Classical Studies

Classical Archaeology (Division 342)

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

This course serves as an introduction to the civilization of Rome. Emphasis will be given to art and architecture. The rise and fall of the Roman Empire as far as it can be documented in the archaeological record will be our main study and emphasis will be placed on the development of the city of Rome as an urban center. Individual topics to be examined include the origins of the city of Rome, the typical Roman town, Roman architecture (palaces, ports, aqueducts, roads, baths, amphitheatres, circuses), sculpture, mosaics, and wall painting. There are no prerequisites for the course. The format of the course consists of three illustrated lectures per week and a discussion section. The requirements are a midterm and a final examination which will include material covered in the lectures. The required texts are C. Wells, The Roman Empire; D. E. Strong, Roman Art; and F. Sear, Roman Architecture. (Humphrey)

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

See History of Art 422. (Gazda)

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

An introductory survey of the painted pottery produced on the Greek mainland from Mycenaean times through the early Hellenistic period. Pottery will be examined for art-historical, cultural, and archaeological information. The artist's progress in realistic representation of the human figure as revealed on Greek vases will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the domination of the pottery market by different cities at different times. The use of pottery as an archaeological tool in dating and evaluating an excavation will be discussed. There are illustrated lectures and extensive reserve reading. A midterm, final, and paper are expected. (Herbert)

Classical Greek (Division 385)

Elementary Courses

102. Elementary Greek. Greek 101. No credit granted to those who have completed 103 or 310. (4). (FL).

Greek 102 is the second term of the elementary ancient Greek sequence and requires that the student has already taken Greek 101 in the Fall Term. Students who wish to begin Greek in the Winter Term should elect Greek 103. In Greek 102 students will supplement their study of syntax and grammar by reading Attic prose selections. (L. Edwards)

103. Intensive Elementary Greek. Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 101, 102, or 310. (5). (FL).

In order to provide a more flexible program for students who desire to study ancient Greek but who have been unable to begin the regular course sequence in the Fall Term, the Department of Classical Studies plans to offer a winter-term intensive course in beginning Classical Greek. This course is designed to cover all of Greek grammar and the rudiments of reading, and to prepare the beginning student to enter the regular second-year reading course in the Fall Term or an intermediate course in the Spring or Summer Half-term. In view of the large amount of material to be covered, the course will meet five days a week for one hour. Additional materials for summer study and review will be provided at the end of the term to help students prepare more fully for Greek 301 in the fall. (Rickert)

302. Second-Year Greek. Greek 301 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course is the second half of the second-year ancient Greek language sequence. The primary goal of the student in Greek 302 is to learn how to read Homer; hence emphasis is placed on Homeric grammar and vocabulary. The class will translate and discuss readings from the Odyssey. Midterms and final exam (no papers). (L. Edwards)

Intermediate Courses

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

This course serves to introduce the student to both the form and content of Greek tragedy through a close reading of two plays of Aeschylus. In addition to detailed analysis of the plays' literary qualities, attention will be paid to social, historical, and religious aspects. Supplemental readings will contribute to the student's knowledge of ancient Greek theater production as well. Translation examinations and a short paper are required. (Scodel)

Advanced Courses

458. Plato, Early Dialogues. (3). (HU).

In this course we will read in the original Greek all or part of several early dialogue of Plato (the so-called "Socratic" dialogues), including Hippias Major, Hippias Minor, Alcibiades Major, Laches, Charmides, and Lysis. Topics will include wrongdoing, beauty, sophrosune, courage, friendship. The dialogues will serve to introduce students not only to the philosophy of Socrates and Plato, but to important issues for understanding Greek intellectual history of this period. Classes will involve recitation, lecture, and discussion. Two short papers will be required in addition to midterm and final exams. (Rickert)

Latin Language and Literature (Division 411)

Two convictions are basic to the Elementary Latin Program of the Department of Classical Studies: (1) it is possible for every able-minded person to master the basic facts of a foreign language and (2) the learning experience leading to such a mastery is a privilege that is very specifically human and ought to be most satisfying. Essential grammatical facts are taught, and a knowledge of these facts enables students to understand Latin written by the famous authors of the Golden Age. Students acquire a working vocabulary and demonstrate understanding of the reading by writing a readable translation. Since at least 50% of the vocabulary of an educated speaker of English is Latin in origin, English improves as Latin stems and derivatives are learned. The program normally takes four terms to complete. A placement test may be taken at the beginning or end of a term, and a student may succeed in placing out of one or more courses in the introductory sequence.

In the Elementary Latin Program, the department is offering Latin 101, 102, 194, 222, 231, and 232. Latin 101 (see below) is for students with no previous Latin. A placement examination will determine the appropriate course for other students who enter the elementary sequence. Students with questions about which course to elect are encouraged to visit the department office in 2014 Angell Hall, 764-0360, or the Elementary Latin Office in 2012 Angell Hall, 764-8297.

