Academic Programs

Classics Courses

CLA 1014 Introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology
Presents an introduction to the major figures, myths, and themes in Greek and Roman mythology. We will consider how ancient and modern writers, artists, and thinkers have used this mythology in their works. Attention also will be given to modern theories of myth and to the relation of myth to religion/cult and politics in the ancient world. II Humanities

CLA 2024 Spartacus: Slaves and Gladiators
Between 73 and 71 BCE, Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator, led the largest slave revolt in the ancient world. This course examines the historical record and the myths, both ancient and modern, surrounding this great story. Special attention to slavery and the institution of gladiatorial games in the Roman world. Also listed as HIST-2024. Prerequisite: FYS-1104. IV;V.

CLA 2114 Classics and Film
This course considers the representation of the ancient Mediterranean world in film and television. We will watch and discuss both films that focus on historical periods and films focusing on Greek and Roman literary texts. The readings will include ancient literary texts, as well as modern literary and film criticism. IV

CLA 2144 The Roman Empire
A survey of Roman history from the beginnings of the principate through the late antique period (i.e., first-sixth centuries A.D.) with an emphasis on Roman political and social institutions, the definition of citizenship, and the problem of unity in a multicultural society. Also listed as HIST 2244. IV

CLA 2234 The Literature of the Greco-Roman World
A survey of ancient Greek and Latin literature in translation, which studies different genres and major themes, and examines authors in their historical contexts and in the Greco-Roman literary tradition. The course will focus on how authors use Greco-Roman mythology to explore complex issues. Some attention will be given to ancient literary criticism and to the modern reception of this literature. II Humanities or IV

CLA 2244 Gender and Sexuality in Greece and Rome
An interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality, in theory and practice, in the Greco-Roman world. Students will examine both written and archaeological evidence for the lives of women, homoeroticism, masculinity, and other aspects of humanity sexuality in antiquity and the modern ramifications. IV

CLA 2294 Special Topics
Study of aspects of the Greco-Roman world not fully treated in other classics courses. May be repeated for credit. Standard or CR/NC grading. IV

CLA 2514 Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Examines the dawn of philosophy in ancient Greece: the early natural philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic world views; the relationship of philosophy to art and science; and the meanings of Greek philosophical experience for modern times. Standard or CR/NC grading. Also listed as PHIL 2514. III B or IV

CLA 2524 Ancient Greek and Roman Political Theory
This course will provide an introduction to several of the most influential political theories and models developed during Greek and Roman antiquity. In particular, we will read widely in authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and others, paying special attention to their historical and political contexts. We will also discuss the reception of Greek and Roman political thought in contemporary political theory. IV

CLA 2834 Ancient Polis
This course examines the ideal of the good life in the ancient city, as refined in thought, articulated in a structured environment, and developed across cultures and over time. Also listed as ANTH-2834, HIST-2834, PHIL-2834. IV

CLA 3224 Augustan Rome
An in-depth and interdisciplinary study of Rome during the Augustan Age (40 BCE-14CE). Topics include literature, art, architecture, the legislation and the policies of the Augustan regime, and the cultural model this period set in western civilization. Prerequisite: CLA 2234 or permission of instructor and FYS 1104. IV; V

CLA 3234 Ancient Drama
An in-depth study of Greek and Roman dramatic literature and theatrical production. Playwrights include Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence and Seneca. Prerequisite: CLA 1014 or permission of instructor and FYS 1104. IV; V

CLA 3244 The Twelve Caesars
A study of the force of the emperors personality on the course of Roman history. With a look back at the career of Julius Caesar, the course examines the lives and policies of the Caesars from Augustus to Domitian. Study of Suetonius Lives of the Caesars and Tacitus Annals and Histories and discussion of the conventions of ancient biography and historiography. Prerequisite: HIST 2244. IV

CLA 3294 Special Topics in Classics
Advanced coursework that treats with greater depth topics and authors covered in other classics courses. Topics and authors may change from term to term and are announced in advance. While prerequisites will be expected, they will vary depending on course topic. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic/author is different. IV

CLA 3304 Religion in Ancient Greece
Surveys the religious belief, cult and ritual of the Greeks from the Minoan period through the Hellenistic. It presumes some knowledge of ancient myth, and will draw upon archeological, iconic and narrative evidence to investigate concepts and practice in social context. Prerequisite: CLA 1014 or permission of instructor. IV

CLA 4444 Capstone Seminar
An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on an important cultural period in the Greco-Roman world and directing students in the use of different tools of classical scholarship in assessing primary evidence pertaining to key topics in contemporary research. Written project and presentation. Topics and the target period may vary. Prerequisite: advanced junior or senior major standing. IV

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