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Spring 2018 Courses

CLAS 254 Greek Myth and Religion
Robert Kugler: MWF 11:30am - 12:30pm

Survey of ancient Greek myth and religion. Using a wide range of literary and visual sources from the archaeological record, examines the function and uses of myth; its relationship to religion, daily life, history, and cultural norms; religious ritual and function; the particularity of myth to a given locale; and the interpretation of myth and its methodologies.

Prerequisites: None 

CLAS 320 Greek and Roman Epic
Gordon P. Kelly: MWF 1:50pm - 2:50pm

Examination of six epic poems (in translation) from Classical antiquity: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Apollonius’ Argonautica, Virgil’s Aeneid, Lucan’s Civil War, and Statius’ Thebaid. Focus on the traditional themes of the epic genre, including the nature of heroism, the relationship between mortals and gods, issues of peace and war, and the conflict of individual and communal goals; how ancient authors adapted epic conventions to suit their own artistic goals; how these epics reflected the values and history of contemporary Greco-Roman civilization; and their influence in antiquity and beyond.

Prerequisites: None

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

ENG 279 Classical Backgrounds
Kurt Fosso: MWF 12:40pm - 1:40pm

A study of epic, drama, and poetry from the Greek and Latin classics. Writers may include Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Virgil, Horace, Ovid.

Prerequisites: None

GRK 202 Advanced Greek
Robert Kugler: MWF 9:10am - 10:10am

Advanced readings in the religious and secular literature of the Classical periods.

Prerequisites: GRK 201

HIST 219 Ancient Rome  
Gordon P. Kelly:  TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm

A history of Rome from the foundation of the Roman Republic in the late 6th century B.C. to the end of the Severan dynasty in 235 A.D. Special emphasis on Rome’s political transformation from a republic to an empire and the effect of this transition on Roman civilization. Topics include Roman conquest and imperialism, religion, contact with other Mediterranean cultures, class conflict, law and governance, slavery, and family structure. The interpretation of primary source materials (especially ancient historical writings) and the problems of reconstructing the history of a civilization that flourished 2,000 years ago.

Prerequisites: None 

LATN 102  Beginning Latin II    
Gordon P. Kelly: MWF 10:20am - 11:20am

Emphasis on basic vocabulary and grammar necessary to read Latin texts of the Classical period.

Prerequisites: LATN 101 or placement exam.

PHIL 451 Plato’s Republic                  
Nicholas D. Smith: M 6:00-9:00pm

Advanced study of movements and philosophers discussed in 300-level history of philosophy courses. May be repeated with change of topic.

Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. One 300-level philosophy course or consent of instructor.

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required

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