Elementary Courses

See Special Departmental Policies statement above

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

All of the assigned tasks/exercises in Latin 101 are directed toward the reading and translation of Classical Latin and not toward writing or conversation. The course has as its primary objective the acquisition of a fundamental understanding of basic Latin grammar. The text for the course is Knudsvig, Seligson, and Craig, Latin for Reading. Latin 101 covers approximately the first half of this text. Course topics include the morphology and syntax of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives; conjunctions, adverbs, and prepositions; and such basic sentence kernel types as active, passive, linking, and factitive. Grading is based on quizzes, class participation, hour examinations, and a final.

102. Elementary Latin. Latin 101. No credit granted to those who have completed 193 or 502. (4). (FL).

All of the assigned tasks/exercises in Latin 102 are directed toward the reading and translation of Classical Latin and not toward writing or conversation. The course continues the presentation of the essentials of the Latin language as it covers the last half of Knudsvig, Seligson, and Craig, Latin for Reading. Course topics include the morphology and syntax of verbs, and indirect statements, questions, and commands. Extended reading selections from Plautus (comedy) and Eutropius (history) are introduced. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final.

194. Intensive Elementary Latin II. Latin 193 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 221, 222, 231, 232, or 503. (4). (Excl).

During Winter Term, 1986, this course is jointly offered with Latin 503. See Latin 503 for the description. (Gellrich and Ross)

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

This course reviews grammar as it introduces students to extended passages of classical Latin prose through selections from such authors of the first centuries B.C. and A.D. as Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus. Class discussions center upon the readings. Grading is based on class participation, quizzes, hour examinations, and a final.

232. Vergil, Aeneid. Latin 231 or 221. No credit granted to those who have completed 193, 194, 222, or 503. (4). (FL).

The goal of this course is simple: to read extensive passages of Vergil's Aeneid, with comprehension and enjoyment. To the degree that there is mastery of the paradigm forms and the most common principal parts of irregular verbs the daily assignments will be made easier. Careful attention is paid to Vergil's style, the more common poetic features he employs, mythological references, and the relation of the text to the life and times of the Emperor Augustus. Three hour exams, a two-hour final, and regular participation in class will determine the course grade; there are no papers. In-class translation is followed by a discussion of the text under consideration that day. (Section 003 Nissen)

Intermediate Courses

302. Catullus and Cicero. Latin 194, 222, 232 or equivalent. (3). (HU).

The course will provide an introduction to the prose of the late Roman Republic (first century B.C.), and is designed for students who have completed Latin 194, 222, 232, or the equivalent. Class time will be spent in translation and discussion of several of Cicero's speeches. Our approach will emphasize the historical background of the speeches and their rhetorical form. Grammar will be reviewed as needed. (A. Edwards)

402. Imperial Prose. Latin 232 or the equivalent. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits with permission of concentration adviser.

This course will deal with the de Republica of Cicero, one of the major works of Roman political thinking. Emphasis will be first on accurate translation, and then on the thought of the passage and its larger implications. One or two exams; one paper. (Frier)

Advanced Courses

404. Advanced Latin Composition. Latin 403. (2). (HU).

This is an advanced course, designed to develop the student's sensitivity toward Latin prose style by close reading and imitation of the major prose authors. Therefore students should possess a good knowledge of Latin grammar and have mastered the principles of elementary prose composition. Weekly compositions will be required and a final examination. (Ross)

410. Poetry of the Republic and Later Empire. Latin 232 or the equivalent. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits with permission of concentration adviser.
We will read the lyric poetry of Catullus, evaluating the literary, historical, and social context in the age of Julius Caesar. Midterm and final examinations and one paper of 5-7 pages. (Basto)

421/Education D421. Teaching of Latin. Senior standing in Latin. I: (3); IIIb: (2). (HU).

A workshop-type course designed to provide prospective secondary and college teachers with the skills necessary to analyze structures and texts and to design instructional materials and class presentations. The course will also introduce the students to those aspects of descriptive linguistics that have practical application to teaching and learning Latin. (Knudsvig)

426. Practicum. Junior/senior standing. I and II: (3); III b: (2). (HU).

In the Winter Term, 1986, permission of the instructor is required to elect Latin 426. Students must submit a plan for a project related to the teaching of Latin. The course is designed primarily for students who wish to continue work begun in Latin 421. (Knudsvig)

436/MARC 441. Medieval Latin II, 900-1350 A.D. Two years of college Latin or equivalent. (4). (HU).

