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Classical Studies Fall 2024 Course Lineup

CLCV 205 – Greek and Roman Mythology

Instructor: Najee Olya

Course Description: The origins and development of classical mythology and heroic legend as religious belief, its relation to other mythologies, and its adaptation as literary and artistic symbol from Homer through the 21st century A.D.


CLCV 207 – Greek Civilization

Instructor: TBA

Course Description: A survey of ancient Greek culture from the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great, examining the evolution of Greek society, art, literature and material culture in the historical context of political and economic developments.


CLCV 217 – Greek Archaeology and Art

Instructor: Jess Paga

Course Description:  An archaeological consideration of the Minoan, Mycenaean, Archaic and Classical periods of Greek civilization. Architecture, sculpture, painting, and the minor arts are included.


CLCV 227 – History of Ancient Greece

Instructor: John Donahue

Course Description: The history of Greece from the Bronze Age (3d millennium BCE) to the rise of Macedonia (fourth century BCE), focusing primarily on the two most influential and well known periods in Greek history, the Archaic Period (ca. 700-480 BC) and the Classical Period (480-323 BCE). Cross-listed with HIST 260.


CLCV 303 – Poets and Prophets

Instructor: Andrew Tobolowsky

Course Description: Ancient Israel and Ancient Greece are two of the most influential ancient “places” for our understanding of the modern world. However, and even though they flourished at roughly the same time and not so very far away from each other, they are rarely studied together. This course examines what the study of both can help us see about each that might otherwise be harder to see. Our discussions will proceed more or less chronologically from the thirteenth century B.C.E. to the conquests of Alexander in the fourth century, dealing throughout with crucial issues in the study of history, memory, ethnic identity, and especially myth.


CLCV 314 – Urbanism in the Ancient World

Instructor: Jess Paga

Course Description: This course examines the development of cities in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from the first Neolithic towns to sprawling Roman municipalities, c.3000 BCE to 400CE. Ancient literary sources offer “first hand” accounts of those who lived in the communities. Archaeological evidence illustrates the way that people organized, used, and experienced space.


CLCV 316 – Greek and Roman Hero

Instructor: Mitch Brown

Course Description: From the rage of Achilles to the cunning of Odysseus to the dutifulness of Aeneas, this course follows the evolution of the paradigm of heroism as reflected in the epic poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. All readings in English.


CLCV 333 – Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity

Instructor: Jessica Stephens

Course Description: An exploration of sexuality and gender in ancient societies, chiefly Greek and Roman, but others may be considered as well. Using literary and archaeological evidence we will examine how gender identities were constructed, how sexuality was practiced and expressed, and how gender and sexuality played a role in social and political hierarchies. We will also examine how modern attitudes on these topics have influenced and sometimes distorted our understanding of ancient ones.


CLCV 432 – Archaeology of Ancient Family

Instructor: Molly Swetnam-Burland

Course Description: This course investigates the evidence provided by the archaeological record for daily life in Greek and/or Roman society. Topics include domestic architecture and decoration, identity and gender, education and childhood, death and funerary ritual, and slavery and social class. The course emphasizes secondary literature offering methodological paradigms for understanding material culture.


GREK 101 – Elementary Ancient Greek

Instructor: Mitch Brown

Course Description: The elements of the Greek language with translation of stories and poems from selected readers. Parallel study of aspects of Greek civilization and of the legacy left by Greek culture and thought to the modern world.


GREK 201 – Intermediate Ancient Greek

Instructor: William Hutton

Course Description: A course designed to introduce the student to the basic syntactical and stylistic elements of ancient Greek prose and poetry through a close reading of selected works of Plato, Lysias, Xenophon, Homer, Euripides and others.


GREK 325 – Greek Historians

Instructor: William Hutton

Course Description: Readings in the original Greek from Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and/or other ancient historiographers.


LATN 101 – Elementary Latin

Instructors: John Donahue and Jessica Stephens (2 sections)

Course Description: This course is designed to equip the student with a mastery of the structure of the Latin language and with knowledge of basic vocabulary. There are translations from appropriate Latin texts and parallel study of pertinent aspects of Roman life and history.


LATN 201 – Intermediate Latin

Instructors: Jessica Stephens and Georgia Irby (2 sections)

Course Description: After a review of grammar students will begin reading substantial excerpts from original Latin texts, with a focus on solidifying their grasp of fundamentals and developing reading skills.


LATN 329 - Medieval Latin

Instructor: Georgia Irby

Course Description: Readings in the original Latin chosen from the works of medieval authors in prose and poetry.