Graduate Courses, 2008-2009


30100. Ancient Sparta. (=CLCV 20100, HIST 20302/30302, ANCM 33600) From Herodotos to Hitler, ancient Sparta has continued to fascinate for its supposedly balanced constitution, its military superiority, its totalitarian ideology, and its brutality. Yet the image we possess of the most important state of the Peloponnese is largely the projection of outside observers for whom the objectification of Sparta could serve either as a model for emulation or as a paradigm of "otherness." This course will examine the extant evidence for Sparta from its origins through to its repackaging in Roman times and will serve as a case study in discussing the writing of history and in attempting to gauge the viability of a non-Athenocentric Greek history. J. Hall. Autumn.

31200. History and Theory of Drama I. (=CLCV 21200, CMLT 20500/30500, ENGL 13800/31000, TAPS 28400) May be taken in sequence with ENGL 13900/31100 or individually. This course is a survey of major trends and theatrical accomplishments in Western drama from the ancient Greeks through the Renaissance: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, medieval religious drama, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Jonson, along with some consideration of dramatic theory by Aristotle, Horace, Sir Philip Sidney, and Dryden. The goal 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. Students have the option of writing essays or putting on short scenes in cooperation with other members of the class. _End-of-week workshops, in which individual scenes are read aloud dramatically and discussed, are optional but highly recommended. D. Bevington, H. Coleman. Autumn.

32308. Greek Vase-Painting: Painting, Style and Politics. (=ARTH 2/30400, CLCV 22308) This course surveys Greek painted pottery from the Geometric to the late Classical periods (ca. 1100-325 BCE), with an emphasis on Athens. The format is that of a seminar. Topics include: iconography and the consolidation of civic identity; the politics of upper-class display; mortuary practice; the articulation of gender; the development of democratic ideology; re-thinking the development of naturalism and the history of style; discourses of slavery, "barbarity," and alterity; the connection between poetry, sophism, and painting; theater and theatricality; authorship and portraiture. R. Neer. Spring.

33608. Aristophanes' Athens. (CLCV 23608, HIST2/30803, ANCM 33900) This course will focus on nine of Aristophanes' plays in translation (Acharnians; Wasps; Clouds; Peace; Birds; Lysistrata; Thesmophoriazousai; Frogs; and Ploutos) 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.

33808. Roman Painting. (ARTH 2/30500, CLCV 23808). This course will involve intensive study of Roman painting from the first century BC to the fourth century AD, paying special attention to issues of context (domestic, funerary, religious); style; the influence of Greek "old master" paintings; literary treatments of painting (e.g. Pliny's Natural History, Philostratus' Imagines); and historiography (e.g. Mau's "Four Styles" system). It is designed as a precursor to the 400 level Traveling Seminar on Roman Painting to be taught in the Winter quarter. During the Autumn quarter students will prepare an extended presentation on a specific set of paintings selected from the material we will cover in seminars. Key sites in Rome will be: the Villa della Farnesina, the House of Augustus on the Palatine, painted tombs in the Vatican Necropolis, and the Via Latina Catacomb. Key sites in Campania will be: the Museo Nazionale di Napoli, domestic and public buildings in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the villa at Oplontis. V. Platt. Autumn.

35009. "The Greek and Persian Empire" (=HIST 20604/30604 , CLCV 25009) 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. Winter.

35307. Cicero and Machiavelli. (CLCV 25307, FNDL*)* This course will pair Cicero, a Roman politician with philosophical ideals, and Machiavelli, a political thinker with an eye to reality. Machiavelli directly opposed Cicero's humanism by calling for qualities of deception (acting like a fox) and brute force (acting like a lion). In this course, we will explore the range of Cicero's political thought by reading some of his speeches, letters, and writings on political theory. Cicero is often seen as vain and weak; we will try to see the whole man and thinker. We will also cover a range of Machiavelli's writings, including his Discourses on Livy. The main aim of the course is to engage in depth with political issues, such as sovereignty, violence, consent, and human dignity, that continue to concern us today. E. Asmis. Winter.

