Classics - CL


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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100 Greek Civilization
3 hours. An introduction to the life, society and culture of the ancient Greeks. All readings are in English. Creative Arts, and Past course.

101 Roman Civilization
3 hours. An introduction to the life, society and culture of the ancient Romans. All readings are in English. Past course.

102 Introduction to Classical Literature
3 hours. The main literary forms of Classical Antiquity: epic, tragedy, comedy, the philosophical dialogue, history. All readings are in English. Creative Arts, and Past course.

103 Introduction to Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
3 hours. Contributions of archaeological excavations to the study of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East; architecture, painting, and sculpture in their social and historical contexts. All readings are in English. Creative Arts, and Past course.

104 Mediterranean Traditions: Family, Society and the Divine
3 hours. Designed as an introduction to the varieties of cultural, social and religious traditions that collectively constitute Western civilization's foundations. Past, and World Cultures course.

120 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
3 hours. Introduction to issues and methods of philosophy through engagement with classic Greek and Roman texts (read in translation). Same as PHIL 120. Individual and Society, and Past course.

124 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
3 hours. A study of the Five Books of Moses (a.k.a Torah or Pentateuch) within the contexts of the ancient Near East and biblical literature. Same as JST 124 and RELS 124. Taught in English. Past course.

201 Classical Etymology in the Life Sciences
3 hours. The structure and formation of technical terms used in the health sciences, based on roots and elements from Greek and Latin. Same as LING 201. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level biological sciences sequence.

202 The Ancient World: Greece
3 hours. Greece from the Mycenaean through the Hellenistic periods; political, social, economic, and religious life of the Greek city-state and the Hellenistic kingdoms. Same as HIST 202. Past, and World Cultures course.

203 Ancient Rome
3 hours. History of Rome from its origins to the end of the Roman Empire; emphasis on transformation of Rome from city-state to world empire, with attention to social, cultural, and economic background.Same as HIST 203. Past, and World Cultures course.

204 Greek Art and Archaeology
3 hours. Contributions of archaeological excavations to the study of ancient Greece, 600 BC to 31 BC. Architecture, sculpture and painting in their social and historical contexts. Same as AH 204, and HIST 204. Credit is not given for CL 204 if the student has credit in CL 215. Taught in English. Creative Arts, and Past course.

205 Roman Art and Archaeology
3 hours. Contributions of archaeological excavations to the study of ancient Rome and her empire 1000 BC-400 AD. Architecture, sculpture and painting in their social and historical contexts. Same as AH 205, and HIST 205. Creative Arts, and Past course.

208 Greek Mythology
3 hours. Intensive study of the gods and heroic sagas of the Greeks, through original sources in translation. Same as RELS 208. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): CL 100 or CL 102 or CL 103 or the equivalent. Individual and Society, and Past course.

211 Gender and Sexual Orientation in Greek and Roman Literature
3 hours. Ancient perceptions of gender roles and sexual orientation as they appear in the major authors of Greece and Rome. Same as GWS 211. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above. Recommended background: CL 102.

215 Greek Art in Greece
3 hours. Historical, social and religious background of Greek art. The course will be problem oriented. Questions will focus on the relationship between society, art & religion. Taught in Greece, most museums in Athens area will be visited. Taught in English. Taught through Study Abroad.Credit is not given for CL 215 in the student has credit in CL 204. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

216 Sacred Landscapes
3 hours. Study of Greek religion with on site visits to the major sanctuaries of Greece. Emphasis will be placed on the religious origins of drama and the establishment of Athenian cult. Taught in English. Taught through Study Abroad.Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department.

218 Pompeii
3 hours. Examination of the Roman town of Pompeii, including its history, society, politics, economy, religion, art, architecture, and entertainments. Same as AH 218 and HIST 218. Prerequisite(s): CL 101 or CL 103 or CL 205 or AH 110 or; or consent of the instructor. Past course.

219 Sport in the Ancient World
3 hours. Survey of Greek and Roman sport from the Bronze Age to the demise of pagan athletic festivals in late antiquity (c. fifth century CE). Same as HIST 219. Prerequisite(s): Any course in Classics or History. Recommended background: CL 100; CL 101; CL 103; CL 202 or HIST 202; CL 203 or HIST 203; CL 204 or HIST or AH 204; or CL 205 or HIST 205 or AH 205.

