Undergraduate Courses Spring 2015

Undergraduate Courses, Spring 2015

Classical Civilization:

20900. Ancient Mediterranean World III. (=HIST 16900) 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.

21807. Greek Art and Archaeology. (=ARTH 14107) Students must attend first class to confirm enrollment. This course meets the general education requirement in the dramatic, musical, and visual arts. This course will survey the art and archaeology of ancient Greece from ca. 1000 BCE–ca. 200 BCE. Participants will see the Greeks emerge from poverty and anarchy to form a distinctive political and social system based on city-states—and they will see that system grow unstable and collapse. They will see the emergence of distinctive forms of sculpture, architecture, pottery, and urban design—many of which are still in use today. Along with these facts, they will acquire a conceptual toolkit for looking at works of art and for thinking about the relation of art to social life. The big question is: How can we make sense of the past by means of artifacts? R. Neer. Spring.

22914. The Italian Renaissance. (=CLAS 32914, 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.

23514.  Augustan Culture. (=CLAS 33514, 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.

24307. Byzantine Empire, 610-1025. (=HIST 21702, HIST 31702, CLAS 34307) A lecture course, with limited discussion, of the principal 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.

24508. Economy and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome. In this course we will explore not only the nature of ancient Greek and Roman economies, but also the way in which social and political structures constrained or facilitated the efforts of individuals to devise successful strategies within those economies. We will consider trade, manufacture, and agriculture, and we will devote considerable attention to issues of methodology: What questions should we ask about ancient economic life, and with what evidence can we answer them? C. Hawkins. Spring.

25900. Ancient Empires III: The Egyptian Empire of the New Kingdom. (=NEHC 20013, HIST 15604) Taking these courses in sequence is not required. This sequence meets the general education requirement in civilization studies. 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. N. Moeller. Spring.

26914. Death in the Classical World: Texts and Monuments. (=CLAS 36914, 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.

27714.  Comparative Syntax of Greek and Latin. (=CLAS 37714) 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.

27914. Conquest and Collapse, Empire and Experience in the Eastern Greek World. This course aims to investigate the Greek experience in Western Turkey from c. 1000–330 BCE.  We will trace the Greek arrival, settlement, and interactions with the native empires from the Archaic and Classical periods to the arrival of Alexander the Great.  During this time, Greeks in this area lived, traded, fought, married, and worshipped with the indigenous peoples of Anatolia and we will trace the impact of these empires - including the Lydians, Persians, and Athens - on     the Greeks as they rose and fell.  This survey of the history, literature, art, and archaeology of the region will explore what it meant to be an Eastern Greek and how they lived within the orbit of imperial conquest and imperial collapse in the eastern Aegean world.  E. Wilson. Spring.

28300. Ephron Seminar: Getting to Happiness: Philosophy as a Way of Life from Antiquity to the Present. What did it mean to be a student of philosophy in Hellenistic and Roman antiquity? From Epicurus to Marcus Aurelius, ancient philosophers recommended a variety of philosophical practices in their pursuit of happiness. We will read primary and secondary texts about a range of topics in which ancient philosophers offered practical counsel to their students and readers: managing desires, controlling anger, finding the right friends, navigating the challenges of relationships, and coping with grief and the fear of death. For each topic, we will read ancient authors affiliated with different philosophical schools—Epicureanism, Stoicism, Skepticism and Middle Platonism – and discuss their often divergent recommendations. In addition, we will survey how the ancient tradition of practical philosophy was revived from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present, and ask what we can learn from this tradition today. B. Van Wassenhove. Spring.

29000.  Myth Course. This course examines the social, political, cultural, and religious functions of ancient myth, as well as the various theoretical interpretations of myth that have been proposed in a variety of fields in order to investigate what myth can tell us about the ancient Greeks and Romans as well as those who regard themselves as the inheritors of classical culture. Spring.

29700. Reading Course. PQ: Consent of faculty sponsor and director of undergraduate studies. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.


10300. Introduction to Attic Greek III: Prose. PQ: GREK 10200. Students apply the grammatical skills taught in GREK 10100-10200 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. Staff. Spring.

11300. Accelerated Introduction to Attic Greek III. PQ: GREK 11200. 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. Staff. Spring.

20300. Intermediate Greek III: Homer. PQ: GREK 10300 or equivalent. 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. S. Nooter. Spring.

22300/32300. 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.

27100/37100.  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.


10300. Introduction to Classical Latin III: Cicero. PQ: LATN 10200. 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. Staff. Spring.

11300. Accelerated Introduction to Classical Latin III. PQ: LATN 11200. Students apply the grammatical skills taught in LATN 11100-11200 by reading a continuous prose text such as a complete speech of Cicero. The aim is familiarity with Latin idiom and sentence structure. Staff. Spring.

20300. Intermediate Latin III: Seneca. PQ: LATN 20100 or equivalent. . Readings consist of Seneca’s tragedy Thyestes and selections from his prose letters and essays. Secondary readings on Rome in the Age of Nero, Hellenistic philosophy, and other related topics may also be assigned. M. Lowrie. Spring.

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 1 and 5; and Juvenal 1 and 3. S. Bartsch-Zimmer. Spring.

29700. Reading Course. PQ: Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.