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Classics Department Courses: Fall 2012

CLSC 193 — The Ancient World (3 hrs) Staff, M.W. 12:30-1:45
(Limit 50. Cross-listed as HSTY 193.)

This course presents a concise, overall view of the Ancient Mediterranean World from the emergence of Near Eastern complex societies to the end of the fourth century of our era. Three are the main focal points: ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to 500 B.C.; Greece from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period; and Rome, Republic and Empire. In all three periods there will be specific attention paid to the nature of our evidence and the varied processes of discovery and interpretation. Imperialism, urbanization and politics will be the main areas of discussion.

CLSC 203 — Gods and Heroes in Greek Literature (3 hrs) Timothy Wutrich, T.R. 1:15-2:30
(Limit 50. Cross-listed as WLIT 203.)

Students read selected works of Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato in English translation to explore the nature and
significance of Greek myth, hero-making, and dramatic performance. The original social and historical context of these works will be examined, and we will also notice the power that mythic narratives have continued to hold over the western imagination. Mixed lecture and discussion.

CLSC 220 – Art and Literature in the Classical Tradition I: Renaissance and Baroque (14th to 17th Centuries) (3 hrs) Florin Berindeanu, T.R. 10:00-11:15
(Limit 40. 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 literatures. The emphasis will inevitably be on Italy, as the place where the physical remains of ancient Rome and Florence confronted and inspired such remarkable masters as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, Pico della Mirandiola, and Marsilio Ficino.
From Italy new ideas spread to the rest of Europe and beyond. We will not have much time to study Shakespeare in the course, but we will not be able to ignore the greatest author of the Renaissance period. Like Shakespeare, we will move between the court and the city, between scenes of often-endangered order and scenes of sometimes-productive disorder, in which classical models provided a key cultural and even psychological resource in challenging times. No prerequisites; recommended preparation: CLSC 232.

CLSC 231 – Greek Civilization (3 hrs) Rachel Sternberg, M.W.F. 11:30-12:20
(Limit 40. Cross-listed as HSTY 231.)

What was the “glory that was Greece”? How did the great flowering of Greek civilization occur? What are the connections between that civilization and our own? This course explores the history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period, with special emphasis on Athens at the time of Socrates.

CLSC 301 – Ancient Philosophy (3 hrs) Chin-Tai Kim, T.R. 2:45-4:00
(Limit 20. Cross-listed as PHIL 301. Prerequisite: PHIL 101 or consent of instructor.)

The Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, and the three major Post-Aristotelian schools of philosophy, Skepticism, Stoicism, and Epicureanism will be studied in some philosophical depth. A special effort will be made to show how some of the themes of Pre-Socratic thought such as reality and appearance, being and becoming, unity and plurality, and nature and culture contributed to the grand philosophical designs of Plato and Aristotle, as well as to explain the lasting significance of the issues these two philosophers addressed for subsequent epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and political theory. Selected translated works of the philosophers covered will be read.

CLSC 302 — Ancient Greece: Archaic to Hellenistic Periods (3 hrs) Ricardo Apostol, T.R. 2:45-4:00
(Limit 30. Cross-listed as HSTY 302.)

Athens and Sparta, Philip and Alexander, democracy and imperialism, not to mention the rise of history and philosophy – welcome to the busy world of ancient Greece! This course takes a problem-centered approach to one of the most misunderstood periods of world history, beginning with the rise of Greek civilization after the so-called “Dark Age” in the 8th century BCE, and stretching all the way to the fall of Cleopatra’s Egypt, the last Hellenistic kingdom, at the hand of the Romans in 31 BCE. Along the way we’ll examine archaeological, historical, and literary evidence in an attempt to understand Greece’s changing fate in its broader Mediterranean context, and always with an eye to our fundamental class themes of identity and power. No previous course work or foreign languages required.

CLSC 320 — Departmental Seminar: Alexander the Great (3 hrs) Paul A. Iversen, T.R. 8:30-9:45
(Limit 17. Cross-listed as HSTY 320.)

This SAGES approved Departmental Seminar offers students a firm grounding in the discipline of Classical Studies, with an emphasis on the diverse materials, methods, and approaches that can be brought to bear on the study of Greco-Roman antiquity. Students will read in English translation the ancient and medieval sources as well as contemporary scholarship on the enigmatic Alexander the Great drawn from various fields of Classics, including history, archaeology, art history, gender studies, epigraphy, numismatics, and reception. Based upon this, they will then write a research paper using commonly accepted conventions in the field of Classical Studies.

