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Graduate Courses Fall 2012

Graduate Courses Fall 2012

CLASS-GA1003  Latin Survey, Tuesday 11:00-12:15, David Levene (NYU)
We will be studying a number of Latin texts from the earliest period of Latin literature to the Augustan period. Apart from simply reading and understanding the texts, we will be seeking to examine their place
in the development of Latin literature; we will also be surveying a variety of critical approaches adopted by modern scholars, through close readings of key articles and books on the different authors.

CLASS-GA 2972  Pindar, Monday  4:15-6:15, Joel Lidov (CUNY)
The first aim of this seminar will be to achieve familiarity with the rhetoric of Pindar’s choral lyric: its habits of expression, its topoi, its grammar and style. We will seek to understand the ethical, logical, and emotional appeals by which the poet persuades his audience to celebrate as a common good the athletic victory of a wealthy member of a ruling family. By analyzing the Odes as poems continuing traditions of Homeric, Aeolic, and elegiac poetry, and by confronting the problems they presented to the modern history of interpretation and criticism, our discussions may lead to some insight into how Pindar, in the accomplishment of his rhetorical task, expressed such a persuasive understanding of the human condition that his name became emblematic of poetic power and achievement. 
We will begin by taking advantage of the aid offered by M.M. Willcock’s Cambridge edition: Pindar, Victory Odes, and proceed to reading a selection of the other odes, particularly Olympian and Pythian. In addition to Willcock, participants must have the Snell-Maehler Teubner edition: Pindarus, Carmina cum fragmentis, Pars I: Epinicia (now published by K.G. Saur, ISBN 3-598-71585-4; the current edition is the eighth but earlier editions are just as acceptable). You are also encouraged to obtain at least the first volume of W. Race’s Loeb edition, and his Style and Rhetoric in Pindar’s Odes (A.P.A. Monographs, Oxford Univ. Press). Anyone who can still find a copy of William Slater’s Lexicon to Pindar (de Gruyter, 1969) will not be sorry, but it is long out of print.
There will be a final exam (memorization and translation) and a final paper.

CLASS-GA 2912  Herodotus, Monday  6:30-8:30, Jennifer Roberts (CUNY)
The work of Herodotus represents a unique mixed genre that defies categorization. Known both as the “Father of History” and the “Father of Lies,” Herodotus has left us invaluable information about the ancient Mediterranean world as well as the development of historical thought in Greece. In this course we will read good chunks of Herodotus’s text in Greek. Class time will be divided between translation and interpretation of the text, and students will give oral presentations on recent scholarly work concerning Herodotus. There will be two tests and a term paper.

CLASS-GA 2868  Seneca, Tuesday  4:15-6:15, David Konstan  (CUNY)
In this course, we will read selections of the major prose works of Seneca, including On Anger (Books 1 and 2), The Consolation to Marcia, On Clemency, On Benefits (Books 1-3), On the Blessed Life, The Natural Questions (Book 6), and the Letters to Lucilius; we will also read one of his tragedies (Thyestes).  The object of the course is to gain an appreciation of Seneca’s prose style as well as his basic ideas as a Stoic (concerning anger, grief, pity, and friendship) and his role as a major figure in the governing of the Roman Empire.  Secondary readings will be assigned in the course of the semester.

CLASS-GA 3002  Hellenistic History, Egypt from Alexander the Great to Ptolemy II, Tuesday 6:30-8:30, Sandra Gambetti (CUNY)
Through the analysis of primary sources and the comparative commentary of scholarly literature, this course will study the first one hundred years of the Ptolemaic state, from the end of the 4th c. to the end of the 3rd c. BCE. The general frame will be the formation of the new Hellenistic state from the roots of the old Pharaonic one, with focus on several more specific aspects, some of which are: establishment of the authority, religion and ruler cult, construction of an extended empire, economy and use of the land.

