Current Courses

The Classics Department offers courses in Greek, Latin, and classical civilization. See everything that Classics has to offer in the Course Catalog.

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Classics Courses 

Winter 2021

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Pompeii

CLAS 338 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

The site of ancient Pompeii presents a thriving Roman town of the first century AD, virtually frozen in time by the devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. In this course, we examine Pompeii's archaeological remains-public buildings, domestic architecture, painting, artifacts, inscriptions, and graffiti-in order to reconstruct the life of the town. We also consider religion, games and entertainment, politics, and the structure of Roman society.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Honors Thesis.

Fall 2020

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FS: First-Year Seminar

CLAS 180 - Loar, Matthew P.

Topic and FDR varies by term.

Fall 2020, CLAS 180-01: FS: Troy and the Tragedy of War (3).  First-Year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing only.  This course will examine how poets, playwrights, and psychiatrists from ancient Greece to modern Nigeria, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States have used the Trojan War and the literature written about it to explore the tragedy of war. Readings will toggle between ancient Greek poetry and drama and contemporary nonfiction and drama, always with an eye to how the ancient source texts are being reinterpreted and repurposed for different audiences at different times in different places. Among other things, we will study how Homer's Iliad  has helped Vietnam War veterans process PTSD; how staging Greek plays on military bases has facilitated difficult conversations about the struggles of war; and how performing adaptations of Greek tragedies has enabled playwrights to communicate universal truths about the traumas inflicted by war. (HU) Loar.

Greek Art & Archaeology

CLAS 200 - Laughy, Michael H.

An introduction to ancient Greek art and archaeology. We encounter some of the greatest works of art in human history, as we survey the development of painting, sculpture, architecture, and town planning of the ancient Greeks. We encounter the history of the people behind the objects that they left behind, from the material remains of the Bronze Age palaces and Classical Athenian Acropolis to the world created in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquests. We also consider how we experience the ancient Greek world today through archaeological practice, cultural heritage, and the antiquities trade.

Ancient Drama and Its Influence

CLAS 215 - Crotty, Kevin M.

In this course we study ancient tragedy and comedy, both Greek and Roman, and look, too, at the cultural forces shaping ancient drama and some of the influence on later drama and thought. In addition to later plays that hail from ancient drama, we consider some philosophical interpretations of the significance of drama, and, in particular, tragedy.

Directed Individual Study

CLAS 403 - Crotty, Kevin M.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Honors Thesis.

Spring 2020

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The Athenian Acropolis

CLAS 214 - Laughy, Michael H.

In this course. we study the art and architecture of the Acropolis, from the Neolithic period to today. with a particular focus on the Archaic and Classical periods. Our study is based upon a detailed and chronology survey of the buildings. dedications, and religious practices conducted on the Acropolis. We conclude the course with a discussion of the Acropolis in the post-Classical period, and the meaning of the Acropolis for Greeks today.

The Roman Emperor

CLAS 343 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

An exploration of the figure of the Roman Emperor in art, architecture, monuments, and the urban fabric of the ancient world. Analysis and assessment use innovative digital scholarly resources that are currently available to students and scholars of the classical world. Each week, a different discipline within Classics (e.g., history and historiography, epigraphy, numismatics) is presented, followed by hands-on assignments working with the scholarly tools that can be used to query or conduct research in that field. Group projects focus on a particular time period and evaluate how the figure of the Roman emperor, his public relations, Roman society, and the expression of political power shifted over the centuries of empire.

Latin Courses

Winter 2021

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Elementary Latin

LATN 102 - Crotty, Kevin M.

A continuation of the materials and methods in LATN 101 with emphasis on syntax.

Introduction to Latin Poetry

LATN 202 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Introduction to the language, meter, and style of Latin verse with readings from Horace, Ovid, Virgil, and Propertius.

Introduction to Latin Poetry

LATN 202 - Dance, Caleb M.

Introduction to the language, meter, and style of Latin verse with readings from Horace, Ovid, Virgil, and Propertius.

Roman Elegy

LATN 328 - Dance, Caleb M.

This course explores the diverse genre of Roman elegy through a close reading of extensive portions of the poetry of Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid, and other writers. Themes to be discussed include different ideas about love, women in elegiac poetry, and the relationship between the poet/lover and his wider social and political environment. The course also addresses the place of elegy in Greek and Roman poetic traditions.

Directed Individual Study

LATN 401 - Dance, Caleb M.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Study

LATN 403 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2020

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Elementary Latin

LATN 101 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

An introduction to Latin language and Roman culture. Students will learn about the structure of language, and will focus on the acquisition of Latin vocabulary and grammar. 

Intermediate Latin

LATN 201 - Dance, Caleb M.

Reading selections from some or all of the following: Cato, Nepos, Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, and Varro. Emphasis on style and syntax, along with the political and social background of the later Republican period.

Early Roman Comedy and Literature

LATN 331 - Crotty, Kevin M.

This course explores the literature of early Rome, most importantly Roman comedy.

Topics in Advanced Latin Literature

LATN 395A - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Selected subject areas in Latin literature. The topic selected varies from year to year. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Research

LATN 421 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2020

We do not offer any courses this term.


Greek Courses

Winter 2021

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 102 - Dance, Caleb M.

A continuation of GR 101. Further work on grammar and vocabulary of Classical and Koine (Biblical) Greek. Language lessons are complemented with an introduction of ancient Greek history, with a focus upon the Persia, Athens, and Sparta.

Homer

GR 202 - Crotty, Kevin M.

An introduction to the language of Homer and to the Greek oral and written tradition; a reading of the Iliad or the Odyssey in Greek and in translation.

Fall 2020

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 101 - Dance, Caleb M.

An introduction to the ancient Greeks through a study of their language and material culture. This course focuses upon the essentials of grammar and vocabulary of Classical and Koine (Biblical) Greek. Language lessons are complemented with an introduction to Classical archaeology, with a focus on ancient Athens. This course is a prerequisite to GR 102, which focuses upon the language and ancient history of the Greeks. Note: GR 202, taking in the second year of language study, satisfies the FL FDR.

Intermediate Ancient Greek

GR 201 - Laughy, Michael H.

Readings in Greek prose.

Spring 2020

We do not offer any courses this term.