Graduate Courses Spring 2015

Graduate Courses, Spring 2015


32914. The Italian Renaissance. (=CLCV 22914, HIST 22900, HIST 32900). This course will cover Florence, Rome, and the Italian city-states in the age of plagues and cathedrals, Dante and Machiavelli, Medici and Borgia (1250–1600), with a focus on literature and primary source readings, as well as the rediscovery of lost texts and technologies of the ancient world. We will consider such topics as humanism, patronage, cultural immersion, dynastic and papal politics, corruption, assassination, rivalry, art, music, magic, censorship, religion, education, rare books and manuscripts, science, heresy, reform, and the roots of the Reformation. Writing assignments focus on higher level writing skills and biographical research, with a creative writing component. A. Palmer. Spring.

33514.  Augustan Culture. (=CLCV 23514, LLSO 25412) Augustus’ accession to power after decades of civil war was a moment of tremendous cultural and political change. His own writings and the historians’ writings about him will be contextualized with readings from the great literary figures of the time, Livy, Vergil, Horace, Propertius, and Ovid, and supplemented with an overview of the art and architecture of the period. M. Lowrie. Spring.

34307. Byzantine Empire, 610-1025. (=HIST 21702, HIST 31702, CLCV 24307) A lecture course, with limited discussion, of the principle developments with respect to government, society, and culture in the Middle Byzantine Period. Although a survey of event and changes, including external relations, many of the latest scholarly controversies will also receive scrutiny. No prerequisite. Readings will include some primary sources in translation and examples of modern scholarly interpretations. Final examination and a short paper. Graduate students may register for grade of R (audit) or P (Pass) instead of a letter grade, except for History graduate students taking this as a required course. W. Kaegi. Spring.

36914. Death in the Classical World: Texts and Monuments. (=CLCV 26914, NEHC 2/36914) This course will focus on the evolution of beliefs and rituals related to death in the Mediterranean cultures of the Greek world and the Roman Empire, including the Egyptians among others. The course will draw on literary and documentary sources as well as archaeology and remnants of material culture. The topics that will be covered include not only the practicalities of death (funerary rituals, legal aspects of death, like wills and inheritance), but also beliefs and myths of the afterlife, magical rituals such as necromancy, the impact of Christianization on Roman understandings of death, and later Christian developments like the cult of the saints. S. Torallas Tovar. Spring.

37714.  Comparative Syntax of Greek and Latin (=CLCV 27714). On the occasion of the publication of two new grammars, the Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek and volume 1 of the Oxford Latin Syntax, this course will compare Greek and Latin syntax and semantics and, more generally, serve as an introduction to the linguistic study of these two corpus languages. Prerequisite: at least two years each of Greek and Latin. H. Dik. Spring.


32300. Hellenistic/Imperial Literature. PQ: GREK 20300 or equivalent. This class features selections from the poetry and/or prose of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods. This year we will read selections from Hellenistic poetry, with a particular focus on the Hymns of Callimachus. M. Payne. Spring.

37100.  Origen of Alexandria (=BIBL 49800) PQ: at least three years of Greek (or by consent of instructor) It is difficult to conceive of doing justice to the vast scope of Origen's work in one quarter, but we will do our best to sample generous selections from the Greek text of his exegetical, homiletic, and doctrinal writing, including a substantive selection from his Treatise on Prayer and perhaps the section of the Dialogue with Heracleides preserved among the Tura papyri. We will of course focus on Origen as the greatest exponent of the allegorical method of biblical interpretation and its Platonic underpinnings. We will also consider carefully the style of his Greek and his position as a Christian apologist. D. Martinez. Spring.

42514. Renaissance Humanism (=HIST 42503). PQ: Upper-level ugrads with consent of instructor. No secondary languages required, but students with Latin, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, or German will have the opportunity to use them. Humanism in the Renaissance was an ambitious project to repair what idealists saw as a fallen, broken world by reviving the lost arts of antiquity. Their systematic transformation of literature, education, art, religion, architecture, and science dramatically reshaped European culture, mixing ancient and medieval and producing the foundations of modern thought and society. Readings focus on primary sources: Petrarch, Poggio, Ficino, Pico, Castiglione, Machiavelli, and Thomas More, with a historiographical review of major modern treatments of the topic. We will consider such topics as the history of education, the history of science, the cultural and intellectual history, and the history of the book. The course will include hands-on work with manuscripts and early printed books with sessions on note-taking and other library and research skills. Flexible and self-directed writing assignments with a focus on advanced writing skills. Class will meet in Special Collections. A. Palmer. Spring.

47314.  Seminar: Philoctetes, Helen and Homer. Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Euripides’ Helen both revisit the Trojan War from a distance, with each recasting elements of one of Homer’s epics in particular. In this course we will read the Philoctetes against the backdrop of the Iliad and the Helen alongside readings from the Odyssey. Both plays combine elements of the two epics; both are crowned with reconciliation and redress; both bend generic boundaries. Through these readings, we will investigate tragedy as a shifting medium and a form of reception. Readings in Greek. S. Nooter. Spring.


31500. Roman Satire (=LATN 21500). 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 1 and 5; and Juvenal 1 and 3. S. Bartsch-Zimmer. Spring.