CLASSICS COURSES FOR SPRING 2014
A CLCS course prefix indicates that all readings are in English.
CLCS 181 Classical World Civilizations. Lynn Parrish. 12-1:15 T/Th
CLCS 181 introduces students to "Classical" civilizations on three continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia) demonstrably interconnected by an ancient world system. We will explore essential themes of past civilization: religion, philosophy, surviving texts, gender relations, urbanism, technology, social and political formations. Note: CLCS 181 satisfies the university core foundational Behavioral/Social Sciences requirement.
CLCS 231 Survey of Latin Literature. Antonia Syson. 10:30-11:45 T/Th
In CLCS 231 you will use close analysis of epic, history, oratory, comedy, and satire to gain insight into some of the most fascinating ideas circulating in Roman society at particular moments of political and social crisis. We shall also think about the interpretive challenges posed for us as twenty-first century readers by these works, which were produced in a complex (and changing) culture very different from our own. Note: CLCS 231 satisfies the university core foundational Humanities and Written Communication requirements.
CLCS 232 Classical Roots of English Words. Liz Mercier. 12:30-1:20 MWF
In this course students will learn the Latin and ancient Greek root words from which much of our modern English language has been derived. The course will improve your writing and reading skills across the board by deepening your understanding of word subtleties, common usage, poetic usage, colloquial variations, regional variations, technical terminology, and the evolution of word usage across time and across cultures. Note: CLCS 232 satisfies the university core foundational Humanities requirement.
CLCS 233 Comparative Mythology. Keith Dickson. 11:30-12:20 MWF
Comparative study of the myths of three major ancient world cultures with a view towards identifying their distinctive features and also the cross-cultural patterns that link them. Types of narrative studied include creation myths, accounts of the structure of the universe and the essential nature of human being, sacred myths, heroic legends, and tales of cataclysmic world destruction. In addition to assessing ways of interpreting myths, we will also focus on the degree to which myths serve as vehicles for critical values. Target cultures for Spring 2014 are Mesopotamia, Celtic Europe, and Mesoamerica. Note: CLCS 233 satisfies the university core foundational Humanities requirement.
CLCS 280 (HEBR 284) Ancient Near Eastern History & Culture. Stuart Robertson. 3:30-4:20 MWF
CLCS 280/HEBR 284 surveys the culture, thought, and civilizations of the ancient near eastern world. You will be introduced to the rudiments of its pre-history, then focus on: the invention of writing; the development of history-writing; the rise of the peoples and nations of ancient Mesopotamia through the Persian Empire until its conquest by Alexander the Great. You will learn how Alexander's successors helped shape the world we now know, the apex of the empires of the Near East.
CLCS 385 Science, Medicine, and Magic in the Ancient West. Keith Dickson. 10:30-11:20 MWF
Study of the evolution of ancient Greek and Roman sciences, with emphasis on the rise of rational medicine against the background of magical practices and traditional methods of healing, and also on the common ground shared by ancient astronomy, divination, and astrology.
GREK 102 Ancient Greek level 2. Liz Mercier. 9:30-10:20 MTWF
This course continues to introduce the fundamentals of ancient Greek grammar. You will learn to read and write in ancient Greek, increase your vocabulary, and develop a familiarity with the word order, style, and structures of Ancient Greek. Studying ancient Greek will hugely improve your command over English, as well as giving you access to some of the most interesting, beautiful and influential works in the western traditions of literature, religion, and philosophy. Prerequisite: Greek 101 or equivalent.
GREK 202 Ancient Greek level 4. David O'Neil. T/Th 4:30-5:45 pm
Greek 202 continues Purdue's intermediate Greek sequence, emphasizing the development of reading skills through vocabulary study, analysis of grammatical constructions, and daily translations. Readings will be drawn from Homer's great epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, with special attention to the differences between the Homeric literary dialect and the dialects of classical Attic and New Testament Koiné. GREK 202 will also explore cultural, historical, and literary issues, including the role of class and gender in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Prerequisites: Greek 101, 102, and 201 or equivalent.
LATN 102 Latin level 2. Liz Mercier. Two sections at 8:30-9:20 and 10:30-11:20 MTWF
This course builds on Latin 101 to continue introducing the fundamentals of Latin grammar. You will learn to read and write in Latin, increase your vocabulary, and increase your understanding of word order, style, and structures. Studying Latin will hugely improve your command over English. Learning the language that until recently took intellectual communication across international borders will allow you to enjoy some of the most interesting, beautiful and influential works of literature in the western tradition. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or equivalent.
LATN 202 Latin level 4. Antonia Syson. 12-1:15 T/Th
You will read some of the most beautifully shaped prose and poetry ever written, in selections from two of the most influential works produced in ancient Rome: Vergil’s Aeneid (Book IV’s account of Dido’s passionate love affair with Aeneas) and Cicero’s Pro Archia (a speech in which Cicero justifies the Roman citizenship of the Greek poet Archias by exploring the contributions of poetry to human existence and to public life in Rome). You will also cement your grasp of core grammar, classical pronunciation and other skills essential to your knowledge of Latin.
Prerequisites: Latin 101, 102, and 201 or equivalent.
LATN 444/590. Roman Philosophers. Madeleine Henry. 1:30-2:45 T/Th
Approach Roman philosophy through close reading and discussion of works by two very different men. Lucretius, the Epicurean author of de Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) introduced atomism to the Romans and has been credited with inspiring the Renaissance. Seneca the Younger, writing in Imperial Rome, offered his Moral Letters (Epistulae Morales) as a guide to right conduct in a corrupt age. Course activities include: readings in Latin and English; guided essays; secondary source analysis. For graduate credit (LATN 590), more Latin reading and a longer paper will be required. Prerequisites: Latin 101, 102, 201, and 202 or equivalent.
If you have questions about Latin or Greek placement, please email the coordinators, Antonia Syson (email@example.com) for Latin, or Keith Dickson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Greek.
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