Undergraduate Courses, 2013-2014

Undergraduate Courses, 2013-2014

Classical Civilization

17113. Athenian Vase-Painting: Wine, Myth and Politics

From roughly 750 to 350 B.C.E., the city of Athens produced extraordinarily fine pottery bearing detailed figural scenes. The material was functional, much of it destined for use at orgiastic drinking parties for the city’s elite. This course will examines Athenian painted pottery from a variety of critical perspectives. Topics include the consolidation of civic identity during the early years of the Athenian city-state; the politics of upper-class display; the use of myth; relations between imagery and intoxication; mortuary customs; gender and sexual practices; the development of democratic ideology in the early fifth century BC. We will pay special attention to the differing ways in which art historians, archaeologists and cultural historians treat this material as evidence for arguments about the historical past. Participation will involve 2–3 trips to the Art Institute.

R. Neer. Winter.
Equivalent Courses: ARTH 17101

20700. Ancient Mediterranean World I

This course surveys the social, economic, and political history of Greece from prehistory to the Hellenistic period. The main topics considered include the development of the institutions of the Greek city-state, the Persian Wars and the rivalry of Athens and Sparta, the social and economic consequences of the Peloponnesian War, and the eclipse and defeat of the city-states by the Macedonians.

J. Hall. Autumn.
Equivalent Courses: HIST 16700

20800. Ancient Mediterranean World II

This course surveys the social, economic, and political history of Rome, from its prehistoric beginnings in the twelfth century BCE to the political crisis following the death of Nero in 68 CE. Throughout, the focus is upon the dynamism and adaptability of Roman society, as it moved from a monarchy to a republic to an empire, and the implications of these political changes for structures of competition and cooperation within the community.

C. Hawkins. Winter.
Equivalent Courses: HIST 16800

20900. Ancient Mediterranean World III

This quarter surveys the five centuries between the establishment of imperial autocracy in 27 BC and the fall of the Western empire in the fifth century AD.

W. Kaegi. Spring.
Equivalent Courses: HIST 16900

21113. Literatures of the Christian East: Late Antiquity, Byzantium, and Medieval Russia

After the fall of Rome in 476 CE, literatures of the Latin West and – predominantly Greek-speaking – Eastern provinces of the Roman empire followed two very different paths. Covering both religious and secular genres, we will survey some of the most interesting texts written in the Christian East in the period from 330 CE (foundation of Constantinople) to the late 17th c. (Westernization of Russia). Our focus throughout will be on continuities within particular styles and types of discourse (court entertainment, rhetoric, historiography, hagiography) and their functions within East Christian cultures. Readings will include Digenes Akritas and Song of Igor’s Campaign, as well as texts by Emperor Julian the Apostate, Gregory of Nazianzus, Emphraim the Syrian, Anna Comnena, Psellos, Ivan the Terrible, and Archbishop Avvakum. All readings in English.

B. Rodin. Spring.
No prerequisites. Equivalent Courses: CMLT 2/32302, CLAS 31113

21200. History and Theory of Drama I

The course is a survey of major trends and theatrical accomplishments in drama from the ancient Greeks through the Renaissance: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, classical Sanskrit theater, medieval religious drama, Japanese Noh drama, Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Molière, along with some consideration of dramatic theory by Aristotle, Sir Philip Sidney, Corneille, and others. Students have the option of writing essays or putting on short scenes in cooperation with other members of the course. The goal of these scenes is not to develop acting skill but, rather, to discover what is at work in the scene and to write up that process in a somewhat informal report. End-of-week workshops, in which individual scenes are read aloud dramatically and discussed, are optional but highly recommended.

D. Bevington. Autumn.
Prerequisites: Preference given to students with third- or fourth-year standing. Notes: May be taken in sequence with ENGL 13900/31100 or individually. This course meets the general education requirement in the dramatic, musical, and visual arts. Equivalent Courses: ENGL 13800, CLAS 31200, CMLT 20500, CMLT 30500, ENGL 31000, TAPS 28400

23608. Aristophanes’ Athens

This course will focus on a number of Aristophanes’ plays in translation (including Acharnians; Wasps; Clouds; Peace; Birds; Lysistrata; Thesmophoriazousai; and Frogs) in order to determine the value Old Comedy possesses for reconstructing sociohistorical structures, norms, expectations, and concerns. Among the topics to be addressed are the performative, ritual and political contexts of Attic comedy, the constituency of audiences, the relationship of comedy to satire, the use of dramatic stereotypes, freedom of speech, and the limits of dissent.