35808. Roman Law. (CLCV 25808, HIST 2/31004). The course will treat several problems arising in the historical development of Roman law: the history of procedure; the rise and accommodation of multiple sources of law, including the emperor; the dispersal of the Roman community from the environs of Rome to the wider Mediterranean world; and developments in the law of persons. We will discuss problems like the relationship between religion and law from the archaic city to the Christian empire, and between the law of Rome and the legal systems of its subject communities. C. Ando. Spring.

36109. Early Christian Art (=Arth 2/30609, CLCV 26109). This course, intended for graduates and undergraduates, will explore the primary materials and secondary literature of early Christian art - its birth as a field of academic study, its genesis as a particular strand within the religious arts of the Roman empire, its formal relations and disjunctions from earlier Roman art, its place as the central visual idiom in the converted Christian empire. From the second and third century world of catacombs and sarcophagi, we will move through the developments of early Byzantium to the world of sixth century Ravenna and Constantinople. J. Elsner. Spring.

43800. Philostratus, Imagines (=Arth 40409). This course explores the single most thoughtful, playful and creative text on naturalistic painting written in antiquity. Arguably, it is the most interesting exploration of the brilliance and the problems of naturalism ever written in the Western tradition. Hugely influential on the likes of Vasari and Winckelmann in the post antique tradition, the Imagines was in its own time a revolutionary development of the genre of ekphrasis, spawning a number of late Roman and Byzantine imitations. The course is primarily intended for graduates -a reading knowledge of Greek could not be described as a disadvantage but is not a necessary requirement. J. Elsner. Spring, 2009.

43808. Roman Painting Traveling Seminar. This course is designed as a continuation of the 200/300 level course on Roman painting taught in the Autumn quarter, and is based upon a trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples which will take place during the Christmas vacation. During the Winter quarter, we will focus on two projects. The first half of the quarter will concentrate on theories of vision and painting in antiquity, paying special attention to technical treatises and philosophical texts. The second half will concentrate on the preparation of an extended piece of writing based on material seen at first hand in Italy, which art history graduate students will be encouraged to submit as their qualifying paper for the PhD program. Students will also present their work in a mini conference. Key sites in Rome will be: the Villa della Farnesina, the Palatine House of Augustus, tomb paintings in the Vatican Necropolis, and the Via Latina Catacomb. Key sites in Campania will be: the paintings in the Museo Nazionale di Napoli, the houses and public buildings of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villa at Oplontis. V. Platt. Winter.

44400. Sem: Greco-Roman Religions in Egypt. This will be a graduate seminar team-taught by C.A Faraone, D. Martinez, R. Ritner and others. We will focus on the efflorescence in Greco-Roman Egypt of religious worship, both public and private, including (but not limited to) the cults of Isis and Serapis and various developments in Judaism and early Christianity. We will be reading primary texts in Demotic Egyptian, Greek and Coptic and we expect students to be able to read and be examined on texts in ONE of these three languages. C. Faraone. Spring.

46300. Sem: Epicureanism. Epicurean philosophy, founded by Epicurus toward the end of the fourth century BCE, vied with Stoicism for the allegiance of Greeks and Romans throughout antiquity. The two systems of philosophy were sharply opposed to one other. Both sought to provide guidance for life, but offered very different views of how human life fits into the universe as a whole. Epicureanism is known for its atomist physics as well as its hedonist ethics. It is also the first system of philosophy in the western tradition that aimed its teachings at anyone at all, whether humble or well-to-do. In this course, we will study a variety of Greek sources to see what sort of guidance Epicureanism offered a very diverse audience. In addition to Epicurus' own basic writings on his physics and ethics, we will read essays by Philodemus that sought to make Epicureanism appealing to the Romans of the first century BCE, as well as writings of the Roman imperial period. The course may be taken either as a graduate seminar or as an advanced undergraduate course. Language prerequisite: at least one year of ancient Greek. E. Asmis. Spring.

