Winter 2021

Winter 2021

CLST 01 - Foodstuffs and Culinary Culture  One thing all humans share is a relationship with food. 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. Topics covered include culture-specific considerations of what food was, who prepared it, techniques of food preparation, customs and social differences relating to consumption.  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 Studies the collection of Christian texts now called the "New Testament" for the insights they provide into the complex cultural interactions in the first-century Mediterranean world. Three primary texts, the Gospel of Mark, Paul's letter to the Colossians, and Paul's letter to James, will be examined in light of their original Jewish context and their embeddedness in Greek thought and Roman socio-political structures. This small-enrollment class is taught conjointly with GRK 29, but with assignments and assessment appropriate for students reading entirely in English - 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 - flyer

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. TMV, W 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 -  Staff  BL

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 / Oppen, Walker: BL  / Walker: C

LAT 28   Medieval Latin Samples the immense riches of medieval Latin literature in a variety of genres: prose narrative (e.g. Augustine's Confessions or the autobiographical experiments of Hildegard, or Héloïse and Abelard) epics and mock-epics, courtly romance, 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