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Classics Department Courses: Fall 2011

CLSC 111 Greek Civilization (3 hrs) Rachel Sternberg M.W.F. 11:30-12:20

This course constitutes the first half of a year-long sequence on classical civilization. It examines the enduring significance of the Greeks studied through their history, literature, art, and philosophy. Lectures and discussion. For the second course in the sequence, see CLSC 112.
(Cross-listed as HSTY 111. Limit 30.)

CLSC 201 The Ancient World (3 hrs) Andrea De Giorgi M.W. 12:30-1:45

Ancient Western history from the origins of civilization in Mesopotamia to the dissolution of the Roman Empire in the West.
(Cross-listed as HSTY 200. Limit 20.)

CLSC 220 Art and Literature in the Classical Tradition I: Renaissance and Baroque (14th to 17th Centuries) (3 hrs) Florin Berindeanu and Charles Burroughs T.R. 2:45-4:00

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 literatures.
(Cross-listed as WLIT 220. Limit 20.)

CLSC 301 Ancient Philosophy (3 hrs) Chin-Tai Kim T.R. 2:45-4:00

Western philosophy from the early Greeks to the Skeptics. Emphasis on the pre-Socratics, Plato and Aristotle. Recommended preparation: PHIL 101 and consent of department.
(Cross-listed as PHIL 301. Limit 20. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 or consent of instructor.)

CLSC 311 Rome: City and Image (3 hrs) Charles Burroughs T.R. 11:30-12:15

This course studies the architectural and urban history of Rome from the republican era of the ancient city up to the eighteenth century using the city itself as the major “text.”
(Prerequisite: At least one 200-level course in one of the following: ANTH, ARTH, CLSC, ENGL, HSTY, or RLGN. Cross-listed as ARTH 311/411. Limit 20.)

CLSC 314 Poetics of Eros: Love Poetry from Sappho to Shakespeare (3 hrs) Ricardo Apostol M.W.F. 4:00-4:50

Introduction to the love poetry of ancient Greece and Rome and its impact on the later European tradition in such poets as Petrarch, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. Readings will focus especially on questions of generic convention, audience expectation, and the social setting of love poetry in the different ages under consideration. No knowledge of the original languages required.
(Cross-listed as WLIT 314. Limit 30.)

CLSC 316/416 Greek Tragedy (3 hrs) Timothy Wutrich T.R. 4:30-5:45

This course provides students the opportunity to read a significant number of ancient Greek tragedies in modern English translations. As we read the plays, we shall pay close attention to the historical context and look for what each play can tell us about myth, religion, and society in ancient Athens.
(Cross-listed as WLIT 316/416. Limit 20.)

CLSC 317 Inspiration: The Topic of Creativity in Art and Literature–Ancient to Medieval (3 hrs) Florin Berindeanu T.R. 10:00-11:15

Ancient and Medieval authors whose writings place the subject of inspiration at the center of their own aesthetic invention. Focus on the theme of a “divine” or “transcendent” source of inspiration in art and literature. The course will start with the mystical teaching and theories of Pythagoras that influenced Plato and the Neo-Platonists, followed by the general tradition of Christian literature.
(Cross-listed as WLIT 319. Limit 20.)

CLSC 395 Directed Readings (1-3 hrs) Staff Times as arranged

Readings in English on a topic of interest to the student and acceptable to the instructor. Designed and completed under the supervision of the instructor with whom the student wishes to work.
(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.)

GREK 101 Elementary Greek I (3 hrs) Rachel Sternberg M.W.F. 9:30-10:20 (Limit 20.)

The first semester of Greek provides an introduction to Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on reading continuous texts. The reading material also invites students to explore the culture and society of Greece in the Classical period.

GREK 201 Greek Prose Authors (3 hrs) Paul Iversen M.W. 9:00-10:15

The third semester of Greek introduces a wide selection of prose texts in the genres of historiography, philosophy, and oratory, while improving students’ mastery of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Textual interpretation leads to discussion of significant themes in Greek culture.
(Prerequisite: GREK 102 or equivalent. Limit 10)

GREK 308 Comedy (3 hrs) Paul Iversen M.W. 12:30-1:45

Origin, ambiance, and development of Greek Old Comedy and persisting characteristics of the genre. Translation of selected plays from Greek into English.
(Prerequisite: GREK 202 or equivalent. Limit 10.)

GREK 395 Directed Readings (1-3 hrs) Staff Times as arranged

Readings in Greek of authors selected to serve the individual interests and needs of undergraduate students. Each program planned and completed under the supervision of the instructor with whom the student wishes to work.
(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.)

LATN 101 Elementary Latin I (3 hrs) Andrea De Giorgi M.W.F. 3:00-3:50

An introduction to the elements of Latin; pronunciation, forms, syntax, vocabulary, and reading.
(Limit 20.)

LATN 201 Latin Prose Authors (3 hrs) Timothy Wutrich T.R. 10:00-11:15

Reading and discussion of such prose authors as Cicero, Caesar, Livy or Pliny.
(Prerequisite: LATN 102 or equivalent. Limit 10.)

LATN 307 Livy (3 hrs) Ricardo Apostol M.W.F. 3:00-3:50

Readings in Ab urbe condita Books I and XXI, with other selections from this major Augustan historian.
(Prerequisite: LATN 202 or equivalent. Limit 10.)

LATN 395 Directed Readings (1-3 hrs) Staff Times as arranged

Directed readings in Latin of authors selected to serve the individual interests and needs of undergraduate students. Each program planned and completed under the supervision of the instructor with whom the student wishes to work.
(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.)