CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
Section: 001 Objects surviving from Greek and Roman antiquity
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the contemporary world, we surround ourselves with objects. The items we select say much about us and about how we wish to be viewed by others. But at the same time, each object has its own history, its own place, and its own significance within the complex web of our culture. In this course we consider some examples of objects surviving from Greek and Roman antiquity, exploring their individual histories and looking at what the objects may have to say about the cultures of which they have been a part. Our starting point will be the objects themselves, but as we seek to contextualize and understand them we will be sampling a much wider range of ancient source materials, including texts in translation. We will use this information to address larger questions, highlighting some of the similarities and differences between the ancient and modern worlds and revealing that scholarly debate about the ancient world often reflects the concerns of contemporary society. As we work, we will make use of techniques from a range of the different sub-disciplines encompassed by Classical Studies. At the same time we will be building basic research and writing skills necessary for all academic study, including communication skills (written and oral); critical thinking; organization of material; evaluation of evidence; compiling bibliographies; and conducting independent research.

Course Requirements:

Class participation and attendance; several writing assignments including a final paper. No final exam.

Intended Audience:


Class Format:

Meets twice per week for 90 minutes

CLCIV 121 - First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition)
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001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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