Classics Courses in English
(No Greek or Latin Required)
CLSX 105C. Digging for Identity. 3 cr.
In this introduction to archaeology for first year students, we will consider the following questions. What can material culture reveal about past people? How and why did they use it? How did it shape who they were? And how do we use (sometimes abuse?) it to define who we are today? Along the way, we will learn about the discipline's aims, history, methods, problems, and significance. The course will address, in turn, the nature of archaeological evidence, how we interpret it, and what we should do with it. While we often will focus on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and Near East, discussion will touch on others throughout the world. As will be clear immediately and throughout, at the heart of this course is the identity of human beings, past and present.
CLSX 111. Art History: Ancient-Medieval. 3 cr.
A chronologically oriented, detailed presentation of the history of Western art. This survey deals with Near Easton, Greek, Roman, Early Christian and Medieval art.
CLSX 112 - Art History: Ren to Mod World. 3 cr,
A continuation of 111. Surveys Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art in Western Europe.
CLSX 122. Etymology of Scientific Terms. 3 cr.
Introduction to Greek and Latin elements of scientific terminology.
CLSX 210. Caput Mundi: Rome Center Divine World. 3 cr.
An overview of the cultural history of Rome from c. 400 BC to AD 590. This course uses the city of Rome, with its abundance of archaeological sites and museums, to provide a comprehensive overview of the Roman world, its history, culture and society. By integrating the monuments and art of each period, it becomes possible to recreate a fuller vision of the ancient city of Rome as the physical embodiment of Rome’s concepts of cultural and social identity, as well as the impact of classical conceptions on modern conceptions and ideas.
CLSX 214. Introduction to Archaeology. 3 cr.
An overview of the discipline of archaeology. We will consider the discipline's aims, history, theories, and methods, and will devote special attention to its modern practice, problems, ethical concerns, and significance. The course will address, in turn, the nature of archaeolgical evidence, how we interpret it, and what we should do with it. While we often will focus on archaeological sites in the Mediterranian and Near East, discussion will touch on others throughout the world. As will be clear immediately and throughout, at the heart of this course is the identity of human beings, past and present.
CLSX 223. Classical Mythology. 3 cr.
A study of the major myths of Greece and Rome with special attention to contemporary interpretations of myth and the influence of myth on art and literature. (Theme Area: Creative Arts)
CLSX 223C - Classical Mythology. 3 cr.
A study of the major myths of Greece and Rome with special attention to comtemporary interpretations of myth and the influence of myth on art and literature.
CLSX 230. Ancient Theatre. 3 cr.
An examination of the origins and development of ancient tragedy and comedy.
CLSX 231. Ancient Epic. 3 cr.
A study of ancient epic literature with particular attention to the techniques of oral and literary composition.
CLSX 233. Ancient Satire. 3 cr.
Investigation of the satirical element with reference to the writings of Lucilius, Horace, Persius, Martial, and Juvenal.
CLSX 234. Women, Sickness and Sanctity in the Middle Ages. 3 cr.
This course examines the complicated relationship between sanctity, sin, and illnes in attitudes toward women in the later middle ages. Students will consider how medieval writers conceptualized the mystical experiences, martyrdoms, and illnesses of women. In particular, students will grapple with the ways sex and gender shape texts by comparing how men and women wrote about the female soul and body. A range of literary genres will be consulted: hagiography, autobiography, and medical treatises.
CLSX 235. Love and Violence in Roman Poetry. 3 cr.
This course will introduce students to representations of love and violence in the elegiac, didactic, epistolary, and epic poetry of the Augustan poet Ovid. The complicated representations of women as both objects and agents of erotic desire and aggression have lead readers to label Ovid a misogynist as well as a proto-feminist. Through close readings and discussions of his texts, students will be encouraged to explore issues of sex and gender in the Augustan Age, according to Ovid, and as translated into his poetry. Students will also work to analyze Ovid's poetry on its own terms, giving attention to the relationship between genre and content.
CLSX 236. Greek, Roman and Medieval Mothers. 3 cr.
An exploration of the representation of mothers, motherhood, and the maternal body in medical, mythological, and religious literature from ancient Greece to the High Middle Ages.
CLSX 242. Ancient Law. 3 cr.
A survey including the contributions of the Greeks and of the Romans to the development of law.
CLSX 243. Jews Under Empire. 3 cr.
An exploration of Jewish history in the imperial contexts of the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods (c. 539 BCE-100 CE) and geographic regions of Palestine and the Diaspora, especially Egypt. We will examine the strategies Jews employed to explain and live under empire through critical study of the creative and diverse corpus of their ancient literature. A key focus will be religion, but politics, society, economy, and the military will also be discussed. As for specific topics, we will consider the Jews of Ptolemaic Egypt, the Maccabean Revolt, the Hasmonean dynasty, Herod the Great, the Alexandrian riots of 38 CE, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the First Jewish Revolt, among others. (Theme Area : Global Diversity, University Core Writing Intensive)
CLSX 244. History of Ancient Medicine. 3 cr.
