CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Section: 001 Great Speeches Ancient and Modern
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Course Note:
This course addresses a wide range of topics from the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. These are studied for their ideas, literary values, and as illustrations of socio-historical and other historical and intellectual developments important for the understanding of the ancient and modern world, their achievements and problems.
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Have you ever been inspired by a great speech? Have you ever wondered how great speakers — from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama — perform their magic? Is the power of persuasive speech a matter of inborn charisma (magic?) or can people learn the techniques of effective public speaking? The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that these techniques could be taught, and several practical guides to public speaking have survived from classical antiquity. In this course, we will learn from the ancients by examining one such handbook of public speaking (Aristotle's Rhetoric) alongside a selection of the many great speeches that have survived from classical antiquity. In addition, we will explore how speeches by modern political leaders (e.g., Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and, yes, Barack Obama) make use of the very same techniques as those developed first by the ancient Greeks. Finally, we will use the techniques we have learned to write our own speeches.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include active participation in class discussions, a midterm exam, and the performance of a speech on a topic of one's own choosing.

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CLCIV 120 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities)
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register. All others need permission of instructor.
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Coursepack Location:
To Be Announced
The Coursepack will be available by the first week of class. We will not use it until several weeks into the term.
ISBN: 9781604265491
The political speechwriter's companion : a guide for writers and speakers, Author: Robert Lehrman., Publisher: CQ Press 2010
ISBN: 9780195305098
On Rhetoric a theory of civic discourse, Author: Aristotle. Transl. with introd., notes, and app. by George A. Kennedy, Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press 2. ed., 2. 2007
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