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CLAS 210 A: Greek And Roman Classics In English

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
BAG 154
Olga Levaniouk
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 is offered every quarter (Aut, Win, Spr).


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



M W F            10:30 - 11:20 BAGLEY 154


Section AA:   T Th    10:30 - 11:20 in BAG 108      O’Donald

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

Section AC:   T Th    11:30 - 12:20 in THO 125      O’Donald

Section AD:   T Th    11:30 - 12:20 in  PAR 305     Luo


PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED

Course Coordinator

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


Office hour: Wednesday 11:30-12:20

Classics 210 Website:

                                    (course syllabus and readings are also available on Canvas)


Teaching Assistants

Megan O’Donald                  Office: Denny 400K



Xiaoran Luo                          Office: Denny 400K


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


Professors Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Kamen, Levaniouk, Levin-Richardson Ms. O’Donald, Mr. Luo


Required Reading  (Available at the University Bookstore)

Homer's Iliad,  trans. Lombardo

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

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 CommonView: or on Canvas)

The Final Exam will be held on June 5, 8:30-10:20 IN BAGLEY HALL 154

Lecture Schedule with Reading Assignments



3/27     Clauss              Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization

3/29     Levaniouk        Homer I                        Homer's Iliad  Books 1 -  6

3/31     Levaniouk        Homer II                       Homer's Iliad  Books 9, 16 - 19


4/3       Levaniouk        Homer III                    Homer's Iliad  Books 22 – 24

4/5       Levaniouk        Greek Lyric                  Readings on CommonView: Greek Lyric

4/7       Clauss              Tragedy I                    Greek Tragedies - Aeschylus' Agamemnon        


4/10     Clauss              Tragedy II                    Greek Tragedies -Sophocles' Oedipus the King

4/12     O’Donald         Tragedy III                    Greek Tragedies - Euripides' Medea

4/14     Kamen             Greek Comedy              Aristophanes' The Clouds


4/17     Kamen             Plato I                          Plato's Symposium

4/19     Kamen             Plato II                         Plato's Symposium, concluded

4/21     Kamen             Greek Historians I         Readings on CommonView: Herodotus


4/24     Gowing            Greek Historians II        Readings on CommonView: Thucydides

4/26     Luo                  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   



5/1       Gowing                        Introduction to Rome and Roman Culture

5/3       Levin-Richardson          Roman Comedy            Plautus'  Pseudolus

5/5       Clauss                          Lucretius                      1.1-634; 3.830-1094; 4.962-1287;

                                                                                  5.772-1457; 6.1090-1286


5/8       Gowing                        Roman Historians I       Readings on CommonView: Livy

5/10     Levin-Richardson          Catullus                        Readings on CommonView: Catullus

5/12     Levin-Richardson          "Sex and the City:         Readings on CommonView:  Satires 3,6

                                                Juvenal Satires 3 and 6   


5/15     Connors                        Vergil I                         Vergil's Aeneid  Books 1, 2 and 4

5/17     Connors                        Vergil II                        Vergil's Aeneid  Books 6 - 8

5/19     Connors                        Vergil III                       Vergil's Aeneid  Books 11 –12


5/22     Hinds                           Ovid I                       Metamorphoses Books 1, 2 to middle p. 36

5/24     Hinds                           Ovid II                      Metamorphoses Books 10, 11 to top p.251

5/26     Gowing                        Roman Historians II      Readings on CommonView:  Tacitus


5/29     ****HOLIDAY****

5/31     Hinds               Roman Tragedy                                    Seneca's Phaedra

6/2       Hinds               Reception of Classical Literature    Readings on CommonView: Reception


Final Exam:  Monday, June 5, 8:30-10:20


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)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:14pm