Classical Studies

2160 Angell Hall
764-0360
Web site: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/

Professor Sharon C. Herbert, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration in Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Classical Languages and Literatures, Greek, or Latin


Professors

H. D. Cameron, Greek drama, linguistics, Greek orators, Plautus
John F. Cherry, Aegean and Mediterranean prehistory, regional field survey, archaeological theory, island archaeology, computers and the Classics
Bruce W. Frier, Roman law, Roman social and economic history, Hellenistic and Roman historiography and political science, ancient architecture, numismatics
Kweku A. Garbrah, Greek and Latin languages, comparative philology, epigraphy, early Latin tragedy
Ann E. Hanson, papyrology, especially documents of the Roman period, Greek paleography, Greek and Roman medicine especially gynecology, other technical prose writings
Sharon C. Herbert, Greek archaeology, vase painting, Hellenistic Near East
Sally Humphreys, Anthropology of ancient societies, Greek law, history of religions
Glenn M. Knudsvig, Applied linguistics, Latin language, theoretical linguistics, Latin learning and teaching
Ludwig Koenen, Papyrology, Greek and Latin literature, Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, patristics, the history of religion
Sabine MacCormack, late antiquity, history of the classical tradition and of Christianity, Spanish and Andean historiography and culture
John G. Pedley, Greek and Roman art and archaeology, Greek sculpture, art and archaeology of Asia Minor and South Italy
David S. Potter, Greek and Roman Asia Minor, Greek and Latin historiography and epigraphy
David O. Ross, Jr., Latin literature, Hellenistic poetry, Latin textual criticism
Ruth Scodel, Homer, tragedy, Greek literary criticism, ancient narrative
Charles Witke, Catullus, Augustan poetry, Roman satire, medieval Latin literature, religion, Erasmus


Associate Professors

Susan E. Alcock, Hellenistic and Roman East, landscape archaeology, archaeological survey, archaeology of imperialism
James I. Porter, Greek and Latin literature, literary criticism and aesthetics, contemporary literary theory


Assistant Professors

Gregory Dobrov, Ancient drama, Greek literature, literary criticism and theory, linguistics
Traianos Gagos, Greek papyrology; social and economic history of Roman and late antique Egypt (Petra papyri); integration of the historical, archaeological, and papyrological records of the Egyptian village, Karanis; violence in Egypt; computer applications in papyrology and classics; modern Greek language
Sara L. Rappe, Hellenistic and classical philosophy, neo-Platonism, philosophy of language


Lecturer

Robert D. Wallin, Latin, Great Books


Adjunct Professors

D.R. Shackleton Bailey, Latin literature and textual criticism, history and prosopography of the late Roman Republic
James B. White, Greek literature, law, and rhetoric


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Deborah Pennell Ross, Latin language and literature, linguistics


Professors Emeriti

Theodore V. Buttrey, Gerda M. Seligson.


The Department of Classical Studies offers instruction in Greek and Latin languages and civilization including elementary, intermediate, and advanced-level courses which emphasize composition, literature, historiography, law, and philosophy. New Testament Greek and medieval Latin are offered as well as classical Greek and Latin. Utilizing one of the world's outstanding collections of Greek papyri, the Department offers courses in papyrology. With the cooperation of colleagues in other departments, Classical Studies also offers courses in classical art and archaeology.

Courses Taught in English. The Department offers a number of Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilization courses which require no knowledge of Greek or Latin. Through lectures and reading in translation, these courses offer students an opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of Greek and Roman archaeology, literature, mythology, religion, sport and daily life, sexuality, law, philosophy, and institutions.

LS&A language requirement. The LS&A language requirement for the A.B./B.S. degree may be satisfied with the successful completion of: Modern Greek 202, both classical Greek 301 and 302 (or equivalent); or Latin 232 (but not 194), or any course at the 300- or 400-level, or by satisfactory performance on a placement test. The Latin placement test is offered once at the beginning of each term, periodically during each term by arrangement, and throughout the Summer Orientation period. Students are placed into the department's language sequences according to their demonstrated proficiency.

