Spring 2022

Spring 2022

CLST 3   Reason and the Good Life: Socrates to Epictetus  An introduction to philosophical thought in antiquity, especially that of Socrates, Epicurus, and the Stoics. We will concentrate especially on ethical questions; e.g. what kind of life is best for humans to pursue, how thoughtful persons should weigh the potentially competing claims of reason, pleasure, and emotion; and on how intellectual activity was perceived at Athens and at Rome.  TMV, W.  Graver. 11

CLST 10.12  The End of the World: Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature in the Hellenistic Era    The Hellenistic era was a period of remarkable theological and literary creativity within the Jewish and Christian communities, including the development of a unique genre, apocalyptic literature. Apocalyptic texts, which portend a catastrophic end to the world, are notoriously difficult to interpret due to their use of fantastical imagery and often cryptic symbolism.  In this class we will explore several texts in depth, including portions of Daniel from the Hebrew scriptures, the Book of Enoch from the Maccabean period, the Apocalypse of John (Revelation) from the Christian scriptures, and the 2nd century Christian text Apocalypse of Peter. In addition to learning how to read apocalyptic literature, we will examine the socio-historical context of these texts, their relationship to communities under duress and how they have been reimagined by later generations. TMV, W. Whaley. 2

CLST 11.13 Democracy: Ancient to Modern  This course comprises four parts. In the first, we will familiarize ourselves with the concept of democracy, as well as the historical context in which democracy first emerged. In part two, we will explore the history of democracy at ancient Athens, with an emphasis on the development and functioning of democratic institutions, democratic ideology, and the exploitation by democracies of women, slaves, and foreigners. In part three, we will consider democracies outside Athens, as well as non-democratic regime types, such as oligarchy, tyranny, and the "Lycurgan" constitution at Sparta. In part four, we will turn our attention to the modern era. More specifically, we will compare Greek democracies to subsequent institutions that have been described as democratic (e.g., New England town hall meetings, the United States of America, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo); examine the impact of Greek democracy on the development of modern political thought. INT or SOC, W. Martin. 10

CLST 14 Greek History: Archaic and Classical Greece  This course is designed to survey the major events in the history of ancient Greece from c.1600 B.C. (the emergence of palatial culture in the Mycenaean World) to 404 B.C. (the end of the Peloponnesian War). During this period, the Greeks formed individual communities and developed unique political structures, spread their culture, language, and religion throughout the Mediterranean, invented democracy (at Athens) and enshrined these values in their art and literature. This course will cover the physical setting of and the archaic legacy to the classical city-state, its economy, its civic and religious institutions, the waging of war between cities, the occurrence and ancient analysis of conflict within the city, and the public and private lives of its citizens and less well-known classes, such as women, children, slaves, etc. SOC, W.  Martin. 12

CLST 30.01, 30.02, 31  Foreign Study in Greece and Rome Ulrich, Hruby

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. 9L, 12

GRK 3   Intermediate Greek  Continued study of Greek grammar and syntax and an introduction to reading in prose authors. Satisfies the College language requirement. Whaley9L

GRK 30.07  The End of the World  Studies Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature produced in the Hellenistic era. These extraordinary texts, which portend a catastrophic end to the world, are notoriously difficult to interpret due to their fantastical imagery and cryptic symbolism. We will also examine the relationship of these texts to communities under duress. TMV, W. TMV, W. Whaley. 2

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. 9L

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.  Walker, Lynn, Glauthier. 9L, 10, 2

 LAT 18.02  Intermediate Topics: Catullus   Identical with LAT 21, but with expectations and requirements adjusted to meet the needs of intermediate Latin students. LIT, W. Glauthier. 10A

LAT 21  Love Poetry: Catullus   The poems of Catullus have been delighting, moving, and frequently shocking readers since he wrote them in the final years of the Roman republic. We will read extensively from this fascinating body of work, paying close attention to language and style. Significant themes will include love, friendship, obscenity, invective, gender, sexuality, poetics, and programmatics. In addition, we will study the literary culture of the late Republic and explore recent critical approaches to Catulluscourse flyer LIT, W. Glauthier. 10A