CLST 07 First-Year Seminar: Migration in the Ancient Mediterranean This seminar examines migration, displacement, and free and forced mobility in the ancient Mediterranean world more generally through analysis of primary sources and debates on them in scholarship. Sources we will consider include textual accounts and archaeological evidence from both the multi-continental entity today known as ancient Greece and the Italian peninsula. Through contributions to the RMS common terminology project and short reading responses, students will develop a critical vocabulary for discussing migration as well as their own abilities to ask historical questions, particularly those exposing the differences and similarities between Greco-Roman antiquity and our modern world. Oppen. J.
CLST 10.14 Plato's Symposium. A small-enrollment seminar offering an introduction to Plato's thought and to a rich vein of material illustrating Greek attitudes and assumptions on erotic love for both sexes. The primary text is Plato's Symposium, which we will study in translation while learning the Greek alphabet and a few key vocabulary items in Greek. As time allows during the term, we will explore some of the rich body of evidence that exists in Greek poetry, oratory, and the visual arts either confirming or contradicting the impression given by Plato.TMV, W. Graver. F
CLST 10.16 Ancient Medicine This course will explore the Greek and Roman origins of medicine in the West. We will analyze how disease came to be understood as a natural phenomenon, and we will examine the different procedures, philosophies, and social roles of doctors in the ancient world. In this investigation, we will encounter many questions with which we are still grappling today, such as: What constitutes scientific thinking? How do science and cultural context determine and reflect one another? What is human nature? Is a disease a moral failing? How do we understand gender and sex in medical terms? All readings will be in translation, and no prior knowledge of medicine or Greco-Roman antiquity is necessary. TMV, W. Glauthier. D
CLST 11.06/REL 31/WGSS 43.02 Sex, Celibacy, and the Problem of Purity: Asceticism and the Human Body in Late Antiquity Late Antiquity (c. 300-500 C.E.) was a time when Christians struggled to understand how gender, family life, and religion could intermesh. Did virgins get to heaven faster than those who marry? Can a chaste man and woman live together without succumbing to lust? Were men holier than women? What about women who behaved like men? This course examines the changing understanding of the body, marriage, sexuality, and gender within Christianity through reading saints' lives, letters, polemical essays, and legal texts. TMV, W. MacEvitt.
CLST 11.19: Before Billboards and Twitter: Roman Coins as Text. This course focuses on the coin production of ancient Rome, the development and use of money at Rome, the logistics of coin production, and the methods for studying coinage to write ancient history. Roman coinage offers a rare type of evidence from the ancient world and a path of discovery: a continuous at times annual record. Of even more potential value for the ancient historian: in issuing coins the Roman government exploited the potential of a commonly circulated medium to carry value-laden symbols and captions throughout the Roman world and beyond, wherever money changed hands. Nowhere else in the ancient world can we watch a discourse so systematically and comprehensively as we can on coins. Moreover coins often bring forward communities and persons otherwise unrecorded in other ancient sources, allowing us to nuance the political narratives of the literary sources in terms of local traditions or individual identity (gender, ethnicity, religion). The problem: how to interpret accurately and most fully the evidence of the coins—their symbols and wording-- in order to write ancient history. In this hands-on course, students will learn the basics of numismatic methodology and the history of Roman coinage during the Republic and Principate, by handling and studying ancient coins from the collection in Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art. Students will learn numismatic methods (die study, hoard analysis, metrology and type identification, iconographic study) that allow us to consider coins as documentary sources in their own right. A final unit treats the ethics of coin collecting and the role of the modern museum. Students will prepare material for a coin installation and research the possible purchase of a coin for the Hood museum collection. SOC. Stewart. E.
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 28: Plato's Symposium A small-enrollment seminar offering an introduction to Plato's thought and to a rich vein of material illustrating Greek attitudes and assumptions on erotic love for both sexes. The primary text is Plato's Symposium, which we will study in the original language using an extraordinarily helpful study text by Louise Pratt (Eros at the Banquet). As time allows during the term, we will explore some of the rich body of evidence that exists in Greek poetry, oratory, and the visual arts either confirming or contradicting the impression given by Plato. TMV, W. Graver. F
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. Glauthier, Staff. BL, C, F
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. C
LAT 29 - Courtroom Speech In this class we will read Cicero's speech for Aulus Cluentius (Pro Cluentio) as an example of Roman legal argument. In 66 BCE Cicero defended Aulus Cluentius on a charge of murdering his stepfather Statius Albius Oppianicus. Both men—as well as many others involved in the case--came from local towns in Roman Italy. The stakes for conviction: loss of civic status, essentially a social death. Cicero's defense of his client provides a masterly example of courtroom defense strategies (the mustering of evidence, witness testimony, manipulation of legal procedures) and the courtroom story-telling that created presumptive realities of "wrong" and "truth," of "innocence" or "guilt." The speech thus affords insight into questions of Roman courtroom procedure and judicial integrity, of the assimilation of Italians within the Roman social and political community and access to Roman law, and of the social expectations of gender as a rhetorical strategy in courtroom speech. SOC. Stewart. J