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 

Fall 2020

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Greek Art & Archaeology

CLAS 200 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

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.

Spring 2020

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The Athenian Acropolis

CLAS 214 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

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.

Winter 2020

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Reading Rome: A Survey of Latin Literature

CLAS 205 - Dance, Caleb M.

The course offers a survey of influential works composed in Latin between the 3rd century BCE and the 2nd century CE. Alongside poems, histories, and philosophical writings that were originally conceived of as literary projects, we also examine plays, military chronicles, speeches, and letters, all of which come down to the present as "literature" but may not have been created as such. The boundaries of "literature" is an ongoing topic of inquiry throughout the term. Students explore the literary traditions represented in the readings and consider their impact on other traditions, with the bulk of class sessions spent discussing the significance of the literary works and improving our knowledge of the contexts--historical and literary--in which they were composed.

Plato

CLAS 221 - Smith, Angela M. (Angie)

An in-depth examination of the philosophy of Plato.  We look at Plato's epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy through a careful analysis of several dialogues, including some or all of the following:  Euthyphro, Laches, Apology, Gorgias, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus , and Republic .  In addition, we consider certain challenges posed by Plato's use of the dialogue form, such as whether we are justified in assuming that Socrates is a mouthpiece for Plato's own views, and how we should interpret Plato's frequent appeal to myths and other literary devices within his dialogues.

Law, Litigation & Justice in the Ancient World

CLAS 241 - Crotty, Kevin M.

This course studies justice and law in the ancient world by looking at Greek and Roman philosophical texts about the nature of justice and law, and by considering actual legal cases from the ancient world. The course aims to show how litigation and theory mutually correct and inform one another, while also showing the inherent and continuing interest of ancient thought about law and justice. Students hear lectures, engage in in-class discussion, participate in an on-line discussion, moderated by the instructor, and write two research papers.

Directed Individual Study

CLAS 403 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

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

Senior Thesis

CLAS 473 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

The student researches and writes a senior thesis under the direction of a faculty member.

Latin Courses

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.

Spring 2020

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2020

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Elementary Latin

LATN 102 - Dance, Caleb M.

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

Practicum: Latin in the Schools

LATN 200 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

A service-learning course in which W&L students design a curriculum and teach beginning Latin in the local elementary school.

Introduction to Latin Poetry

LATN 202 - Crotty, Kevin M.

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

Roman Historiography: Livy

LATN 324 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Readings from the Augustan historian Livy's History of Rome .

Greek Courses

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., Jr.

Readings in Greek prose.

Spring 2020

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2020

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 102 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

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 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

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.

Directed Individual Study

GR 403 - Crotty, Kevin M.

May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor and if the topics are different.

Directed Individual Study

GR 403 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor and if the topics are different.