Courses by Term

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Classical Studies classes

Classes in Greek or Latin

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Majoring in Classics

Fall 2020

CLST 04: Classical Mythology   An introduction to Greek myths and their use and transformation in ancient Greek and Latin literature. Lectures will regularly incorporate material culture, history, and contemporary scholarship to contextualize the readings. We will also examine how these myths shape and express identities in both ancient and modern settings. TMV/CI syllabus - Oppen - K (TuTh 10:20-12:10, F 4:00-4:50)

CLST 06: Introduction to Classical Archaeology Introduces the basic methods and principles of Classical archaeology. Students will acquire an appreciation of the development of material culture in the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the collapse of the Roman Empire.  INT or ART, W syllabus trailer - Dibble - F (MWF 2:35-3:40, Th 1:40-2:30)

CLST 11.17: Greek Athletics  Athletics played a pivotal role in the ancient Greek world, and the history of athletics offers insight some of the basic forces shaping ancient Greek society. Topics include the origins of athletic competition in Greece; the ancient Olympics; nudity; connections to war, sex, and art; and the participation of women. SOC,W - Christesen - H (MW 6:30-8:20)

CLST 18/HIST 94.06: History of the Roman Empire: Roman Principate to Christian Empire Surveys the major events from Octavian's victory at Actium in 31 B.C. through the rule of Septimius Severus. Considers the logic of the Roman system, including the reasoning that favored the leadership of a single individual, the evolving relationship between the princeps and the senatorial aristocracy, and the role of the army in the assimilation of non-Roman peoples. INT or SOC, W - course flyer - Stewart - C (MWF 10:20-11:25, Th 12:30-1:20)

GRK 10: Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry For who have aleady studied the basics of the language. Readings drawn from Greek tragedy will illustrate foundational concepts of the culture. LIT, W - Tell - C (MWF 10:20-11:25, Th 12:30-1:20)

GRK 20: Homer Reading in Greek and discussion of selections from the Iliad or Odyssey. Reading of the whole poem in translation and discussion of its character, style, and composition. LIT, W- Tell - E (MWF 1:10-2:15, Tu 1:40-2:30) or ARR

LAT 1: Introductory Latin I- A rapid introduction to the Latin language through reading passages of gradually increasing difficulty, with an introduction to the history and culture of Pompeii and Roman Egypt in the first century AD.  course flyer - Lynn, Walker - BL (MWF 8:55-10:00, Th 9:10-10:00)

LAT 1: Introductory Latin I A rapid introduction to the Latin language through reading passages of gradually increasing difficulty, with an introduction to the history and culture of Pompeii and Roman Egypt in the first century AD. - Christesen, Walker - F (MWF 2:35-3:40, Th 1:40-2:30)

LAT 10: Reading Latin Texts An introduction to continuous readings of Latin prose and poetry in combination with a review of Latin grammar. Students develop the necessary language and study skills to allow them to take more advanced Latin courses. LIT, W - Lynn- D (MWF 11:45-12:50, Tu 12:30-1:20)

LAT 15: Literature and the Romans  For those who have already begun studying Latin literature. Covers essential elements of Roman literary culture and its academic study today: literacy, book production, textual transmission, and the nature of literature. Also introduces library resources, including illuminated manuscripts in Dartmouth's collection. LIT, W - syllabus - Oppen -D (MWF 11:45-12:50, Tu 12:30-1:20)

LAT 31: The Italian Countryside The environmental concerns of our own time find a counterpart in the Roman fascination with the beauty and fragility of the rural landscape and natural world. Readings from pastoral poetry, represented especially by Vergil's Eclogues, and from the literature of farming and agriculture, including Vergil's Georgics. LIT, W - syllabus- GraverK (TuTh 2:50-4:40, F 5:10-6:00)

Winter 2021

CLST 01 - Foodstuffs and Culinary Culture  One thing all humans share is a relationship with food, but what that food is, who prepares it, how they prepare it, who consumes it, and when and how they consume it, all vary between cultures and within them. This course examines how ancient Greeks and Romans used food to differentiate between themselves and others, and how they used food to differentiate among themselves.  Hruby, Dibble - K flyer

CLST 07 - First-Year Seminar: The Collapse of Civilizations in the Ancient Mediterranean  Examines the latest methods and theories used by scholars to conceptualize the topics of collapse and resilience and apply them to the ancient Mediterranean world. Sources used include the scientific evidence for ancient climate change and disease, the archaeological evidence for social organization and destruction, and textual accounts written by ancient Greeks and Romans themselves. Through blog posts and other short writing assignments students learn to build arguments from an interdisciplinary suite of evidence. - Dibble - D

CLST 10.03 - Mind Heart Brain  What physical substances and/or bodily organs give rise to sense-perception, self-movement, and self-awareness? How it is that human beings are capable of concept-formation, reasoning, memory, and emotion, and to what extent are these capacities present in other animals? Does the mind have its own forms of illness, and are there ways to treat such illnesses? Students work collaboratively to analyze these and related issues in a range of philosophical, scientific, and medical texts.  Graver –  syllabus

