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Courses in Classics, Fall 2020


Classics 100                      Greek Civilization. 4cr.                                                         HOGUE

This course provides an understanding of the development of ancient Greek history and culture by examining the major historical events, values, customs, and institutions that shaped the Greek world from the Late Bronze Age to the Classical Period. You will develop historical thinking skills through analytical reading and writing as you interpret a variety of primary (ancient) texts, images, and artifacts within their historical context. This course will help you understand the Greek past on its own terms and how a society can change over time. An important goal is to gain insight into the Greek origins of key social, political, and cultural ideas and concepts that have contributed to the formation of Western civilization. (Gen.Ed. HS; MWF 1:25–2:15)


Classics 100H                   Honors Greek Civilization. 4cr.                                           MUELLER

This course provides an introduction to archaic and classical Greece through literary sources. We will read and discuss works by major authors (e.g., Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, and Plato) with an eye to their importance for both ancient and modern understandings of democracy. We will also investigate key historical, social, and political trends from the Persian Wars (490-479B) to the death of Socrates (399 BCE). A core component of the syllabus will be the “Reacting to the Past” game focused on The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403BCE in which each student will be assigned a character role to play, and the post-war future of Athens will be hashed out through debates in our classroom (which will have transformed into the Athenian assembly). For more information on the “Reacting” experience, see: (Gen.Ed. HS; TuTh 10:00-11:15)


Classics 190A                   Greeks, Romans, and Others. 4cr.                                     BREED

An introduction to the study of Classics through the lens of responses to and reuses of the Classical past in different historical eras, including the contemporary world. Emphasis on different forms of interaction between populations differentiated by geography, language, and status within antiquity and on how those differences have affected the understanding of Classics over time (Gen.Ed. HSDG, 4cr. TuTh 2:30-3:45)


Classics 224                      Greek Mythology. 4cr.                                                          TUCK

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 250                     Western Medical Terminology. 4cr.                                    FELTON

This course combines a history of western medicine with the study of Greek and Latin words that combine to form hundreds of scientific and medical terms. You will learn about some of the most important early developments in medical knowledge while also studying mythological and historical stories behind medical word roots. This course includes coverage of ancient medical advancements and modern terminology relating to various functions of the human body, including the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, and the nervous system. No prerequisites; no knowledge of Greek or Latin is required. (Gen. Ed HS; TuTh 10:00-11:15)


Classics 263                      Classical Echoes. 4cr.                                                          STAFF

  (AL, MWF 10:10-11:00)


Classics 300                      Greek Archaeology. 4cr.                                                      HOGUE

Archaeology of ancient Greece in Minoan-Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, and Classical Periods. Methods, progress, and ethics of archaeological research. Emphasis on the development of major cities and sanctuaries, and on their contribution to western civilization.  (Gen.Ed. AT; MW 4:00-5:15)


Classics 329                      Religion of Roman World. 4cr.                                            STAFF

 (HS, TuTh 1:00-2:15)


Classics 335                      Women in Antiquity. 4cr.                                                     STAFF

This course investigates the achievements and legacies of many Greek and Roman women in the ancient world, from the eighth century BCE to the fourth century CE. The course also examines the environment in which these women lived, and the challenges they faced and overcame. (Gen.Ed. HS; TuTh 4:00-5:15)


Classics 381                      Jr. Yr. Writing-Field of Classics. 3cr.                                  TUCK

Practice in writing and in oral communication skills. Assignments drawn different arrears of classical scholarship: language and literature, art and archaeology, or history and civilization. For classics majors, satisfies Junior Year Writing requirement. (MWF 1:25-2:15)


Classics 480                      Pompeii. 4cr.                                                                         POEHLER

This course will closely examine the ancient city of Pompeii in order to understand its development from a prehistoric village to the Roman city buried by Vesuvius in AD 79. The position of Pompeii as a preeminent source of archaeological data for Roman Archaeology – and the validity of that position – will also be studied. The course will be organized around a series of questions and problems in the archaeology of Pompeii. Using both archival information and the latest research from the field, each week will address the impact of new discoveries, new methods of research or new interpretations of previous ideas.  Recommended for students who have previously taken a course in archaeology or participated in a field school. ( TuTh 1:00-2:15)



Courses in Greek, Fall 2020


Greek 122                          Elementary Greek II                                                              STAFF

                                            TuTh 10:00-11:15


Greek 126                          Intensive Elementary Classical Greek. 6cr.                       STAFF

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


Greek 320                          Classical Greek Prose. 4cr.                                                 STAFF

                                                MWF 9:05-9:55, (Gen. Ed. AL)           


Greek 492A                        Greek LYRIC. 3cr.                                                                 MUELLER

                                                TuTh 1:00-2:15



Courses in Latin, Fall 2020


Latin 110                            Elementary Latin I. 3cr.                                                        STAFF

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

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

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




Latin 120                            Elementary Latin II. 3cr.                                                       STAFF

                                                Lec. 1, MWF 10:10–11:00



Latin 126                            Intensive Elementary Latin.  6cr.                                        STAFF

                                                MWF 11:15-12:05, TuTh 11:30-12:45


Latin 230                            Intermediate Latin I.  3cr.                                        

                                                Lec. 1, MWF 11:15-12:05                                                               STAFF             

                                               Lec. 2, MWF 12:20-1:10                                                                  STAFF        


Latin 310                            Latin Prose. 4cr.                                                                   RAMSBY

This is an intermediate Latin reading course. We will spend the first four weeks preparing for authentic Roman author texts with Latin readings that contain high-frequency vocabulary to reinforce your reading proficiency. We will then spend the remainder of the semester reading Eutropius’s summaries of Livy’s account of the Second Punic War, as well as other passages from texts deemed appropriate. Latin translation, comprehension, and rhetorical and grammatical terminology will be aspects this course. Recommended prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in Latin 246 or 240, or equivalent work prior to coming to UMass. TuTh 2:30-3:45 (Gen.Ed. AL)      


Latin 497A                         Classical Medieval Ghost Stories. 3cr.                              FELTON

This is an advanced Latin reading course. We will be reading a number of short classical and medieval ghost stories in the original language from a wide variety of authors, including Cicero, Petronius, Pliny the Younger, Apuleius, William of Newburgh, and many others. We will cover specific sections of text every week, slowly increasing the amount of Latin we read. We will pay attention not only to grammar and syntax of classical and medieval Latin, including the basic differences between the two, but also to individual authors’ style and language and to the influence of these ghost stories on later literature. We will also practice sight-reading. Recommended prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in at least one 300-level Latin prose course or the equivalent. TuTh 11:30-12:45