Classical Studies

Course Offerings

Latin

LATN 111, 112 Elementary Latin (3 each) Introduction to the basic elements of Latin grammar and syntax. Emphasis on reading and simple composition.

LATN 211, 212 Intermediate Latin (3 each) Develops the understanding of advance Latin syntax and emphasizes reading of extended passages from selected Latin prose authors. Poetry is introduced in 212.

LATN 315 Prose Historians: Caesar and Sallust (3) reading of selections from Caesar's Gallic War and Civil War and Sallust's War with Catiline or Jugurthine War. devlops students command of Latin vocabulary and understanding of advance Latin syntax and grammar. Students will consider common histroical themes and approaches employed by the authors.

LATN 316 Cicero (3) Reading of unedited Latin selections from Cicero's Philippics and De Natura Deorum. Beyond continuing development of vocabulary skills, introduces the formal study of rhetoric using Cicero's orations and philosophical works.

LATN 321 Vergil (3) Reading of selections from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 of Vegil's Aeneid. Develops understanding of Latin poetic form, teaches principles of scansion and reinforces knowledge of important literary devices in Latin.

LATN 329 Medieval Latin (3) Reading of selected medieval Latin texts from the fourth century CE up to the Renaissance. Introduces students to the changes in Latin grammar and vocabulary occurring in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

LATN 330 Individual Readings in Latin Literature (1-6) Topics and credit hours must be prearranged with instructor. Repeatable as texts and authors change.

Greek

GRK 111, 112 Elementary Ancient Greek (3 each) Presents the basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary of ancient Greek so that students can begin reading passages from ancient authors. Fall (111), spring (112) in alternate years.

GRK 211, Intermediate Ancient Greek (3) Continues to develop skills in the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Ancient Greek begun in Grk 111-112. Reading of extended passages from authors such as Herodotus, Plato and Thucydides.

GRK 212 Introduction to Greek Prose (3) Reading of prose texts in both Attic and hellenistic Greek. Emphasis on reading a variety of literary genres and prose styles. Students also review and enhance their knowledge of Greek grammar. Texts read include the Tabula of Cebes, Lysias’ On the Murder of Eratosthenes, Paul’s letters and the book of Acts.

GRK 351 Attic Prose (3) An advanced ancient Greek course dedicated to the reading, analysis and discussion of Attic prose texts of the fourth century B.C. Authors read depend on student interest, and may include Aristotle, Plato, Lysias and Isocrates.

GRK 371 New Testament Greek (3) An advanced ancient Greek course devoted to the reading and exegesis of the New Testament in the original language. Emphasis on gaining competence in koine Greek, skill in exegesis and literary analysis, and facility in the use of scholarly tools for New Testament study.

GRK 421 Greek Poetry (3) An advanced ancient Greek course dedicated to the reading of Greek poetry. Students read a variety of Greek poets and poems, gain exposure to several different Greek dialects, and learn about poetic meter and scansion. Authors read depend on student interest, and may include Homer, Hesiod, Sappho and Solon.

GRK 430 Individual Readings in Greek Literature (1-6) Topics and credit hours must be prearranged with the instructor. Repeatable as texts and topics change.

Archaeology

ARCH 105 Introduction to Greek Archaeology (3) Comprehensive overview of the material culture of the Greeks from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period, tracing the main developmental trends in architecture, city planning, sculpture, and the minor arts both in the Greek mainland and the Greek colonies overseas. Although primarily archaeological in orientation, necessary historical context is provided.

ARCH 106 Introduction to Roman Archaeology (3) Comprehensive survey of the material culture of the Romans examining architecture, city planning, art, and technology. Traces development of Roman civilization from the Early Republic to the Late Antique period.

ARCH 305 Greek Painted Pottery (3) Traces the development of the shape and decoration of Greek pottery from the Late Bronze Age through the end of the Classical period. The characteristics of individual artists and the treatment of various Greek myths in different periods are studied.

ARCH 306 Greek Architecture (3) Traces the development of Greek architecture from the Late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Studies the development of city planning, temples, secular buildings, and funerary monuments.

ARCH 307 Roman Architecture (3) Examines the development of Roman building from its roots in Greek and Etruscan architecture to the eclectic Roman architecture idiom of the Empire. Emphasizes the Roman integration of traditional building elements with their own increasing technical virtuosity as structural engineers.

ARCH 308 Greek and Roman Sculptures (3) Examines the development of sculpture within the Greco-Roman world. Topics covered include the evolution of naturalism in the Greek Archaic period, the high classical style of the 5th century BCE, the varied genres of the Hellenistic world, Roman Republic portraiture, and Roman historical reliefs.

ARCH 309 The Etruscans (3) A study of the origin of the Etruscans, who made their appearance in central Italy in the 7th century BCE, and their impact on other Mediterranean cultures. An attempt is made to reconstruct the culture as it can be understood from the architecture and artifacts preserved today.

ARCH 320 Topics in Archaeology (3) Focuses on a topic not offered regularly, such as Aegean archaeology or northern European prehistory. May be repeated.

ARCH 395 Practicum in Archaeology (3-6) The Murlo Summer Program introduces students to both the practical and theoretical aspects of Etruscan archaeology. The seven week program of field work is carried out during the summer near Siena, Italy at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate, which dates to circa 650 BCE. Students participate in the actual excavation of the material as well as in the documentation and conservation carried out in the storeroom. The work is conducted under the supervision of a professional staff of archaeologists, conservationists, a photographer, an architect, and an illustrator.

ARCH 492 Topical Seminars in Archaeology (3) Special seminar topics in archaeology not included in regular course offerings.

Religion

REL 210 Ancient Christianity (3) Traces the history of Christianity from the Apostolic Fathers at the close of the first century until the early medieval period. Emphasis on the life, theology, spirituality and expansion of the early Church, with special attention to Christianity in ancient Roman and Saxon Britain.

REL 330 Paul and His Letters (3) Explores Paul’s letters in order to illumine Paul’s thought, the life of the ancient Christian communities which he founded and the place of Paul within the history of early Christianity. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of the instructor.

REL 499 Senior Seminar (3) Required of all senior theological studies and biblical studies majors. This course affords the student the opportunity to work independently in the preparation of an extended paper and to present this paper in a seminar to other majors in theological and biblical studies. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Philosophy

Ancient Greek Philosophy - PHIL 211 (3) Develops and analyzes philosophical theories from the Pre-Socrates through the Hellenistic Period. Emphasis is primarily on the thought of Plato and Aristotle.

Art History

ARTH 250 Women in Art/Women Artists (3) Balances the traditional approach to art history with a gender focused perspective. Twofold objective-to study the major works of female artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century in the context of society and to discuss images of women in art as represented by both male and female artists. Themes examined include women and Western religion, the good wife and the fallen women, victims and heroines, the nude and the femme fatale.

History

HIST 311 The Greeks and the East (3) Examines the historical relationship between the Greeks and their contemporaries in the Near East.

HIST 312 The Evolution of Rome (3) Examines the history of Rome from the early republic to the end of the imperial era. Focuses on internal sources of stability and Rome's success in integrating the empire.

Interdisciplinary

ID 250 Myths of the Greeks (3) Centers on the stories of the Greeks that have survived through the art, architecture, and literature of ancient times.

ID 325 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World (3) Interdisciplinary study of the rise of the Macedonian state in the fourth century BCE, focuses first on the careers of Philip II and Alexander the Great, then examines the Hellenistic kingdoms created by their success in Greece, the Near East, and Egypt. Besides historical events and material culture, surveys Hellenistic literature, philosophy, and science.