Courses in Classics (CLAS)

CLAS 015 - From Letters to Literature
Topics in script, literacy, books, libraries, cultural expression, preservation and access from ancient Mesopotamia to the age of printing and the era of electronic information.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 021 - Classical Greek Civilization
A study of the "Golden Age of Pericles," the course covers the whole of Athenian society from art to war, culminating in the trial of Socrates. Cross-listed with: HST 021.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 022 - Etymology
The study of English vocabulary derived from Greek and Latin. Topics include analysis of word formation, historical and comparative linguistics, and international scientific terminology.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 023 - Classical Roman Civilization
Growth of the Roman Empire; political and social disruption in the Roman world from the second century B.C.E., through the first century C.E. Cross-listed with: HST 022.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 024 - Myths/Legends Trojan War
Homeric epics, Virgil's Aeneid, selections from tragedy dealing with the Trojan War and Greco-Roman cultural identity. Examples from art and archaeology supplement the literary theme. Cross-listed with: WLIT 024.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 035 - The End of the Roman Republic
Participants describe the Republic's end: Caesar justifies conquest and civil war; Catullus and Sallust reveal a society in turmoil; Cicero documents first-century politics: political gangs, bribery, and violence. Cross-listed with: WLIT 035.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 037 - Early Roman Empire: Lit Trans
Poetry and prose in the first century C.E. (the age of Augustus, Nero, Trajan), emphasizing varieties and limitations of political and literary freedom. Cross-listed with: WLIT 037.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 042 - Mythology
Greek myth in literature, art, and music from antiquity to modern times. No prerequisites. Spring semester. Cross-listed with: WLIT 042.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 095 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
CLAS 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
CLAS 121 - History of Greece
Political and social developments of ancient Greece: birth of democracy, conflict of autonomy and hegemony, federal states, invention of "otherness," spatial and cultural restraints on citizenship. Prerequisite: HST 009, or CLAS 021/ HST 021, or appropriate work in Classics. Cross-listed with: HST 121.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 122 - History of Rome
Expansion of Rome in Italy and conquest of the Mediterranean world: cultural conflict, development of a unifying national identity, and the foundation of European states. Prerequisite: HST 009, CLAS 023/HST 022, or appropriate work in Classics. Cross-listed with: HST 122.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 145 - D2: Comparative Epic
Interdisciplinary introduction to epic poetry and performance, from Gilgamesh and the Homeric poems to the Kalevala traditions of Finland to the griot poetry and music of West Africa. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: WLIT 145.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 147 - Ancient Law
Comparative study of three major ancient legal systems and their roles in their respective societies: ancient Near East (Sumerian to Hittite), Greek and Roman. Prerequisite: Three credits in Classics, History, Philosophy, Political Science. Cross-listed with: HST 147.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 148 - Ancient Egypt Through the Ages
A thematic and historical intorduction to the civilization of Ancient Egypt and its cultural position and influence in both the ancient and modern worlds. Prerequisite: Three credits in Classics/History. Cross-listed with: HST 148.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 149 - D2:Hist of Ancient Near East
Survey of primary civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia and the secondary cultures of Anatolia, Syria-Palestine, Assyria, and Persia. Prerequisites: HST 009 or CLAS 021 or appropriate work in Classics. Cross-listed with: HST 149.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 153 - Greek Drama
Plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes in their historical and cultural setting. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: WLIT 153.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 154 - Stories and Histories
Creation and development of genres which the Greeks and Romans used to represent true narratives about people or events, especially the development of historical writing. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 155 - Ancient Epic
Homer, Apollonius, and Vergil, as well as readings selected from other Greek and Latin epic (including epyllia) and didactic poetry. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: WLIT 155.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 156 - Satiric Spirit
Comedy, satire, epigram and prose fantasy as vehicles for political, social, and literary criticism in the Greco-Roman world. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: WLIT 156.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 157 - Greek Feminism
The construction of the status of women in ancient Greek society. Readings include lyric, tragic, and comic poetry, philosophy, oratory, novel, and nonliterary documents. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; three hours in literature, History, Anthropology, or Sociology. Cross-listed with: HST 157, WLIT 157, WGST 157.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 158 - Greco-Roman Political Thought
History of Greco- Roman political thought and political reality, as revealed by lawgivers, philosophers, politicians, and historians. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 161 - Plato
A survey of Plato's works, including the "early," "middle," and parts of the "late" dialogues. Emphasis will be laid on reading the dialogues themselves. Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy, or one course in Classics (Greek Culture or Greek). Cross-listed with: PHIL 108.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
CLAS 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
CLAS 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
CLAS 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
CLAS 201 - Senior Seminar In Classics
Research methods and contemporary issues in the study of classical antiquity; preparation of individual senior projects. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of Classics, Greek, or Latin; Senior standing.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 221 - Seminar in Ancient History
Selected aspects of Near Eastern, Greek, or Roman History (e.g. trade and colonization, imperialism, social and political institutions, cultural and intellectual developments). Prerequisite: Junior/Senior/Graduate standing; Twelve hours of History.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 222 - Seminar in Ancient History
Selected aspects of Near Eastern, Greek, or Roman History (e.g. trade and colonization, imperialism, social and political institutions, cultural and intellectual developments). Prerequisites: Junior/Senior/Graduate standing; twelve hours of History.
Credits: 3.00
CLAS 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
CLAS 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00