Undergraduate Courses Fall 2016
CLASS-UA, 003 Elementary Latin I
001. M-TH 9:30-10:45, TBA
002. M-TH 3:30-4:45, TBA
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, TBA
002. M, T, W 3:30-4:45, Emilia Barbiero
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, Laura Viidebaum
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, Marko Malink
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 143, Identical to DRLIT-UA 210, Greek Drama, M&W 3:30-4:45, Laura Viidebaum
Of the ancient Greeks' many gifts to Western culture, one of the most celebrated and influential is the art of drama. This course covers, through the best available translations, the masterpieces of the three great Athenian dramatists. Analysis of the place of the plays in the history of tragedy and the continuing influence they have had on serious playwrights, including those of the 20th century.
CLASS-UA 206, Identical to POL-UA 206, Ancient Political Theory, T&TH 12:30-1:45, Andrew Monson
This course will introduce the foundations of ancient democracy and republicanism through reading and critical discussion of the works of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, Cicero, and others. Ancient political thinkers used observations on history and contemporary politics to demonstrate the merits of different constitutions, which we can compare with the approach of modern political scientists. We will discuss the theory as well as the practice of ancient government, paying due attention to its enormous influence on modern thought and its relevance to political problems in our own time.
CLASS-UA 278, Identical to HIST-UA 206, History of Rome: Empire, M&W, 11:00-12:15, Michael Peachin
In the spring of 44 B.C.E., Julius Caesar was murdered by a group of senators disgruntled with his monarchic ways. However, Caesar's adoptive son and heir, Gaius Octavius, was quickly on the scene, and over the course of the next half-century managed to establish himself as Rome's first emperor. About three centuries later, Constantine the Great would rise to imperial power and with him came a new state religion—Christianity. This course examines the social and political history of the Roman Empire from the time of Augustus to that of Constantine and also closely observes the parallel growth of Christianity.
CLASS-UA 291, The Legacy of Alexander the Great, T&TH, 9:30-10:45, Andrew Monson
Alexander of Macedon (356-323 BC) is one of history’s most extraordinary figures. In this course, we will examine the cultures that his conquest transformed, from Greece to Egypt, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. After reading the main historical accounts of his reign, students will be asked to question and write about his aims and ambitions. Was he a philosopher king bringing all races together in harmony, as some thought, or a bloodthirsty tyrant? We will consider Alexander's insistence on being the son of Zeus as well as his personal relationships with his mother Olympias, his tutor Aristotle, his male lovers, and his wives. We will end with Alexander's heroic legacy in the folklore and mythology of many different cultures.
CLASS-UA 291.001, Travel & Communication in the Ancient World, T&TH, 11:00-12:15, Raffaella Cribiore
This course will enquire about the conditions for traveling, communicating, and spreading news in ancient times. Lack of appropriate technology did not prevent people from embarking on tremendous journeys and getting in touch with each other. Among the readings, there will be passages from Homer's Odyssey, Herodotus, Plato, Pausanias and Lucian and letters from Greek and Roman Egypt regarding students and women traveling.
CLASS-UA 293.001, Apollo & Artemis, Divine Siblings: Sanctuaries and Social Function, Monday 3:30-6:10, Joan Connelly
Divine twins Apollo and Artemis held special responsibilities in looking after boys and girls in ancient Greece. Born to Leto and Zeus on the sacred island of Delos, the siblings received wide worship across the Greek world. This seminar focuses on the sacred myths, memories, landscapes, sanctuaries, temples, images, rituals and social practices inhabited by the brother/sister deities. From their island shrines to sacred woods, from their chryselephantine cult images to terracotta votives, from their solemn processions to choral dances, this seminar focuses on the places, monuments, images, and practices through which the twin divinities shaped and effected ancient lives. Special attention will be given to their divine guidance in overseeing life’s great transitions through “coming of age” initiation rites. The education of the young through song-dance and the building of common identities through shared ritual experiences lay at the very heart of Artemis/Apollo worship and its long, robust tradition within Greek communities across the ancient world.
CLASS-UA 293.002, Song, Sex and the Symposium: Ancient Lyric and Its Context, T&TH 9:30-10:45, Emilia Barbiero
Ιn this course we will read Greek and Roman lyric poetry. We will explore texts composed throughout antiquity, beginning with the fundamentally oral poetry of archaic authors like Sappho (antiquity's most famous female poet) and Archilochus (known for his poetry of insult), working our way towards the learned lyrics of the Roman poets Catullus and Horace. Throughout, we will consider the fascinating topics with which lyric is concerned—topics closely tied to the genre's original occasion at the ancient symposium: war, sex (both hetero- and homoerotic), drinking, and music.
CLASS-UA 294, Staging Ancient Drama, Wednesday 3:30-6:10, Peter Meineck
This course will examine in detail the available evidence for ancient Greek performances from the play's themselves, the archaeological remains of the theaters, vase painting, sculpture, inscriptions and references to drama found in ancient literature. This is intended to equip the student with the research tools necessary to place ancient Greek drama in a performative context. Selected works and fragments of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and his comic rivals will be examined. Themes to be explored may include; chorality and choral mediation; the role and reception of the theatrical mask; ritual, religion and drama; the development of the actor and Greek theatre; theoria and visuality; the cognitive life of stage properties; theatre production as political social and financial currency and issues of spectatorship.
CLASS-UA 305, Identical to ARTH-UA 850.002, Introduction to Archaeology, M&W 11:00-12:15, Joan Connelly
This course presents an introduction to the archaeology of the Mediterranean world, examining the history and contexts of sites and monuments as well as the methods, practices, and research models through which they have been excavated and studied. From Bronze Age palaces of the Aegean, to the Athenian Acropolis, to the cities of Alexander the Great, the Roman forum, Pompeii, and the Roman provinces, we consider the ways in which art, archaeology, architecture, everyday objects, landscape, urbanism, technology, and ritual teach us about ancient Greek and Roman societies. Special focus is placed on reception, origins of archaeology in the Renaissance, 19th to 20th-century humanistic and social scientific approaches, and postmodern social constructions of knowledge.
CLASS-UA 302, Identical to HBRJD-UA 22 and RELST-UA 302, Introduction to the New Testament, M&W 9:30-10:45, Sarah Emanuel
Introduces students to issues and themes in the history of the Jesus movement and early Christianity through a survey of the main texts of the canonical New Testament, as well as other important early Christian documents. Students are given the opportunity to read most of the New Testament text in a lecture-hall setting where the professor provides historical context and focuses on significant issues, describes modern scholarly methodologies, and places the empirical material within the larger framework of ancient history and the theoretical study of religion.
CLASS-UA 310, Identical to ARTH-UA 3, Ancient Art, T&TH 9:30-10:45, Anne Kontokosta
History of art in the Western tradition from 20,000 B.C. to the 4th century A.D. From the emergence of human beings in the Paleolithic Age to the developments of civilization in the Near East, Egypt, and the Aegean; the flowering of the Classical Age in Greece; and the rise of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of Christian domination under the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D. Study of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum is essential.
CLASS-UA 874, Advanced Latin: Comedy, Plautus' “Pseudolus”, T&Th 3:30-4:45, Alessandro Barchiesi
CLASS-UA 971, Advanced Greek: Archaic Poetry, T&TH 9:30-10:45, David Sider
Extensive readings from the lyric, elegiac, and iambic poets of Greece. The course studies the use of the various lyric forms, the different meters employed by the archaic poets, and the social functions of archaic poetry.