Listed below are some of the new and highlighted Fall 2017 course offerings from the Department of Classics. Pre-enrollment begins Wednesday, April 12.
Introduction to Ancient Rome (CLASS 1615)
Instructor: Michael Fontaine
Course Time: MWF 2:30-3:20
Ancient Rome was a village the size of Ithaca that grew into a world empire. In this course students will be introduced to the best literature, art, and personalities of Rome's classical period (2nd c. BCE – 2nd c. CE). All readings are in English.
Greek Mythology (CLASS 2604)
Instructor: Todd Clary
Course Time: TR 2:55-4:10
The stories of Greek Mythology have ignited the imaginations of writers and artists from the birth of western civilization to the present day, from the tragedy of Achilles to the adventures of Percy Jackson. This course surveys the most influential stories of Gods and Heroes in Greek myths, focusing on their place in ancient Greek and Roman literature and society, but also tracing their course in intellectual and art history through the Renaissance to the present day.
Egyptomania (CLASS 2685)
Instructor: Caitlín Barrett
Course Time: TR 10:10-11:25
This course explores the multifaceted interactions between ancient Egypt and the Classical world, from the Bronze Age to the Roman empire. Among other topics, we will examine Greek merchants and mercenaries in Egypt; Egyptian influences on Greek and Roman art; the international cult of the Egyptian goddess Isis; the Greco-Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and her seductive but threatening reputation in Roman literature; the appearance of Egyptian underworld gods on Greek and Roman “magical gems” and curse tablets; and the many ways that Greco-Roman representations of Egypt have shaped modern conceptions of Egyptian civilization, from 19th-century Romanticism to 21st-century pop culture.
Archaeology of the Roman World (CLASS 2711)
Instructor: Astrid Van Oyen
Course Time: MWF 10:10-11:00
With megacities, long-distance trade, and fluid identities, the Roman empire can seem uncannily close to our modern world. This course adopts a thematic approach to explore whether this is a valid parallel, based on archaeological evidence ranging from temples to farms, from wine containers to statues.
Conversational Latin (LATIN 2207)
Instructor: Daniel Gallagher
Course Time: MWF 9:05-9:55
Latin is no more than a language, and students can learn to speak it—and as they do, they’ll see dramatic improvements in reading comprehension. In this course students will learn to activate their passive Latin knowledge by reading and imitating selections from Plautus, Cicero, Jerome, Erasmus, and many other authors.