Courses

Fall 2020

  • CLASSIC 19 - Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Classics, Western Civilization, and White Supremacy: History of Complicity

    Instructor(s): Adriana Vazquez

    Study of Classical antiquity--ancient Greek and Roman civilizations--has long history of appropriation by white supremacist groups, who have justified systems of racial oppression with appeals to antique past. In so-called Age of Exploration, 16th-century European imperialists used Roman Empire model to justify suppression of native peoples in West Indies and Americas. In 1930s, German academics--many of whom were Classicists--justified German Nazi party activity with appeals to antiquity; today, U.S. neo-Nazi groups co-opt ancient Spartan symbols to promote ideas of racial purity and toxic masculinity. Concept of western civilization, imagined as having its origins in Greco-Roman past, has been shown to function as dog whistle for racist, xenophobic, and white nationalist agendas. Examination of problematic history through close lens. Students gain ability to identify and deconstruct this specious rhetoric around white supremacist aims. Class meets October 8, 22, November 5, 19, Decem

  • CLASSIC 19 - Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Ancient Rome and Monuments of Washington, D.C.

    Instructor(s): Robert Gurval

    Look at rich urban architecture of Washington DC and exploration of how public buildings, marble monuments, and heroic statues were inspired by memory and ruins of classical antiquity. Beginning with importance and mutability of image of Rome in foundation of new republic and consider how dual images of Rome (Republican and Imperial) are profoundly reflected in history of our country and original design and construction of capital city by French engineer Charles Pierre L'Enfant. Consideration of three architectural models borrowed from antiquity (obelisk, temple, and Pantheon) and their respective American monumental counterparts (Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial). Examination of current controversy and efforts to deface, demolish, or remove monuments of those who were adherents of slavery and racism in context of shifting public ideologies and remembrances of the past. Study asks what is the symbolism of monuments and why do they matter.

  • CLASSIC 20 - Discovering Romans

    Instructor(s): Adriana Vazquez, Collin Moat, Mrittika Sarin, Rachel Morrison

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Latin not required. Study of Roman life and culture from time of city's legendary foundations to end of classical antiquity. Readings focus on selections from works of ancient authors in translation. Lectures illustrated with images of art, architecture, and material culture. P/NP or letter grading.

  • CLASSIC 47 - Medical Terminology: Origins, Nature, and Practice

    Instructor(s): Samuel Beckelhymer, Chris Johanson

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to specialized vocabulary of health sciences, which is rooted in Greek and Roman languages and in those two cultures from which much of history of modern medicine is derived. Students gain working knowledge of fundamental terminology used in medicine and health sciences as well as how this terminology has been composed. Development of ability to interpret and pronounce words. Students apply linguistic rules and how they operate in English and field-specific vocabulary to understand new terminology in various health science fields. Study of etymological origins of fundamental terminology as mnemonic aid for learning and recalling this terminology, and also to serve as mechanism for connecting health/medical professions to humanistic origins. P/NP or letter grading.

  • CLASSIC 48 - Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine

    Instructor(s): Rachel Wood, David Blank

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to Greek and Roman medicine in its intellectual and cultural context. Examination of construction of concepts such as health, disease, physician, man, woman, cause, and difference. Readings from Greek literature and healing in cult of Asclepius. Readings of texts from Hippocratic collection, thought to be close to practice and theory of 5th-century BCE Greek physician, relating them to medical practice, competition for students and patients, intellectual display, developing scientific methods, ethnography, and Greek philosophy. Discussion of plagues as attempts to view such outbreaks as social phenomena. Examination of how Hippocratic understanding of how--or whether--we can know about what happens inside body was developed and challenged in 3rd-century BCE Alexandria. Study of Prince of Physicians, Galen, champion of Hippocratic medicine, influential into 18th century. P/NP or letter grading.

  • CLASSIC 88GE - General Education Seminar Sequences: Fakes, Falsehoods, and Fictions in Antiquity

    Instructor(s): Nelon Kirkland

    Focus on ideas of fakery, falsehood, and fiction among ancient sources, with particular emphasis on ancient Greek literature. Exploration of questions relevant to today's world, including why people (want to) believe obviously untrue things; how different cultures encourage and even glorify certain falsehoods; what roles class, gender, and/or ethnicity play in shaping access to ideas of truth and falsehood; who determines what is false and true; and what uses of fiction are. Students read biographical accounts of false prophets and religious charlatans; philosophical statements on deceptions of poetry; works of explicit fiction (including ancient novel); and certain texts thought to be acts of forgery, plagiarism, or careful imitation.