CLSC 381 — Classics Senior Capstone (3 hrs)
Staff, Times TBA

(Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.) The capstone is the final requirement of the SAGES program and is normally taken in the fall semester of senior year. It involves an independent study paper resulting from exploration of a topic chosen in consultation with the student’s capstone advisor, who will regularly review progress on the project. In the capstone students employ, integrate, and demonstrate analytical, rhetorical, and practical skills developed and honed through the SAGES curriculum as well as their major or minor studies. The Capstone Project has both a written and an oral component: oral presentation and argumentation will be stressed. The product of the capstone may take different forms: there will always be a written component, but other forms of expression are also encouraged, such as a webpage or poster for a poster session. As for the kind of project that might be done: students interested in literature might work on an annotated translation of a classical text; archaeology students might produce a virtual exhibit centered on a specific site or problem.

CLSC 382 – Senior Honors Thesis (3 hrs)
Staff, Times as arranged

An Honors course of independent study and research culminating in the preparation of a thesis on a topic approved by the supervising faculty member. Enrollment in this course must be approved by the Chair of the Department.

CLSC 395 — Directed Readings (1 to 3 credits)
Staff, Times as arranged

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.) Directed readings on specific themes or authors selected to serve the individual interests and needs of undergraduate students.

GREK 101 — Elementary Greek I (3 hrs) Rachel Sternberg, M.W.F. 10:30-11:20

(Limit 20.) Learn the language of Sophocles and Plato! The first semester of Greek provides an introduction to Ancient Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on reading continuous texts, while the reading material invites students to explore the culture and history of Greece in the Classical period.

GREK 201 — Greek Prose Authors (3 hrs)
Paul Iversen, T.R. 10:00-11:15
(Limit 10. Prerequisite: GREK 102 or equivalent.)

In this course we will read selections from the Histories of Herodotus, who has often been called “the father of history.” The primary aim of the course is to solidify the grammar learned in GREK 101 by reading continuous prose passages of real Greek. Much of the course, therefore, will involve reviewing Attic Greek and comparing it with Herodotus’ Ionic Greek. In order that the class not become monkish, we will, however, take many excursus on topics such as the claim that Herodotus was the “father of lies,” Herodotus’ working methods, his use of mythology, the Persian wars, Athenian History, Spartan History, historiography, source-criticism, and the ethnographic tradition.

GREK 308 – Comedy (3 hrs)
Paul Iversen, T.R. 1:15-2:30

(Limit 10. Prerequisite: GREK 202 or equivalent.) In this course we will read one play by Aristophanes (Ecclesiazusae) and one by Menander (Samia). The central aims of the course will be to become more proficient readers of Greek and to become familiar with the conventions of Greek Old and New Comedy. We will also spend a good deal of time talking about the politics and culture of Classical and Early Hellenistic Athens, including the Peloponnesian War, Comedy’s relationship to Tragedy, Athens’ relationship to Macedon, Athenian mercenaries, Athenian law, and Athenian social roles.

GREK 395 — Directed Readings (1 to 3 credits) Ricard A. ApostolPaul A. Iversen, or Rachel H. Sternberg, Times TBA

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.) Directed readings in authors selected to serve the individual interests and needs of undergraduate students.

LATN 101 — Elementary Latin I (3 hrs)
Staff, M.W.F. 3:00-3:50

(Limit 20.) This is the first half of a two-semester introduction to Latin, with primary emphasis on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary.

LATN 201 — LATIN PROSE AUTHORS: CICERO AND CAESAR (3 hrs)
Timothy Wutrich, T.R. 11:30-12:45

(Limit 15. Prerequisite: LATN 102 or equivalent.) This course is designed to finish the grammar not completed in LATN 102. We will read continuous prose texts from Cicero, and, time permitting, from Caesar. Our main objective is therefore to gain a routine in reading real Latin, to understand easy sentences almost without translating every word and to analyze complex sentences so as to understand fully how they fit together. LARGE SCALE VOCABULARY ACQUISITION is a major course objective. To further this, we will work through the Basic Latin Vocabulary in the course of the semester.

LATN 380 – Advanced Topics in Latin Literature: Ovid’s Fasti (3 hrs) Ricardo Apostol, T.R. 11:30-12:45

(Limit 15. Prerequisite: LATN 202 or equivalent.) Ovid’s Fasti is a text of the greatest importance for our knowledge of ancient Roman religious tradition, but it is also much more than that: it is a major poetic achievement (Ovid calls it his greatest, greater even than the Metamorphoses), a generic puzzle (why is it written in elegiacs?), and a compendium of seemingly random antiquarian knowledge related in a variety of strange and sometimes contradictory poetic voices.

In this course we will try to come to terms not only with a significant portion of Ovid’s text in the original Latin (books 2, 4, and 5 in their entirety), but we will also devote considerable class time to the reading and in-depth analysis of the major secondary literature, starting with the introductory pieces in the newest companions published by Brill and Cambridge, and moving on to fundamental articles and perhaps even a full scholarly monograph.

LATN 395 — Directed Readings (1-3 hours)
Timothy R. Wutrich, Times as arranged

(Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.) Directed readings in authors selected to serve the individual interests and needs of undergraduate students.

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