courses

Dionysus Sarcophagus.croppedGreek and Roman Mythology

An introduction to the study and interpretation of Greek and Roman myths, as they appear both in ancient sources and in later music, sculpture, painting, and literature. The course focuses on interpretive approaches that can help us to define the insights of these myths into to human psychology and the predicaments of men and women, and to apply those insights critically to our own time.

Course Goals

  • learn some of the more famous Greek and Roman myths
  • practice interpreting them based on detailed examination of the primary ancient sources
  • understand how to evaluate information about mythology, and find and use different kinds of primary source material
  • examine some of the art from more recent cultures that have used Greek and Roman myths

Syllabus 2018

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Writing Assignments and Rubrics 2018

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Later Uses of a Greek Myth

Colosseum D'EspouyAncient Worlds on Film

An introduction to ancient Greek, Persian, and Roman history and civilization through primary sources and film portrayals.

Course Goals 

  • Evaluate films in terms of historical accuracy, compared to primary historical sources
  • Appreciate and analyze film as a creative medium, with attention to aspects of production, directors’ and screenwriters’ artistic goals, use of set design, music, script, genre conventions, etc.
  • Interpret films and historical sources for their relevance to their time of production, and to today

Syllabus 2018

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Writing assignments and rubrics 2018

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Essay-on-Alexander
Essay-on-Spartacus-or-Gladiator
Roman Film Research Project

Cäsar.croppedRoman Historians: Caesar

An introduction to the life and writings of Gaius Julius Caesar (100–44 BC). In addition to reading selections from his account of the Roman civil war in which he was a main protagonist and the victor, we will read the principle ancient sources on his life: the biographies by Plutarch (ca. AD 50–ca. 120) and Suetonius (b. ca. AD 70), and the account of the whole period by Appian of Alexandria (ca. AD 95–ca. 170).

Course Goals 

Know:

  • course of Roman history ca. 70–44 BC (key figures, dates, stories, ideas)
  • Latin vocab. and grammar sufficient to read Caesar comfortably

Understand:

  • key values in Roman politics (virtus, dignitas, etc.), as revealed in the civil war/fall of Repub.
  • Caesar’s and Pompey’s characters
  • causes of the fall of the Republic and Caesar’s assassination

Be able to:

  • translate Caesar at sight (with appropriate assistance), and prepared
  • read ancient sources critically (Suetonius, Appian, Plutarch, Caesar himself)
  • research and write about special topics in Roman history

Syllabus 2016

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Writing Assignments and Rubrics 2016

Caesar Close Reading paper 2016

 

Heinsius_Emblem_Quaeris_quid_7.croppedIntroduction to Latin Poetry

An introduction to Latin poetry, focusing on Catullus, with some works by Ovid and other authors. Attention is paid to translation, interpretation, reading aloud, metrics, and cultural and literary context.

Course Goals

  • read Latin poets of moderate difficulty in Latin with appropriate assistance
  • relate the Latin poetry to its historical and literary contexts
  • identify and appreciate literary and stylistic features of Latin poetry

Syllabus 2015

Podcasts

Podcast assignment

Podcast Rubric

Nausikaa_und_Odysseus_(Tischbein).croppedIntroduction to Greek Poetry

An introduction to Greek poetry through selected readings from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad in Greek and English, along with selected critical readings on various aspects of Homer and Homeric society.

Course Goals

  • read Homer in Greek with appropriate assistance
  • relate the poetry of Homer to its historical and literary contexts
  • identify and appreciate literary and stylistic features of Homer

Syllabus 2014

Podcasts

Homer podcast assignment

Homer Podcast Rubric

Pompeii_-_Casa_dei_Casti_Amanti_-_Banquet_Detail_1.croppedRoman Satire

Readings from Horace, Martial, and Juvenal with study of social life in the early principate.

Course Goals

  • read and appreciate the styles of the main Roman satirists (Horace, Martial, Juvenal)
  • critically examine Roman values and social life as seen in satire
  • research and enter scholarly debates about Roman satire

Syllabus 2018

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Writing Assignments and Rubrics 2018 

Horatian Satire Assignment
Martial Satire Assignment
Satire final paper 2018