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New and highlighted Classics courses for Fall 2018

April 30, 2018

Listed below are some of the new and highlighted Fall 2018 course offerings from the Department of Classics. Pre-enrollment begins Wednesday, April 11.

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 some of its literature, art, and famous personalities in the classical period (2nd c. BCE – 2nd c. CE). In it we will read the masterpieces of Latin literature, from Virgil’s Aeneid to Ovid’s Metamorphoses and from Catullus’ lyrics to Livy’s moralizing History of Rome. Special attention will be given to the late republic and Augustan period. No prior knowledge of the ancient world is necessary. All readings are in English.


Sex, Gender, and Identity in Ancient Greece and Rome (CLASS 2633)

Instructor: Ella Haselswerdt

Course Time: MWF 12:20-1:10

How did the ancient Greeks and Romans understand differences in gender and sexuality? And how did their gendered identities intersect with other identity categories, like race, class, and citizenship status? In this introductory course we will explore these questions using a wide-ranging selection of philosophy, literature, medical writing, legal texts, magic spells, and material evidence. We will also ask how ancient ideas about sex and gender have influenced our own construction of these categories, and investigate the consequences of modern identification with antiquity. No prior knowledge about the ancient world is required, and all readings will be in English.


Theory and Methods in Classical Studies (CLASS 2801)

Instructor: Verity Platt

Course Time: TR 10:10-11:25

This course is designed for all majors in Classics and Classical Civilizations, though anybody with an interest in the Greco-Roman world is encouraged to join us. We will explore the discipline of Classical Studies from diverse angles: What are the skills that a training in Classics requires (such as philology, epigraphy, archaeology, or art history)? What resources are available to us, and how might we use them most effectively? What do we mean by “the Classical”? How did Classics arise as a discipline, and what does it mean to study Classical Antiquity today? Taking the Parthenon as our thematic focus, we will explore the intellectual, historical, aesthetic, and political significance of this quintessentially “Classical” monument, alongside its complicated legacy.

Comparative Slaveries (CLASS 2803)

Instructor: Nicole Giannella

Course Time: TR 1:25-2:40

This course introduces students to the different forms, embodiments, and definitions of slavery across time and the globe. We will explore canonical questions such as what constitutes a slave society and whether a universal definition is a constructive paradigm, to specific questions about how to understand the role of law, gender and sexuality, science, and race in a particular society. We will focus on, but not limit our study to, slavery in Athens, Rome, and in the New World. No specific prior knowledge needed.

The Tragic Theatre (CLASS 3645)

Instructor: Frederick Ahl

Course Time: TR 11:40-12:55

Tragedy and its audiences from ancient Greece to modern theater and film. Topics: origins of theatrical conventions; Shakespeare and Seneca; tragedy in modern theater and film. Works studied will include: Aeschylus' Agamemnon; Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus, Philoctetes; Euripides' Alcestis, Helen, Iphigeneia in Aulis, Orestes; Seneca's Thyestes, Trojan Women; Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Othello; Strindberg's The Father; Durrenmatt's The Visit; Bergman's Seventh Seal; Cacoyannis' Iphigeneia.

Conversational Latin I (LATIN 2207)

Instructor: Daniel Gallagher

Course Time: MWF 9:05-9:55

Latin, like any language, is only mastered when one can speak it. Yet the goal of spoken Latin, unlike modern languages, is not conversational fluency. Rather, by formulating one’s own thoughts into Latin and expressing them in real human-to-human interaction, one experiences the unique structural, grammatical, and syntactical features of Latin actively and not just passively. This, in turn, enhances reading comprehension. Remaining rooted in and drawing inspiration from real authors including Plautus, Cicero, Erasmus, Newton, and many others, students will be able to talk about their favorite sports team, television show, musician, or video game, as well as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and baking cookies (all presentations students have given in the past!). Students should come to this course with a solid grounding in Latin grammar, although no previous spoken Latin is presumed.

Latin Poetry (LATIN 2209)

Instructor: Hayden Pelliccia

Course Time: MWF 12:20-1:10

Ovid, Metamorphoses (selections): Attention will be paid to translation skills, the nature of myth, Ovid's poetic technique, and ancient attitudes towards rape.

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