Non-language courses in Classics are grouped into three categories: Ancient History and Society, Material Cultures/Archaeology, and Myth and Text. Ideally, these courses are, except where noted, offered on a two-year cycle. A select number of courses may be offered annually.

Non-language classics courses do not require knowledge of Greek or Latin. Although the courses are grouped according to their major focus, many courses may involve elements from all three non-language tracks (material culture; history and society; myth and text).

Archaeology and Material Culture

Courses in this category focus upon the study of material culture, including the processes by which physical evidence from the ancient world isuncovered and analyzed; the evolution of urban forms; expression of architecture and art; the theories and practices of ancient technology; and the relationships of ancient cultures with their environments and ecosystems.

Ancient History and Society

Courses in this category focus upon the study of the culture and society of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East, including religion, politics, law, sexuality, economics, education, and patterns of thought and behavior, as well as the approaches and methodologies of ancient historians.

Myth and Text

Courses in this category focus upon the study of the traditions of ancient mythology, the major Greek and Roman literary works and authors in translation, and the ways in which images and ideas from ancient myths and texts found shape in later literary traditions. Students interested in these topics may also want to consider the literature courses in Greek and Latin

Greek and Latin

The courses in Classical Languages are grouped into Latin and Greek and involve the study of the language and reading of primary authors. Although Latin and ancient Greek are no longer spoken, we encourage students to study language knowing that work with the ancient languages encourages logical thought, provides a sophisticated grasp of the possibilities of language, enhances an understanding of the culture, and gives the student opportunities to study at first hand some of the greatest works of the human spirit.

Beginning and Intermediate sequences (101, 102, 151) are offered in both languages each year. Courses beyond the intermediate level are offered according to demand. Half credit courses (235) are offered as complementary reading courses in conjunction with a Classical Humanities course.

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131

CLAS 131. Greek Civilization. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to Near Eastern and Greco-Roman civilization through study of major urban centers. Introduction to the study of ancient Greek civilization through its art, literature, history, religion, etc. Emphasis on the classical period.

132

CLAS 132. Roman Civilization. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to Roman Civilization from Romulus to Constantine. Emphasis on social and cultural history, including literature, art, architecture, religion, and historiography in their cultural context.

141

CLAS 141. Ancient Cities. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to Near Eastern and Greco-Roman civilization through study of major urban centers. Seniors by permission of the instructor.

215

CLAS 215. Classical Myth. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
Study of the traditional tales of Greece and, to a lesser extent, the Near East and Rome; consideration and application of myth theory.

217

CLAS 217. Greek History. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Greek history from the heroic Bronze age down through the Persian invasion, the flourishing of Classical Athens, and the Peloponnesian wars to the death of Socrates, focusing on political, social, and economic developments. Crosslisted as HIST 240.

218

CLAS 218. Roman History. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Roman history from Rome's foundations as a backwater village ca. 753 BCE, through its rise as a world-power to its fall in the fourth century CE, focusing on economic and political issues. Crosslisted as HIST 241.

219

CLAS 219. Ancient Egyptian Literature. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course presents an overview of written primary sources from Ancient Egypt including literary, religious and historical texts from the third millennium BCE to the Greco-Roman Periods.

220

CLAS 220. Preindustrial Environment. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to the environmental history of the Near East, Mediterranean Basin, and Europe from the Neolithic Period to the Industrial Revolution through three thematic lenses: how the natural environment shaped the patterns of human life, how ideologies towards nature shifted over time, and how human activities and ideologies reshaped the landscape. Crosslisted as ENST 216.

221

CLAS 221. Heroic Epic. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Interpretive study of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and other epics chosen by the instructor (e.g., the Argonautica and Aeneid). Study may include epic works of later traditions.

222

CLAS 222. Greek Tragedy. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Interpretive study of the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.

223

CLAS 223. Ancient Laughter. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Interpretive study of Greco-Roman dramatic comedy (works of Aristophanes, Plautus, and Terence) and the comic traditions.

224

CLAS 224. Poetry of Passion in Greece and Rome. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Interpretative study of Greek and Latin poetic genres (such as lyric, epigram, elegy, pastoral, and satire), with an emphasis on the representation of love and sexuality. May include discussion of post-classical traditions of erotic poetry.

225

CLAS 225. The Classical Tradition. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This class establishes, explores, and questions what it means to be "classically educated" and to engage in Classical Studies in the modern world. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Not open to first-year students.

226

CLAS 226. Ancient Conflict and Competition. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
The ancients had numerous settings for conflict and competition: battlefields, stadia, and artistic patronage. This course explores the origin, content, and meaning of agonistic display.