Examination of the medical theories and practices in the period from the Egyptian temple physicians to the doctors of the Roman Empire. Special attention is given to Hippocrates and Galen.
CLSX 245. Greek History. 3 cr.
An investigation of Greek history from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period (c. 2000-30 BCE). We will address topics including politics, the military, literary and material culture, religion, philosophy, society, economics, athletics, women, and slavery, and we will devote special attention to Crete, Sparta, Athens, Persia, Macedon, and Egypt. While lectures and a textbook will provide a historical narrative and highlight key questions, students will have the oppourtunity to engage substantially with the ancient evidence, which will put them in close touch with the Greeks themselves.
CLSX 249. History-Egyptian Civilization. 3 cr.
A survey of Egyptian history and culture from the pre-dynastic period to the establishment of Roman rule in Egypt. Special attention will be given to the artistic, literary, and religious achievements of Egypt.
CLSX 250. The Rise of Constantine and Christianity. 3 cr.
This course will trace the development of Christianity from its unique origins in the Roman province of Judea and note the reasons for its growth throughout the entire empire. Students will examine why Christianity appealed to various ancient peoples, why traditional Roman religion had ceased to appeal and how Constantine advanced his political regime along with his personal belief in Christianity. With this information, students will be able to understand the Catholic Church and the reason for its location in Rome as well as to review the Christianity of the Greek Orthodox Church. (Theme Area : Faith and Reason)
CLSX 252. Roman History. 3 cr.
An investigation of the Roman state's historical development, from its foundation to its fall (C8 BCE through C5 CE). We will explore a range of issues, including the political organs of the Republic and Empire, nature and consequences of Roman imperialism, hierarchy in Roman society, role of women, Roman army, paganism, rise of Christianity, imperial art and architecture, and demise of the Roman state. Students will grapple with the full variety of existing evidence, including works of ancient historians, comedians, orators, biographers, novelists, philosophers, and martyrs. Our aim is to understand Rome from a rich interdisciplinary angle and find joy in ancient history.
CLSX 300. Seminar. 3 cr.
CLSX 303. Seminar: Women in Antiquity. 3 cr.
This course explores the reality of women’s lives in antiquity, as well as the complexity of male/female interaction, particularly in 5th century BC Greece and the early Roman empire.
CLSX 315. Archaeological History: Ancient Greek World. 3 cr.
A survey of the archaeology of Greece from prehistory to the Roman period.
CLSX 316. Archaeological History of Athens. 3 cr.
An investigation into the topography and monuments of Athens and Attica, from the prehistoric to the Roman period.
CLSX 317. Archaeological History: Ancient Roman World. 3 cr.
This course will investigate the archaeology and artifacts, art, and architecture of the Roman world, from the Iron Age (c.1000 BCE) through the reign of the emperor Constantine (in the 4th century CE). We will examine material evidence including private and public buildings, tombstones and other monuments, sculpture, painting, mosaics, pottery, tools, and inscriptions. Throughout, we will focus on the potential of material evidence to tell us about Roman life and society across time. In particular, we will explore the powerful role of art in the articulation and construction of identity and the close ties between material culture and politics.
CLSX 318. Archaeological History of Rome. 3 cr.
An investigation of the topography and monuments of Rome from prehistory through Constantine.
CLSX 319. Archaeological History: Seminar. 3 cr.
Possible topics include the Bronze Age Aegean, the development of Vase Paintings, the Etruscans, the Ara Pacis, etc.
CLSX 320 Ancient Shrines
This course investigates some of the sacred spaces of the ancient world, with particular emphasis on Greek and Roman examples. Special attention will be paid to how the Greeks and Romans viewed and encountered physical monuments, temples and shrines.
CLSX 321. Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Augustan Period. 3 cr.
An examination of the Augustan period in the light of its material culture focusing on the art and architecture produced under Augustus in Rome and Augustus' influence upon the later Roman Empire and the Fascist archaeology under Mussolini.
CLSX 322. Rome's Golden Age-Augustan Literature. 3 cr.
A reading –in English– a sampling of the works of Vergil, Horace, Propertius, and Ovid as well as Livy’s histories, focusing on Vergil’s Aeneid, — all literature which would glorify Rome and its beginnings as well as the first emperor’s own lineage.
CLSX 400. Independent Reading & Research. 3 cr.
Provides an opportunity to do independent reading and research under the supervision of a faculty member with approval of the Chairman.
CLSX 500. Independent Study 3 cr.
This course provides an opportunity to do independent reading and research under the supervision of a faculty member with approval of the Chairman.