd c. BCE, known as the war with Hannibal was unanimously regarded as the most testing of the three because of the remarkable abilities of the Carthaginian commander. The Augustan historian Livy has given us a balanced yet epic account of the war, its principal protagonists in multiple theaters of action with shifting outcomes that is likewise regarded as an exemplary historical accomplishment.

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LATN B658 Late Latin Poetry
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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 2017-18
Ovid's Fasti is a work that the poet was not able to complete before being sent into exile by Augustus. Nevertheless, as it survives, it is an extraordinarily rich work that blends the antiquarian religious research characteristic of the Augustan age with the subtle poetic craft for which the author is famous.

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LATN B673 Roman Civil War
Not offered 2017-18
Civil war seemed to be Rome's inescapable destiny from the foundation of the city through the early empire. This course will assess its historical significance as well as its representation and commemoration in Roman literature. We will focus particularly on Lucan's Bellum civile recounting the strife between Caesar and Pompey, but also read other texts in both poetry and prose to trace the development of civil conflict at Rome and its lasting influence on Roman identity and cultural memory.

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 B320 
Not offered 2017-18

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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 2017-18
This course surveys the history of Rome from its origins to the end of the Republic, with special emphasis on the rise of Rome in Italy and the evolution of the Roman state. The course also examines the Hellenistic world in which the rise of Rome takes place. The methods of historical investigation using the ancient sources, both literary and archaeological, are emphasized.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome
Not offered 2017-18
This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Romans' perception of wine-drinking as a sacral experience, often of critical cultural, social, and even cosmic importance. We will study the cult of Dionysus and the role of wine in Greek and Latin poetry, drama, and philosophy. We will then trace the development of these religious and cultural trends in subsequent Western history, to the medieval tradition of the carnival and to twentieth-century literature.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B228 Utopia: Good Place or No Place?
Not offered 2017-18
What is the ideal human society? What is the role and status of man and woman therein? Is such a society purely hypothetical or should we strive to make it viable in our modern world? This course will address these questions by exploring the historic development of the concept of utopia.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CSTS B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B274 Greek Tragedy in Global Cinema
Not offered 2017-18
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

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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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2017-18 Catalog Data

CSTS B156 Roman Law in Action
Not offered 2017-18
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
Fall 2017
This course will illustrate the ways in which feminism has had an impact on classics, as well as the ways in which feminists think with classical texts. It will have four thematic divisions: feminism and the classical canon; feminism, women, and rethinking classical history; feminist readings of classical texts; and feminists and the classics - e.g. Cixous' Medusa and Butler's Antigone.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B205 Greek History
Not offered 2017-18
This course traces the rise of the city-state (polis) in the Greek-speaking world beginning in the seventh-century BC down to its full blossoming in classical Athens and Sparta. Students should gain an understanding of the formation and development of Greek identity, from the Panhellenic trends in archaic epic and religion through its crystallization during the heroic defense against two Persian invasions and its subsequent disintegration during the Peloponnesian war. The class will also explore the ways in which the evolution of political, philosophical, religious, and artistic institutions reflect the changing socio-political circumstances of Greece. The latter part of the course will focus on Athens in particular: its rise to imperial power under Pericles, its tragic decline from the Peloponnesian War and its important role as a center for the teaching of rhetoric and philosophy. Since the study of history involves the analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the sources available for the culture studied, students will concentrate upon the primary sources available for Greek history, exploring the strengths and weakness of these sources and the ways in which their evidence can be used to create an understanding of ancient Greece. Students should learn how to analyze and evaluate the evidence from primary texts and to synthesize the information from multiple sources in a critical way.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B207 Early Rome and the Roman Republic
Not offered 2017-18
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
Spring 2018
Imperial history from the principate of Augustus to the House of Constantine with focus on the evolution of Roman culture and society as presented in the surviving ancient evidence, both literary and archaeological.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B213 Persia and The Greeks
Not offered 2017-18
This Course explores interactions between Greeks and Persians in the Mediterranean and Near East from the Archaic Period to the Hellenistic Age. Through a variety of sources (from Greek histories, tragedies, and ethnography, to Persian royal inscriptions and administrative documents and the Hebrew Bible), we shall work to illuminate the interface between these two distinct yet complementary cultures. Our aim will be to gain familiarity not only with a general narrative of Greco-Persian history, from the foundation of the Achaemenid Empire in the middle of the sixth century BCE to the Macedonian conquest of Persia some 250 years later, but also with the materials (archaeological, numismatic, epigraphical, artistic, and literary) from which we build such a narrative. At the same time, we shall work to understand how contact between Persia and the Greeks in antiquity has influenced discourse about the opposition between East and West in the modern world.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B214 Remembering the Saints: Reading Pilgrimage & Tourism
Not offered 2017-18
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 B225 In Vino Veritas: Wine in the Literature and Cult of Ancient Greece & Rome
Not offered 2017-18
This course will explore ancient Greeks' and Romans' perception of wine-drinking as a sacral experience, often of critical cultural, social, and even cosmic importance. We will study the cult of Dionysus and the role of wine in Greek and Latin poetry, drama, and philosophy. We will then trace the development of these religious and cultural trends in subsequent Western history, to the medieval tradition of the carnival and to twentieth-century literature.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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CSTS B228 Utopia: Good Place or No Place?
Not offered 2017-18
What is the ideal human society? What is the role and status of man and woman therein? Is such a society purely hypothetical or should we strive to make it viable in our modern world? This course will address these questions by exploring the historic development of the concept of utopia.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CSTS B230 Food and Drink in the Ancient World
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores practices of eating and drinking in the ancient Mediterranean world both from a socio-cultural and environmental perspective. Since we are not only what we eat, but also where, when, why, with whom, and how we eat, we will examine the wider implications of patterns of food production, preparation, consumption, availability, and taboos, considering issues like gender, health, financial situation, geographical variability, and political status. Anthropological, archaeological, literary, and art historical approaches will be used to analyze the evidence and shed light on the role of food and drink in ancient culture and society. In addition, we will discuss how this affects our contemporary customs and practices and how our identity is still shaped by what we eat.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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CSTS B237 Underworlds in Virgil & After
Not offered 2017-18
What is a 'literary tradition', and what sense may we make of one? In this course we focus on an influential episode in the Western literary tradition: the hero's journey into the underworld in Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid. Keeping in mind a master metaphor by which 'underworld' stands for 'afterlife', we consider that perilous 'journey below' on its own, in context of the complete poem, and in contexts provided by other authors' visions of 'what lies beneath', including Homer (Odyssey), Ovid (Metamorphoses), Dante (Inferno), Milton (Paradise Lost), Shakespeare (The Tempest), Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness), J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit), and the nameless author of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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CSTS B242 Magic in the Greco-Roman World
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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