227

CLAS 227. Ancient Near Eastern Mythology. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course presents an overview of the mythology and belief systems from the Ancient Near East from the third millennium BCE to the Greco-Roman Periods.

228

CLAS 228. Ancient Near Eastern History. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to the history of the Ancient Near East; Egypt, the Levant, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia from the third millennium BCE to the Greco-Roman Periods. Emphasis is on political and social history and the evolution of belief systems.

229

CLAS 229. Ancient Biography. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the emergence and development of ancient biographical writing.

231

CLAS 231. Religion of the Ancient Mediterranean. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Study of the various religions of the ancient Mediterranean, especially Greek and Roman pagan practices as well as Near Eastern influences and early Christianity.

233

CLAS 233. The Age of Alexander the Great. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
Study of the transformation of classical Greek culture into a civilization dominating the Mediterranean world and its Eastern neighbors. Topics may include art, urban culture, politics, intellectual expressions, and religious innovation.

236

CLAS 236. The Age of Augustus. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
Study of late republican - early empire Rome, emphasizing the transition from the republic to empire, the role played by Augustus in this transition, the tension between East and West, and the crisis of morals.

237

CLAS 237. Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity in Antiquity. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Ancient Greek and Roman perceptions, both social and biological, of gender (including sexuality) and ethnicities. Includes discussion of the social position of women and other marginal members of society in antiquity. Crosslisted as WMST 237.

239

CLAS 239. Fall of Rome and Rise of Byzantium. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
History and culture of Western and eastern Roman empire in late antiquity. Topics may include urban culture, art, religion, gender roles, economics, politics, intellectual movements.

241

CLAS 241. Archaeology of Egypt. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Survey of the material culture, with emphasis on major architectural and artistic developments and their legacy to modern Western civilization. Crosslisted as ARTH 241.

242

CLAS 242. Archaeology of Greece. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
Survey of the material culture of the Greek world from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Crosslisted as ARTH 242.

243

CLAS 243. Archaeology of Rome. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Survey of the material culture of the Roman world from the Etruscans through the late Empire. Crosslisted as ARTH 243.

247

CLAS 247. Ancient Technology. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Fall Semester; Lecture hours:3
A detailed survey of the state of ancient technology by the time of the early Roman empire in its economic and social context. Topics include sources of power, mining and metallurgy, quarrying, land and sea transport, and the urban infrastructure.

250

CLAS 250. Topic in Classics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Study of a topic relating to the classical world and its tradition. Examples, slavery, women, religions, a historical period. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

251

CLAS 251. Biblical Archaeology. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of the archaeology of the Biblical world from the Agricultural Revolution through the Byzantine Period emphasizing the evolution of the Biblical texts.

253

CLAS 253. Ancient Ships and Seafairing. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course will introduce you to the ships, sailors, and navies of the ancient Mediterranean and of Greece and Rome in particular. We will analyze the evidence in ancient texts, shipwreck archeology, and artistic representations.

275

CLAS 275. Greece and Turkey: East and West. 1 Credit.

Offered Summer Session Only; Lecture hours:Varies
This course is based around a three-week summer study abroad experience in Greece and Turkey. Themes and materials will vary from year to year. Prerequisites: interview prior to admission. Crosslisted as ENGL 275 and HUMN 275.

311

CLAS 311. Independent Study in Classics. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:Varies; Repeatable
Topics in classical civilization, to be chosen by the student. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

321

CLAS 321. Honors Tutorial and Thesis. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Independent study and research leading to the writing of a thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

322

CLAS 322. Honors Tutorial and Thesis. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Independent study and research leading to the writing of a thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

332

CLAS 332. Classical Athens. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An in-depth integrative study of Athens from the 6th - 4th centuries including its literature, arts, architecture, religion, philosophy, politics. Some background required. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

333

CLAS 333. Hellenistic Cultural Landscape. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of the period from the death of Alexander (323 BCE) to the Battle of Actium (31 BCE) focused on the concept of the Hellenistic cultural landscape as cultural, historic, ecological, and symbolic system. Includes discussion of the eastern Mediterranean and central Asia as a focal point of confrontation between east and west over time. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

334

CLAS 334. Women in Antiquity. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Seminar-style examination of the lives of women in antiquity both real and imagined, as attested in a variety of ancient media. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as WMST 334.

335

CLAS 335. Roman Literature. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This seminar will consist of an in-depth reading of various literatures of Rome from both literary and historical perspectives.

336

CLAS 336. The Ancient Novel. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Study of Graeco-Roman prose fiction, such as Apuleius' "Golden Ass', and Longus' 'Daphnis and Chloe', together with current scholarly literature. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

350

CLAS 350. Seminar on a Classical Topic. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Study of a topic of importance in classics. Examples: a current problem, an important figure, a historical period. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

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