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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Classical Civilization

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CLCIV 101. Classical Civilization I: The Ancient Greek World (in English).

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sara Forsdyke (forsdyke@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Great Books 191 or 201. (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Do these famous lines from Greek literature make you curious?

"My name is Nobody" Odysseus' verbal trick which helps him escape from the monstrous Cyclops in Homer's Odyssey.

"I would rather stand three times in the front lines of battle than give birth once" Medea in Euripides' tragedy Medea.

"It was a democracy in name, but in reality it was the rule of one man" the historian Thucydides, writing about Pericles' leadership of the Athenian democracy.

"The unexamined life is not worth living" Socrates in Plato's Apology.

Do you know the answers to these puzzling questions?

Why did the Athenian democracy put its most famous intellectual (Socrates) to death?

What would happen if the women of ancient Greece went on a sex strike?

What was the penalty for adultery in Ancient Athens?

Why did the Ancient Greeks develop the first democracies in history?

If these sayings and questions make you curious, then consider signing up for Classical Civilization 101: The Ancient Greek World. No previous knowledge is required. This course serves as an introduction to the literature, art and archaeology of this fascinating but paradoxical civilization. We will laugh with the ancient comedians and think with the ancient philosophers. We will also confront the contradictions of this complex society. For instance, we will examine why women were kept out of politics, but were featured so prominently in one of the most political forms of entertainment (drama). We will also ask how the Greeks reconciled their strong belief in freedom with their willingness to own slaves. There will be approximately 50 pages of reading per week, two short papers, a midterm and a final examination. Students who enroll in this course may also choose to take the companion course, Classical Civilization 102: The Ancient Roman World (offered in the Winter Term).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 4

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

Section 001 Pagans and Christians in the Roman World

Instructor(s): John Shean (jfshean@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar, Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jfshean/120.htm

This seminar examines the growth of Christianity within the Roman empire during the first five centuries CE. We will concentrate on the relations between the Christian, Pagan and Jewish communities during this period, and, in particular, the attitude of the Roman government towards the new Christian sect. Were relations among the various religious communities hostile or was there toleration of different religious beliefs? How severe and persistent was the persecution of Christians by Roman civil authorities? Did Roman policy vary in different parts of the empire? We will also discuss the impact of the conversion of Constantine to Christianity and the change this brought in the position of the Christian church within the Roman state. Did the Christian community use their newly privileged status to suppress Pagan practices? How "Christian" were the Christians? What influence did Pagan culture have on Christianity? What difference did Christianity make on Roman society?

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

Section 002 Topic?

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar, Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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CLCIV 341. Classics and Cinema.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John F Shean (jfshean@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Christians thrown to the lions! Cities burned by volcanoes! Cleopatra kissing Caesar/Marc Antony by the Nile! Greeks sacking Troy! Mad emperors and Vestal Virgins! Chariot races and gladiatorial combats! Neoplatonism! All the makings of great film!!! The ancient world continues to fascinate and entertain us, which is why Hollywood stages some of its most spectacular productions in ancient times, last summer's Gladiator being only the latest in a long series of films going back to the very beginnings of the film industry. For many people, the great Hollywood epics are their only source of information about the ancient world. But how accurate are the portrayals of Greco-Roman culture in these pictures? What do these films say about contemporary attitudes towards the past? What do they say about our own times? This course will discuss a variety of films made over years, including not only the major Hollywood spectacles set in antiquity but also films based on updated interpretations of old classics, such as the current Coen brother's film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Participants to this course must provide their own popcorn.

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CLCIV 372. Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David S Potter (dsp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The amphitheater full of gladiators, the circus full of chariots (with or without Charleton Heston) are among the most abiding images of Roman, and perhaps, any western culture. The Olympic games were as much a Roman institution as they were Greek indeed the Roman empire was the first great age of public entertainment. But what did it all mean? How is entertainment related to the interests of society as a whole? These are two of the questions that we will explore through a discussion of the place of Roman entertainment in Roman society. We will start by looking at the broad structures of Roman life, and then move through the diverse entertainments of the Romans from athletic events to the theater, from chariot racing to public execution, beast hunts, and gladiators. Readings include selections from ancient authors and from recent scholarship.

Textbooks are available at Shaman Drum, the Course packs (one of sources, one of modern readings) from Accu-Copy. The final grade will be the two hour exams, quizzes in section, homework assignments, and section participation.

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CLCIV 388 / Phil. 388. History of Philosophy: Ancient.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rachana Kamtekar (rkamteka@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One Philosophy Introduction. (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Philosophy 388.001.

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CLCIV 390(461). Greek Literature in English.

Section 001 Plato's Dialogues

Instructor(s): Sara L Rappe (rappe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we will read the major dialogues, covering the entire span of Plato's philosophical career. Starting with the "early" Socratic works, we will move on to such masterpieces as the the Phaedo, Phaedrus, and Symposium, and then finish with several of the later dialogues, including Theaetetus and Parmenides. Topics include Plato's ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics, as well as issues of interpretation in both the ancient and modern world. We will spend some time looking at how contemporary theorists, such as Heidegger or Derrida, read Plato. There will be two papers, a midterm, and a take home final.

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CLCIV 481. The Classical Tradition.

Section 001 Formation of Christian Identity in the Roman Empire. Meets with Religion 380.001.

Instructor(s): Sabine G MacCormack (sgm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Class. Civ. 101 or 102. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

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