Graduate Courses Spring 2014

CLASS-GA 1013, Greek Prose Survey, T&TH 2:00-3:15, Lowell Edmunds
 (at NYU)

Survey of Greek prose, concentrating on authors on the Ph.D. reading list, except that we begin with Longinus, the author for Greekfest (Fri. Feb. 21 at Penn). Assignments require the reading of about 35 OCT pages per week. If this number is unfeasible, please think of it as a goal. For each author or genre, there are short readings in secondary literature that illustrate current themes of research. To read as much Greek as possible is the main goal of the course.

CLASS-GA 1012, Latin Rhetoric and Stylistics, TH 6:30-8:30, Philip Thibodeau (at Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404)

This course provides students advanced reading proficiency in Latin through the study of morphology and syntax, stylistic analysis of Caesar, Cicero, and other classical authors, and exercises in prose composition.

CLASS-GA 2981, Homer's Iliad

, W 6:30-8:30, Jinyo Kim (at CUNY Graduate Center)
The primary aim of this class is to try to understand and appreciate the poetry of the Iliad in the context of Homeric scholarship.

 Topics for examination include: aspects of Homeric composition (significant repetition, foreshadowing, allusion), heroic ethos ('honor and glory', revenge for 'friends', supplication), conception of the 'tragic' ('fate'? 'tragic error'? human mortality), and the narrative and thematic structure (inconsistencies, digression, divine interention).

CLASS-GA 2916, Xenophon
, TH 4:15-6:15, Andrew Foster
(at Fordham, LC Lowenstein, Room 404

This course will be a survey of the historical, Socratic, and political works of the Athenian soldier, friend of Sparta, and follower of Socrates, Xenophon. The course will focus primarily upon selections from the Hellenica, Symposium and The Spartan Constitution in order to appreciate Xenophon's contribution to historiography, philosophy and Greek literature.

CLASS-GA 2843, Cicero's Rhetoric and Rhetorical Theory
, W 4:15-6:15, Dee Clayman (at 
CUNY Graduate Center)
Assessment: Students will be graded on the basis of one oral presentation in class (30%), one written paper (50%) and class participation (20%). 

Learning goals: Students will become familiar with Latin rhetorical theory as it is presented in the works of Cicero and will be able to use it to analyze arguments in his orations. 

In this course we will not only read selected orations of Cicero, but learn how he artfully structures them to bring home his points. We will begin reading one (to be named later) in detail, then move on to his theoretical work, including Partitiones Oratoriae and parts of the Orator. Students will then apply these tools of analysis to other orations. The class will provide the occasion to read quite a lot of the very best Latin prose and to become acquainted with ancient literary criticism.

CLASS-GA 2876, Latin Elegy
, M 6:30-8:30, Leo Landrey
 (at NYU)

CLASS-GA 2551, Latin Palaeography
F 4:00-6:00, John Clark (at 
Fordham, Rose Hill Campus)

CLASS-GA 3001, Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire
M 4:15-6:15, Michael Peachin (at 

The Augustan Period has been the subject of intense research, especially recently. This has very largely concentrated on the ways in which Roman politics and Roman culture were changed by Augustus. In this course, we will first try to gain a sense of just where we stand presently with regard to such issues. But, we will then spend the rest of the course (something like two thirds of the class time) trying to get a sense of how the various transformative impulses, which emanated from the capital, played themselves out in the various provinces of the empire. So, a chief focus of the class will be: the Augustan age in the provinces.

CLASS-GA 10002, Proseminar in Archaeology: First Burst: Sculpture and Sculptural Adornment in Archaic Greek Sanctuaries, T 4:15-6:15, Joan Connelly (at NYU)
The seventh/sixth centuries B.C. witnessed a burst in the monumentalization and adornment of Greek sanctuaries, both architecturally and sculpturally. This seminar takes a close look at the process, from the expansion and formalization of sacred space, to the construction of large peripteral stone temples, their enhancement with sculptured images, the dedication of free-standing statuary within sacred precincts, and the use of ritual implements rich with figured decoration.  Rituals of communication, devotion, pilgrimage, performance, and remembrance will be examined within the context of their interactions with sculptured images in the great sanctuaries of Archaic Greece.  From the shrines of Ionia  (Miletos, Didyma, Ephesos, etc.) to the island sanctuaries of Samos, Delos, Cyprus (and others), to the great temples at Thermon, Isthmia, Corinth, Olympia, Delphi, and Athens, we will consider influences from Egypt and the ancient Near East, the development of a votive tradition, the concept of “statue as prayer,” the representation of the divine, and the role of genealogical, cosmic, and epic myths in the image creation process. Examination of the interplay of these forces, along with the impact of state formation, tyranny, patronage, war, and expanding economies, sheds new light on the profusion of sculptured images adorning Archaic shrines.