J. Hall. Winter.
Equivalent Courses: CLAS 33608, ANCM 33900, HIST 30803, HIST 20803

24113. The Archaeology of Death in Ancient Rome

This course serves as a general introduction to the commemoration of death in Roman funerary monuments, giving particular attention to the social bonds they were meant to express and reinforce through visual modes of address. Memorials dedicated by a socially diverse group of patrons including both elites and non-elites, metropolitan Romans and far-flung provincials, will be studied in relation to an equally diverse body of material evidence including tomb architecture and cemetery planning, inscriptions, sarcophagi and cinerary urns, and portraiture. The course will also take advantage of sites in Chicago such as Rosehill or Graceland Cemetery as important points of comparison with the ancient material.

P. Crowley. Spring.
Equivalent Courses: ARTH 2/34105, CLAS 34311

25009. The Greeks and the Persian Empire

The Greek polities of the late archaic and classical periods matured in the shadow of (and in some cases under the rule of) the Achaemenid Persian Empire, which, at its height, stretched from the Aegean to the Indus valley. From the mid sixth century B.C. until the end of the fourth century B.C., Greek polities and the Persian Empire engaged regularly with one another in warfare, diplomacy, and cultural exchange. In this course we will explore what the extant evidence (much of which reflects the Greek perspective) can tell us not only about specific episodes of such engagement, but also about the ways in which these episodes shaped the historical development of the societies in question, and in particular those of the Greek world.

C. Hawkins. Autumn.
Equivalent Courses: CLAS 35009, HIST 30604, HIST 20604

25513. The Rhetoric of Ancient Greek Inscriptions

The course will analyze the main categories of ancient Greek inscriptions (both private and public) as rhetorical constructs in the framework of the Greek cities. It will cover texts from the Archaic period to the Later Roman Empire. Attending this course supposes mastering ancient Greek in order to be able to translate the original documents.

A. Bresson. Autumn.
Equivalent Courses: CLAS 25513, HIST 20304/30304

25613. Art, Money, and Meaning

This course examines how artworks accrue meaning and value once they leave their creators’ hands. Working with the basic idea of art as trophy, we will concentrate on three main spheres in which meaning and valuations are attached to art: markets, museums, and muses (here understood as the phenomenon of iconicity and celebrity in art production and sales). Art market courses normally begin with a historical examination of historical antecedents, specifically the 16th and 17th century markets. We’ll begin instead with the Napoleonic seizure of artworks and antiquities from Italy and Egypt, which we’ll study as a key moment in the “trophying” of art. From there we will move into the 20th century, examining the economic, cultural, and institutional processes and mechanisms that shape the meaning and value of art. By “markets” we will include formal economic activity in which money is exchanged for art through auctions and private deals, as well as the spheres of meaning-making that play into or respond to formal art market dynamics: blockbuster museum displays, marketing tactics for specific genres or artists, prize competitions, and elite auction houses.

F. Rose-Greenland. Spring.
Equivalent Courses: ARTH 2/35613, CLAS 35613

25700-25800-25900. Ancient Empires I-II-III

This sequence introduces three great empires of the ancient world. Each course in the sequence focuses on one empire, with attention to the similarities and differences among the empires being considered. By exploring the rich legacy of documents and monuments that these empires produced, students are introduced to ways of understanding imperialism and its cultural and societal effects—both on the imperial elites and on those they conquered.

25700. Ancient Empires I: The Neo-Assyrian Empire

Staff. Autumn.
Notes: Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. Equivalent Courses: NEHC 20011, HIST 15602

25800. Ancient Empires II: The Ottoman Empire

Winter.
Notes: Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. Equivalent Courses: HIST 15603, NEHC 20012

25900. Ancient Empires III: The Egyptian Empire of the New Kingdom

Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies.

