Classical Studies Courses

Classical Studies Courses for 2020-21

CLST 1 Foodstuffs and Culinary Culture (Winter) 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

CLST 2   The Tragedy and Comedy of Greece and Rome (Spring) 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

CLST 4   Classical Mythology (Fall) 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. Oppen syllabus

CLST 6   Introduction to Classical Archaeology (Fall) 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. Dibble  syllabus

CLST 7 First-Year Seminar: The Collapse of Civilizations in the Ancient Mediterranean (Winter)  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

CLST 10.03 Mind, Heart, Brain (Winter) 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 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. Christesen  syllabus  flyer

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

CLST 18   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. Stewart flyer

CLST 22  Greek Archaeology: The Classical Period (Winter) 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

CLST 24  The Birth of Rome (Winter) 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

CLST 26  Later Roman Imperial Archaeology: The Golden Age and Beyond (Spring) 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