Courses

Winter 2022

CLASSIC 250 – Topics in Greek and Roman Culture and Literature: Roman Forum

Instructor(s): Chris Johanson

Roman Forum: Text and Context.

This seminar explores ways of seeing, interrogating, and exploring the physical space and the multiplicity of spatiotemporal places that we call the Roman Forum. Our goals are twofold: to develop fluency with the tools and the available evidence to include the Roman Forum in our research; to establish a theoretical framework and a collection of interpretative lenses through which we might understand and create interpreted instances of this fundamental place.

CLASSIC 250 – Topics in Greek and Roman Culture and Literature: Eros

Instructor(s): Giulia Sissa

EROS. AMOR. The erotic cultures of the early global world.

In all societies and cultures, the erotic experience is complex. It is shaped by norms, habits, emotions and manners of living the body. Such an experience crosses a variety of discourses and domains of knowledge. We will look at this phenomenon, the erotic, as a matter of desire, pleasure, bodies, institutions. We will go beyond the sexual acts, beyond the controversial notion of “sexuality”, beyond sex as merely a matter of power, and will bring to the fore what was truly relevant in the cultures on the ancient world: sensuality

GREEK 224 – Diogenes of Oenoanda

Instructor(s): David Blank

The 2nd century CE Epicurean Diogenes gifted the citizens of Oinoanda with the largest inscription of classical antiquity to help cure them of the illness caused by their false opinions. This seminar studies Diogenes’ Greek inscription as philosophy and as part of the euergetism and ‘epigraphic habit’ of the second sophistic.

LATIN 200B – History of Latin Literature

Instructor(s): Sander Goldberg

This installment of the graduate survey covers the period from roughly the death of Cicero in 43 BCE to the death of Ovid over half a century later, a period once unblushingly called Golden. We today resist such value-laden terms, but the fact remains that authors working in this period include some of the most recognizable names in Roman literature and in important respects constitute a coherent group, aware of and often referring to each other, responding to the world around them, and working from similar literary values and principles. The survey will set these authors in dialogue with each other, comparing and contrasting their responses to similar material, to shared questions of genre and precedent, and to a world of shifting political power and literary patronage.

IES 280B – Seminar: Indo-European Linguistics: Homeric Greek and Greek Historical/Comparative Linguistics

Instructor(s): Brent Vine

Review of Homeric Kunstsprache and essentials of Greek historical/comparative linguistics. Designed for students planning to take qualifying examination in Homeric Greek.