47000. Sem: Ptolemaic Egypt I. The course will focus on the history of the Greek presence in Egypt in the Ptolemaic period. The object of the course will be to determine the nature of the Ptolemaic kingdom in the framework of the contemporary debate on Hellenistic monarchies. Political, economic and cultural aspects will be examined, especially the issue of the relation with the native Egyptian population. All kind of sources will be used, viz. literary texts as well as papyri, ostraka, inscriptions (in original language) and coins. A. Bresson/D. Martinez. Autumn.

47001. Sem: Ptolemaic Egypt II. This course follows the History Sem. I Fall 2008 course, viz. it will focus on the history of the Ptolemaic kingdom. Political, economic and cultural aspects will be examined. Students will make use of this quarter to present their papers A. Bresson/D. Martinez. Winter.


21400/31400. Aristophanes. PQ: GREK 20300 or equivalent. We will read Aristophanes' Birds, his longest and most complex play. We will look briefly at the relationship between language and society in Aristotle's zoological works, and consider the problems raised by non-human narrative agents in the light of his Poetics. We will also read fragments of Old Comedy by playwrights other than Aristophanes in which animals appear as speaking characters. M. Payne. Spring.

21500/31500. Herodotus. PQ: GREK 20300 or consent of instructor. Book I is read in Greek; the rest of the Histories are read in translation. With readings from secondary literature, historical and literary approaches to the Histories are discussed, and the status of the Histories as a historical and literary text. H. Dik. Spring.

21600/31600. Euripides. PQ: GREK 20300 or equivalent. We will try to read all of Euripides' Hippolytus in Greek. Students will be expected to prepare translations for class as well as read secondary material in English. Discussions will focus on the representation of shame aidos and desire, transgression and punishment, and speech and silence in the play. Autumn.

2/37000. The Corpus Hermeticum (BIBL/NTEC, GREK 27000), prereq: at least three years of Greek. 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. Spring.

The Apostolic Fathers. An intensive reading of the Greek text of the Didache, I Clement, and all the Ignatian Epistles. The course will focus on the Greek style of each author, their historical, and social context, and the sources and nature of their thought. We will also seek to understand the position of these early Christian thinkers within the important continuum between the canonical New Testament writings (of which some of their works were a part in certain manuscript traditions) and the doctrinal controversies of the fourth century. Prereq.: at least 2 years of Greek. D. Martinez. Winter.

27508/37508. An introduction to Greek epigraphy. This course will provide a general introduction to Greek epigraphy. It will present the several types of documents (viz. funerary inscriptions, dedications, decrees, royal letters) and the specific rhetoric of each of them. All periods will be covered, but the course will focus on texts of the Classical and Hellenistic times. It will insist on methodological aspects (text establishment, formulaic sentences, linguistic peculiarities). Texts will be mostly in Attic Greek and koine, with a few texts in dialect when necessary. A. Bresson. Winter.

45700. Sem: Pinder. Gods, Titans, and the Ode. This seminar has a double focus: a reading of selected odes of Pindar with emphasis on the gods and titans; and a comparative study of the Pindaric tradition in Latin and European literature, including Horace, Ronsard, Hoelderlin, Klopstock, Celan, Thomas Gray, Wordsworth, and Whitman. Course requirement: a reading knowledge of at least /one/ of the
following languages: Greek, Latin, French, German. M. Payne/D. Wray. Spring.