  • CLASSIC 144 - Topical Studies in Ancient Culture: From Brick to Marble: Augustan Rome

    Instructor(s): Sarah Beckmann

    Study of aesthetic and visual culture of city of Rome under its first emperor, Augustus. Study traces Rome's evolution from city of brick to one of marble, focusing on major architectural monuments (Augustan Forum, Mausoleum of Augustus, Ara Pacis, etc.); but also use of statues, reliefs, coinage, and other images to propagate claims of new age of peace and prosperity after years of civil war. Exploration of topics such as imperial ideologies and propaganda, cultural renewal, imperial myth, kinship and dynasty, and Roman identity. Readings include ancient Latin and Greek literature in translation (emphasis on poetry, history, and biography) and selections from modern scholarship.

  • CLASSIC M145A - Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

    Instructor(s): Richard Ellis

    (Same as Philosophy M103A.) Lecture, three hours. Study of some major Greek and Roman philosophical texts, including those of pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic philosophers, with emphasis on historical and cultural setting of texts, their literary form, interrelations, and contribution to discussion of basic philosophical issues. P/NP or letter grading.

  • CLASSIC 162 - Reception of Ancient Myth: Reception of Myth: Antigone

    Instructor(s): Lydia Spielberg

    How has figure of Antigone been reimagined to explore and theorize issues of citizenship, dissent, feminism, ethical obligation, human rights, political action? Examination of story of Antigone, from Athens circa 442 BCE to 21st century surveillance state and Black Lives Matter movement. Students read, watch, discuss, and compare translations and adaptations of Sophocles' play, and ask larger questions about translating, adapting, politicizing, and philosophizing with ancient texts.

  • GREEK 1 - Elementary Greek

    Instructor(s): Richard Ellis

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. P/NP or letter grading.

  • GREEK 8A - Elementary Modern Greek

    Instructor(s): Simos Zenios

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to basic elements of modern Greek conversation for beginning students, including those with some knowledge of ancient (Attic) Greek. Conducted in modern Greek, with in-class conversation drills, regular homework assignments, and weekly quizzes. P/NP or letter grading.

  • GREEK 9A - Intermediate Modern Greek

    Instructor(s): Simos Zenios, Angeliki Asprouli

    Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 8C. Course 9A is enforced requisite to 9B, which is enforced requisite to 9C. Intermediate-level program in modern Greek language study from communicative and task-based approach. Continued development of student understanding and use of Greek syntax and morphology through oral and written activities, reading, and listening. Students master basic communication skills, communicate in everyday real-life situations, comprehend simple passages, announcements, and advertisements, master basic rules of modern Greek grammar and syntax, read fluently, and write accurately. P/NP or letter grading.

  • GREEK 20 - Intermediate Greek

    Instructor(s): Ella Haselswerdt

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 3 or 16. Formal review of Greek grammar and syntax and development of skills in reading original texts of Greek prose. Readings selected to introduce literature and culture of ancient Greece. P/NP or letter grading.

  • GREEK 101B - Homer: Iliad

    Instructor(s): Alex Purves

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 100. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LATIN 1 - Elementary Latin

    Instructor(s): Samuel Beckelhymer, Brent Vine, Anahita Hoose, Phillip Cantu, Tianran Liu, Silvio Curtis, James Piper

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LATIN 3 - Elementary Latin

    Instructor(s): Samuel Beckelhymer, Diana Librandi

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 2 or 14. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LATIN 20 - Elementary Latin: Comprehensive Review

    Instructor(s): Lydia Spielberg

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 3 or 16. Formal review of Latin grammar and syntax and development of skills in reading original texts of Latin prose. Readings selected to introduce literature and culture of ancient Rome. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LATIN 104 - Ovid

    Instructor(s): Adriana Vazquez

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 100. P/NP or letter grading.