Classics

Majors: Students who are considering a Classics major are advised to take the appropriate level of Greek or Latin.

CLAS 106
Classical Drama
Common Area: Literature

Study in depth of a selection of ancient Greek and/or Roman tragedies and comedies, with an emphasis on performance practices and contexts.


CLAS 112
Greek Myths in Literature
Common Area: Literature

A comparison of Classical and modern versions of several ancient Greek myths. The relationships between myth and literature are considered, as well as reasons why these myths have endured through the centuries. Emphasis is on dramatic versions of the myths; narrative poetry and other genres such as music and cinema may also be explored.
 

CLAS 145
The Classics & Conflict in the US
Common Area 1: Historical Science
Common Area 2: Literature

This course will look at uses of ancient Greece and Rome in American civic life and culture, with a focus on the reception of Classical ideas and models during periods of conflict in the US. This will include American engagement with the Classics in the revolutionary and constitutional periods, in the abolitionist movements of the nineteenth century and the civil rights era of the twentieth century, and in discussions about race, gender, and class identity in the twenty-first century.


CLAS 188
Alexander the Great and Asia
Common Area: Historical Studies or Literature

Considers the political, religious, and cultural encounters between the ancient Greek world and Asia generated by the expedition of Alexander the Great and the interpretations of the story of Alexander found in different cultural traditions from antiquity to the present day, from religious texts to heavy metal music.


CLAS 199
Introduction to Greco-Roman Gender & Sex
Common Area:  Literature

In this course, students will analyze and engage with ancient Greco-Roman works of literature and art to reconstruct how the Greeks and Romans conceptualized gender and sexuality. We will use these investigations as a way to analyze our own modern conceptions of gender and sexuality and understand how issues of legality and morality are necessarily renegotiated from culture to culture and time period to time period.



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