Course Offerings | Classical Studies

Division of Humanities

James Morrison (chair), Jane Joyce; student: Matt Wilson

The subject of classical studies is the study of ancient Greece and Rome. This includes literature, philosophy, history, art, architecture, science, and religion and mythology. The classical studies major is thus quite broad, encompassing language, history, and culture in its fullest sense. Clearly, classical studies students will develop and analyze basic knowledge about the ancient world, especially to gain an appreciation of its breadth and diversity. Students will learn to think across traditional disciplinary boundaries, developing such linguistic skills as reading ancient texts in the original and such critical skills as researching, analyzing, and synthesizing diverse data from fields relevant to classical studies. Students will build on their training in classical studies to make connections to other academic disciplines.

Requirements for the Major

A. Language:
1. Basic skills at entrance in an ancient language (Greek, Hebrew, Latin); or CLA 120 or CLA 121 with a grade of "C-" or higher.
2. Three further courses in an ancient language, no more than one of which may be at the beginning level.

B. Civilization:
1. CLA 301 or 302.
2. CLA 342 or 344.
3. One of CLA 321-329.
4. One of CLA 330-339.

C. Electives: any two of the following (or other courses with approval of the Classical studies committee):
ANT 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
ANT 130 Introduction to Archaeology
ART 260 Survey of Western Art-I
ART 360 Classical Art
CLA 301, 302, 321-339, 342, 344 (when not used for "Civilization" requirements)
DRA 133 Foundations of Western Theatre-I
GOV 300 Western Political Theory-I
PHI 210 Ancient Philosophy
REL 110 Biblical History and Ideas
REL 315 New Testament Literature
REL 320 Early Christianity

Requirements for the Minor

A. Language:
1. Basic skills at entrance in an ancient language (Greek, Hebrew, Latin); or CLA 120 or CLA 121 with a grade of "C-" or higher.
2. Two courses in an ancient language at the intermediate level or higher.

B. Civilization:
1. CLA 301 or 302.
2. CLA 342 or 344.

C. Electives: any two courses from elective list under major requirements.

Classical Studies Courses

CLA 110, 120 Latin Fundamentals-I, II (four credit hours each)
An introduction to the grammar, morphology, and syntax of classical Latin with concentration on the works of Eutropius, Caesar, and Catullus. Throughout the two courses, attention is paid to Roman mythology, history, and culture. Prerequisite: CLA 110 for 120.

CLA 111 Introduction to Ancient Greek (four credit hours)
A course designed to develop the ability to read elementary Greek and to prepare students to read Homer, Plato, and the New Testament in the original. Includes an introduction to Greek epic poetry.

CLA 121 New Testament Greek (four credit hours)
After a review of grammar, this course studies passages from the Greek New Testament (the Gospels, Acts, Revelation), leading to possible further course work in Greek epic, tragedy, or philosophy. Prerequisite: CLA 111 or permission of the instructor. (May fulfill basic skills in foreign language upon petition to the Academic Standards Committee.)

CLA 210, 310 Roman Literary Masterpieces-I, II
Selected readings from two or three Latin authors in Latin. Readings vary from year to year and may include Cicero, Pliny, Lucretius, Propertius, Ovid, etc. Also includes a general review of the primary structures of the language. CLA 210 may be repeated as CLA 310, in which case a commensurately higher level of performance is expected. Prerequisite: CLA 120 for 210 or placement; 210 for 310 or placement. Offered in fall term.

CLA 220, 320 Republican and Imperial Latin Literature-I, II
A concentrated study of one Latin author or work in Latin. Topics vary from year to year and may include Juvenal, Horace's satires and odes, Vergil, Catullus, etc. CLA 220 may be repeated as CLA 320, in which case a commensurately higher level of performance is expected. Prerequisite: CLA 210 for 220 or placement; 220 for 320 or placement. Offered in spring term.

CLA 301 History of Ancient Greece
A survey of ancient Greece from prehistory through the Roman Conquest. Topics include: Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, the rise of the polis, Greece colonization, the invention of science and philosophy, Athenian democracy, the invasion of Xerxes, the Golden Age of Athens, the Peloponnesian War, the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the Alexandrian Library, and Cleopatra. This survey relies on primary sources, while also venturing to consider politics, warfare, citizenship, slavery, the status of women, religion, and the alphabet. A course in translation. (Also listed as HIS 301.)

CLA 302 History of Ancient Rome
A study of ancient Rome from its founding to the fall of the empire. Topics include: prehistory, founding, establishment of the Republic, the Punic Wars, expansion of Rome, provincial administration, the careers of Cicero and Julius Caesar, the civil wars, citizenship, slavery, status of women, the destruction of Pompeii, rule by the emperors, the coming of Christianity, and theories explaining the end of the empire. A course in translation. (Also listed as HIS 302.)

CLA 321-329 Topics in Classical Literature in Translation

Topics offered 1998-2001

CLA 25/45 Epic
Students read, discuss, analyze and perform epic literature from antiquity to the present. Readings may include Gilgamesh, Homer, Apollonius, Vergil, Ovid, Lucan, Beowulf, and 20th-century epic. Consideration of literary aspects (invocation, catalogs, duel, etc.), the historical and social context, relationship between epic and other forms of literature, and comparison and contrast of oral and written epic and the modern equivalents of such art forms. Readings all in English.

CLA 25/45 Lyric and Elegiac Poetry
Readings in Greek and Roman short verse form (Archilochos, Sappho, Alkaios, Catullus, Horace, Martial, etc.); an examination of the subject matter of short poems (lamentation, longing, passion, and dead parrot) as well as some occasions for song (lullabies, harvest, drinking, weddings); a look at parallels in 20th-century American song and verse. Readings all in English.

CLA 25/45 Laughter and Truth in Ancient Comedy and Satire
Readings in Greek and Roman comedy and satire (Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, Horace, Juvenal); theories of humor and comedy (e.g., Aristotle, Freud); and a consideration of modern comedy and humor, including political and social satire from Washington to Dave Barry and the Simpsons. Readings in English; weekly movies.

CLA 330 Introduction to Classical Mythology
The "biographies" of the major divinities of Greek mythology are studied in depth, using various ancient texts in translation and secondary materials from such related fields as anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and psychology. Near Eastern and Roman mythologies are compared with the Greek. A course in translation.

CLA 331-339 Topics in Classical Mythology

CLA 342 Heroism and Democracy in Ancient Greece
An exploration of the distinctive and influential features of ancient Greek culture. Focus is on three areas: a detailed exploration of Homer's Iliad with a consideration of oral poetry, archaeology, religion, heroism and the heroic code, Achilles in Vietnam, etc.; Athenian democracy with an exploration of its development--and how it contrasts with modern democracy and the Spartan constitution, position of women, tragedy, comedy, and panhellenism; and philosophy and science with a look at its origins and culmination with Hippocratic medicine and the Aristotelian world-view. A course in translation.

CLA 344 Roman Culture
An examination of Roman public and private life as revealed by literary and artistic sources. A course in translation.