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Classics

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



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 114
Discerning God & Discovering Self
Common Area: Literature or Studies in Religion

This course traces the development of the concept and experiences of the process of discernment from Antiquity to the Renaissance by looking at a wide range of texts originally written in Greek or Latin in a case-study format. The primary focus will be the "discernment of spirits" as developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the Spiritual Exercises, with an emphasis on three key areas of discernment: Individual, Corporate, and Individual within Corporate.


CLAS 141
Ancient Greece: Freedom & Slavery
Common Area: Historical Studies

A study of Greek history from its beginnings to the death of Socrates. Emphasis is placed on a close analysis of the primary sources.


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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