CLASS-GA 3004  Third Sophistic, Wednesday  4:15-6:15, Raffaella Cribiore (NYU)
This course intends to inquire into issues of identity, rhetoric, religion and relationship with the past starting from the Second Sophistic and concentrating on late antiquity and especially on the fourth century in the Roman East. The texts read will be mostly in Greek except for the Latin history of Ammianus. Among the authors read there will be Dio Chrysostom, Libanius, Themistius, the emperor Julian, and John Chrysostom. Some attention will be paid to the enduring meaning of mythology and the relationship between pagan and Christian intellectuals.

CLASS-GA 1011  Greek Prose Composition/Stylistics, Wednesday 6:30-8:30, David Sider (NYU)
Exercises in Greek composition, starting with the basics of syntax and proceeding to stylistic niceties such as are found in the historians, orators, and Plato.

CLASS-GA 3000  Renaissance Responses to Classical and Late Antique Literary Criticism, Thursday 4:15-6:15, Christina Sogno and Tanya Pollard (Fordham)
This course explores Renaissance responses to Classical and Late Antique literary criticism, with an emphasis on their consequences for both theory and practice of literary genres.  We will pay particular attention to discussions of tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, satire, and fiction, with attention both to theoretical treatises and to examples of these genres in both periods.  Readings will include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Euripides, Heliodorus, Longinus, Horace, Cicero, Plautus, Cinthio, Guarini, Scaliger, Sidney, Jonson, and Shakespeare.  All the texts for the course will be available in translation, but PhD students in Classics will read classical and neo-Latin texts in the original, and others with the requisite languages are welcome to do so as well.  Requirements will include presentations and either a research paper or an English translation of, and commentary on, a relevant Latin text not available in translation.

CLASS-GA 2814  Lucan, Thursday 6:30-8:30, Matthew McGowan (Fordham)
This course covers Lucan’s Bellum Civile or Pharsalia in its entirety. We will start by reading Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Civili in Latin and English and then tackle roughly one book per week of Lucan’s epic on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey. Our aim is to situate Lucan’s poem in its immediate historical context and in relation to the broader tradition of Greek and Latin literature. In addition to surveying an array of contemporary scholarship, we will also consult ancient and Renaissance commentaries, which will be provided to the class in the form of a course-packet. Over the course of the semester each student will be expected to deliver an oral report and to lead the subsequent group discussion. There will be two 50-minute translation exams and a final research paper.

CLASS-GA 3401 The Parthenon,  Monday 4:55-7:25, Joan Connelly (NYU)
This colloquium traces the history of the Parthenon and its reception through its transformations from the temple of Athena, to Christian church, to mosque, to ruin, to icon of Western art and culture. The landscape, topography, and topology of the Athenian Acropolis are examined with an eye toward understanding the interrelation of place, myth, cult, and ritual. The architectural phases of the Parthenon, its program of sculptural decoration, its relationship to other monuments on the Acropolis, and the foundation myths that lie behind its meaning are scrutinized. Issues of reception, projection, and appropriation are considered as well as interventions through conservation and reconstruction. Efforts to secure the repatriation of the Parthenon sculptures are reviewed within the broader context of global cultural heritage law and the opening of the New Acropolis Museum.

At The IFA
Clemente Marconi:
Lecture, Greek Art and Architecture II: The Classical Period.
This course is an introduction to the urbanism, architecture, and visual arts of the Greek world during the Early Classical (480-450), High Classical (450-400) and Late Classical (400-300) periods. While providing a solid background in the art and architecture of this period, this course explores critical questions about the very nature of Classical Art: the status of the artist and of the architect; the conditions and the context for artistic production; patronage; the relation between art and society; the nature of mimesis and the response by the public.

Seminar (Proseminar), Approaches to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture.
This seminar will systematically examine the study of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture at a critical time in its development. In recent years, this field has been characterized by an ever-increasing range of approaches, under the influence of various disciplines such as Sociology, Semiotics, Gender Theory, Anthropology, Reception Theory, and Hermeneutics. The scope of this seminar is to explore key aspects of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and to assess the current state of the discipline by reviewing and subjecting to critical scrutiny its current larger theoretical implications, methodologies, and directions of research.

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