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CLAS 210 A: Greek and Roman Classics in English

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
HCK 132
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 some fascinating examples of 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



Classics 210 • Greek & Roman Classics in English • SPRING 2018




M W F            10:30 - 11:20 HITCHCOCK 132



Section AA:   T Th    10:30 - 11:20 in SMI 115       Brobeck

Section AB:    T Th    10:30 - 11:20 in SIG 230        O'Donald

Section AC:   T Th    11:30 - 12:20 in MEB 251     Brobeck

Section AD:   T Th    11:30 - 12:20 in MEB 237     O'Donald


PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED

Course Coordinator

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



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


Teaching Assistants

Megan O’Donald                 Office: Denny 400K



Emma Brobeck                     Office: Denny 400K



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



Professors Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levaniouk, Stroup, Topper.

Ms. Brobeck and Ms. O'Donald


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, and Tacitus  (available on Canvas)



The Final Exam will be held on June 4, 8:30-10:20 IN HCK 132



Lecture Schedule with Reading Assignments



3/26     Topper             Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization

3/28     Levaniouk        Homer I                        Homer's Iliad  Books 1 -  6

3/30     Levaniouk        Homer II                       Homer's Iliad  Books 9, 16 - 19



4/2       Levaniouk        Homer III                      Homer's Iliad  Books 22 – 24

4/4       Clauss              Greek Lyric                   Readings on Canvas: Greek Lyric

4/6       Hollmann         Tragedy I                      Greek Tragedies - Aeschylus' Agamemnon



4/9       Topper     Theater and the Symposium:     Readings on Canvas: The World of Dionysus                               The World of Dionysus

4/11     Kamen             Greek Comedy             Aristophanes' The Clouds

4/13     O’Donald          Tragedy II                     Greek Tragedies - Euripides' Medea



4/16     Topper             Tragedy III                    Greek Tragedies -Sophocles' Oedipus the King

4/18     Kamen             Plato I                          Plato's Symposium

4/20     Kamen             Plato II                         Plato's Symposium, concluded



4/23     Hollmann         Greek Historians I            Readings on Canvas: Herodotus

4/25     Hollmann         Greek Historians II        Readings on Canvas: Thucydides

4/27     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




5/2       Gowing                        Introduction to Rome and Roman Culture

5/4       Stroup                          Roman Comedy           Plautus'  Pseudolus



5/7       Clauss                          Lucretius                      1.1-634; 3.830-1094; 4.962-1287;

                                                                                         5.772-1457; 6.1090-1286

5/9       Stroup                          Catullus                        Readings on Canvas: Catullus

5/11     Gowing                        Roman Historians I       Readings on Canvs: Livy



5/14     Connors                       Vergil I                         Vergil's Aeneid  Books 1, 2 and 4

5/16     Brobeck                         Vergil II                        Vergil's Aeneid  Books 6 - 8

5/18     Hinds                           Vergil III                       Vergil's Aeneid  Books 11 –12



5/21     Hinds                           Ovid I                           Metamorphoses Books 1, 2 to middle p. 36

5/23     Hinds                           Ovid II                          Metamorphoses Books 10, 11 to top p.251

5/25     Gowing                        Roman Historians II      Readings on Canvas:  Tacitus



5/28     ****HOLIDAY****

5/30     Stroup              Roman Tragedy                        Seneca's Phaedra

6/1       Hinds               Reception of Classical Literature    Readings on Canvas: Reception


Final Exam:  Monday, June 4, 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: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:12pm