220 Ancient Philosophy I: Plato and His Predecessors
3 hours. Introduction to Plato and his predecessors in the ancient period. Same as PHIL 220. It is recommended that PHIL 220/CL 220 and PHIL 221/CL 221 be taken as a sequence in successive terms. Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy or consent of the instructor.

221 Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and His Successors
3 hours. Introduction to Aristotle and his successors in the ancient period. Same as PHIL 221. It is recommended that PHIL 220/CL 220 and PHIL 221/CL 221 be taken as a sequence in successive terms. Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy or consent of the instructor.

225 Topics in Muslim-Jewish Relations
3 hours. Muslim-Jewish interactions from the rise of Islam until contemporary times, the relationship between Biblical and Quranic materials, the Jewish and Islamic interpretive tradition and the legal systems of the two religious traditions. Same as JST 225 and RELS 225.

235 Introduction to Jewish Thought I
3 hours. Introduces students to the fundamental Jewish texts, theology, and thought of the Rabbinic period (100CE - 900 CE). Topics include: ethics, authority, sexuality, exegesis, and law. Same as JST 235 and RELS 235. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

242 The History of Jewish Biblical Interpretation
3 hours. Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew bible. A survey of the span of Jewish history and the wide range of cultural contexts that have impacted the understanding of the Torah. Same as JST 242 and RELS 242. Past course.

250 Greek and Roman Epic Poetry
3 hours. The epic poems of Homer, Apollonius of Rhodes, Vergil, and others in the Greco-Roman tradition. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): CL 100 or CL 101 or CL 102 or CL 103 or the equivalent. Creative Arts, and Past course.

251 Greek Tragedy
3 hours. The plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): CL 100 or CL 102 or CL 103 or CL 106 or the equivalent. Creative Arts, and Past course.

252 Greek and Roman Comedy
3 hours. The plays of Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, and Terence. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): CL 100 or CL 101 or CL 102 or CL 103 or CL 106 or the equivalent. Creative Arts, and Past course.

253 Roman Satire and Rhetoric
3 hours. A survey of Roman literature with special emphasis on satire and rhetoric. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): CL 100 or CL 101 or CL 102 or CL 103 or CL 106 or the equivalent. Creative Arts, and Past course.

254 Prophets in Judaism and Islam
3 hours. A cross-cultural survey of prophets. Texts include the Hebrew Bible, the Quran and Islamic and Jewish exegetical material. Same as JST 254 and RELS 254. Past course.

255 Greek Science, Islamic Culture
3 hours. Traces the reception and development of the ancient sciences in medieval Islamic culture. Same as ARAB 255. Taught in English. Past, and World Cultures course.

260 Near Eastern Myths & Epic
3 hours. Literature from the ancient Near East with a particular focus on the Epic of Gilgamesh. All texts read in translation. Prerequisite(s): CL 102 or CL 104 or CL 208 or CL 250 or CL 251; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society, and Past course.

291 Topics in Latin Prose Authors
3 hours. Readings in Latin prose chosen from a single author, period, or single genre. Same as LAT 291. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours if topics vary. Taught in English. Students who register in CL 291 will complete assignments in English translation. Students who register in LAT 291 will complete more than half of the readings in Latin. Prerequisite(s): LAT 104 or equivalent for students who register in LAT 291 only. Recommended background: CL 102.

292 Topics in Ancient Greek Prose Authors
3 hours. Readings in Ancient Greek prose chosen from a single author, period, or single genre in different periods. Same as GKA 292. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours if topics vary. Taught in English. Students who register in CL 292 will complete assignments in English translation. Students who register in GKA 292 will complete more than half of the readings in Ancient Greek. Prerequisite(s): GKA 104 or the equivalent, or consent of the instructor for students who register in GKA 292 only. Recommended background: CL 102.

297 Studies in the Classical Tradition
3 hours. Examination of selected texts of ancient Greek and Roman literature, such as the novel, drama, and epic, and how they inform English and American literature and culture. Same as ENGL 297. Prerequisite(s): CL 102; or consent of the instructor. Creative Arts, and Past course.

298 Topics in Classical Civilization
3 hours. Selected topics at an intermediate level in Greek and Roman civilization. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level classics course or the equivalent.

