Listed below are some of the new and highlighted Spring 2018 course offerings from the Department of Classics. Pre-enrollment begins Wednesday, October 25.
Great Discoveries in Greek and Roman Archaeology (CLASS 1702)
Instructor: Caitlín Barrett
Course Time: TR 10:10-11:25
This introductory course surveys the archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman Mediterranean. Each week, we will explore a different archaeological discovery that transformed scholars’ understanding of the ancient world. From early excavations at sites such as Pompeii and Troy, to modern field projects across the Mediterranean, we will discover the rich cultures of ancient Greece and Rome while also exploring the history, methods, and major intellectual goals of archaeology.
The Comic Theater (CLASS 2651)
Instructor: Jeffrey Rusten
Course Time: TR 1:25-2:40
Study and analysis of 2500 years of comedy (all in English), from Greece (Aristophanes, Menander), Rome (Plautus and Terence), Italy (Machiavelli, The commedia dell' arte), Elizabethan (Shakespeare, Ben Jonson) and Restoration (Congreve, Wycherley) England, France (Molière), Hollywood (Keystone and Hal Roach studios, Screwball comedies of the 30's, Sitcoms) and others besides.
The Animal in Greek Literature and Thought: Friend, Foe, or Food? (CLASS 2808)
Instructor: Athena Kirk
Course Time: TR 11:40-12:55
How did the Ancient Greeks understand the world of non-human animals around them as they hunted, sacrificed, consumed, and worshipped? In this course we will read examine ancient attitudes toward animals through Greek literature, history, and philosophy. Topics of our study will include animal consciousness, human-animal relationships, animals as literary characters, and animal ethics, drawn from such authors as: Homer, Aesop, Herodotus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, and Plutarch. We will also examine modern animal studies in conjunction with our ancient texts, reading from contemporary theorists on this topic. As well as reading a diverse body of primary ancient material, students in this course develop their critical reading, research, analytical writing, and discussion skills.
Identity in the Ancient World (CLASS 3738)
Instructor: Astrid Van Oyen
Course Time: TR 11:40-12:55
Have you ever been asked ‘who are you’ or ‘which group do you belong to’? You would have noted how the answer shifts according to who is asking, in which context, etc. While everyone is unique, the possible replies in any one situation are largely defined at the level of society. What is less often realized, however, is that identity shows in particular in ways of doing: what and how one eats; what one wears and when; how one moves in a space. Archaeology is in a unique position to investigate these questions, and the Greek and Roman worlds offer a fruitful test ground, both because of their varied evidence, and because of their peculiar echoing in the modern world and its manifold identities. This course will address current theories about identity and its formation, discuss the various facets of identity (e.g. gender, religion, ethnicity) in the Greek and Roman worlds, and introduce tools for studying identity in the past.
Conversational Latin (LATIN 2207)
Instructor: Daniel Gallagher
Course Time: MWF 1:25-2:15
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.