CLST 10.13- New Testament - Whaley -  D

CLST 22 - Greek Archaeology: The Classical Period - The history of Greek culture is that of dozens of individual city-states in constant competition for hegemony in a wide variety of different arenas. This course pays particular attention to the material cultural achievements of the city of Athens, when that city developed the western world's first democracy, built the Parthenon, and played host to the schools of Plato and Aristotle. Hruby - F

CLST 24 - The Birth of Rome This course delves into the foundation story of Rome, its rise to power, and its first inhabitants through the lenses of mythology, recorded legends, and archaeology.Readings will be drawn primarily from Virgil's Aeneid and Livy's Ab urbe condita (From the Foundation of the City). Ulrich - C

GRK 1 - Introductory Ancient Greek  Study of Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary accompanied by reading of simple Greek prose selections. This course is designed to be followed immediately by GRK 3 in a two-term sequence. - Lynn - BL

GRK 29 - New Testament A brief introduction to the language, vocabulary, and idiom of New Testament Greek, followed by readings in the Gospels and in the Epistles of St. Paul. – Whaley - D

LAT 1  - Introductory Latin I    A rapid introduction to the Latin language through reading passages of gradually increasing difficulty, with an introduction to the history and culture of Pompeii and Roman Egypt in the first century AD. - course flyer -  Dibble - 9L

LAT 2 - Introductory Latin II Continues the study of the Latin language, with a look at the history and culture of Roman Britain and the city of Rome in the first century AD. Includes an introduction to Roman funerary inscriptions, curse tablets, and coins. Lynn - E

LAT 2 - Introductory Latin II Continues the study of the Latin language, with a look at the history and culture of Roman Britain and the city of Rome in the first century AD. Includes an introduction to Roman funerary inscriptions, curse tablets, and coins. - Oppen -BL

LAT 28 - Medieval Latin Samples the immense riches of medieval Latin literature in a variety of genres, from prose narrative (e.g. Augustine's influential Confessions or the autobiographical experiments of Hildegard, Rather of Verona, Abelard and Heloise) to epics and mock-epics (such as Waltharius and Ecbasis Captivi), to Latin interventions in the new vernacular genre of courtly romance, to lyric poetry and song-lyrics. Considers both the reception of classical genres and innovations by medieval writers. Students will have opportunities to study manuscript materials in the Special Collections Library. LIT - Otter -C

Spring 2021

CLST 2 - Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome  Selected works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca, Aristophanes and Plautus, and their central themes: law, community, revenge, passion, and justice. We also consider the relation of these plays to ritual, oratory, music, dance, and theatrical space. There will be practical workshop opportunities for those interested. - Oppen - K

CLST 15 - Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Kings  Examines the history of Alexander the Great and of Greek-speaking peoples in the eastern Mediterranean during the 4th-1st centuries BCE, together with the remarkable cultural, military, political, and economic innovations of this period of history. - Christesen - D

CLST 26 - Later Roman Imperial Archaeology Surveys Roman archaeology from Hadrian to Constantine. We study the Antonine and Severan emperors in some detail, then shift focus to Diocletian and the tetrarchy, Constantine, and the move of the capital to Constantinople. The course ends with a look at the great church of Hagia Sophia, and consideration of the debt of early Christianity to pagan religious traditions. - Ulrich - E

GRK 1.02/3.02 - Intensive Greek    A double course (two time slots) covering both GRK 1 and GRK 3 in a single term. Introduces all the basics of grammar and syntax and provides a gradual introduction to the reading of continuous texts. Satisfies the College language requirement.- Tell -BS + E

GRK 3 - Intermediate Greek  Continued study of Greek grammar and syntax and an introduction to reading in prose authors. Satisfies the College language requirement. Christesen- -BL

GRK 24 - Theater  A study of the tragedy and comedy of Classical Greece through detailed reading of at least one play of Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, or Aristophanes.   Oppen- -D

LAT 2 - Introductory Latin II  Continues the study of the Latin language, with a look at the history and culture of Roman Britain and the city of Rome in the first century AD. Includes an introduction to Roman funerary inscriptions, curse tablets, and coins.-Dibble- BL

LAT 3 - Intermediate Latin  Completes the introduction to Latin grammar and syntax, then moves into unadapted selections from Pliny, Catullus, Ovid, and other Roman authors. Satisfies the College language requirement. -Ulrich - F

LAT 3 - Intermediate Latin  Completes the introduction to Latin grammar and syntax, then moves into unadapted selections from Pliny, Catullus, Ovid, and other Roman authors. Satisfies the College language requirement. -Lynn- BL

LAT 27 - Mortality and Immortality in Roman Philosophy - Readings from Cicero and Lucretius explore opposite answers to a persistent question of Roman philosophy: does any part of a person live on after death? Relatedly, we assess both Greek and Roman positions on the permissibility of suicide. Graver -J

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