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Classics Department Courses Fall 2016

CLASSICS

CLSC 203 – Gods and Heroes in Greek Literature
TR 11:30-12:45, Timothy Wutrich

(Cross-listed as WLIT 203) This course constitutes the first half of a two-sequence course on Classical literature (although it may be taken after the second in the sequence, CLSC 204). As such, it examines the major myths and heroes in Greek literature and seeks to place them within their immediate historical, literary and cultural context. It traces the evolution of heroes to citizens and analyzes oral and live performances while interpreting myth from a literary and socio-political standpoint. Constant themes are war and community, wandering, tyranny vs. democracy, and the literary manifestations of men’s and women’s roles within the household and the city. Parallels with modern life and politics will be drawn. Lectures and discussion. No knowledge of the original languages required. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

CLSC 220 – Art and Literature in the Classical Tradition I: Renaissance & Baroque
TR 1:00-2:15, Florin Berindeanu

(Cross-listed as WLIT 220) Through lectures, varied assignments, and visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art this course will introduce students to the major issues in the study of early modern art and literature. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

CLSC 231 – Athens to Alexandria: The World of Ancient Greece
TR 1:00-2:15, Paul Iversen

(Cross-listed as HSTY 231) This course constitutes the first half of the Department’s Classical civilization sequence (although it may be taken after having taken the second in the sequence, CLSC 232). It examines the enduring significance of the Greeks studied through their history, literature, art, and philosophy. Lectures and discussion. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement. Required of all Classics majors.

CLSC 304 – Ancient Rome: Republic & Empire
TR 2:30-3:45, Ricardo Apostol

(Cross-listed as HSTY 304) This course constitutes the second half of a GER Humanities Sequence on Classical History (although it may be taken without having taken, or before having taken, the first in the sequence, CLSC 302). It covers the growth and development of the Roman state from the unification of Italy in the early 3rd century B.C. to the establishment of the oriental despotism under Diocletian and Constantine. The growth of empire in the Punic Wars, the uncertain steps toward an eastern hegemony, the crisis in the Republic from the Gracchi to Caesar, the new regime of Augustus, the transformation of the leadership class in the early Empire, and the increasing dominance of the military over the civil structure. Lectures and discussion. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

CLSC 312 – Women in the Ancient World
TR 10:00-11:15, Rachel Sternberg

(Cross-listed as WMST 312) The course offers a chronological survey of women’s lives in Greece, Hellenistic Egypt, and Rome. It focuses on primary sources as well as scholarly interpretations of the ancient record with a view to defining the construction of gender and sexuality according to the Greco-Roman model. Additionally, the course aims to demonstrate how various methodological approaches have yielded significant insights into our own perception of sex and gender. Specific topics include matriarchy and patriarchy; the antagonism between male and female in myth; the legal, social, economic, and political status of women; the ancient family; women’s role in religion and cult; ancient theories of medicine regarding women; paederasty and homosexuality. Lectures and discussion. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

CLSC 323/423 – Angels and Daimons: The Origins of Inspiration
TR 10:00-11:15, Florin Berindeanu

(Cross-listed as WLIT 323/423)

The age old myth of the pact with the devil is central to some of the masterpieces of Western literature. Goethe’s poem is focused on the battle between good and evil, angelic and demonic as archetypes of humanity. The confrontation between the two forces illustrates the perennial dichotomy of creation vs. destruction (apocalypse). They represent the origin of life and its continuation even when the angelic has been defeated.

The course will contain philosophical and literary readings that treat the opposition, and sometimes simultaneity, of angelic and daimonic. Plato and the Neo-Platonic tradition will be explored in the course as well as various readings from Middle Ages up to 18th century that address the issue of inspiration through contamination with the mysterious forces of the invisible world. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

CLSC 337/437 – Ancient Medicine
MW 12:45-2:00, Staff

(Cross-listed as HSTY 337/437)

This course offers a general survey of the history of medicine from its pre-historical origins to Galen and Dioscorides (1-2nd c. CE), whose medical writings dominated Western theory and practice until the advent of modern medicine. The various medical systems considered, including the ancient Babylonia, Egyptian, Jewish, Chinese, Āyurvedic, Greek and Roman traditions, will be examined through the study of primary and secondary sources, while key conceptual developments and practices will be identified within their cultural and social context. Special topics will also be explored, such as anatomy & surgery, pharmacology, epidemics, women’s medicine, magic/religion, and transmission of theory and practice. Lectures and discussion. Fulfills Global and Cultural Diversity Requirement.

GREEK

GREK 201/401 – Greek Prose Authors
MWF 11:40-12:30, Rachel Sternberg

(Cross-listed as WLIT 201/401) Readings from Xenophon’s Cyropaedia. Prereq: GREK 102 or equivalent.

GREK 308/408  – Comedy
TR 8:30-9:45, Paul Iversen

(Cross-listed as WLIT 318/418) Reading and interpretation of selected plays of Aristophanes or Menander. Prereq: GREK 200-level course or equivalent.

LATIN

LATN 101 – Elementary Latin I
MWF 2:15-3:05, Timothy Wutrich

An introduction to the elements of Latin; pronunciation, forms, syntax, vocabulary, and reading (both LATN 101 and 102 must be completed to obtain credit).

LATN 201/401 – Latin Prose Authors
TR 11:30-12:45, Ricardo Apostol

(Cross-listed as WLIT 241/441) Reading and discussion of such prose authors as Cicero, Caesar, Livy or Pliny. Prerequisite:  LATN 102 or equivalent.

LATN 308/408 – Horace: Odes & Epodes
TR 10:00-11:15, Peter Knox

(Cross-listed as WLIT 348/448) Readings and discussion of extensive selections from the poetry of Horace; consideration of Horace as exemplifying the spirit of the Augustan Age. Prereq: LATN 200-level course or equivalent.

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