(cross-listed with REL
210) "Greek Myth and the Hero" (IT)
In our society, "myth" is often perceived as "storytelling" that has an element of
falsehood built into it. For archaic Greek society, like many traditional societies
that operate on ancestral principles, myths are the ultimate way of encoding truth
values. Storytelling, therefore, is not just entertainment; it is a set of patterns
set up by a specific society that gives the members of that culture a sense of their
own identity. In this course we will begin to understand how the storytelling traditions
of Greece establish social order and define what it means to be truly civilized.
"Greek Drama and Society" (LIT, W)
In the 5th century BCE Athens was the intellectual and artistic center of Greece.
Here the dramatic festival of the god Dionysus was held every spring in his theater
at the foot of the Acropolis. The ideas and values presented in these ancient plays
have profoundly influenced Western thought ever since, and have been produced continuously
by actors and theatre companies all over the world for 2500 years. In this course
we will study twelve of the best plays, written by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides,
and Aristophanes. We will examine the structure, style, and significance of the ancient
plays and modern adaptations and interpretations, as well as issues of Athenian politics,
gender, and religion. Offered alternate years, spring.
"Greek and Roman Comedy" (LIT, W)
In this course we will survey works by four great ancient comic playwrights of Greece
and Rome: Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, and Terence. We will examine the structure,
style, and significance of the ancient plays and the modern adaptations and interpretations.
Students will have an opportunity to perform a staged reading of select scenes. Offered
in alternate years, spring.
"Greek/Latin Literature in Translation" (LIT)
Great works of literature from classical antiquity studied in English translation.
Readings will be selected from Greek or Latin poetry, prose, and drama and will typically
vary from year to year. Course may be applied to the minor in classical studies and
may be repeated for credit if course content is not duplicated. Offered occasionally.
(cross-listed with ART 307) "The Art and Archaeology of Greek Myth" (AR)
Myths and rituals constitute the religion of ancient Greece, and are expressed in
art, monuments, and in writing. The culture, ideas, and values imparted through the
varied expressions of Greek myths influenced Western thought in a profound and lasting
way. In this course, we will study the intimate relationship between myth, art, history,
and culture of ancient Greece. Recommended prerequisite: GRS/REL 210
(cross-listed with ART 309 and HIST 309) "Greek Art From Homer to Alexander" (AR)
A survey of cultural artifacts and monuments of ancient Greece from the “Age of Homer”
(Bronze Age) to the “Age of Alexander” (Hellenistic Period). The goal is to develop
an understanding and appreciation of Greek artistic expression, its influences, and
its impact on Western art and thought. Course includes a field trip. Offered in alternate
(cross-listed with ART 311 and HIST 311) "Art and Architecture in the Roman World"
This course follows the development of the forms and ideologies of Roman art from
the republic to late antiquity. The issues to be discussed will include public and
private and civic and religious art and architecture, urban planning, and the interaction
of Roman art forms and provincial cultures in the forging of identity. Offered occasionally.
"Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome" (CHC, W)
This course examines issues of sex, sexuality, and gender in the ancient societies
of Greece and Rome through the study of literature, art, and science. We will investigate
the representation of sexuality and gender cross-culturally over time to learn what
we know, and what we can't know, about the role they play in ancient Greek and Roman
culture and society. Offered occasionally.
(cross-listed with HIST 318 and REL 318) "Blood Rites and Mystery Cults" (CHC)
Ancient Roman religion was uniquely open to foreign influence while respecting its
own customs. This course will examine how the Roman people demonstrated this quality
as they adopted or adapted new religious ideas and traditions from the beginnings
of the Roman monarchy in 753 BCE to the fifth century CE.
. May Term.
"Independent Study" (W)
A major research project related to the study of classical language, culture, or literature
under the close supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.