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%
Final examination: 40%
Questions? Contact the Classics department at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Professor Olga Levaniouk Office: Denny M262B (phone messages 543-2266)
Classics 210 Website: course syllabus and readings are available on Canvas
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
4/30 MIDTERM EXAM
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;
5/9 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
5/30 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