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 Autumn Quarter 2019.
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
M W F 10:30 - 11:20 Thomson 101
Section AA: T Th 10:30 -11:20 in SMITH 313 Molkova
Section AB: T Th 10:30-11:20 in SMITH 311 Zacks
Section AC: T Th 11:30-12:20 in SMITH 309 Molkova
Section AD: T Th 11:30-12:20 in SMITH 307 Zacks
PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Quiz Sections is REQUIRED
Professor Alain M. Gowing Office: Denny M262C (phone messages 543-2266)
Classics 210 Website: course syllabus and readings will be available on Canvas
Joshua Zacks Office: Denny 400K
Diana Molkova Office: Denny 400K
All mailboxes are located in the Classics Department Office, Denny 262 (543-2266)
Professors Clauss, Connors, Gowing, Hinds, Hollmann, Kamen, Levin-Richardson, 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)
The Final Exam will be held on Monday, June 10, 2018, 8:30-10:20 in Thomson 101
Lecture Schedule with Reading Assignments
4/1 Topper Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization
4/3 Topper Introduction to Greece and Greek Culture
4/5 Topper Homer I: Bronze Age, Iron Age: Background to Greek Epic
4/8 Clauss Homer II Homer's Iliad Books 1-6, 9
4/10 Clauss Homer III Homer's Iliad Books 16-19, 22 – 24
4/12 Hollmann Tragedy I Greek Tragedies - Aeschylus' Agamemnon
4/15 Molkova Tragedy II Greek Tragedies - Euripides' Medea
4/17 Kamen Tragedy III Greek Tragedies -Sophocles' Oedipus the King
4/19 Hollmann Greek Comedy Aristophanes' The Clouds
4/22 Zacks Greek Lyric Readings on Canvas: Greek Lyric
4/24 Kamen Greek Historians I Readings on Canvas: Herodotus
4/26 Hollmann Greek Historians II Readings on Canvas: Thucydides
4/29 Kamen Plato I Plato's Symposium
5/1 Kamen Plato II Plato's Symposium, concluded
5/3 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
5/6 MIDTERM EXAM
5/8 Gowing Introduction to Rome and Roman Culture
5/10 Levin-Richardson Roman Comedy Plautus' Pseudolus
5/13 Clauss Lucretius 1.1-634; 3.830-1094; 4.962-1287;
5/15 Levin-Richardson Catullus Readings on Canvas: Catullus
5/17 Gowing Roman Historians I Readings on Canvas: Livy
5/20 Connors Vergil I Vergil's Aeneid Books 1, 2 and 4
5/22 Connors Vergil II Vergil's Aeneid Books 6 - 8
5/24 Connors Vergil III Vergil's Aeneid Books 11 –12
5/29 Hinds Ovid I Metamorphoses Books 1, 2 to middle p. 36
5/31 Hinds Ovid II Metamorphoses Books 10, 11 to top p.251
6/3 Gowing Roman Historians II Readings on Canvas: Tacitus
6/5 Hinds Roman Tragedy Seneca's Phaedra
6/7 Levin-Richardson "Sex and the City: Readings on CommonView: Juvenal
Juvenal Satires 3 and 6 Satires 3 and 6
Final Exam: Monday, June 10, 8:30-10:20AM