299 Independent Reading: Special Topics in Classics in Translation
3 hours. Individual study under faculty direction. Reading and papers on chosen topics for qualified students based on preparation and interest; students must confer with faculty. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and department.

304 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
3 hours. Examines the career of Alexander the Great of Macedon and his legacy in Greece, Egypt and the Near East, up until the arrival of the Romans. Same as AH 304. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

310 Aristotle and the Arabs
3 hours. Traces the major topics of ancient Greek philosophy, especially those of Aristotle, and their transformation into the philosophy developed in the Arabic classical period. Same as ARAB 310 and PHIL 310. Prerequisite(s): CL 221 or PHIL 221 or RELS 230.

340 The Iliad of Homer
3 hours. Examines the Iliad of Homer. It involves analysis of the structure of the narrative, close examination of characters and a historical commentary of the Archaic period of Greece.

390 Seminar in Mediterranean Literature
3 hours. Comparative readings in selected texts from the literatures of Ancient Greece, Judaism, Christianity and Islam with an emphasis on writing and research skills. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Recommended background: Grade of B or better in CL 104.

391 Topics in Latin Poetry
3 hours. Advanced readings in Latin poetry chosen from a single author, period, or single genre in different periods. Same as LAT 391. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours if topics vary. Taught in English. Students who register in CL 391 will complete assignments in English translation. Students who register in LAT 391 will complete more than half of the readings in Latin. Prerequisite(s): CL 250 or CL 252 or CL 253; or consent of the instructor; and LAT 291 or the equivalent for students who register for LAT 391 only. Recommended background: CL 102.

392 Topics in Ancient Greek Poetry
3 hours. Advanced readings in Ancient Greek poetry chosen from a single author, period, or single genre in different periods. Same as GKA 392. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours if topics vary. Taught in English. Students who register in CL 392 will complete assignments in English translation. Students who register in GKA 392 will complete more than half of the readings in Ancient Greek. Prerequisite(s): CL 250 or CL 251 or CL 252 or CL 340; or consent of the instructor; and GKA 292 or the equivalent for students who register in GKA 392 only. Recommended background: CL 102.

398 Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization
3 hours. Advanced study of topics in Greek and Roman civilization. Emphasis on writing and research skills. Sample topic: Latin historiography. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): At least two classics courses at the 100- or 200-level.

399 Independent Study: Honors Project
1 TO 3 hours. Selected topics for individual study. Restricted to students seeking Highest Distinction in Classics. Prerequisite(s): A minimum 3.75/4.00 GPA in major courses and the completion of and/or concurrent registration in four advanced 200- and/or 300-level courses in the major, in consultation with the academic advisor.

401 Topics in Greek History
3 OR 4 hours. Specific topics are announced each term. Same as HIST 401. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of history or classics.

402 Topics in Roman History
3 OR 4 hours. Specific topics are announced each term. Same as HIST 402. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of history or classics.

405 Herodotus and His World
3 OR 4 hours. Examines the Histories of Herodotus - both the text and the culture of Classical Greece compared to the Near East and Egypt. Same as HIST 405. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

407 The Power of the Image: Roman Sculpture as Propaganda
3 OR 4 hours. Historical and thematic examination of the use of Roman sculpture, by emperors and private individuals of all social classes, as an instrument of personal and political propaganda. Same as AH 407 and HIST 407. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): one of the following courses: AH 204, AH 205, AH 110, CL 101, CL 103, CL 203, CL 204, CL 205, HIST 203, HIST 205; or consent of the instructor.

408 Athenian Democracy and Society in the Age of Aristophanes
3 OR 4 hours. A careful examination of the comedies of Aristophanes, his acute criticism of Athenian politics, and his account of the war between Athens and Sparta. Same as HIST 408. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): CL 202. Recommended background: one of the following courses: CL 251, CL 252, CL 405 or HIST 405.

498 Special Topics in Classical Civilization
3 OR 4 hours. Advanced study of topics in classical civilization. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s): Two classics courses at the 200-level.

499 Advanced Independent Study
3 OR 4 hours. Advanced independent study under faculty direction. Reading and papers on chosen topics for qualified students based on preparation and interest. Students must consult with faculty. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the faculty member and department.


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