Classical Studies Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
CLA 100Mythology1Depending on the instructor, the course will be an introduction to Greek myth or to Roman myth and Roman uses of Greek myth. Topics may include: myth in its historical and social context, myth as a conceptual language for expressing a culture's world-wide view, modern theoretical understandings of the functions of myth, myth as part of a literary and artistic tradition. Offered alternate years.
CLA 101Intro to Classical Art/Archaeology1This course examines the degree to which the art and artifacts of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds can help to inform us about the cultural settings in which they were created. Throughout the semester, students will chart the evolution of Classical art and architecture and discover how an archaeologist might use the remains of the ancient past to reconstruct daily life and broader cultural phenomena. This overview is intended to introduce the student to the most widely referenced material works of the Greek and Roman past and the factors which influenced their style and substance.
CLA 226Medieval Philosophy1A survey of Western philosophy from St. Augustine to Nicholas of Cusa. Focus on the development of Christian philosophy. Identical to Phi 226.
CLA 228Archaeological Methods and Theory1This course introduces the discipline of archaeology and the methods used by archaeologists to study the human past through material remains. Both within and outside of the classroom, a wide range of techniques will be explained and evaluated, including: preliminary research design, excavation, data collection and analysis, dating methods, sampling, geophysical exploration, surface survey, site preservation, and artifact conservation. Much of the requisite work will take place outside of the classroom, and every student will be required to participate in active fieldwork throughout the semester.
CLA 234Classical Literature in Translation1This course offers students the opportunity to get an overview of a particular genre of Classical literature, history, or rhetoric: ancient epic, ancient drama, personal lyric, historical biography, ancient letters, political rhetoric, etc. ? any genre can be studied in survey form and in translation. The course will be particularly valuable for students interested in the connections between Greek and Roman texts or in the later history of the genre in the European tradition. Course can be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor.
CLA 251Greek History1A survey of Greek history from the Aegean Bronze Age to the age of Alexander. Identical to His 251. Offered every third year.
CLA 252Roman History1A survey of Roman history from the founding of the city to the fall of the Roman Empire. Identical to His 252. Offered alternate years.
CLA 253Roman Games1Mass-entertainment by means of blood-sports, in the arena and the circus, was a prominent feature of Roman culture. This course will examine the social, religious, economic and political significance of the Roman games from a historical standpoint, including archaeological remains, artistic renderings and literary sources both pagan and Christian. Discussion will also touch on modern parallels and big-budget Hollywood films. All sources in English translation. No prerequisite. Identical to His 253. Offered alternate years during Spring Term.
CLA 343Class/Status/Gender Ancient Athens1The basic aim of the course is to develop a picture of how people in ancient Athens thought about differences among various kinds of people, free and slave, rich and poor, citizen and foreigner, male and female. The course examines the social and political world in which these differences had effect. Offered every third year.
CLA 345Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology1This course offers a thorough examination of a topic related to the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world. While the geographic and chronological focus may change from offering to offering, this course will invariably provide the setting for the concentrated analysis of a particular range of archaeological materials and approaches, with a strong emphasis placed on current field-methods, theoretical discussions, and research practices. This course may be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: either Cla 101 or Cla 228.
CLA 351Alexander & the Hellenistic World1Alexander the Great remains one of the most compelling figures in all of history, and after his death the Mediterranean world was never the same again. His successors carved up his vast empire between them, and the new hybrid civilization they created (known as Hellenistic or "Greek-ish") was still in place more than a century later when the Romans came along. This course is taught as a seminar and will cover a wide range of topics, including warfare, politics, society, culture and always the problem of evidence. No prerequisite, but students are encouraged to contact the instructor in advance. Offered every three years. Identical to His 351.
CLA 353Advanced Topics in Ancient History1This course offers a thorough and detailed examination of an important topic or problem rom Greco-Roman history. The specific focus of the course may vary, but the goal in each case will be to sift through the ancient evidence for the problem at hand, knowing that this is often highly fragmentary and/or biased in some way, and also to analyze and assess a range of divergent scholarly arguments based on that evidence, so as to arrive at a deeper understanding of the ancient historian?s craft, as well as an understanding of its inherent limitations. This course may be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor.
CLA 366Studies in Historiography1An examination of selected topics in the ancient world, emphasizing the history, philosophy and methods of historical investigation. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Offered alternate years. Identical to His 366.
CLA 401Seminar for Majors0.5Preliminary work for the Independent Study combined with background for the reading lists for the comprehensive exam and study of the history and methodologies of Classics as a discipline. .50 unit

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