Undergraduate Courses Fall 2013

CLASS-UA 003, Elementary Latin I
001.  M-TH 9:30-10:45, Benjamin Sammons
002.  M-TH 3:30-4:45,
Yekaterina Kosova
Introduction to the essentials of Latin, the language of Vergil, Caesar, and Seneca. Five hours of instruction weekly, with both oral and written drills and an emphasis on the ability to read Latin rather than merely translate it.

CLASS-UA 005, Intermediate Latin I: Reading Prose
001.  M, T, W 9:30-10:45, Inger Kuin
002.  M, T, W 3:30-4:45, David Konstan

Teaches second-year students to read Latin prose through comprehensive grammar review; emphasis on the proper techniques for reading (correct phrase division, the identification of clauses, and reading in order); and practice reading at sight. Authors may include Caesar, Cicero, Cornelius Nepos, Livy, Petronius, or Pliny, at the instructor's discretion.

CLASS-UA 007, Elementary Ancient Greek I, M-TH, 11:00-12:15, Benjamin Sammons
Introduction to the complex but highly beautiful language of ancient Greece--the language of Homer, Sophocles, Thucydides, and Plato. Students learn the essentials of ancient Greek vocabulary, morphology, and syntax. Five hours of instruction weekly, with both oral and written drills and an emphasis on the ability to read Greek rather than merely translate it.

CLASS-UA 009, Intermediate Ancient Greek I: Plato, M, T, W 2:00-3:15, Phillip Mitsis
Reading of Plato’s Apology and Crito and selections from the Republic. The purpose of the course is to develop facility in reading Attic prose. Supplements readings in Greek with lectures on Socrates and the Platonic dialogues.

CLASS-UA 146, Greek and Roman Epic, M&W 3:30-4:45, Stefano Rebeggiani
Detailed study of the epic from its earliest form, as used by Homer, to its use by the Roman authors. Concentrates on the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer and on Vergil’s Aeneid, but may also cover the Argonautica of the Alexandrian poet Apollonius of Rhodes and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, as well as the epics representative of Silver Latin by Lucan, Silius Italicus, and Valerius Flaccus.

CLASS-UA 212, Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, M&W 3:30-4:45, David Levene
Study of daily life as it was lived by the Romans in the period of the late Republic and early Empire: how they worked, worshipped, dressed, fed, and entertained themselves. Looks at questions of family life and social status, at rich and poor, at slaves and free, and at the lives of men, women, and children. Also considers marriage and divorce, crime and punishment, and law and property. All of these issues are examined primarily through original texts such as ancient documents, legal sources, and literary texts in which Roman authors such Horace, Martial, and Juvenal describe their own lives and those of their contemporaries.

CLASS-UA 291.00, same as RELST-UA 293, Belief and Practice in Greek Religion, T&TH 2:00-3:15, Barbara Kowalzig
The religions of ancient Greece and Rome are often regarded as highly pragmatic: they are thought to focus on ‘practice’, that is to say on ritual activity, ceremony and performance. Religious practice and social life, it is held, are so intertwined that the question of ‘belief’ did not really matter to them. As a result, historians of these ancient religions have neglected the emotional and intellectual dimensions of ancient belief-systems. Our course challenges the artificial separation of belief from practice by examining both ancient evidence and modern theory. We will take a close look at the evidence of ancient ritual in the light of contemporary ritual theory; we will also study self-reflexive attitudes and philosophical approaches to religious practice and the divine, and follow the academic debate on belief versus practice from its beginnings to the exciting recent approaches informed by the cognitive sciences. We will discuss a wide variety of ancient evidence, ranging from literary texts such as ancient hymns, tragedy and historiography, to inscriptions and the archaeology of ancient shrines and religious imagery. Accompanied by readings from social and cultural anthropology, religious sociology, philosophy and performance studies, all ancient texts will be read in translation.
For more information, see attached description.

CLASS-UA 293.001, Greek Painting: From Myth to Image, M&W 12:30-1:45, Joan Connelly
From the house frescoes of Bronze Age Thera to the tomb paintings of Macedonia, from Minoan painted pottery to Athenian red-figured vases, Greek painting was a powerful aesthetic and narrative force within Greek art and culture.  This course traces developments in monumental wall painting and the decoration of vases, with special emphasis on production, exchange, technique, style, authorship, narrative, context, function, and meanings.  Issues of representation and signification will be examined within the frameworks of a variety of critical approaches, including semiotics, structuralism, and formal analysis.  Special emphasis will be placed on issues of reception from the Eighteenth century on, particularly the impact of connoisseurship and the art market on values ascribed to ancient vases.

CLASS-UA 294.001, same as PHIL-UA 20, History of Ancient Philosophy, M&W 11:00-12:15, Phillip Mitsis
Examination of the major figures and movements in Greek philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle.

CLASS-UA 351, Archaeologies of Rome and the Empire, T&TH 9:30-10:45, Sebastian Heath
In this course we examine the visual and material culture of ancient Rome - including objects, images, buildings and sculpture - in order  to gain a better understanding of how it functioned as an imperial system. The chronological range is the later centuries BCE, when Rome took control of overseas lands, through the fourth century CE, by which time military pressure and Christianity are changing the nature of the Roman state. In this long timespan, Rome created a spectacularly successful territorial empire that is expressed in material forms. The course will progress chronologically while pausing on particular topics, such as the effect on the capital of Rome's first conquests, the role of imperial propaganda and economic integration in cities such as Pompeii and Troy, and the creation of multi-cultural societies on Rome's eastern frontier. We'll look at large-scale art such as imperial portraits while also taking account of archaeological finds, such as Roman pottery on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Our goal is to let the objects speak for themselves while making use of our modern vocabulary of imperial hegemony and the response of conquered peoples.

CLASS-UA 871, Advanced Latin: Epic, M&W 12:30-1:45, Stefano Rebeggiani
We will read selections from Lucan’s Bellum Ciuile and Statius’ Thebaid, two Silver Latin masterpieces on the theme of civil war (one historical, the other mythical). Both texts react in an original way to the tradition of Virgilian epic – and Statius responds to both Virgil’s Aeneid and the provocative epic by Lucan. Emphasis will be placed on providing the necessary elements to read and appreciate these texts, including metrics, vocabulary, notions of grammar and syntax, style. We will also keep an eye on the two poets’ handling of traditional epic scenes and devices, to get a feeling of their specific epic technique. The two poems will be placed in their literary and historical context.

CLASS-UA 971, Advanced Greek: Lucian, T&TH 2:00-3:15, Raffaella Cribiore
During the course the students will read a selection and some whole dialogues of Lucian, especially those concerning education. Lucian is a satirist of the second century AD who is usually very funny and provocative. With some exceptions, his Greek is not too difficult and allows students to read good amounts of text becoming fluent in this language.

Back to Top