Intensive Language Courses. The Department offers intensive language courses in Latin which compress the normal two-year sequence required for elementary language proficiency. Intensive courses are special features of the Department's offerings during Spring Half-Term (IIIa) or during Summer Half-Term (IIIb), but they are also offered in other terms. For information about intensive Latin, contact Professor Knudsvig or Professor D. O. Ross.

Special Departmental Policies. The Department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C- in all language courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A student should repeat any language course in which a D+ or lower grade is earned and which serves as a prerequisite to other courses which are to be elected. A grade of D+ signifies some achievement but denotes too weak a foundation for subsequent courses.

Concentration Program Options. The Department offers concentration programs and Honors concentrations in the Greek language and literature, the Latin language and literature, classical languages and literatures (i.e., where the student studies both Greek and Latin), Classical Archaeology, and Classical Civilization.

To be eligible for an Honors concentration in Classical Archaeology, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and must have achieved second term proficiency in both Greek and Latin.

To be eligible for an Honors concentration in Greek, Latin, or classical languages and literatures, students should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and a 3.5 grade point average in courses in Greek and Latin.

Advising. Students interested in the Department's concentration programs in Greek, Latin, or classical languages and literatures should see the undergraduate advisor, Professor David Ross. Students interested in the Classical Archaeology concentration should see Professor Alcock. Students interested in the Classical Civilization concentration should see Professor Rappe. Students interested in obtaining Teacher Certification in Latin should see Professor Knudsvig. The Department recommends that interested students see the undergraduate advisors as early as possible in order to plan their programs and avoid unnecessary scheduling conflicts.

Study Abroad. The Department of Classical Studies is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies at Rome, Italy, where undergraduates from various American and Canadian institutions are given an opportunity to study Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, archaeology, and ancient art. Admission to this program is open to any undergraduate concentrating in these areas having appropriate background and interests. For information and application forms, contact the Departmental office.

Prizes. Phillips Classical Prizes are awarded annually for excellence in Greek and in Latin. Winners participate in the Phillips Prize Ceremony and a notation of the award is made on their academic record. Prizes are also awarded for excellence demonstrated in a Modern Greek translation competition. Announcement of the competition is made through the Department; examinations are held and the winners are announced in the late winter.


Classical Archaeology

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Through study of literary evidence and monumental remains, the Classical Archaeology curriculum explores various phases of Greek and Roman civilization, especially developments in architecture, sculpture, painting, pottery, and coinage. The large collection of photographs and slides maintained by the Department of History of Art and the antiquities in the Kelsey Museum of Ancient and Medieval Archaeology provide abundant supplementary materials for the various courses.

Courses in Classical Archaeology numbered 221 through 592 do not require knowledge of Greek or Latin.

Concentration Program. Requires a minimum of 9 courses (at least 3 credits each) including:

  1. at least 5 courses in Classical Archaeology which must include Classical Archaeology 221 and 222, and three advanced courses.

  2. third term proficiency in Greek or Latin.

  3. at least one course in both Greek and Roman history (usually History 200 and 201).

Honors Concentration. In addition to the concentration requirements stated above, Honors work focuses on independent study and an Honors thesis in the senior year.

Field Experience. Recommended but not required for a concentration in Classical Archaeology. There are several opportunities for students to join excavations in the Mediterranean area under the supervision of University of Michigan faculty. See Professor Alcock.


Classical Civilization

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Prerequisites to Concentration. Classical Civilization 101-102, or an equivalent introductory sequence approved by the Classical Civilization concentration advisor.

Concentration Program. Students must:

  1. complete at least five courses in "classical civilization" chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor. Up to three courses in Latin and Greek above the level of Greek 102 or Latin 231 can be counted in the concentration.

  2. complete two courses in classical archaeology.

  3. complete the seminar for concentrators, Classical Civilization 480, Studying Antiquity.

  4. complete an upper-level cognate course approved by the concentration advisor in classical studies.

Advising. Prospective concentrators are encouraged to discuss their plans with the concentration advisor.


Classical Languages and Literatures

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Concentration Program. The concentration requires study of both Greek and Latin; the student chooses one language as the major language for the purpose of determining requirements. The student takes a minimum of 9 courses (of at least 3 credits each) including:

  1. In the major language students must complete (a) at least 3 courses at the 400-level or above; and (b) two cognates: one course in Classical Archaeology and one in History; 300-level courses count toward the concentration in the major language only.

