Classical Studies

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.

372. Sports and Daily Life in Ancient Rome. (3). (HU).

Readings include selections from ancient writers in translation and from recent scholarship on topics in Roman history and society available in a course pack obtainable from AccuCopy at the corner of Maynard and East William. In the lectures we begin with some background on Roman religion and history and then consider the different social classes and their lifestyles; the second half of the course deals with the major sports of chariot racing, gladiator fights, and wild beast hunts, and also includes activities at the baths. Grades will be based upon midterm and final examinations and upon participation in class. (Potter)

453. Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World. (2). (Excl).

This course is an introduction to the world of Greco-Roman magic, from the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. We will examine a wide range of sources from literary descriptions of magicians to the magicians' own tool-boxes, with their recipe-books, voodoo-dolls, lions' hearts and snakes' blood. We will also survey the different spheres of life in which magic had a role to play - in the courtroom and assembly hall, where speakers tried to outwit their rivals by "binding" their tongues, in the theater and the hippodrome, where magical skills could ensure a competitor's victory, in the realm of love and sex, in the worlds of business, agriculture, medicine, and divination. Finally, we will look at the actual practitioners exorcists, rain-makers, priests, sages, and frauds. There are no prerequisites for this course. Work load is moderate. (Bohak)

Latin Language and Literature (Division 411)

Advanced Courses

504. Intensive Latin. Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 102, 193, or 502. (4). (LR).
Intensive Beginning Latin.
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. It is 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. Cost:1 WL:3 (Pennell-Ross)


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