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Classics Course Descriptions

Current Interim courses descriptions are available from the Registrar.

Classics

211 Classical Literature (3). F, S. This is a study of the major works of Greek and Roman literature from Homer to Augustine. The course devotes attention to the origins and development of Greek epic, lyric, drama, and historiography, and to their transformation in the literature of Rome and the church fathers. Artistic and archaeological evidence supplements the study of the texts. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature.

221 Classical Art and Architecture (3). S. This is a study of the major arts of ancient Greek and Roman civilization from the Bronze Age to the late Empire. The course devotes attention to the origins and development of Greek sculpture, painting, and architecture, and to their transformation in the arts of Rome. Ancient literary sources supplement the study of material culture in this investigation of Greek and Roman culture. This course can satisfy the core requirement in the arts.

231 Classical Mythology (3). F, S. This is a study of the major themes in classical mythology via the literature and art of Greece and Rome. The course includes a study of major literary sources in translation and major art works of both cultures, with special attention to various interpretations of the myths and the works of art they have influenced in the development of Western culture. This course can satisfy the core requirement in the arts.

Greek

101 Elementary Greek I (4). F. A beginning study of classical Greek with emphasis on the essentials of grammar and basic vocabulary.

102 Elementary Greek II (4). S. A continuation of Greek 101 with the reading of selected prose passages. Completion of this course allows the student to read works like the New Testament or Attic Greek prose with the help of a grammar and lexicon.

201 Greek Philosophers (4). F, alternate years. Readings in Plato or Aristotle, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in Greek prose. Prerequisite: Greek 102. Not offered 2013-2014.

203 Greek Historians (4). F, alternate years. Readings in Herodotus or Thucydides, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in Greek prose and some attention to the differences among the major Greek historians. Prerequisite: Greek 102.

205 New Testament Greek: Gospels (4). F. Readings in one of the New Testament gospels with some attention to the parallel passages in the other gospels and careful study of the special features of koine Greek. The course emphasizes the significance of lexical and syntactical detail for the interpretation of the text. Prerequisite: Greek 102.

206 New Testament Greek: Epistles (4). S. Readings in some of Paul’s Epistles, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in koine Greek. Prerequisite: Greek 205. Completion of this course can fulfill the core requirement in foreign language.

302 Greek Epic (3). S, alternate years. Readings in Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in Greek poetry and understanding the literary qualities of Greek epic, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: at least three semesters of Greek. Not offered 2013-2014.

307 Greek Tragedy (3). S, alternate years. A close reading of at least one Greek tragedy with special emphasis on its literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: at least three semesters of Greek.

395 Special Topics in Ancient Greek (3). Independent study of special topics or authors not ordinarily covered in the rest of the Greek curriculum. Offered as needed. May be repeated provided the course content is different. Prerequisites: at least four courses in Greek.

Latin

101 Elementary Latin I (4). F. For students who have had only one unit of high school Latin or no Latin at all. The course emphasizes the essentials of grammar and a basic vocabulary with constant comparison to English. Sententiae from the principal Latin authors will be read.

102 Elementary Latin II (4). S. A continuation of Latin 101. The course emphasizes grammar and the reading of longer selections of authentic Latin dealing with Roman history and culture. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or its equivalent.


122 Elementary Latin II: Intensive (4). I. An intensive version of Latin 102, taught during the Interim term, continuing from Latin 101 and leading to Latin 202. A continuing study of Latin grammar and reading of selections from Latin texts. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or its equivalent.


201 Intermediate Latin I (4). F. A thorough review of the essentials of grammar will accompany the reading of selected Latin prose. Prerequisite: two years of high school Latin or two courses of college Latin.


202 Intermediate Latin II (4). S. A study of selected prose and poetry in Latin, which may include the Metamorphoses of Ovid and the Confessions of Augustine. Completion of this course can fulfill the core requirement in foreign language. Prerequisite: three years of high school Latin, Latin 122, Latin 201, or permission of the instructor.

205 Latin Prose Survey (3). F. Readings in Roman authors selected to survey the development of classical Latin prose, to build proficiency in reading, and to serve as an introduction to the advanced genre courses. Completion of this course can fulfill the core requirement in foreign language. Prerequisite: Latin 202, three years of high school Latin, or permission of the instructor.

206 Latin Poetry Survey (3). S. Readings in Roman authors selected to survey the development of Latin poetry, to build proficiency in reading, and to serve as an introduction to the advanced genre courses. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 202, three years of high school Latin, or permission of the instructor.

300 Latin Epic (3). F, alternate years. Readings from Vergil’s Aeneid or other works of Roman epic with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

302 Roman Philosophers (3). S, alternate years. Readings from such authors as Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, or Augustine, with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

304 Roman Historians (3). S, alternate years. Readings from such authors as Caesar, Sallust, Livy, or Tacitus, with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

305 Latin Lyric Poetry (3). F, alternate years. Readings from such authors as Vergil, Catullus, Horace, and the elegiac poets, with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in Literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

391 Special Topics in Latin (3). Independent study of special topics. Offered as needed. May be repeated provided the course content is different. Prerequisite: at least two 300-level courses in Latin or permission of the instructor.

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