  2. In the minor language students must complete at least one course at the 400-level or above.

  3. Two additional courses in the culture of the major language, selected from the divisions of Greek (385) and Latin (411).

Three credits of Independent Study (Greek 499 and Latin 499) may be used with written approval of the undergraduate advisor.

Honors Concentration. In addition to the concentration requirements stated above, students must complete an Honors thesis and a reading list in their senior year.


Greek Language and Literature

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Prerequisites to Concentration. Greek 101 and 102 or special placement examination.

Concentration Program. Requires a minimum of 9 courses (of at least 3 credits each) including:

  1. 7 courses in Greek at the 300-level or above (at least 4 of these must be at the 400-level or above, usually including Greek 401 and 402).

  2. Two courses selected from Classical Archaeology 221, Classical Civilization 101, or History 200.

Three credits of Independent Study (Greek 499) may be used with written approval of the undergraduate advisor.

Honors Concentration. In addition to the concentration requirements stated above, students must complete an Honors thesis and a reading list in their senior year.


Latin Language and Literature

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Prerequisites to Concentration. Latin 194 or 232 or special placement examination.

Concentration Program. Requires a minimum of 9 courses (of at least 3 credits each) including:

  1. 7 courses in Latin at the 300-level or above; at least 4 of these courses must be at the 400-level or above and must include: (a) Latin 401 or 402; (b) Latin 409 or 410; (c) another course from (a) or (b) or another course at the 400-level or above.

  2. Two courses selected from Classical Archaeology 222, Classical Civilization 102, or History 201.

Three credits of Independent Study (Latin 499) may be used with written approval of the undergraduate advisor.

Honors Concentration. In addition to the concentration requirements stated above, students must complete an Honors thesis and a reading list in their senior year.

Teaching Certificate. Students interested in a secondary school teaching certificate with a major or minor in Latin must have Professor Knudsvig approve their program of study. Major in Latin. Thirty credits which must include:

  1. 15 credits in Latin beyond 194 or 232, of which 12 must be at the 400-level or above; neither Latin 499 nor 599 may be counted toward the major without permission of the teaching certificate advisor;

  2. one course in Latin composition;

  3. one course in Classical Archeology;

  4. one course in Roman history;

  5. one course in Linguistics.

Minor in Latin. Twenty credits which must include:

  1. 12 credits in Latin beyond 194 or 232, of which 9 must be at the 400-level or above. Neither Latin 499 nor 599 may be counted toward the minor without permission of the teaching certificate advisor;

  2. one course in Roman history;

  3. one course in Linguistics.

Professor Knudsvig has the authority to modify departmental requirements for a teaching major or minor in special cases and in keeping with the general requirements for the teaching certificate.


Courses in Classical Archaeology (Division 342)

221/Hist. of Art 221. Introduction to Greek Archaeology. (4). (HU).

222/Hist. of Art 222. Introduction to Roman Archaeology. (4). (HU).

323. Introduction to Field Archaeology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).

324/Hist. of Art 324. Practicum in Field Archaeology. Class. Arch. 221 and 222. (1-3). (Excl). Special fee required. May be elected, but not in one term, for a total of 6 credits.

365/Class. Civ. 365. Alexander the Great: The Making of a Legend. (3). (HU).

380/Hist. of Art 380/Anthro. 380. Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology. Class. Arch. 221 and 222. (3). (Excl).

395. Junior Honors Survey. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission.

396. Undergraduate Seminar. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission.

421/Hist. of Art 421. Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. One previous art history, anthropology, or classical archaeology course recommended. (3). (HU).

422/Hist. of Art 422. Etruscan Art and Archaeology. Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

424/Hist. of Art 424. Archaeology of the Roman Provinces. Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

427/Hist. of Art 427. Pompeii: Its Life and Art. (3). (Excl).

428/Hist. of Art 428. The Public Spaces of Imperial Rome. Hist. of Art 101 or Class. Arch. 222. (3). (Excl).

431/Hist. of Art 431. Principal Greek Archaeological Sites. A course in archaeology. (3). (Excl).

433/Hist. of Art 433. Greek Sculpture. Hist. of Art 101. (3). (HU).

