Courses

Winter 2023

 

CLASSIC 30 – Classical Mythology

Instructor(s): Richard Ellis. Teaching Assistants: Jenny MacPherson, Lena Barsky, Jasmine Akiyama-Kim, Marco Saldana, Mariam Usmani, Rachel Wood. Introduction to myths and legends of ancient Greece and/or Rome, role of those stories in their societies, and modern approaches to studying them.

CLASSIC 48 – Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine

Instructor(s): David Blank. Teaching Assistants: Grant Hussong, Zakarias Gram, Tom Francis, Taylor Carr-Howard. 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.

CLASSIC 140 – Drawing Borders: Narratives and Histories of Mediterranean Displacements

Instructor(s): Simos Zenios. The course examines literary, filmic, and historical narratives of forced displacements in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the present. Starting from the Greek tradition, we will adopt a comparative perspective that brings together multiple Mediterranean voices. As we study canonical and marginalized narratives, we will explore larger questions about refugeehood, migration, border making and unmaking, citizenship, human rights, public and private memory, and nationalism.

CLASSIC 143B – Ancient Comedy

Instructor(s): Zachary Borst. Survey of comedy as it developed in Greek and Roman worlds.

CLASSIC 162 – Reception of Ancient Myth: Sophocles’ Antigone

Instructor(s): Lydia Spielberg. Study of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone and its many adaptations, exploring issues of citizenship, feminism, dissent, human rights, ethical obligations, and political action. As we read, watch, and compare translations and adaptations of Sophocles’ play, we’ll also be able to ask larger questions about translating, adapting, politicizing, and philosophizing with ancient texts.

CLASSIC 191 – Capstone Seminar: Classics: Trojan War in Antiquity and Its Legacy

Instructor(s): Sarah Morris. This course will focus on Troy as a locale for the ancient and modern imagination, in poetry, history, archaeology, and art. We will concentrate on the story of the Iliad and Odyssey in their geographic, poetic and historical settings, and trace the transformations of epic in classical Greek art, drama, history, and rhetoric, then into Roman epic, tragedy, and history. From its archaeological background in prehistoric Anatolia, we will trace its evolution in a lost cycle of epic poems, through responses to the ruins of Troy in Classical and post-Classical art, cult, and literature. Troy also formed a topos in history and rhetoric since the Classical era, shaping ancient and early modern colonial and geographic exploration. In the Hellenistic age, the legends of Troy inspired stories of the foundation of Rome, re-invented as the successor of Troy. Finally, we will consider the afterlife of the Trojan War in post-classical European culture and modern fiction and film.

GREEK 2 – Elementary Greek

Instructor(s): Zach Borst. Elementary Greek sequence.

GREEK 8B – Elementary Modern Greek

Instructor(s):  Simos Zenios. Modern Greek sequence, with emphasis on spoken modern Greek.

GREEK 100 – Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry

Instructor(s): Kathryn Morgan. Introduction to developing skills of reading longer, continuous passes of original Greek prose and/or poetry texts, with attention to literary and cultural background. Course is normally requisite to other courses in Greek 100 series. May be repeated for credit with change of assigned readings and with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.

GREEK 101A – Homer, Odyssey

Instructor(s): Alex Purves. Work in reading and grammatical analysis of poetic texts. In this class we will focus on reading Book 5 of the Odyssey in Greek, which begins with Odysseus weeping on the shore of Calypso’s island and ends when his raft is shipwrecked off Scheria and, after much struggle at sea, he eventually reaches the land of the Phaeacians. In addition to working closely on translating Homeric Greek, we will discuss the ideas in the text and students will write a final paper on its language and themes.

LATIN 1 – Elementary Latin

Instructor(s): Richard Ellis. Teaching Assistants: Ben Davis, Andrew Lifland.

LATIN 2 – Elementary Latin

Instructor(s): Richard Ellis. Teaching Assistants: Tianran Liu, Pasqualena Brucia Breitenfeld, Patrick Callahan.

LATIN 100 – Intermediate Latin: Introduction to Reading Latin

Instructor(s): Sander Goldberg. Introduction to developing skills of reading longer, continuous passages of original Latin prose and/or poetry texts, with attention to literary and cultural background. Course is requisite to advanced reading courses.

LATIN 110 – Study of Latin Prose

Instructor(s): Sander Goldberg. Work in sight reading and grammatical analysis of Classical Latin texts; writing Classical Latin prose. Requisite: Latin 100 or permission of the instructor.

LATIN 112 – Tacitus

Instructor(s): Lydia Spielberg. Work in reading and analysis of prose history-writing. This class will read Tacitus’ Agricola, a biography of the general Gnaeus Julius Agricola that focuses on Agricola’s conquest and pacification of Britain during the reign of the tyrannical emperor Domitian in the late first century CE, . In addition to close study of Tacitus’ idiosyncratic prose style, we will discuss topics raised by the text such as Roman imperialism & constructions of ethnicity, the rhetoric of political freedom and unfreedom, ancient conventions of history-writing, and the reception of Tacitus’  Agricola in 19th-21st century empires. Requisite: Latin 100 or permission of the instructor.