CLAS 210 A: Greek And Roman Classics In English

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
OTB 014
SLN: 
12689
Instructor:
Olga Levaniouk

Syllabus Description:

Epic, history, philosophy, tragedy, comedy, lyric: invented or reinvented by the Greeks and Romans, transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean to modern world literature. Whether you are completely new to this material, or looking to connect texts already read with texts not yet read, in this course we will explore the foundations of western literature and thought. Homer and Virgil; Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides; Herodotus and Tacitus; Catullus and Ovid; Sappho, Plato and more: great authors who have been shaping great conversations for over 2000 years.  Three lectures each week, team-taught by the entire faculty of the Department of Classics; twice-weekly discussion sections in which you will find out how these texts talk to each other and how they can talk to you. This course will also be offered in Spring Quarter.

 

Students in previous quarters have said:

"The different lecturers was an incredible way to run the class. I loved hearing from new people on different topics."

"It was insightful and interesting and different from my previous classes."

"It was both entertaining and educational to read so many classic plays/poems and tragedies from both Greek and Roman literature."

"Excellent class; especially grateful for the team-teaching character of the class -- different instructors' style presented."

"I enjoyed all the stories and it expanded my knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology."

"I enjoyed the analysis and comparison of ancient works.  It was interesting to see the parallels between ancient works and modern topics."

"I enjoyed being able to learn more about Greek and Roman history."

 

Grades are determined as follows:

Participation in sections: 15%

Quizzes: 15%

Midterm: 30%

Final examination: 40%

Questions? Contact the Classics department at clasdept@uw.edu

 

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LECTURES

M W F            10:30 - 11:20 OTB 014

 

QUIZ SECTIONS

Section AA:   T Th    10:30 -11:20 in EEB 054        Zacks

Section AB:    T Th    10:30 -11:20 in CDH 128      Brobeck

Section AD:   T Th    11:30-12:20 in EEB 054         Zacks

Section AE:    T Th    11:30-12:20 in CDH 128       Brobeck

 

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED

Course Coordinator

Professor Olga Levaniouk  Office:  Denny M262B (phone messages 543-2266) 

Email: olevan@uw.edu

 Office hour: Thursday 2:30-3:20pm and by appointment

Classics 210 Website:         course syllabus and readings are available on Canvas

 

Teaching Assistant

Joshua Zacks             Office: Denny 400K

email: zacksj@uw.edu

Emma Brobeck         Office: Denny 400K

email: ebrobeck@uw.edu

All mailboxes are located in the Classics Department Office, Denny 262 (543-2266)

 

Lecturers

Professors Blondell, Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levaniouk, Stroup, and Topper

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Required Reading  (Available at the University Bookstore)

Homer's Iliad,  trans. Lombardo

Greek Tragedies Vol. I  ed. Grene and Lattimore (3rd Edition)

Euripides, Medea, trans. Taplin.

Aristophanes' The Clouds , trans. Henderson

Plato’s Symposium  trans. Sharon

Apollonius of Rhodes, Jason and the Golden Fleece,  trans. Hunter

Plautus, The Pot of Gold and Other Plays, trans. Watling

Lucretius' On the Nature of the Universe  trans. Englert

Aeneid of Virgil  trans. Fitzgerald

Ovid’s Metamorphoses  trans. Melville

Seneca's Phaedra  trans. Ahl

Selections from: Greek Lyric, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Catullus, Juvenal and Tacitus  (available on Canvas)

 

The Final Exam will be held on Monday December 11, 2017, 8:30-10:20 in OTB 014

 

Lecture Schedule with Reading Assignments

 

WEEK 1

9/27     Clauss              Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization

9/29     Levaniouk        Homer I                                    Homer's Iliad  Books 1 -  6

 

WEEK 2

10/2     Levaniouk        Homer II                                   Homer's Iliad  Books 9, 16 - 19

10/4     Levaniouk        Homer III                                  Homer's Iliad  Books 22 - 24

10/6     Topper             Theater and the Symposium:     Readings on Canvas: The World of Dionysus

                                    The World of Dionysus

 

WEEK 3

10/9     Topper             Greek Lyric                              Readings on Canvas: Greek Lyric Poems

10/11   Hollmann         Tragedy I                                 Greek Tragedies - Aeschylus' Agamemnon

10/13   Topper             Tragedy II                                Greek Tragedies -Sophocles' Oedipus the King

 

WEEK 4

10/16   Clauss              Tragedy III                               Greek Tragedies - Euripides' Medea

10/18    Kamen             Greek Comedy                         Aristophanes' The Clouds          

10/20   Hollmann         Greek Historians I                     Readings on Canvas: Herodotus

 

WEEK 5

10/23   Hollmann:        Greek Historians II                    Readings on Canvas: Thucydides

10/25   Blondell            Plato I                                      Plato's Symposium

10/27   Blondell            Plato II                                     Plato's Symposium, concluded

           

WEEK 6

10/30   Clauss              Apollonius of Rhodes                Jason & the Golden Fleece Bk.1, p 1-24,31-35;

                                                                                    Bk. 2, p. 36-51; Bk. 3; Bk. 4, p. 99-119, 137-140

11/1     MIDTERM EXAM

11/3     Gowing                        Introduction to Rome and Roman Culture         

           

WEEK 7

11/6     Kamen             Roman Comedy           Plautus'  Pseudolus

11/8     Blondell            Lucretius                      1.1-634; 3.830-1094; 4.962-1287; 5.772-1457;  

                                                                          6.1090-1286     

11/10   NO LECTURE TODAY

 

WEEK 8

11/13   Gowing             Roman Historians I                   Readings on Canvas: Livy

11/15   Stroup              Catullus                                    Readings on Canvas: Catullus

11/17   Stroup              Cicero and Caesar                    

                                                           

WEEK 9

11/20   Connors            Vergil I                                     Vergil's Aeneid  Books 1, 2 and 4

11/22   Connors            Vergil II                                    Vergil's Aeneid  Books 6 - 8

11/24   NO LECTURE TODAY  (Thanksgiving)  (N.B. no sections on 11/23)

 

WEEK 10

11/27   Connors           Vergil III                                   Vergil's Aeneid  Books 11 –12

11/29   Hinds               Ovid I                                      Metamorphoses Books 1, 2 to middle p. 36

12/1     Hinds               Ovid II                                     Metamorphoses Books 10, 11 to top p.251

 

WEEK 11

12/4     Gowing             Roman Historians II                  Readings on Canvas:  Tacitus

12/6     Stroup              Roman Tragedy                                    Seneca's Phaedra

12/8     Hinds               Reception of Classical Literature Readings on Canvas: Reception

 

Final Exam:  Monday, December 11, 8:30-10:20AM

 

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to classical literature through a study of the major Greek and Latin authors in modern translation. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:04pm