434/Hist. of Art 434. Archaic Greek Art. (3). (HU).

435/Hist. of Art 435. The Art and Archaeology of Asia Minor. (3). (HU).

436/Hist. of Art 436. Hellenistic and Roman Architecture. Hist. of Art 101 or Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (HU).

437/Hist. of Art 437. Egyptian Art and Archaeology. (3). (HU).

439/Hist. of Art 439. Greek Vase Painting. (3). (HU).

440/Hist. of Art 440. Cities and Sanctuaries of Classical Greece. A course in archaeology. (3). (HU).

442/Hist. of Art 442. Late Antique and Early Christian Art and Architecture. Hist. of Art 101 or 222. (3). (Excl).

443/Hist. of Art 443. Greeks in the West. Class. Arch. 221. (3). (HU).

451/Class. Civ. 451. Death in the Ancient World. (3). (HU).

475. Archaeology, Identity, and Nationalism in the Balkans and Europe. Three 200- or higher level courses in Archaeology, Anthropology, or Modern European History. (3). (HU).

499. Supervised Reading. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

531/Hist. of Art 531/Anthro. 587. Aegean Art and Archaeology. Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (Excl).

534/Hist. of Art 534. Ancient Painting. Hist. of Art 101 and either Class. Arch. 221 or 222. (3). (Excl).

536/Hist. of Art 536. Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture. Hist. of Art 101 or Class. Arch. 222. (3). (Excl).

599. Supervised Study in Classical Archaeology. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.


Classical Civilization (Division 344)

Courses in this division do not require a knowledge of Greek or Latin. They are intended for students who wish to acquire knowledge of ancient literature, life, and thought, and of the debt modern civilization owes the Greeks and Romans.

101. Classical Civilization I: The Ancient Greek World (in English). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Great Books 191 or 201. I. (4). (HU).

102. Classical Civilization II: The Ancient Roman World (in English). II. (4). (HU).

120. First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Humanities). (3). (HU).

121. First-year Seminar in Classical Civilization (Composition). (4). (Introductory Composition).

210. Classical Medical Contexts: Language, Ethics, and Theory. (3). (Excl).

357/WS 357. Greek Medical Writers in English Translation. (3). (Excl).

365/Class. Arch. 365. Alexander the Great: The Making of a Legend. (3). (HU).

371. Sport in the Ancient Greek World. (3). (HU).

372. Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).

375. War in Greek and Roman Civilization. (4). (HU).

388/Phil. 388. History of Philosophy: Ancient. One Philosophy Introduction. (4). (HU).

451/Class. Arch. 451. Death in the Ancient World. (3). (HU).

452. Food in the Ancient World: Subsistence and Symbol. (3). (HU).

453. Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World. (3). (Excl).

454. The Roman Army. Upperclass standing. (3). (HU).

460/WS 460. Theorizing Women in Antiquity. Junior standing. (3). (HU).

462. Greek Mythology. (4). (HU).

465. The Individual in Greek Society. (3). (Excl).

466/Rel. 468. Greek Religion. (3). (HU).

467. The Good Life. (3). (HU).

468. Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. (3). (Excl).

472. Roman Law. Not open to freshmen. (3). (HU).

473. Roman Decadence. (3). (HU).

476/Hist. 405/Rel. 476. Pagans and Christians in the Roman World. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).

480. Studying Antiquity. Class. Civ. 101 or 102 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

483/ACABS 421/Rel. 488. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilization. (4). (Excl).


Classical Linguistics (Division 345)

503/Rom. Ling. 503. History of the Latin Language I: 600-1 B.C. Latin 231. (2). (Excl).

599. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.


Classical Greek (Division 385)

Elementary Courses

See Special Departmental Policies statement above

101. Elementary Greek. Graduate students should elect the course as Greek 502. (4). (LR).

102. Elementary Greek. Greek 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 310, or 503. Graduate students should elect the course as Greek 503. (4). (LR).

301. Second-Year Greek. Greek 102. The language requirement is satisfied with the successful completion of Greek 301 and 302. Graduate students should elect the course as Greek 507. (4). (LR).

302. Second-Year Greek. Greek 102. The language requirement is satisfied with the successful completion of Greek 301 and 302. (4). (LR).

