CLASSIC LATIN ANCIENT GREEK MODERN GREEK
CLASSICS COURSES FALL SEMESTER 2009
CLAS 170 Greek and Roman Mythology (3 credits)
Secs. 0101-0108: G. Staley (MW 10:00-10:50 + Discussion Section); Secs. 0201-0207: (MW 11:00-11:50 + Discussion Section)
Heroes, Monsters, Adventures and Quests, Goddesses and Gods: the syllabus of a course in Classical mythology almost sounds like the description of a computer game. Yet for the Greeks and Romans these myths were the sacred stories that recorded their history, explained their world, and supported their sense of identity as a people. Classics 170 explores the many roles of myth in Classical culture and the perennial fascination that these stories have held ever since. Taught in English, no prerequisites.
CORE Literature (HL) Course.
CLAS 170 will also be offered in the first 2009 summer session with H. Day (MTuWTh 10:00-11:40) and J. Edwards (M & Th 5-8:20), and in the second summer session with C. Malerich (MTuWTh 10:00-11:40) and B. Magee (M & Th 5-8:20). See p. 9.
CLAS 270 Greek Literature in Translation (3 credits). K. Tuite: MW 12:00-12:50 + Discussion Section.
An introductory survey of the rich and varied literature of ancient Greece from Homer to the Hellenistic age. The emphasis will be on epic poetry, dramatic poetry, and historical texts, but lyric, rhetorical, and philosophical texts will also be sampled. The focus of the course will be upon the complex Greek view of war. While the Greeks sought military glory and honored their great warriors, Greek writers were also distinctly aware of the cost (both personal and societal) of war. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required. CORE Literature (HL) Course.
CLAS 309 Classical Tradition in Modern Greek Literature (3 credits) M. Pittas-Herschbach: Tu 5:00-7:40.
How does classical tradition influence a modern nation? Do classical myths manifest themselves in modern literary works –and how? This course examines the role of classical tradition as an agent of continuity and discontinuity in the definition and negotiation of the modern Greek identity and its evolving relationship with the past. Readings and discussion will focus on a representative selection of classical texts and their modern “descendants”, including examples from fiction, drama, and poetry. All readings will be in English.
CLAS 330 Ancient Greek Religion: Gods, Myths, Temples (3 credits) E. Stehle: TuTh 11-12:15.
This course covers ancient Greek religion, including gods and myth, rituals and festivals, and the evolution of religious ideas from Homer to the Hellenistic period. During the classical period the main focus is on Athens, Delphi, and Olympia, then we turn to the Eleusinian Mysteries, Orphic conceptions of reincarnation, and the ideas of Plato, all of which were very influential in later times. At the end of the course, we discuss the interaction of Greek religion with Jewish and early Christian religions. CORE Diversity (D) Course.
CLAS 375 Ancient Comedy (3 credits) L. Doherty MW 3:30-4:45
What makes us laugh? Why do members of different cultures (and people within the same culture) laugh at such different things? How has comedy evolved--and stayed the same--over the two thousand years and more separating us from the ancient Greeks and Romans? We will consider these and related questions through a close comparison of specific comic dramas from classical and Hellenistic Athens, the Roman republic, and modern America.
LATIN COURSES IN FALL SEMESTER, 2009
LATN 101 Elementary Latin I (4 credits) K. Tuite: MWF 10-10:50 + F 9-9:50
A study of the basic grammar, development of reading facility, and an introduction to Roman life and culture in the classical period. A student who has completed two years of Latin in high school may register for LATN 101 for the purposes of review, but ordinarily not for credit. Meets four hours weekly.
LATN 102 Elementary Latin II (4 credits) B. Woods: MWF 10:00-10:50, W 9-9:50.
Prerequisite: Grade of C in LATN 101, or two years of Latin in high school, or by permission of the department. Continuing study of basic grammar, development of reading facility, and introduction to Roman life in the classical period. Meets four hours weekly.
LATN 120 Intensive Elementary Latin (4 credits) J. Hallett: MWF 10-10:50 + F 9-9:50
Prerequisite: permission of department. An accelerated study of basic Latin grammar, development of reading facility, and introduction to Roman life and culture in the classical period. Meets four hours weekly. Covers the material presented in both Latin 101 and 102. Recommended for graduate students as well as for highly motivated undergraduates.
