Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Classical Civilization (Division 344)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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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.

The Department of Classical Studies believes that the literature, monuments, and social institutions of the ancient world, together with the reflections of the Greek and Roman thinkers about their own cultures, are of unique value in themselves, well worth our contemplation and understanding; and that as we attempt to learn about and appreciate classical civilization, we necessarily learn as well a variety of contemporary methodologies and disciplines.

The department offers three groups of courses for distribution, those in Classical Civilization (introductory courses that require no knowledge of Greek or Latin), courses in Classical Archaeology, and upper-level language courses in Greek and Latin authors or genres. While only a few courses are repeated in yearly or biennial rotation, most courses are offered less regularly. This system guarantees that the instructor approaches the subject each time with fresh impetus. We believe in a healthy change and variation in our course offerings.

Classical Civilization offerings include the general surveys of Greek and Roman civilizations (CC 101 and 102), which provide (through readings, lectures, and discussions) a broad understanding of the literatures, thought, and social development of ancient Greece and Rome, and thus provide the student with knowledge of and appreciation for our cultural origins, as well as an acquaintance with modern methods for understanding an ancient culture. These courses are taught each year. CC 101 is offered in the Fall and CC 102 is offered in the Winter. Other courses provide understanding of particular aspects of the ancient world, approached from a variety of disciplines and studies literary, philosophical, historical, sociological, and so on. Some students (particularly those who have already developed special interests in such disciplines) may wish to explore one of these topics without having had a broader introduction.

Classical Archaeology offerings include the broad surveys of the archaeology and monuments of Greece (Cl.Arch 221 offered in the Fall) and Rome (Cl.Arch 222 offered in the Winter) and a general introduction to archaeological field methods (Cl.Arch 323). Other courses use the material remains of specific cultures both to introduce students to the diversity of the ancient world and to demonstrate how, through a variety of multi-disciplinary approaches, the archaeological record can be used to reconstruct the life-ways of past societies.


Class. Civ. 102. Classical Civilization II: The Ancient Roman World (in English).

Instructor(s): David Ross (doross@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves as a general introduction to the history, literature, life, institutions, and contributions of ancient Rome that is, to Roman civilization. In order to achieve some focus, we will consider in detail four periods of change or crisis: the founding of the Republic (509 B.C.); the Catilinarian conspiracy (63 B.C.); the Augustan "peace"; and the established principate of Nero. We will thus be able to follow the development and failure of institutions of government and society, and to trace the changing attitudes and values of the major writers of each period as they tried to give shape and meaning to their world and times and searched for order and consolation in times of civil war and the collapse of the social structure. We will read historians (Livy, Sallust, Tacitus), poets (Catullus, Vergil, Horace), and other writers (Cicero, Petronius). Lectures will follow certain common ideas and themes, with occasional presentations of special topics (e.g., Roman law; slavery; the ancient book; gladiators). Attention will be given to daily life through slide lectures. There will be two short papers (50% of the final grade), and a midterm (15%) and final (35%) exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Class. Civ. 371. Sport in the Ancient Greek World.

Instructor(s): John Cherry

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Athletics and sports were as popular and significant in the ancient Greek world as they are today, and so offer a good introduction to many aspects of Greek culture over the centuries. Illustrated lectures, reinforced and amplified by student exploration of electronically-accessible learning resources, introduce such topics as the development of Greek athletics, sites where games were held, the nature of individual events, and social implications such as athletic professionalism, women and athletics, the role of sport in Greek education, etc. Wider cultural aspects to be explored include the religious, political, and economic contexts of athletics; how their ideology found expression in literature and the visual arts; issues of class, gender, nationalism, and ethnicity; and, of course, whether the modern Olympic Games are anything like the ancient ones. Students will encounter the primary data drawn from archaeology, art, and literature, and read modern studies of this ancient evidence. Grades will be based on midterm and final examinations, plus one electronic assignment and one short piece of written work.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3

Class. Civ. 460/WS 460. Theorizing Women in Antiquity.

Section 001 Constructions of Women from Classical Greece through the Roman Empire

Instructor(s): Sara Rappe

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

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we will study literary, philosophical, religious, and medical texts that purport to define women or the feminine. Our approach will be simultaneously theoretical and historical: starting from the literature of the Classical Age, moving on to the Hellenistic period, and ending in Late Antiquity, we will read modern critical theory in the light of their ancient sources, and ancient sources in the light of modern scholarship. Theorists will include, among others, Foucault, Irigaray, Kristeva, and Carolyn Walker Bynum. Topics will include: ancient philosophers on feminism/modern feminists on ancient philosophers; rationality as a gendered virtue; social construction of sexuality in the ancient world; the image of the feminine in ancient mystery religions; women and the advent of Christianity; mythologies of the feminine. Small discussion groups, class presentations, and two short papers will form the basis for evaluation. Students electing to meet the Junior/Senior writing requirement will do additional writing assignments.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3

Class. Civ. 462. Greek Mythology.

Instructor(s): Deborah Lyons (dely@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/cc/462/MythGI.html

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 Odysseus. The development of various myths will be illustrated through Greek literature and art. At the focus of the course is the location of myth in Greek culture (religion, politics, art) as well as the reception of Greek myth in later traditions. We will consider a variety of theoretical approaches to myth from antiquity to recent structuralist and anthropological models. Required texts will include Morford and Lenardon, Classical Mythology, and selections from Homer, Hesiod, and Greek tragedy. An additional course pack will provide readings for discussion sections which will meet once a week to consider a variety of theoretical approaches to mythology, and other critical questions. Course requirements include two hour tests and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Class. Civ. 472. Roman Law.

Instructor(s): Bruce Frier

Prerequisites & Distribution: Not open to first-year students. (3). (HU).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course acquaints students with the fundamental concepts of Roman private law, with their origin in the society and government of the High Roman Empire, and with their all-important influence in the development of Western European legal theory and institutions. The course aims primarily to meet the interests of undergraduates with a bent toward law as a profession, but it is open to all students (except freshmen). We will use a direct application of the American case-law method to the teaching of Roman law. Our basic text will be a series of actual problems from the Roman jurists, which we will discuss in class; only as the occasion demands will the instructor "fill in the gaps" with short lectures on other relevant legal material. Thus students should develop a feel for legal analysis and for the contribution made through such analysis by the Roman jurists; at the same time, students will learn Roman law in a form that will be directly relevant to future legal studies. Besides the handouts, one general introduction to Roman law (ca. 250 pages) will be required reading. There will be one hour test on material covered in class, in addition to the final examination; one paper (10 pages) will allow the student to analyze in detail a particular legal problem.

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Class. Civ. 480. Studying Antiquity.

Section 001 Law and Society in Classical Athens

Instructor(s): Sara Forsdyke

Prerequisites & Distribution: Class. Civ. 101 or 102, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Despite the often cited ideal of the rule of law, law is always embedded in a social and political matrix. In this course, we will study the relation between law and society in Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries. Our principal goals are to understand the role of the law and judicial procedure in Classical Athens (does it differ from the role of law modern societies and how?) and to find out what the legal process can tell us about a variety of aspects of ancient Athenian society. Topics to be covered include normative values, the economic and social position of women, levels of violence in society, relations between elites and masses and individual and community. We will utilize a wide array of sources for Athenian law including inscriptions, archeological evidence for ancient courts, and literary sources ranging from drama to judicial oratory. We will also read a selection of modern scholarship on these issues. This course is designed as a seminar for juniors and seniors who are Classical Civilization concentrators. Participants will be required to make several short presentations, participate in discussions and write two papers.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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