Intermediate Courses

401. Readings in Classical Greek Prose. Greek 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

402. Greek Drama. Greek 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

405. Intermediate Greek. Three terms of Greek. (3). (LR). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Advanced Courses

410. Elementary Greek Prose. Greek 302. (3). (Excl).

435. Fifth-Century Prose. Greek 301 and 302. (3). (Excl).

436. Herodotus. Greek 301 and 302. (3). (Excl).

483. Aristotle's Politics. Greek 302. (3). (Excl).

486. Readings in Later Greek Prose. Greek 402. (3). (Excl).

497. Senior Greek Seminar. Honors student. (3). (Excl).

499. Supervised Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan in Greek Language and Literature or Classical Languages and Literatures. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

506. Advanced Greek Composition. Greek 410. (3). (Excl).

509. The Homeric Epic. Permission of instructor required for undergraduates; advanced ability to read Greek. (3). (Excl).

511. Thucydides. Greek 302. (3). (Excl).

516. Aristophanes. Greek 301 and 302. (3). (Excl).

519. Aeschylus. Greek 301 and 302. (3). (Excl).

554. Plato: Meno and other Early Dialogues. Greek 302. (3). (Excl).

599. Supervised Reading in Greek. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.


Modern Greek (Division 433)

101. Elementary Modern Greek. Graduate students should elect Modern Greek 501. I. (4). (LR).

102. Elementary Modern Greek, II. Modern Greek 101. Graduate students should elect Modern Greek 502. II. (4). (LR).

201. Second Year Modern Greek I. Modern Greek 102. Graduate students should elect Modern Greek 503. I. (4). (LR).

202. Second Year Modern Greek, II. Modern Greek 201. Graduate students should elect Modern Greek 504. II. (4). (LR).


Latin Language and Literature (Division 411)

Elementary Courses

See Special Departmental Policies statement above

101. Elementary Latin. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 193, or 502. (4). (LR).

102. Elementary Latin. Latin 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 193 or 502. (4). (LR).

193. Intensive Elementary Latin I. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 103 or 502. (4). (Excl).

194. Intensive Elementary Latin II. Latin 193. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 221, 222, 231, 232, or 503. Graduate students should elect 503. (4). (Excl). This course does not satisfy the language requirement.

231. Introduction to Latin Prose. Latin 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 194, 222, or 503. (4). (LR).

232. Vergil, Aeneid.Latin 231 or 221. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 194, 222, or 503. (4). (LR).

Intermediate Courses

301. Intermediate Latin I. Latin 194, 222, 232 or equivalent. (3). (HU).

302. Intermediate Latin II. Latin 194, 222, 232 or equivalent. (3). (HU).

401. Republican Prose. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

402. Imperial Prose. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

409. Augustan Poetry. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

410. Poetry of the Republic or Later Empire. Latin 301 or 302. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Advanced Courses

421/Education D421. Teaching of Latin. Junior standing in Latin and permission of instructor. (Excl).

426. Practicum. Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor. I, II, IIIb. (Excl).

435/MARC 440. Medieval Latin I, 500-900 A.D. Two years of college Latin. (3). (Excl).

436/MARC 441. Medieval Latin II, 900-1350 A.D. Two years of college Latin. (3). (Excl).

445. Tacitus, Histories. (3). (Excl).

451. Early Latin Prose. (3). (Excl).

453. Sallust. (3). (Excl).

470. Catullus. (3). (Excl).

475. Roman Historiography. (3). (Excl).

490. Martial and Roman Epigram. Latin 301. (3). (Excl).

497. Senior Latin Seminar. Honors students. (3). (Excl).

499. Latin: Supervised Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan in Greek Language and Literature or Classical Languages and Literatures. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

504. Intensive Latin. Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 102, 193, or 502. (4). (LR).

506. Advanced Latin Composition. Latin 403. (3). (Excl).

511. Letters of Cicero. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

516. Letters of Seneca. (3). (Excl).

551. Elegiac Poets. Latin 401. (3). (Excl).

566. Horace, Complete Works. Latin 401. (3). (Excl).

568. Reading of Augustan Poetry. (3). (Excl).

599. Supervised Reading in Latin Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.


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