47508. Sem. Sophocles. This class will read in detail and in Greek three tragedies of Sophocles: Electra, Antigone, and Philoctetes. The aim is to explore the lineaments of Sophoclean tragedy through a close appreciation of the texts and the commentaries on them. It will provide the necessary tools to work further on tragedy and to be able to teach on tragedy. We will be exploring tragic form, the role of gender, of language, of violence, of the state, and also the theatrical nature of these texts: how does performance affect our understanding of the script? Each student will be expected to read the plays with care; to discuss the plays in class; to a short presentation in class on a section of the text; to produce a term paper on Sophocles, developed in discussion with the course director. There will be a short mid-term exam, which will involve translation and commentary on a part of the texts studied. The grade will depend primarily on the term paper, but obviously passing the mid-term is also a requirement. ( Texts/commentaries in English: Electra Kells (CUP); Finglass (CUP); Jebb (CUP); Philoctetes Jebb (CUP); Webster (CUP); Antigone Jebb (CUP); Griffith (CUP). Lloyd-Jones and Wilson's OCT should be used in conjunction with their Sophoclea and in comparison with Pearson's OCT and Jebb's apparatus/notes. Bibliography will be provided at the first class.) S. Goldhill. Spring.

Modern Greek

11100/30100. Accelerated Elementary Modern Greek I. (=LGLN 11100, MOGK 30100) 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. Autumn.

11200/30200. Accelerated Elementary Modern Greek II.(=LGLN 11200, MOGK 30200) 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. Winter.


21400/31400. Lucretius. We will read selections of Lucretius' magisterial account of a universe composed of atoms. The focus of our inquiry will be: how did Lucretius convert a seemingly dry philosophical doctrine about the physical composition of the universe into a gripping message of personal salvation? The selections will include Lucretius' vision of an infinite universe, of heaven, and of the hell that humans have created for themselves on earth. D. Wray. Autumn.

21600/31600. Roman Oratory. Two of Cicero's speeches for the defense in the criminal courts of Rome receive a close reading in Latin and in English. The speeches are in turn considered in relation to Cicero's rhetorical theory as set out in the De Oratore and in relation to the role of the criminal courts in Late Republican Rome.. M. Allen. Winter.

21500/31500. Roman Satire. The object of this course is to study the emergence of satire as a Roman literary genre with a recognized subject matter and style. Readings include Horace Satires 1.1, 4, 6, and 10 and 2.1, 5 and 7; Persius 2; and Juvenal 1 and 3. P. White. Spring.

32700. Survey of Latin Literature I: Poetry. From Ennius to Martial. We will examine issues such as meter, interpretation and intertextuality 1000 lines of weekly reading and quizzes. D. Wray. Autumn.

32800. Survey of Latin Literature II: Prose. We shall read extended selections from prose writers of recognized importance to the Latin tradition. Our sampling of texts will emphasize writers of the Late Republic and Early Principate. C. Ando. Winter.

32900. Survey of Latin Literature III: Readings in the history of Latin literature; emphasis on major trends in modern critical interpretations of the major figures. P. White. Spring.

34400. Latin Prose Comp. PQ: Consent of instructor._This is a practical introduction to the styles of classical Latin prose. After a brief and systematic review of Latin syntax, the course combines regular exercises in composition with readings from a variety of prose stylists. The course is intended to increase the students' awareness both of the classical artists' skill and their own command of Latin idiom and sentence structure. _H. Pinkster.. Autumn.

45100. Sem. Propertius. Close readings of selected poems of Propertius with readings in and discussions of recent theory of Latin Love Elegy. W.R. Johnson/ N. Rudall. Spring.

46000. Sem. Cicero De re publica. We will read the De re publica in Latin and a range of other works of history and political theory in English, Latin or Greek, as necessary, esp. Aristotle's "Politics"; Cicero's "On the Laws,""Brutus" and "Orator"; Polybius' "Histories" bks. 1-6; Livy Ab urbe condita. I hope to address some of the following questions: what is the nature of political theory as a project at Rome? What contribution does historical argument make to political theory, and vice versa? What connections can we draw between the language and conceptual armature of private law and (public) political theory at Rome? What can we learn from Cicero's other rhetorical and philosophical works about how he understood the contribution of Greek paradigms to Rome practice? C. Ando. Winter.