An introduction to essential aspects of the cultural and literary landscape of ancient Greece, from its rise to the end of the classical period. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section.
An in-depth introduction to the material culture of the Ancient Greeks —architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics—from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic period. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Historical Studies. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section.
An opportunity to analyze the romantic legends, figures, and stereotypes of archaeology and to discover the exciting real elements and adventures of today’s archaeologist.
An introduction to ancient Greek philosophy through study of Plato, Aristotle, and the most important of the schools of thought that succeeded them. Fulfills L&S Βreadth in Historical Studies or Philosophy & Values. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour discussion section.
An exploration of major themes from the literature and culture of ancient Greece, the Hebrew Bible, ancient Rome, and early Christianity that have been of special significance for the subsequent development of Western Civilization. 5 units. Fulfills R&C a or b as well as L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature, Historical Studies, or Social & Behavioral Sciences.
Important people in Greek and Roman society were commemorated both in honorific portraits and in celebratory biographies. This class seeks to compare and contrast sculpted portraits and biographical accounts of a diverse selection of famous figures from antiquity, including politicians, philosophers, and poets. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature.
From Neolithic hamlet to democratic superpower, and from obscure Ottoman town to capital of modern Greece, Athens has been inhabited continuously for almost 5,000 years. This course will focus in particular on Athens’ development in the period from ca. 700 BCE to the 6th century CE. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature
Reading of Sophocles' Trachiniai (The Women of Trachis) in Greek. While our primary focus will be the accurate translation and understanding of the text, we will also be concerned with Greek tragedy as a cultural form and with the social and cultural context of classical Athens that produced this play.
An introduction to the Latin of Cicero and Caesar, two of the greatest writers of Latin prose literature and leading actors in the dramatic fall of the Roman Republic, coupled with grammar review and exercises designed to develop and strengthen your Latin reading. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Historical Studies.
Reading of Lucretius' poem De rerum natura, part in Latin and its entirety in English translation. Discussion of the poem and of contemporary critical interpretations of it. Fulfills L&S Breadth in Arts & Literature or Philosophy
An exploration of ideas of crisis and disaster—psychological and ecological—in Euripides’ Hippolytus and Bacchae, their reception, and various trends in critical theory.