See MARC 441. (Witke)

440. Vergil, Bucolics and Georgics. (3). (HU).

Virgil's Eclogues and Georgics will be read. (Ross)

497. Senior Latin Seminar. Honors students or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

HOMER AND VERGIL. This course is open to concentrators in Latin, Greek, or Classical Studies with junior or senior standing and 400-level reading ability in Latin, or Greek, or both. (Students needing Greek credit should enroll in the course as Greek 497.) If you plan to enroll, you should discuss this with the instructor beforehand. The Homeric epics presented a language and culture already strangely archaic to the Greeks of the classical period. Yet, as the "divine bard," Homer's prestige and influence remained preeminent throughout antiquity. Our focus will be upon the ways in which the oral tradition of Homer was adapted, confronted, misunderstood by a later, literate culture. We will begin by considering the conventional quality of the Homeric narrative, as well as the bold yet unreflective heroism found in the Homeric world. We will then turn to Vergil's reception of these conventions and values in a very different world, one where history contradicts myth, men doubt their gods, and victory could seem more horrible than defeat. Students will be required to do some of the reading in the original languages, but the rest will be done in English translation. Class participation, use of secondary sources, and a research paper will be emphasized. Final exam. (A. Edwards)

500. Special Reading Course in Latin. (4). (HU).

Although this course is designed primarily to meet the needs of beginning graduate students who must perfect their ability to read Latin at sight, it is also open by permission of the instructor to undergraduates with similar needs. Readings will be based on major prose authors. Weekly quizzes will test the student's progress in translating unseen passages from these authors, and class discussion will center on grammatical review and precise translation. There will be a midterm and a final exam. (Frier)

503. Intensive Reading of Latin. Latin 502 or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed 194, 221, 222, 231, 232, or 504. (4). (FL).

During Winter Term, 1986, this course is jointly offered with Latin 194. This is a continuation of Latin 193/502, a beginning language course which will have covered, by the end of the (Fall) term, the essentials of Latin accidence and syntax, with some experience in reading continuous Latin prose (Cicero). This second term of this introductory sequence will continue the reading of prose and will then include the entire Fourth Book (the Dido book) of Vergil's Aeneid. Students need not have taken the first term (Latin 193/502) to enroll in Latin 194/503. Initially there will be a systematic review of Latin grammar, and throughout the term attention will be paid to details of grammar to ensure a command of language necessary for increasing ease in reading. Therefore, anyone with a knowledge of elementary Latin could profit from the course. Aeneid Book IV has been chosen as the main text because of its inherent importance and interest as well as for its subsequent importance for later European poetry and literature, and will be considered in class discussion as such - not simply as an exercise in translation. The course, though designed primarily to serve the needs of graduate students (in such fields as history, literature, linguistics) who find a reading knowledge of Latin essential for their work, is open to undergraduates with similar needs. (001 Gellrich; 002 Ross)

514. Tacitus, Annals. One advanced course in Latin. (3). (HU).

Reading of Tacitus' Annals, with study of pertinent questions: historiographical, historical, literary, etc. (Rodgers)

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.

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

This course is an introduction to the civilization of Ancient Rome from the beginning through Early Christianity (Fourth Century A.D.) and is being offered by the Department of Classical Studies for students throughout LSA without knowledge of Greek or Latin. The course will also be of interest to students currently enrolled in elementary Greek and Latin classes who wish to supplement their learning by study of the many aspects of Roman civilization, of which the Latin language is the chief cultural expression. Three lectures and one recitation each week. Lectures will focus on the literature, history, philosophy, religion, law, archaeology, art, technology, science, mythology, economics, political life, and private life of the Romans. Readings in ancient primary sources (translated) and in modern works will be assigned. Fulfills humanities distribution requirements. Three 5-7 page papers, a midterm, and a final exam. Professor Basto is the course coordinator and principal lecturer; lectures will also be given by other professors in the Department of Classical Studies. (Basto)

303. Early Sources for English Literature. (3). (HU).

This course is designed to give English department concentrators, and students with similar needs in any department, the essential background in Greek and Latin literature. Readings will introduce authors of importance both for content and as generic models, including Homer, Vergil, Ovid, Seneca, Horace, Pindar, Plautus, the Greek Anthology, Cicero, and Plutarch. Sections will include discussions of English works in comparison with their classical models and of famous translations. Two lectures and one recitation section per week; two 5-8 page papers and a final exam. (Scodel)

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

Greek Mythology is designed to acquaint the student with the major myths and epic cycles of ancient Greece from the creation myths and their Near Eastern prototypes through the Trojan war and the wanderings of Ulysses. The development of the various myths will be illustrated through Greek literature and art. The use and treatment of Greek myths in English literature, modern psychoanalytical theory, and comparative anthropology will also be discussed. Required texts will be Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and Hesiod's Theogony, plus a course pack including several Greek tragedies and readings which illustrate the variety of theoretical approaches to mythology. The readings will be analysed in discussion sections which meet once per week. Student mastery of the material will be tested in two midterms and a final examination. All exams will be objective and/or short answer. (Herbert)

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