LATN 201 Intermediate Latin (4 credits) K. Tuite: MW 2-3:50
Prerequisite: Grade of C in LATN 102 or 120, or three years of Latin in high school, or by permission of the department. Review of basic grammar; study of more advanced grammatical material; introduction to major Latin prose authors and poets through readings from Cicero, Caesar, Petronius, Pliny, Catullus and Horace. Meets four hours weekly. Successful completion fulfills the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Humanities. CORE Humanities (HO) Course.
LATN 303 Petronius (3 credits) H. Lee: MW 3:30-4:45
Prerequisite: Grade of C in LATN 201 or four years of high school Latin, or by permission of the department. Petronius' Satyricon is a comic burlesque of Roman values and literature which explores the underside of the Roman psyche. Written by the Emperor Nero's
advisor on "good taste", the Satyricon is one of the earliest surviving examples of what was later to become the novel. Primary readings in Latin and secondary readings in English.
LATN 415/605 Vergil’s Aeneid (3 credits) G. Staley: W 5:00-7:40 PM
Prerequisite: Latin 301, 302, 303, or 351, with no grade lower than a C, or permission of the instructor. T. S. Eliot said that the Aeneid was the perfect example of a Classic, a work which reflected the mature values of European culture. As we explore the Aeneid, we will also ask whether it reflects American values: our national mottoes come from Vergil and the Aeneid, the story of immigrants who seek a new world home, seems ideally suited to the American experience.
LATN 620 Archaic Latin (3 credits) J. Hallett: M 5:00-7:40 PM.
Prerequisite: Latin 301, 302, 303 or 351, with no grade lower than a C, or permission of the instructor. The Latin texts on which we will focus in this course document Roman society’s concern with social mores and political mission in the years between the second
and third Punic wars (202-149 BCE). They represent the emerging literary genres of comedy and oratory, and also include bureaucratic inscriptions and a fragmentary agricultural treatise. Our readings will center on the major historical figure of this period, Cato the Elder, and his contributions to Latin linguistic, literary, political and social developments. Assignments will involve transforming one of Plautus’ comedies for contemporary performance, and updating archaic Latin texts by transforming them into the style of the classical period.
ANCIENT GREEK FALL SEMESTER, 2009
GREK 101 Elementary Ancient Greek I (4 credits) L. Doherty: MWF 2:00-2:50 +W1:00-1:50
A study of basic grammar, development of reading facility, and an introduction to Athenian life and culture in the fifth century B.C. Meets four hours weekly. (A student who has had two units of Greek in high school may register for GREK 101 for purposes of review, but not for credit.)
GREK 201/488b Intermediate Ancient Greek (4 credits) L. Doherty: MWF 12-12:50 + F 1-1:50
Prerequisite: Grade of C in GREK 102 or equivalent. This course completes the introductory sequence in ancient Greek, rounding out the presentation of basic grammar while building vocabulary and reading skills. Fulfills the language requirement in the College of Arts & Humanities.
GREK 403/603 Greek Tragedy (3 credits) E. Stehle: Tues 5:00-7:40
This is a language course in ancient Greek. Prerequisite: Grade of C in Greek 301 or permission of instructor.
An introduction to Greek tragedy for students at the advanced level, with grammar review as necessary and strategies for overcoming the difficulties of reading complex poetry in Greek. We will read one entire tragedy and, time permitting, selections from another (with longer reading assignments at the graduate level).
MODERN GREEK FALL SEMESTER, 2009
GREK 111 Elementary Modern Greek I (3 credits) M. Pittas-Herschbach: MWF 12:00-12:50.
An introduction to the language and culture of modern Greece. Students learn about modern Greece as they begin to acquire the basic tools of the language and communicate and function in simple, everyday situations as well as read, write, and understand simple texts and dialogues. This course contributes to the fulfillment of the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Humanities.
GREK 211 Intermediate Modern Greek I (3 credits) M. Pittas-Herschbach: MW 2:00-3:15.
Prerequisite: Grade of C in Elementary Modern Greek II (GREK 112) or permission of the instructor. This course continues to develop communicative competence and self-assurance in all areas of the language with an increasing emphasis on vocabulary enrichment and writing. The cultural landscape of Greece is explored through the use of readings as well as audio-visual material. This course contributes to the fulfillment of the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Humanities.