N. Moeller. Spring.
Equivalent Courses: NEHC 20013, HIST 15604

26713. Mythical History, Paradigmatic Figures: Caesar, Augustus, Charlemagne, Napoleon

What is the process by which some historical figures take on mythical proportions? This course examines four case studies of conquerors who attained sovereign power in times of war (conquest, civil war, revolution), who had a foundational role in empire-building, and who consciously strove to link themselves to the divine and transcendent. Their immense but ambiguous legacies persist to this day. Although each is distinct as a historical individual, taken together they merge to form a paradigm of the exceptional leader of epic proportions. Each models himself on exemplary predecessors: each invokes and reinvents myths of origin and projects himself as a model for the future. Basic themes entail mythic history, empire, the exceptional figure, modernity’s fascination with antiquity, and the paradox of the imitability of the inimitable.

M. Lowrie, R. Morrissey. Spring.
Prerequisite: Third- or fourth-year standing. Equivalent Courses: CLAS 36713, FNDL 26700, FREN #####/#####

28300. Ephron Seminar

The goal of this annual seminar of changing context is to promote innovative course design. Examples of past topics are gender, death, violence, and law in the ancient world.

Spring.

29100. Ancient Myth

This course examines the social, political, cultural, and religious functions of ancient myth. We also examine the various theoretical interpretations of myth that have been proposed in a variety of fields to investigate what myth can tell us about the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as about those who regard themselves as the inheritors of classical culture.

Spring.

29700. Reading Course

Autumn, Winter, Spring.
Prerequisites: Consent of faculty sponsor and director of undergraduate studies. Notes: Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

29800. BA Paper Seminar

This seminar is designed to teach students the research and writing skills necessary for writing their BA paper. Lectures cover classical bibliography, research tools, and electronic databases. Students discuss research problems and compose preliminary drafts of their BA papers. They are expected to exchange criticism and ideas in regular seminar meetings with the preceptor and with other students who are writing papers, as well as to take account of comments from their faculty readers. The grade for the BA Paper Seminar is identical to the grade for the BA paper and, therefore, is not reported until the BA paper has been submitted in Spring Quarter. The grade for the BA paper depends on participation in the seminar as well as on the quality of the paper. Students may register for this seminar in either Autumn or Winter Quarter, but they are expected to participate in meetings throughout both quarters.

Autumn, Winter.
Prerequisites: Fourth-year standing.

Greek

10100. Introduction to Attic Greek I

This course introduces the basic rules of ancient Greek. Class time is spent on the explanation of grammar, translation from Greek to English and from English to Greek, and discussion of student work.

Autumn.
Notes: Knowledge of Greek not required.

10200. Introduction to Attic Greek II

Study of the introductory textbook continues through this quarter, covering further verbal morphology (participle, subjunctive, optative) and syntax of complex clauses. Students apply and improve their understanding of Greek through reading brief passages from classical prose authors, including Plato and Xenophon.

Winter.
Prerequisites: GREK 10100

10300. Introduction to Attic Greek III: Prose

Concurrently with finishing the final chapters of the textbook in the beginning of the quarter, students read a continuous prose text (Lysias 1). This is followed by extensive review of the year’s grammar and vocabulary and further reading (Plato’s Crito). The aim is familiarity with Greek idiom and sentence structure.

Spring.
Prerequisites: GREK 10200

11100. Accelerated Introduction to Attic Greek I

This course introduces the rudiments of ancient Greek. Class time is spent on the explanation of grammar, translation from Greek to English and from English to Greek, and discussion of student work.

Autumn.

11200. Accelerated Introduction to Attic Greek II

The remaining chapters of the introductory textbook are covered. Students then apply and improve their knowledge of Greek as they read selections from Xenophon.

Winter.
Prerequisites: GREK 11100

11300. Accelerated Introduction to Attic Greek III

Students apply the grammatical skills taught in GREK 11100-11200 by reading a continuous prose text by a classical author such as Lysias, Xenophon, or Plato. The aim is familiarity with Greek idiom and sentence structure.

Spring.
Prerequisites: GREK 11200

20100. Intermediate Greek I: Plato

We read Plato’s text with a view to understanding both the grammatical constructions and the artistry of the language. We also give attention to the dramatic qualities of the dialogue. Grammatical exercises reinforce the learning of syntax.

