Winter 2024

Winter 2024

CLST 01.03  Antiquity Today   The Romans had the Colosseum, the Greeks had the dramatic stage. What does the different ways they staged violence tell us about the Romans and the Greeks? Topics we cover include Greek and Roman attitudes toward violence, their approaches to classifying and evaluating sexual behaviors, their religious beliefs, and the ways they governed their societies. In all cases we will use what we learn about the Greek and Roman ways of doing things to help think about our own practices and predilections. There are no pre-requisites for this course, and you need not have completed any prior course work on the ancient world. CI. Christesen.

CLST 10.10 Ancient Medicine  (CE eligible)  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

CLST 22 Greek Archaeology: The Classical Period (CE eligible)  From the allied Greeks' expulsion of Persian invaders through their great victories at Plataea and Mykale in 479 B.C. to their catastrophic defeat by Philip, Alexander, and the Macedonians at Chaeronea In 338 B.C., 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, from battlefield to stadium to pan-Hellenic sanctuary. In this course, particular attention is paid to the material cultural achievements of the richest and artistically most influential of these poleis, the city of Athens, when that city developed the western world's first democracy, built the Parthenon, and played host to the schools established by Plato and Aristotle. May be taken in partial fulfillment of the major in Art History. ART, W. Hruby

CLST 25 Early Roman Imperial Archaeology: The First Emperors  Through archaeological sites and related artifacts, this course examines the Roman empire as it was transformed under the rule of the emperors. This course begins with a close look at the first emperor, Augustus, then continues with an examination of the reigns of the Julio-Claudians, Flavians, and Trajan. Discussion focuses on how ancient Italic traditions were transformed to suit the needs of the Imperial government (for example, the adaptation of the Republican, Hellenized Domus to the Imperial Palatia). The most dramatic change in religious practice is the development of the Imperial cult. Site analysis will stress the need for an imperial idiom, the accommodation of urban masses and the promotion of a sense of a shared cultural experience. The course will also examine the technological developments that led to Rome's "architectural revolution." ART, W

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. Schultz

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. LIT, W.  Foxley

LAT 1   Latin 1    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 flier.

LAT 2   Latin 2 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.

LAT 10.03 Topics in Latin Texts: Petronius's Satyricon and Neronian Rome  An introduction to continuous readings of unadapted Latin prose via the hilariously bizarre novel Satyricon, written by a certain Petronius during the reign of Nero. Petronius's work will be supplemented with excerpts from Petronius' contemporaries or near-contemporaries (Seneca, Lucan, Tacitus) to paint a picture of the carnivalesque madness that was Neronian Rome. The course Includes a comprehensive review of Latin grammar and the opportunity to discuss questions of language and interpretation. Glauthier

LAT 32 The Poetry Book Studies the development of the carefully crafted and deliberately arranged book of poetry at Rome, including one complete libellus in Latin with the possibility of additional examples in translation. Authors that may be read include Vergil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Statius, and Martial. As time allows, the class will also explore later examples of book design and artistry, drawing on Dartmouth's collection of rare books. Schultz