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CSTS B310 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Not offered 2017-18
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
Fall 2017
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 2017
The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. The student should gain a more profound understanding of the meaning of these myths to the Greeks themselves, of the cultural context in which they were formulated. At the same time, this course should provide the student with some familiarity with the range of interpretations and strategies of understanding that people of various cultures and times have applied to the Greek myths during the more than two millennia in which they have been preserved. Preference to upperclassmen, previous coursework in myth required.

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

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

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CSTS B403 Supervised Work

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CSTS B403 Supervised Work

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CSTS B610 Forming the Classics: From Papyrus to Print
Not offered 2017-18
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 B620 Martyrs, Mothers, Memoirs: Medieval Autobiographies
Not offered 2017-18
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
Spring 2018
The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to the Greek poetry of the last three centuries BCE, most notably that of Callimachus and Theocritus, and its reception and transformation in Rome in the late Republic and early imperial era. We will be reading a wide range of sources, both in Greek and Latin, including - next to the aforementioned - authors such as Moschus, Parthenius, Catullus, Vergil, and Statius. In addition, we will discuss past and present scholarship devoted to individual texts and the relationship between the Hellenistic poets and their Roman successors in general. Specifically, we will examine the complex Roman engagement with Greek literary and intellectual culture, the construction of poetic affiliations and literary genealogies, the adoption of particular poetic modes and practices, and the re-appropriation of Greek bucolic in Latin pastoral.

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CSTS B645 Ancient Magic
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017
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 2017

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 B320 
Not offered 2017-18

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Not offered 2017-18
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

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2018
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
Fall 2017
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the "inhabited world."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARCH B204 Animals in the Ancient Greek World
Not offered 2017-18
This course focuses on perceptions of animals in ancient Greece from the Geometric to the Classical periods. It examines representations of animals in painting, sculpture, and the minor arts, the treatment of animals as attested in the archaeological record, and how these types of evidence relate to the featuring of animals in contemporary poetry, tragedy, comedy, and medical and philosophical writings. By analyzing this rich body of evidence, the course develops a context in which participants gain insight into the ways ancient Greeks perceived, represented, and treated animals. Juxtaposing the importance of animals in modern society, as attested, for example, by their roles as pets, agents of healing, diplomatic gifts, and even as subjects of specialized studies such as animal law and animal geographies, the course also serves to expand awareness of attitudes towards animals in our own society as well as that of ancient Greece.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARCH B215 Classical Art
Not offered 2017-18
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 B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
Not offered 2017-18
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B254 Cleopatra
Not offered 2017-18
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 2017-18
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 B304 Archaeology of Greek Religion
Not offered 2017-18
This course approaches the topic of ancient Greek religion by focusing on surviving archaeological, architectural, epigraphical, artistic and literary evidence that dates from the Archaic and Classical periods. By examining a wealth of diverse evidence that ranges, for example, from temple architecture, and feasting and banqueting equipment to inscriptions, statues, vase paintings, and descriptive texts, the course enables the participants to analyze the value and complexity of the archaeology of Greek religion and to recognize its significance for the reconstruction of daily life in ancient Greece. Special emphasis is placed on subjects such as the duties of priests and priestesses, the violence of animal sacrifice, the function of cult statues and votive offerings and also the important position of festivals and hero and mystery cults in ancient Greek religious thought and experience.