Autumn.
Prerequisites: GREK 10300, 11300 or equivalent

20200. Intermediate Greek II: Sophocles

PQ: GREK 10300 or equivalent. We will focus on translation of the Greek text and close reading of syntax and metrical analysis. We will also discuss Sophoclean language, dramatic technique, and characterology.

Winter.
Prerequisites: GREK 20100 or equivalent

20300. Intermediate Greek III: Homer

This course is a close reading of two books of the Iliad, with an emphasis on the language along with elements of Greek historical linguistics.

Spring.
Prerequisites: GREK 20200 or equivalent

21100. Elegiac Poetry

This course is a study of poems composed over several centuries in elegiac and iambic meters. Readings will include works by Archilochus, Callinus, Semonides, Hipponax, and Callimachus.

M. Payne. Spring.
Prerequisites: GREK 20300 or equivalent. Equivalent Courses: GREK 31100

21200. Philosophy: Plato’s Phaedrus

The Phaedrus is one of the most fascinating and compelling of Plato’s dialogues. Beginning with a playful treatment of the theme of erotic passion, it continues with a consideration of the nature of inspiration, love, and knowledge. The centerpiece is one of the most famous of the Platonic myths, the moving description of the charioteer and its allegory of the vision, fall, and incarnation of the soul. We will read the entire dialogue, with special attention to the language and style and with a particular focus on religious and theological ideas.

D. Martinez. Autumn.
Prerequisites: GREK 20300 or equivalent. Equivalent Courses: GREK 31200, BIBL

21300. Tragedy

This course is an introduction to Aeschylean drama in general, seen through the special problems posed by one play. Lectures and discussions are concerned with the play, the development and early form of Attic drama, and philosophical material. Modern Aeschylean scholars are also read and discussed.

Winter.
Prerequisites: GREK 20300 or equivalent. Equivalent Courses: GREK 31300

25513. The Rhetoric of Ancient Greek Inscriptions

The course will analyze the main categories of ancient Greek inscriptions (both private and public) as rhetorical constructs in the framework of the Greek cities. It will cover texts from the Archaic period to the Later Roman Empire. Attending this course supposes mastering ancient Greek in order to be able to translate the original documents.

A. Bresson. Autumn.
Equivalent Courses: GREK 35513, HIST 20304/30304

27100. The Corpus Hermeticum

According to Clement of Alexandria, Hermes Trismegistus authored 42 “fundamental books” on Egyptian religion. The writings under his name which are extant, dating between the first and third centuries AD, incorporate many styles and genres, including cosmogony, prophecy, gospel, popular philosophy, anthropology, magic, hymn, and apocalypse. The first treatise in the collection well represents the whole. It tells how the god Poimandres manifests to his follower a vision, revealing the origin of the kosmos and humanity, and how archetypal man descends to his fallen state and may be redeemed. We will begin with the Poimandres and then read other sections of this strange but absorbing body of material.

D. Martinez. Autumn.
Prerequisites: at least 2 years of Greek. Equivalent Courses: GREK 37100

29700. Reading Course

Autumn, Winter.
Prerequisites: Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

Modern Greek

11100-11200. Accelerated Elementary Modern Greek I-II

This course is designed to help students acquire communicative competence in Modern Greek and a basic understanding of its structures. Through a variety of exercises, students develop all skill sets.

11100. Accelerated Elementary Modern Greek I

Autumn.
Equivalent Courses: LGLN 11100, MOGK 30100

11200. Accelerated Elementary Modern Greek II

Winter.

Equivalent Courses: LGLN 11200, MOGK 30200

Latin

10100. Introduction to Classical Latin I

This course introduces students to the rudiments of ancient Latin. Class time is spent on the explanation of grammar, translation from Latin to English and from English to Latin, and discussion of student work.

Autumn.

10200. Introduction to Classical Latin II

This course continues through the basic text begun in LATN 10100.

Winter.
Prerequisites: LATN 10100

10300. Introduction to Classical Latin III

After finishing the text, the course involves reading in Latin prose and poetry, during which reading the students consolidate the grammar and vocabulary taught in LATN 10100 and 10200.

