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Courses in Classics, Spring 2021



Classics 100                      Greek Civilization. 4cr.                                                                     FELDMAN

Survey of ancient Greek literature, art, and society. The major Greek states (Mycenae, Sparta, Athens, Macedonia) and their political and cultural development from Neolithic to the Classical and Hellenistic periods, emphasizing Greek influence on Roman and later western civilization. (Gen. Ed. HS; On-Line/UWW)



Classics 102                      Roman Civilization. 4cr.                                                                   TUCK

Survey of ancient Roman literature, art, and history. The expansion of Rome and its political, social, and cultural development through the Republic to the Empire, and Rome’s later influence. (Gen. Ed. HS; MW 2:30-3:45)



Classics 103                      Intro to Classical Archaeology. 4cr.                                                 OSWALD

Introduction to Classical Archaeology will examine the material history of the Archaic and Classical Periods of Greece and the Archaic through Imperial periods of Italy and its empire.  The course is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge related to the architecture, physical space, religious ritual, material cultural, social form and political development of these regions. (Gen.Ed. HS; MWF 1:25-2:15)



Classics 224                      Greek Mythology. 4cr.                                                                          WIETZKE

Analysis of the structure and meaning of ancient Greek myths. Religious, social, artistic, and political expression of myths in both ancient and modern times. Emphasis on creation myths, myths of the gods and goddesses, and heroic myths as told by Hesiod, Homer, Ovid, Vergil, and others. (Gen.Ed. AL; MWF 11:15-12:05)



Classics 301                      Roman Archaeology. 4cr.                                                                      POEHLER

This class will examine the material culture of the city of Rome and the Roman Empire from the Iron Age through to the Late Antique period. In so doing, we will look to evidence of the urbanizing process in the city of Rome to better understand the emergence of this city within the context and environment of its neighbors. We will consider evidence of the Roman economy and its relationship to the success of political expansion that characterized the Republican and Imperial periods. Moreover, the course will examine evidence of the political decline of Rome and the emergence of new political centers in the Mediterranean in the Late Antique period. (Gen.Ed. AT; TuTh 11:30-12:45)



Classics 338                      World of the Etruscans. 4cr.                                                                   TUCK

The World of the Etruscans provides a survey of the historical and archaeological evidence of the Etruscan Culture. The course begins with the issue of Etruscan origins. We then look to the evidence of cemeteries throughout Central Italy to reconstruct the development of the Etruscan economy and social development over the critical years of the early urbanizing period. The subject of Etruscan town planning and urban development is explored largely through the evidence from the important site of Poggio Civitate. Additional classes look to the issues of the Etruscan pantheon and religious behavior as reflected in the archaeological record, and the question of the influence of the Etruscans on later peoples of Italy.

(TuTh 10:00-11:15)



Classics 494PI                  Herodotus & the Persian Wars. 4cr.                                                          FELTON        

In this course we will read all of Herodotus’ Histories (in English) with particular attention to historical inquiry, the Greeks' concept of democracy, and ethnographic and cultural differences among peoples of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. We will examine Herodotus’ account of the Persian Wars and how his major themes inform that account, focusing on the origin of the conflict between Western and Near Eastern culture. We will also pay attention to Herodotus’ writing style and methodology. Recommended (but not required) prerequisites: JYW and Classics 100 or 200 or a course on Greek history. (MWF 12:20-1:10)



Classics 497T                   Greek Tragedy on Screen and Stage. 3cr.                                                SPENCE

This course explores the cultural practice and institution of classical Greek tragedy as practiced by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and it examines modern cinema’s engagement with and adaptation of important plays from that tradition. We will study ten plays in translation to examine the structure of tragedy and its cultural, religious, and political function in fifth-century BCE Athens. The reading of each tragedy will be paired with the screening of at least one cinematic adaptation. Students will examine various theories and practices of adaptation and reception, deepen their understanding of the artistic and expressive nature of the cinematic medium, and gain competence in the formal analysis of film.

(Th 1:00-3:45, F 2:30-3:45)




Courses in Greek, Spring 2021


Greek 246                          Intensive Intermediate Classical Greek. 6cr.                     MUELLER

                                              MWF 10:10-11:00, TuTh 10:00-11:15   


Greek 310                          Classical Greek Poetry. 4cr.                                                OSWALD 

                                               TuTh 10:00-11:15 (Gen.Ed. AL)           


Greek 452                          Greek History. 3cr.                                                               FELTON        




Courses in Latin, Spring 2021


Latin 110                            Elementary Latin I. 3cr.                                                       

                                                Lec. 1, MWF 10:10-11:00                                                            KOGON-SCHNEIDER                                                                               

                                                 Lec. 2, MWF 11:15-12:05                                                           CAMMACK                                                                     

Latin 120                            Elementary Latin II. 3cr.                                                      

                                                 Lec. 1, MWF 10:10-11:00                                                           BARRETO                                                     

                                                 Lec. 2, MWF 11:15-12:05                                                           SMITH                                

                                                 Lec. 3, MWF 12:20-1:10                                                             GILMORE                                             


Latin 240                            Intermediate Latin II.  3cr.                                                   

                                                Lec. 1, MWF 10:10-11:00                                                            KEE                                         



Latin 246                            Intensive Intermediate Latin. 6cr.                                      

                                                MWF 11:15-12:05, TuTh 11:30-12:45                                           SPURR/KIALL      


Latin 320                            Latin Poetry. 3cr.                                                                  WIETZKE      

                                                MWF 1:25-2:15                                                           


Latin 455                            The Poetry of Ovid. 3cr.                                                       RAMSBY

                                                TuTh 2:30-3:45