Latin Language and Literature (Division 411)

Advanced Courses

504. Intensive Latin. Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 502 or 503. (FL).

Intensive Beginning Latin. Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 102, 193 or 502. This course is designed to provide the student having little or no prior Latin with the skills necessary for reading Classical Latin. It covers the material presented in Latin 101 and 102, using Knudsvig, Seligson, and Craig, LATIN FOR READING. Primarily intended for graduate students and upperclass undergraduates in fields requiring reading knowledge of Latin. For students seeking to fulfill a language requirement, successful completion of this course will permit entry into Latin 231. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final. (Pennell-Ross)

Classical Civilization (Division 344)

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

476. Pagans and Christians in the Roman World. (HU).

The course will survey the rise of Christianity to the position of the dominant religion in the Roman Empire between the late First Century A.D. and the end of the Fourth Century A.D. Topics covered will include the nature of classical cult and its place in the socio-economic structure of the Roman Empire, belief in the divine, oracles, magic and holy men of various sorts. Emphasis will be placed on the changing place of the Christian Church in the classical world, persecution and conversion, the different ways in which people at various levels of society dealt with its tenets. The course will conclude with a thorough analysis of the conversion of Constantine, the apostasy of the Emperor Julian and the role of the Emperor Theodosius in strengthening the position of the Church. Readings will be selected from recent modern works on the subject and a wide variety of Classical texts in translation. This is strictly a lecture course, for which the requirements will be a midterm, a final and a ten page paper. No prerequisite course or special background is required. (Potter)

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