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CLAS 210 A: Greek and Roman Classics in English

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Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
JHN 111
Olga Levaniouk
Olga Levaniouk

Syllabus Description:


Lecture notes

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.

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 JHN 111


Section AA:   T Th    10:30 -11:20    in SAV 168    García

Section AB:    T Th    11:30-12:20     in ART 004    García

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED

Course Coordinator

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


Office hours: MW 12:30-1:30.

Teaching Assistant

Edgar García             Office: Denny 400K


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



Professors Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levaniouk, Levin-Richardson, Stroup, and Topper

Required Reading  (Available at the University Bookstore)

Homer's Iliad,  trans. Green

Greek Tragedies Vol. I  ed. Greene 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 under pages, see below)


The Final Exam will be held on Monday December 9, 2019, 8:30-10:20 in JHN 111

Nov. 11 Veterans day, Nov 28-29, Thanksgiving

Midterm: Wednesday, October 30 

Final Exam:  Monday, December 9, 8:30-10:20AM


Course Policies and useful links:

Religious accommodations

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Student conduct:

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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: 
August 27, 2019 - 9:11pm