University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

First-Year Experience 2014-2015


CLAS 095A ~ Laughter, Tears, and a Chorus: An Introduction to Ancient Greek Theater
CRN: 93705

Instructor: Angeline Chiu Associate Professor of Classics More . . .

How far is too far in the pursuit of revenge? What is the nature of justice? How can human beings wrestle with the consequences of their choices and actions? Can there ever be peace in the battle of the sexes? These are just a few of the ever-relevant questions that ancient Greek playwrights put on stage. From tragedy to comedy and back (Oh, don't forget the lawyer jokes, celebrity lampoons, and political satire!), the Athenians of the fifth-century BC pioneered an art form that still fascinates us today. In this course we will study the context, history, and lasting cultural influence of ancient Greek drama by reading a selection of comic and tragic plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander.

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: TR 1:00pm-2:15pm

CLAS 095C,D ~ Food, Feasts and Festivals
CRN: 95019, 95020

Instructor: Jessica Evans Lecturer in Classics

Forbidden fruits and sacred feasts: why are some foods forbidden and others highly prized? This generally has little to do with intrinsic qualities of the food, but is rather a product of social needs and expectations. Eating, while a biological necessity, also acts as a social marker-a means of laying claim to a particular social class, gender, or ethnic group. In this course, we will examine how myth, ritual, and sacrifice reflected and influenced the foods consumed in Ancient Greece and Rome, and how ancient feasts and festivals render food and drink meaningful. Studying the creation of taboo and sacred food provides insights not only into the production and consumption of food, but also into social life more broadly. In short, we will examine the lives of the Ancient Greeks and Romans through an archaeological, anthropological, and literary lens: if we are what we eat, how can we use food and drink as a means of exploring Greek and Roman identities? How can we use it to explore our own?

Requirements Satisfied: one Humanities course
Meets: Sec. C: MWF 12:50pm-1:40pm;  Sec. D: MWF 3:00pm-3:50pm

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