Spring.
Prerequisites: LATN 10200

11100. Accelerated Introduction to Classical Latin I

This course covers the first half of the introductory Latin textbook. Classes are devoted to the presentation of grammar, discussion of problems in learning Latin, and written exercises.

Autumn.

11200. Accelerated Introduction to Classical Latin II

This course begins with the completion of the basic text begun in LATN 11100 and concludes with readings from Cicero, Caesar, or other prose texts in Latin.

Winter.
Prerequisites: LATN 11100

11300. Accelerated Introduction to Classical Latin III

Students apply the grammatical skills taught in LATN 11100-11200 by reading a continuous prose text, such as a complete speech of Cicero. Our aim is familiarity with Latin idiom and sentence structure.

Spring.
Prerequisites: LATN 11200

20100. Intermediate Latin I: Cicero

Primary readings are drawn from Cicero’s orations on the conspiracy of Catiline in 63 BC, and are accompanied by background readings on the period. The purpose of the course is to consolidate the knowledge of Latin gained at the first-year level and to extend it.

Autumn.
Prerequisites: LATN 10300 or 11300, or equivalent

20200. Intermediate Latin II: Seneca

Readings consist of a Senecan tragedy and selections from his prose letters and essays. Secondary readings on Rome in the Age of Nero and related topics are also assigned.

Winter.
Prerequisites: LATN 20100 or equivalent

20300. Intermediate Latin III: Vergil’s Aeneid

PQ: LATN 20200 or equivalent. Substantial parts of books 6 and 8 are read in Latin, and the entire poem is covered in English, together with selections from current critical writing about it. Class meetings focus on Vergil’s adaptation of the epic tradition and on the literary and cultural context in which he wrote.

Spring.
Prerequisites: LATN 20200 or equivalent

21100. Roman Elegy

This course examines the development of the Latin elegy from Catullus to Ovid. Our major themes are the use of motifs and topics and their relationship to the problem of poetic persona.

D. Wray. Spring.
Prerequisites: LATN 20200 or equivalent

21200. Roman Novel

This course is a reading of selected sections of Apuleius’s novel, including the story of Cupid and Psyche and the initiation into the cult of Isis. We study the novel in the context of the history of the ancient novel. Special attention is given to Apuleius’s own contribution as a magician and philosopher.

M. Allen. Winter.
Prerequisites: LATN 20200 or equivalent

21300. Vergil’s Aeneid

Since many students have greater familiarity with the first half of the Aeneid, we will focus on the second half. Books 8, 10, and 12 will be read in entirety in Latin, with substantial selections from books 7, 9, and 11; we will also read the whole poem in translation. Topics of interest include: foundation and refoundation, the epic genre, the relation of myth to history, contemporary politics, and the social function of literature.

M. Lowrie. Autumn.
Equivalent Courses: FNDL 25201, LATN 31300

25000. Augustine’s Confessions

Substantial selections from books 1 through 9 of the Confessions are read in Latin (and all thirteen books in English), with particular attention to Augustine’s style and thought. Further readings in English provide background about the historical and religious situation of the late fourth century A.D.

P. White. Winter.
Equivalent Courses: LATN 35000, FNDL 24310

25200. Medieval Latin

The Practice of Carolingian Saints’ Tales. Spoken “Lingua Romana rustica” departed from canonical Ancient Latin long before the late eighth century. But at this time the renewed study of the Classics and grammar soon prompted scholars and poets to update the stories of their favorite saints, and to inscribe some for the first time. We shall examine examples of ninth-century Carolingian “réécriture” and of tandem new hagiography in both prose and verse by authors such as Lupus of Ferrières, Marcward of Prüm, Wandalbert of Prüm, Hildegar of Meaux and Heiric of Auxerre. All source readings in Classical Latin adapted to new Carolingian purposes, which we shall also explore historically in their own right.

M. Allen. Winter.
Equivalent Courses: LATN 35200, HIST 23207/33207

26513. Tacitus. History and Politics in Republican Monarchy

We will read the Life of Agricola and selections from the historical works, engaging with the politics of virtue and historical memory and the changing dynamics of literary productions in the early Principate.

C. Ando. Spring.
Equivalent Courses: LATN 36513, FNDL 26513

29700. Reading Course

Autumn, Winter, Spring.
Prerequisites: Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.