At the Institute of Fine Arts (1 E. 78th St.)
N.B. Instructor permission required for all courses.

FINH-GA 2023-001 (Lecture), Function and Aesthetics: Greek Art from the Beginning to the 4th Century B.C., F 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Günter Kopcke
While art of course as such is important, and at times artists are, it and they are – significantly – the product of circumstance. This course, an overview, will put history first, and then proceed with art. Art will be seen as referring to if not quite born from socio-political context. To argue history archaeology and literary sources will serve. Art, conspicuous embellishment, will be seen as a sign of systemic success and affirmative symbol. First, there is Greek art on the people-level, semi-barbaric, naïve enjoyment. With changing political conditions, in the Classical phase of the 1st millennium B.C., there is a new discovery and understanding: art’s link to social peace. With this mission it attains to the aesthetic perfection for which it is known. Art historically the course will account for changes and phases in handbook style. Foremost attention, though, will be on Sitz im Leben, function, the Greek root. Present day discussions and conflicts over democracy make clear this history’s seminal importance. Thus, for global studies of today having a look is relevant.

FINH-GA 2523-001 (Colloquium), Approaches to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, T 10:00AM - 12:00PM, Clemente Marconi
This colloquium 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. Students must have permission from the instructor before registering for this course.

FINH-GA 3024-001 (Seminar), Ancient Roman Art and Archaeology of Western Asia Minor (Modern Turkey), W 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Katherine Welch
NYU’s ongoing excavations of the ancient Roman site of Aphrodisias in Turkey have revealed uniquely well-preserved works of ancient Roman art and architecture, as well as written documents. These provide a “complete” picture, on many fronts, of Greco-Roman life and art than at many other sites in Turkey (Asia Minor). However, in light of Aphrodisias, the major excavations at Ephesus, Miletos, Sagalassos, and Nysa will be also considered here. This course will enable students to chart the development of a typical Greek town under the rule of the Roman Empire from the 1st century BCE to the 6th century CE, including an extraordinarily rich corpus of sculpture, both portrait and decorative. Other major areas of our research will include the remarkable Sebasteion at the site, a religious sanctuary
dedicated to the Julio-Claudian, Roman emperors, the Theatre, the Baths, a civil Basilica, and the Stadium. Particularly important for us also will be the transformation of the urban landscape in “late antiquity,” most dramatically documented by a now-excavated major avenue lined with houses with well preserved decorations in marble, mosaic, etc., located on either side of the street. Other areas currently under archaeological investigation constitute the enormous corpus of decorated marble sarcophagi (coffins). Finally, we shall investigate the official change of the very city’s name, “City of Aphrodite,” to “City of the Cross” and how this took place. Students must have the permission of the instructor before registering for this course.

At the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (15 E. 84th St.)
N.B. Instructor permission required for all courses.

ISAW-GA 3002, Greco-Roman Astrology and Astronomy and the Antecedents, M 2:00 – 5:00pm, Alexander Jones
This seminar will be an introduction to the goals, methods, and practices of Greek mathematical astronomy during the period from the second century BCE through the second century CE (essentially from Hipparchus to Ptolemy) and to the Greco-Roman astrology that depended on this astronomy. Sources will include texts transmitted via medieval manuscripts (e.g. Ptolemy's works in Greek and Arabic), papyri, and presumed adaptations of Greek astronomy and astrology in other traditions such as those of India. Particular attention will be paid to the Greek reception and modification of elements of astronomy and astrology from Mesopotamia and Egypt. Knowledge of Greek or other languages significant for these traditions and permission of the instructor required.

ISAW-GA 3013, Maps, Models, and Databases: Digital Tools for the Ancient World, W 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Sebastian Heath
Our goal in this course is to gain hands-on skills with the digital tools that are changing the nature of research and the publication of scholarship related to the Ancient World. The focus is material culture and throughout the term students will work with free tools that enable sharing of results. Students will not only learn how to make 3D models of objects in museum collections, but also how to choose open formats that let one publish those models on the Internet. Google Maps and Earth will play a prominent role, and students will also use the more capable web-based GIS CartoDB ( A goal will always be to explore how these tools can work together to make innovative presentations of scholarly research. Other topics include the role of open licenses in modern scholarship, database structures appropriate for capturing the heterogeneity of ancient material culture, network analysis, the geographic component of ancient primary sources, and the deployment of Linked Open Data. Throughout the term students will evaluate both cloud-based tools and downloadable software, while also reviewing websites and digital publications that provide access to important resources. Students will gain an ability to use current tools as well as the confidence to assess new tools as they become available in the future. This course will be of particular interest to students needing to incorporate digital manifestations of material culture into their dissertations or other scholarly work.

Please note that the first day of classes at NYU and CUNY is January 27. Fordham’s first day of classes is January 13.

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