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ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis
Not offered 2017-18
Pottery is a fundamental means of establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and of understanding past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis and interpretation. Topics include typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory work on pottery in the department collections. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Illustration
Spring 2018
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. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities.
Current topic description: TA research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology, art history, or Cities.

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ARCH B516 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Not offered 2017-18
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport.

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GREK B653 Athens in the Hellenistic Period
Not offered 2017-18
Surveys of Athenian history tend to conclude if not at the Battle of Chaeronea at any rate at the death of Alexander. Yet Athens did not disappear with the imposition of the Macedonian garrison in 322. Democracy resurfaced periodically over the course of the next century (in 318, 307, 288, and 229), and, more to the point, even under periods of oligarchic rule and Macedonian control, Athenian institutions remained intact, and Athenians continued to make significant contributions to the greater Greek world. Indeed, the century that followed Alexander's death saw the flowering of Athenian historiography (e.g. Demochares, Diyllus, Philochorus, Timaeus, and Phylarchus) and new comedy (e.g. Menander and Poseidippus), as well as the advent of important philosophical schools (Epicureanism and Stoicism). This course will focus on Athens between the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE) and its liberation from Macedonian rule ca. 229 BCE. By way of a variety of contemporary sources, we shall have the opportunity to familiarize ourselves both with the historical narrative and with the intellectual climate of the polis in the early Hellenistic period.

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GSEM B623 Figures of Resistance: Classical and Modern
Fall 2017
The GSem will explore classical figures of resistance such as Prometheus, Antigone, Electra, Medea, and Lysistrata and their reception in modern art and cinema. The focus will be on films and other works of art that re-appropriate and transform the ancient characters and their stories. We will discuss in particular how modern filmmakers re-contextualize the classical figures to shed light on contemporary historical, political, and social issues. Films will include Tony Harrison, Prometheus (Great Britain, 1998), Liliana Cavani, The Year of the Cannibals (Italy, 1970), Amy Greenfield, Antigone/Rites of Passion (USA, 1991), Ingmar Bergman, Persona (Sweden, 1966), Miklós Jancsó, Electra, My Love (Hungary, 1974), Arthur Ripstein, Asi Es La Vida (Mexico, 2000), and Spike Lee, Chi-raq (USA, 2015). Readings will be drawn from texts on reception studies, film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and political theory.

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HIST B123 The Early Medieval World
Fall 2017
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 Middle Ages
Not offered 2017-18
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
Fall 2017
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 Health Studies

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HIST B364 Magical Mechanisms
Spring 2018
A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.

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HIST B368 Topics in Medieval History
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Magic in the Middle Ages
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Current topic description: A reading and research-based seminar on the intellectual and cultural history of medieval magic, including natural and demonic magic, astral science, alchemy, and other forms of "the occult sciences." Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, including visual culture, and secondary sources will include significant works in philosophy, religious studies, and medieval historiography. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.

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LATN B110 Intermediate Latin
Fall 2017
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 2017): Livy and Horace
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Livy and Horace
Spring 2018
In the second semester of the intermediate Latin sequence, readings in prose and poetry are frequently drawn from a period, such as the age of Augustus, that illustrate in different ways the leading political and cultural concerns of the time. The Latin readings and discussion are supplemented by readings in the secondary literature. This course meets three times a week with a required fourth hour to be arranged. Prerequisite: LATN 101 or 110 or placement by the department.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B202 Topics: Advanced Latin Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): The Silver Age
Spring 2018
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.
Current topic description: Readings will be drawn from the following authors: Lucan, De Bello Civili Book 7, Seneca's Letters to Lucillius, and Cornelius Tacitus, the Agricola and the Histories (Selections).

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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LATN B312 Roman Satire
Not offered 2017-18
Satire is the most slippery and subversive of genres. It is richly entertaining to read, but if we engage with it seriously it is often abrasive, shocking, shattering. Reading Roman satire requires an energetic exercise in cultural translation: we are confronted with the alienness of the Roman world, as well as its perverse literary vigour. This course will span four turbulent centuries of Roman imperialism in its reading of Roman satire. We will range from the sharp minutiae of social observation in Horace's Sermones to the calculated public abuse of a eunuch consul in Claudian's In Eutropium; from the swirling filthy riches of Persius and Juvenal to the nastily eloquent Christian condemnation of riches (and much else) in St Jerome. Students are warned: the language is difficult, the content often excoriating, even if exquisitely expressed. Reading this material challenges any comfortable separation between "literature" and "life".

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LATN B350 Topics in Latin Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Late Latin Poetry
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Latin Epigram
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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LATN B613 Cicero
Not offered 2017-18
The public and private legal speeches and relevant letters of Cicero as advocate and politician.

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